Bakersfield responds to attack by Caren Ray
October 22, 2014
A columnist from Bakersfield wrote an editorial Tuesday on the “slugfest” between San Luis Obispo County District 4 supervisor candidates Caren Ray and Lynn Compton and Ray’s negative comments about Bakersfield.
At a recent debate and on the Dave Congalton radio show on KVEC 920 AM, Compton said that it would help the economy if the permit process, while following all state and environmental laws, was streamlined and efficient. Compton then said that contractors who have worked in both Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo counties say the process is more efficient in Bakersfield.
Ray responded with a flyer trashing Bakersfield for its “poor air quality” and “urban sprawl” and asking voters not to let Compton turn San Luis Obispo County into Bakersfield.
The Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry responded Tuesday:
“Whoa, whoa, WHOA!”
“I’ve gotta call time out when a political campaign in a totally different county tosses Bakersfield under the bus.”
“Yeah, that’s right, a candidate running for San Luis Obispo County supervisor has put out mailers urging voters to keep her in office so her opponent doesn’t “turn South County into Bakersfield.”
“I would say that hurts, but I actually thought it was kind of hilarious.”
“But it wasn’t funny at all to some of the very voters in that district who incumbent Caren Ray probably hoped to win over.”
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