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Dan Carpenter

Local philanthropist donates $20,000 to Carpenter campaign

Open letter from Dan Carpenter I’m pleased to announce my campaign for 3rd District Supervisor has received a major contribution, $20,000, from B. Wayne Hughes Jr., an 18-year resident of San Luis Obispo County. I’m proud to have earned the respect and admiration of Mr. Hughes. His support of my values and principles are a […]... (Continue Reading)

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Diablo Canyon closure the result of failed energy policies

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER If you live anywhere on the Central Coast, you’re aware by now that on June 21, PG&E announced it will not seek relicensing of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant when the licenses expire in 2024-2025. It’s my opinion this is a direct result of years of failed energy policies in […]... (Continue Reading)

Dan Carpenter reflects on his years on the SLO City Council

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER With my tenure on the San Luis Obispo City Council ending in a few months, a reflection on what “representation” has meant to me as a public servant seems relevant and appropriate. I hope those who follow in my footsteps will see wisdom in my thoughts. If you live in the […]... (Continue Reading)

Dan Carpenter on the issues facing SLO County

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER Voters throughout the 3rd District of San Luis Obispo County have already begun voting in the June 7 primary. Many will wait until election day to vote at the polls exercising their right and responsibility to select their next supervisor. Much has been publicized recently about the District 3 supervisor’s race […]... (Continue Reading)

Carpenter listens to the public, changes position

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER On Tuesday March 15, the majority of the San Luis Obispo City Council including myself, gave direction to staff to return with a discussion of policy, legal and operational issues on the idea to create a “democracy voucher” system giving public funds to candidates who agree only to receive contributions through […]... (Continue Reading)

The 3rd District needs truth, transparency and integrity

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER As a candidate for 3rd District supervisor, it’s become apparent that the incumbent supervisor has started the negative attacks on my candidacy with vengeance. KVEC radio ads and Tribune op-ed pieces by his cohorts illuminate the type of campaign the current supervisor has opted for. I will continue to run a […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO’s rental housing ordinance treads on people’s rights

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER In 2015, the majority of San Luis Obispo City Council passed a new Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance. I was one of two council members who opposed it, with the majority — Jan Marx, John Ashbaugh, and Carlyn Christianson — voting in favor. Everything about this overreach of authority is wrong. It […]... (Continue Reading)

Why is Adam Hill silent on firing of Coastal Commission director?

OPINION by DAN CARPENTER A week has gone by since the firing of the Executive Director of the Coastal Commission, and no public comment by Supervisor Adam Hill whose district includes the coastal zone from Montana De Oro south to the Oceano Dunes. Why are you silent, Mr. Hill? Late last Wednesday, after an all […]... (Continue Reading)

Carpenter asks supervisors to publicly condemn Hill

OPINION By DAN CARPENTER Open communication from San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Good morning madam Chair and supervisors. My name is Dan Carpenter, I’m a resident of District 3…and I speak today as a councilman from the city of San Luis Obispo. I’m […]... (Continue Reading)

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Gibson, Hill, Tribune got it wrong

OPINION By DAN CARPENTER After observing most of the public hearing including staff presentation, public comment, and deliberation by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, I believe the majority made the right decision in upholding the appeal of the Planning Commission to allow the dispensary. Let me be very clear, this is not […]... (Continue Reading)