Sign wars heat up in supervisor election campaigns

October 6, 2014

compton fraudBy KAREN VELIE

Update: John Brunsfield, a retired attorney, said he purchased and put out signs that say “Lynn Compton is a fraud.” Brunsfield said he is not affiliated with any campaign and put the signs out after receiving slate mailers from Compton that make it appear she is a Democrat.

“Compton is trying to fool the voters into thinking she is a Democrat,” Brunsfield said. “One said, attention AG Democrats, and said to take the flyer to the polls. It recommended all Democrats except for Compton.”

Original: It is less than a month to the November election and sign wars, mudslinging and character assassinations are in full swing in the battle for the San Luis Obispo County District 4 supervisor seat.

In Nipomo, Oceano and Arroyo Grande, hundreds of signs ask voters to select either Caren Ray, a sitting supervisor, or Nipomo businesswoman Lynn Compton. And now, dozens of signs are being placed next to elect Compton signs that say “Compton is a fraud.”

Compton supporter Cameron Smith confronted a man placing a sign on the property of a Compton supporter. Smith said the man claimed Compton, a Republican, had said she was a Democrat and that is why they are calling her a fraud.

During the primary, Compton’s campaign paid to include her in a slate mailer. Slate mailers often recommend a candidate of one party alongside prominent candidates from the opposing party. While legal in California, the mailers deceive some voters.

Smith said he removed the anti-Compton signs because it was illegally placed.

Typically, candidates get permission from supporters to place signs on private property. Campaign signs are not permitted on publicly owned lands such as parks or public right of ways like highway on-ramps.

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Cameron Smith took a picture of the man placing “Compton is a Fraud” signs in Nipomo.


Ray’s campaign has placed dozens of signs in public right-of-ways that have been taken down by city, county and state employees. Some of Compton’s signs have exceeded size limits and were removed by Arroyo Grande code enforcement.

Caren Ray

Caren Ray

Last month, the Ray Campaign claimed a planned fundraiser for Compton involving “hobo stew” showed contempt for the homeless. Ray supporter SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill chimed in, encouraging others to forward an email by Ray’s campaign treasure slamming Compton’s fundraiser.

The story went national and led to angry threats of violence.

Back in July, Ray said someone shot a BB thorough her window and she deduced from the angle of the hole in her window and the screen, it was done on purpose by a 6 foot or taller person standing in her yard. The supervisor said the shooting appeared to be politically motivated.

lynn compton

Lynn Compton

However, police officers said it was likely children playing with BB guns in a wooded area near the supervisor’s home.

Compton has slammed Ray on her voting record and argues the sitting supervisor’s vote on a legislative platform was an attempt to chip away at Proposition 13.

Meanwhile, both candidates are lining up support and gathering donations as they prepare for their seventh debate on Friday which is to be held at the South County Community Center in Arroyo Grande.

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Appears to me the signs meet the standard for defamation, as “actual malice” is present.

Who’s the criminal in the photo?

Kevin Rice

No. It’s opinion. Protected free speech. Ms. Copulator has that right.

Reality Check

How desperate is Caren Ray? Desperate enough to get out of towners to walk precincts rather than walking herself with her local volunteers. Desperate enough to have libelous anti Compton signs illegally placed. Desperate enough to create a tempest in a teapot over more than one Compton fund raiser / event (remember the primary outrage over Michael Reagan supporting Compton). Desperate enough to insinuate > outright suggest that Compton or her supporters shot a BB at her window. Desperate enough to go to the FPPC with a trumped up charge regarding the reporting of Compton signs on vehicles. Desperate enough to do ______ (fill in the blank).

Not one of the desperate actions by Ray and her supports has been about issues. The latest illegal placement of defamatory signs shows growing fear that all the her efforts to smear Compton have not been successful.

In the meantime, Lynn Compton addresses the issues, draws attention to Ray’s sketchy voting record. Compton even walks precincts with her LOCAL volunteers; knows and supports the issues most important to her constituents; has been endorsed by the Howard Jarvis foundation. Such endorsements are not given lightly and rarely in County level elections. Compton has met the unfounded and spurious accusations of Ray and her supports with poise and an inner spirit of integrity that is so rare these days in politics.

Look at the facts and see through the clumsy attempts at smearing Compton by an insecure and flawed opponent. VOTE LYNN COMPTON for Supervisor.


I believe the Arroyo Grande Police Officer’s Association also endorsed her recently.

Caren Ray came from the Arroyo Grande City Council…what does THAT tell you?


Caren Ray is a bully just like Adam Hill. They dont like an opposing view or pholosophy so they roll out the attack machine. HOW PITIFUL !!!!


Perhaps Caren doesn’t even know who this goon is, but this seems like something right out of the Adam Hill playbook doesn’t it?

The friends you have says a lot about you.


Rather than name that tune, lets play Identify the Idiot!

Who knows who this creep is?

Rich in MB

Poor Karen Ray….even The Dave Show can’t save her now.

She is out of step with her voters and is about to get tossed out on her Liberal rear end and then she herself will be a Hobo!!


Oh don’t disgrace the Hobos…

Thoroughly enjoyed hearing the Oceano Depot docent share the story of the Hobo community and the depot. Very informative, and a piece of local history. What a wonderful place to hold an event!


Seems Caren Ray is not only dishonest but desperate !!!!!


This Picture proves nothing!!!! It shows a man getting in or out of a car. While I may or may not be a Caren Ray supporter, thats not the issue. If this is true, is there a picture of him actually doing the dirty deed? Cal Coast News is the best news source for The Central Coast they always have breaking stories with true facts to back it up, however this time do not be in the GREY…Just Sayin!


Absent T ballots go out today.

You MUST WRITE IN JIM HILL for Mayor and blacken the circle!!!!!

Lets make a change for our city and get rid of Tony Baloney!!!!


I personally saw the pictures Mr Smith took of this man, including several of his car, including the license plate.

He was caught RED HANDED placing the signs by Mr Smith, who informed him that he was on private property at the time, and obviously did NOT have permission.

This low-life was at the wrong place, at the wrong time—broad daylight!!

Thank goodness he’s not getting away with it,

and whoever paid a lot of $$$ for the signs is SOL!

This less than sneaky slimeball is obviously a volunteer, or hired hand of the Ray campaign.


Why not post those pictures showing him in the act?


This is a much more tightly zoomed in picture than the version I saw yesterday. No doubt they want to expose his face, who cares about his car or the background.

As I said, there are several other photos, not to mention the fact that Mr Smith had a conversation with him.

His family and friends must be SO proud, not to mention the Ray campaign. Isn’t this they type of person you’d want on your team, doing this on your behalf?


He’s a lawyer and from Los Angeles, what do you expect? Another southern who comes up here and thinks he can make changes we can believe in!



I’m loving the large photograph in this article; it beats the thumbnails that are usually used. Can we get more large-format/high-res images in the future? (Or clickable thumbnails?)

– Grateful CCN reader


Are not most politicians frauds?


Wow, I wonder if all of the Caren Ray “out of town” donors and developer donors know that she is spending their money on making up hate signs? Pretty fancy, plus you have to buy in bulk. Now they have to throw them away!

Any idea who the sign planter is?


politicians are replica reflection of voters


If your statement is accurate, and this guy is obviously voting for Caren Ray,

what does that say about her?

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