Oceano board appoints former journalist to vacant seat

June 18, 2012

Oceano Community Services District Board members voted unanimously to appoint former journalist Karen White to the board on Friday evening.

White was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Searcy who stepped down following an alleged drunk driving incident.

White graduated from Arroyo Grande High School, worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, and served as the founding chairperson for the Halycon Community Association.

“I have extensive experience covering elected boards, governmental agencies, and organizations and can offer the district advice and guidance to help keep district activities positive,” White says in her letter of intent. “I also understand the Brown Act and the need for confidentiality.”

Board members interviewed three of the four candidates asking questions about their intentions to run for election in November if not selected and community issues.

White was sworn in on Friday evening and will take her seat June 27.



  1. falconbh says:

    We Need To Remake Oceano

    1. Complete Audits

    2. Revise General Managers Salary/Contract [ $162,000 vs $90,000 Los Osos]

    3. NO on Fire Tax Merger Bailout

    4. Pension and Salary Reform

    5. Request Independent Joint State Legislative Audit

    6. New Prop 218 Water Rate Election [ Illegal Election]

    7. Lower Water Rate Increases

    8. Consider Lower Cost Alternatives to Five Cities Fire Authority

    9. Code Enforcement Surge [ Cleanup the City]

    10. We Need To Improve Hwy. 1 Gateway To Oceano

    (15) 21 Total Votes - 18 up - 3 down
    • Bored Watcher says:

      Falconbh, your list is right on.
      Geaslen is a snake. The citizens there want tar and feathers for Tacker and Edwards when they really should be listening…Geaslen blows smoke up the skirt of the Board and it is only Tacker and Edwards calling him on it.
      Watch the latest meeting where Geaslen spins Tacker’s comments away from hydrant replacement to hydrant maintenance. Watch her nail him on the budget and audit…he has no comment at all. While she may not be totally accurate, she’s the only one asking questions which is kind of a shocking about-face for Mary Lucey; I remember her calling “BS” anytime she saw it.
      Guerrero is a public defender, what about defending the public’s resources and assets?
      Hurdle has short-timers, she just wants her term over and Angello can’t be bothered to understand what goes on at the County Water Resources Council, calling it “chaos”.
      Let’s hope Karen White sees through the smoke and mirrors…she’s a sharp gal. She’s pretty savvy too.
      Then let’s hope some new blood steps up by August for the November election.
      Don’t forget, there are 4 sets up (Angello will stay until 2014).

      (4) 14 Total Votes - 9 up - 5 down
  2. fight back says:

    Yeah good luck with that band o fools your gonna need it

    (0) 22 Total Votes - 11 up - 11 down
  3. Disgusted says:

    I see this as an excellent choice. White is a voice of reason and will add Halcyon representation to the OCSD again. She’s smart and has followed the OCSD for years. Good luck, Karen, and good job by those who selected her.

    (28) 30 Total Votes - 29 up - 1 down

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