Thank you Supervisor Mecham

February 10, 2015
Frank Mecham

Frank Mecham


I want to thank Supervisor Frank Mecham for the actions he took at the last San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ meeting. As a resident of Paso Robles, I am very proud of my supervisor.

I think he showed he is a true statesman when he resigned his position as chair and nominated Supervisor Arnold for that position. Mecham showed leadership and courage when he took the action he deemed appropriate to resolve a situation he felt presented a significant problem to many of his constituents as well as the board in general.

Supervisor Mecham expressed concern regarding “the increased levels of anger and polarization seen by supervisors. He said, “We’ve got to get rid of that. We are supposed to be here to solve problems. Sometimes you say we don’t listen, I think it is we don’t agree. There is a difference.”

Could it be the reason for all the anger and polarization regarding board issues is because our supervisors have been governing against the will of the people? I am here to tell you that during the past several years I have observed all levels of government from Washington DC to San Luis Obispo County launch an attack on individual property rights such as I have never seen in my lifetime.

I am very concerned regarding what I see as my government robbing me of my freedoms. I see Agenda 21 put forth by the United Nations, pushed into our system of government by Presidential Executive Order and I watch as my local elected representatives either try to ignore it or deny its existence while they continually enact laws and regulations that facilitate its implementation and chip away at the individual property rights of all Americans.

Meanwhile, I see elected representatives chastising citizens for exercising their right to free speech. When you govern against the will of the people you should not be offended when your constituents voice objections to your actions. That is why we have free speech.

The move by San Luis Obispo County government to control the water rights of landowners is quite easy to understand. What good is land without water? Once government gains the control of the water they will then want to control the planting of crops, the raising of livestock, and everything else a property owner may want to do to improve or use their property. It will never end.

The founding fathers were firm believers in private property rights. They believed private property rights and liberty were intertwined. It was James Madison who said, “Government is instituted to protect private property” and “property must be secured or liberty cannot exist.”

As defined by the U.S. Constitution, is it not a government by the people and for the people? Is the power to govern not loaned to elected representatives by the people? Is it not the job of elected representatives to listen to the concerns of the people and enact laws in the best interest of the people while at the same time protecting individual property rights?

In the words of President Obama, “Elections have consequences” and the voters of San Luis Obispo County have spoken. I can only hope the new majority of San Luis Obispo County Supervisors will stand together and protect the individual property rights of their constituents.

John Texeira has lived in the North County most of his life. He graduated from a local High School in 1960,, served in the U.S. Navy, and later graduated from Allan Hancock Jr. College. He then embarked on a career in law enforcement with the California Department of Corrections which spanned a total of 34 years. He began my career as a Correctional Officer promoted up through the ranks and retired as a Correctional Administrator.

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Hey Texeira, couldn’t agree more when you say the County is moving to control our water rights. What are they up to and why do they want to hold on and not give the landowners a say in what happens? With this new State law I’ve read about, we are being told we either get the County to run things or it’s a water district. It’s sort of like pick your poison. Do I trust Gibson, Hill and Mecham or is it better to go the district route? If they can’t decide simple things like who should become the chairman, I can’t wait to hear about what they want to do with my well.

I’ve been told these are the only choices or speed rail Jerry sends in his Sacramento gang. We won’t always have Debbie or Lynn or what happens if they don’t get elected again? Time to sit down and carefully think this through. I want to be left alone but it doesn’t sound I will get that choice.

We won’t always have Debbie or Lynn,……..

From your lips to Gods ears. They are the problem, NOT the solution

This writer’s opinion is akin to the following:

I bought and paid for my Ferrari. To heck with you, I will drive it as fast as I want anywhere I want even at 125 mph through your residential neighborhood.

The little people can walk or take the bus.

According to the quasi-religious dogma of these small-town objectivists; regulations, like taxes, are only for the ‘little’ people.

First off, I do respect all of the Supervisors just for getting elected; respect the position, if not the person. Second, Supervisor Mecham did a valiant thing by giving up his Chairmanship of the board, but I personally think he over-corrected and went a little too far. Had he simply replaced Supervisor Hill with Supervisor Arnold as Vice-Chair, that would have been an appropriate move, but it would have left Supervisor Compton sort of lingering in the shadows not knowing when she might be considered for the Vice-Chair position.

In falling on his sword, so to speak, Mr. Mecham has abdicated his responsibility for the new direction the board will be taking so that any blame for perceived failure or glory for positive results will fall squarely on the shoulders of both Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton. Perhaps Frank is a lot more shrewd than most people give him credit for? I had a picture of him going out of his way to try and fair and bring a balance of sorts to the new Board; perhaps the new Chair and Vice-Chair will be less petty, more tolerant of those that disagree with them and overall better persons than the manner in which the Board was run under Supervisor Gibson. I certainly hope so.

“Could it be the reason for all the anger and polarization regarding board issues is because our supervisors have been governing against the will of the people?”

Give the man a cigar……..

This guy knows his way around the female anatomy. I am an older woman: I know these things….I bet he would make a woman regret she ever met him too (because he holds his wife on a pedestal). Bad boys make good politicians…but they are good at reaction formation, have a Madonna/Whore Complex—and they usually test positive on a PCL-R.

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I don’t know what meds (or other substances) you are on tonight but your logic is not evident in your writing. You might want to consider waiting until you are thinking straight before posting.

Obviously, the other men on the board DO see it the same way!

Here it comes. If you are a large landowner, you will step on the little guy.

What about the rights of the smaller landowner? Are their rights to even a subsistence amount of their water subordinate to the rich? Should a rich neighbor be able to over-pump to the detriment of someone seeking to enjoy the property rights they have previously relied upon?

If you are a large landowner, should you be able to introduce non-conforming use on your land simply because you own it?

Property rights must have limits that respect others and the government has a duty to protect all citizens–not just the landowners that paid to get them elected.

If you live around wineries, you are in trouble.

bigdrive, you bring up a good point. Trust—that everyone will play fair or even have the correct scientific information to be fair.

I wonder how many of the voices espousing property rights at the BOS and here at CCN are large landowners and how many are small ones, and just unaware that they could easily become victims of this philosophy.

How do individual landowners know how much water to use? Theoretically, even if everyone was an equal sized landowner, in trying to be fair, how do you know what IS fair? Should everyone pay for their own basin hydrology studies?

I wish those property rights people could explain what their plans are to not overuse water.

I think I will call Supervisor Mecham ‘Falstaff’ hence forward.

Classy move Mr. Mecham, thank you.

Wish the other men on the board saw it the same way.

There are other men on the Board?

Well they may act like juveniles but biologically there are two other men.