Three citizens ejected from SLO County Board of Supervisors’ meeting

September 19, 2013
Bruce Gibson

Bruce Gibson

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson tossed three speakers out of Tuesday’s board meeting following an argument that ensued after community members asked for information about a pledge Gibson and a fellow  supervisor signed.

Speaking during public comment, several community members asked the supervisors to explain the International Council For Local Environmental Initiative’s (ICLEI) Resilient Communities Pledge and county staffer’s engagement in the program. Supervisor Debbie Arnold suggested that the board set a time for staff to give a 20 minute presentation to explain the ICLEI movement to the board and the public.

Arnold also requested that staff provide more information regarding the Regional Water Quality Board and the Los Osos Community Services District’s concerns about the progress of the Los Osos sewer project. Arnold noted that many of the board’s Tuesday meetings had ended by noon, giving the board plenty of time to explain the issues publicly.

Adam Hill and Gibson, both of whom signed the ICLEI pledge as county supervisors, argued that Arnold should ask staff to explain the agreement in private and not waste their time responding to a small group of people who do not have the best interest of the community.

Members of the public began voicing outrage calling Hill and Gibson “bullies.” Gibson responded by ordering Templeton resident Bill Pelfrey, Los Osos resident Linde Owen and Cayucos resident Richard Margetson out of the county building.

Watch the entire meeting or start about 40 minutes in to view the altercation.


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pasodowny

Oh dear lawd Brucey! Whatever are you going to do about those dropping groundwater levels in your district?!


Thank you Debbie Arnold for making a reasonable suggestion. Gibson, we are so very tired of your bullying. It exemplifies how gravely insecure you are.


Lynette_Tornatzky

Unfortunately, Ms. Arnold did not want to do her homework to get up to speed on this issue and has no history on just who these angry players are. These are not actual questions that they want answered, but instead are just knives to be thrown at a project that they hate.


pasodowny

The angry players are Gibson and Hill, aka George and Lenny. You are an apologist for them. I pity you.


pasodowny

Good one. Okay, I don’t really pity her. But given how Gibson and bellicose Hill have abused the public and manipulated procedure and pointed fingers at others, I don’t know why anyone would support them.


Mr. Holly

Podunk at its best. Aren’t we getting tired of these fools?


Lynette_Tornatzky

Yes, I’m sick of these tired, angry speakers that just don’t get that the project is going ahead just fine and it is time to exit stage left before the tomatoes and rotten eggs come flying at them.


Homer

Just for kicks, I’d thought I’d post this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p7VwrZ_8sA


Homer

Everyone who was there and commenting, please raise your hand. My hand is down.


MaryMalone

I wasn’t there when Bush Jr sent our troops to slaughter in Iraq based on lies. Doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to say it was wrong.


zaphod

you forgot to say simon says


SuperDave

Bruce and Adam do not aspire to be with the Third Reich. They lack the ambition required to be part of such a regimented group. Instead they both have visions of leading a march into dementia. Give them time, their egos are on a collision course, and the fireworks will spectacular. Time is not on their side.


easymoney

“Adam Hill and Gibson, both of whom signed the ICLEI pledge as county supervisors, argued that Arnold should ask staff to explain the agreement in private and not waste their time responding to a small group of people who do not have the best interest of the community.”


This about splains it… Outrageous to say the least. They are elected public servants with a duty to liaison with the public, no more no less. Make the time to inform the voters who gave you that job, of the issues.


racket

Ceaseless audacity. Outrageous.


MaryMalone

QUOTING ARTICLE: “Adam Hill and Gibson, both of whom signed the ICLEI pledge as county supervisors, argued that Arnold should ask staff to explain the agreement in private and not waste their time responding to a small group of people who do not have the best interest of the community.


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What a ridiculous excuse to stop public discussion of the actions of county supervisors.


REALLY? Hill and Gibson can psychically intuit whether or not a group of people voicing their opinion in a county supervisors meeting has the best interests of the community?


I’m no fan of Arnold, but at least she had the metaphorical balls to stand up to Gibson and Hill, and support the rights of those in the audience to be informed by their elected supervisors.


SLOTECH90

We have the Ubersturmfuhrers; now all we need is the Brown Shirts.


bobfromsanluis

The general rule for arguing about bad behavior by an elected official, be it rudeness or trying to take away someone’s rights is; the first person to make a comparison to Nazis loses, every single time. You want to express your frustration with Bruce Gibson and/or Adam Hill, fine, please do so, I encourage you to voice your opinion, and I happen to agree that both supervisors have a habit of behaving in a manner that is not in the best interest of our county at times, but please leave any Nazi comparison out. Thanks.


Word

Only 4 comments and we are there.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law


That escalated quickly.


MaryMalone

Really? That’s “the general rule”?


Unfortunately, sometimes comparisons to Nazis are valid. I’m not saying they are this time, but I object to a “general rule” out comparisons to Nazis.


Word

To compare anyone in SLO county to the 3rd Reich is offensive, incorrect and totality lazy.


Fail 2/10


MaryMalone

SLO County is THAT special, is it? No skinheads or racists who advocate ethnic or race annihilation?


Nazis started out with the concept that a group of people, simply because they were of that group, deserved to be treated differently. From there it was a very slippery slope that led to the camps.


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