Teixeira continues battle with Nipomo advisory council
November 11, 2011
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Paul Teixeira has refused to give funding to the South County Advisory Council because he claims the money can be better spent on more severe problems. [SLONewTimes]
This is not Teixeira’s first battle with the council. Shortly after he was elected to head the 4th district, he tried to have the council disbanded. His plan was to hand-pick members for a new multiple-community advisory group.
Even though it was expected that the Nipomo advisory council, a group that did not support Teixeira’s supervisory run, would object, the larger public outrage resulted in the South County supervisor dropping his proposal.
Community advisory councils, of which there are 11 in SLO County, elect members who review major land-use decisions in their respective communities. County advisory councils, until now, receive monies yearly from the discretionary fund of its county supervisor.
During the past three years, former District 4 supervisor Katcho Achadjian provided the Nipomo advisory group $2,000 a year.
Teixera, on the other hand, has not responded to funding requests by the committee. In trying to secure some funding, the committee lowered its request to $1,200. However, both Teixeira and his legislative assistant told the New Times there are more pressing concerns that the funds should be used for.
“We can feed people, we can clothe people, or we can give money for toner cartridges and paper,” said Teixeira’s legislative assistant Debbie Geaslen.
Nevertheless, Teixeira has spent $12,461 from his community funds including $2,000 on the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival (he rode on a float in the parade), $2,000 to the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce, and $2,000 on the annual Oktoberfest celebration. He also allotted $200 to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County and $500 to the Children’s Resource Center of the Central Coast.