Supervisors to hold vote on water district bill amendments
June 12, 2014
By JOSH FRIEDMAN
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will vote on proposed amendments to a bill creating a North County water district, despite attempts by board chairman Bruce Gibson to bypass a vote.
In a June 4 letter to Gibson, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, the sponsor of the bill, requested that the board discuss draft amendments to the bill and hold public comment on them at its June 17 meeting. Proposed amendments included allowing registered voters in the district who are not landowners to run for three at large seats on the district board.
Gibson responded with a letter saying the board supported the amendments to the bill because the creation of a water district falls within the county’s legislative platform.
At the beginning of a budget meeting Wednesday morning, Supervisor Debbie Arnold took issue with Gibson’s letter and made a motion to place a hearing on the bill amendments on the board’s June 17 agenda.
“I believe that your letter misleads the legislators in Sacramento insinuating that public input received by our board on this bill supported the legislation when in fact the majority did not,” Arnold said to Gibson Wednesday.
The board debated Arnold’s request for nearly 40 minutes. Both Gibson and Supervisor Adam Hill argued against placing a hearing on the bill amendments on the board agenda, but ultimately voted to do so.
The board voted 5-0 to hold the hearing next week.