Teixeira picks his first fight
March 14, 2011
UPDATE: Tuesday 9:16 a.m.
San Luis Obispo County 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira asked that his proposal to replace the elected South County Advisory Council which represents the Nipomo area with an appointed advisory group be taken off the agenda to allow time for further consideration, after a large public outcry from the citizens.
San Luis Obispo County 4th District Supervisor Paul Teixeira’s proposal to dissolve the elected South County Advisory Council (SCAC) and replace it with an appointed advisory council has come under fire since it was first announced.
Opponents of replacing the SCAC with a committee appointed by Teixeira, claim the move comes as a complete surprise. Teixeira never mentioned the issue during his 2010 election campaign, nor did he share his concerns with SCAC members before sending a letter to the home of SCAC chairman Dan Woodson at the beginning of this month.
In addition, there is widespread concern that Teixeira’s proposal violates county resolutions detailing the establishment and operation of advisory committees.
“In addition to violating Resolution 96-485, the 2007 guidelines, and basic constitutional rights, terminating authentic community advisory councils is a serious blow to participatory governing and should not be slipped through on a consent agenda,” wrote Cynthia Hawley, a land use attorney from Cambria, in an email obtained by CalCoastNews. “Any action to terminate advisory councils should, at the very least, be brought back to your Board as a noticed public hearing.
“However, I recommend that you consider the legal and community-wide consequences of the recommended action and that you deny approval of the proposed resolution.”
SCAC consists of a 16-member committee that advises the Board of Supervisors on land use issues in the Nipomo area, but has no official vote.
Teixeira contends the SCAC members have been rude to some members of the public and do not represent the community as a whole. He wants to appoint an 11 member committee composed of two people from Nipomo, Oceano and Arroyo Grande and one each from Halcyon, Suey Canyon, Huasna Valley, Corbett Canyon and Edna Valley to represent the entire 4th district.
However, the 1996 resolution, which established criteria for community advisory councils, requires that the councils be based in and represent a defined community.
“The 1996 resolution provides a list of criteria that, once met, authorizes and empowers a community advisory council to be recognized by the Board of Supervisors,” Hawley added. “If they meet the criteria, they are recognized.
“Under Resolution 96-485 and the 2007 Guidelines, your board does not have the authority to terminate advisory councils that conform to the required criteria.”
Newly-elected Teixeira’s proposal will be on the Board of Supervisor’s consent agenda on Tuesday, Match 15, which generally consists of routine items that do not require discussion unless a supervisor requests an item is pulled for debate.