Blakeslee considering run against Adam Hill
February 14, 2015
By KAREN VELIE
Former state Senator Sam Blakeslee said Friday that he is considering running for the San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor’s seat currently held by Adam Hill.
Blakeslee said his primary reason for a possible campaign against the two-term incumbent was because of Hill’s support for a proposed 1,500 home development in Wild Cherry Canyon. Blakeslee has concerns over the proposed development’s impact on the environment and its proximity to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
“It’s true I was considering running when I heard that Adam Hill was supporting the big development project in Wild Cherry Canyon,” Blakeslee said. “But I’m sure he will rethink that position when he learns more about the negative impacts of the project, especially as they relate to evacuation issues near Diablo Canyon.”
The 2,400-acre Wild Cherry Canyon property, which extends from Avila Beach to Irish Hills, is owned by Eureka Energy, a subsidiary of PG&E. A group of investors with developer Denis Sullivan at the helm has leased the land for 155 years and is promoting the development.
Kara Woodruff, Blakeslee’s former wife, led the Wild Cherry Canyon conservation effort. However, the American Land Conservancy failed to raise the $21 million for the land.
Woodruff, interviewed on KVEC radio last Thursday, said she had recently met with Hill regarding her concerns about proposed development. Woodruff, who recently started up a new conservation group Friends of Wild Cherry Canyon, was told by Hill that he intends to “sit on the sidelines” regarding potential development.
During the 2014 election for District 4 Supervisor, Hill waged an unsuccessful battle to keep Caren Ray in office. During the race, multiple developers with proposed projects in the county, including Sullivan, donated money to Ray and Hill, and in many cases Hill then lobbied for the developments.
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