Dan Carpenter on the issues facing SLO County

May 26, 2016
San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter

San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter


Voters throughout the 3rd District of San Luis Obispo County have already begun voting in the June 7 primary. Many will wait until election day to vote at the polls exercising their right and responsibility to select their next supervisor.

Much has been publicized recently about the District 3 supervisor’s race being contentious, acrimonious and littered with mudslinging. I believe this is a mischaracterization promoted by the mainstream media as an endorsement of their bully incumbent. Bullying should never be tolerated and those of us in leadership positions should be empowered to call it out when recognized.

I will continue to push forward my message of respectful representation that listens. It’s been the hallmark in my service to the residents in the City of San Luis Obispo these past six years and will continue to be as your representative on the board of supervisors.

I’m the only candidate for District 3 supervisor that opposes the countywide 1/2 cent self-help sales tax that is being proposed by SLOCOG (San Luis Obispo Council of Governments). I strongly believe we should not reward our representatives in Sacramento for mismanaging billions of dollars in gasoline taxes and other fees. Return the money to our local transportation authority so we can move forward with repairing and improving our county’s infrastructure.

Recently, Proposition 13 has been under assault with some state leaders pushing to eliminate commercial property from this protection. As your supervisor, I will be a leader in advocating support for Proposition 13 in it’s entirety helping families and small business owners.

I’ve supported policies that address the millions of dollars of unfunded pension debt. The county needs elected officials who are willing to confront this obligation and not continue to kick it down the road. I remain vigilant in keeping it in the forefront, forgoing attractive and tempestuous costly new programs and services. .

Since it’s inception one year ago, I’ve fought to eliminate the recently enacted Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance in the City of SLO. It’s onerous, invasive, and an overreach of moral authority by our government. If history tells us anything, this will move on to the county at some point in time, and as your supervisor I will not support it. I’m not afraid to stand up to staff’s recommendations if necessary.

I support a diverse portfolio of water sources to address the county’s ongoing water needs. Conservation, reclaimed water, ground water management, desalination and additional surface storage combined with efficient delivery will insure future water needs. I support keeping local control of our water basins through the County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and not turning them over to the state as proposed by my opponent Adam Hill.

I strongly support the re-licensing of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant as a safe, clean, low cost energy source to our community. Closing Diablo would have a devastating impact on our local economy with the loss of jobs and tax revenue to schools and nonprofits.

I’m an advocate for all taxpayers, small business owners, seniors on fixed incomes, and the many families who are struggling in today’s economy. I’m a supporter of private property rights advocating for a smaller more efficient government that recognizes it’s limited responsibilities while providing the highest level of quality services.

If you want a supervisor who will respectfully listen, embrace transparency at all levels, and conduct his office hours out in the district, then I am your choice and would be honored to have your vote on or before June 7th. Please visit my website or call me directly on my cell (805) 704-8567. I look forward to continuing my public service in the community I’ve called home my entire life.

Dan Carpenter is a lifelong San Luis Obispo County resident, a San Luis Obispo councilman, and a candidate the District 3 supervisor seat.


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I recently emailed Dan to get a read on his views on a particular subject-a subject that most politicians are reluctant to talk about.

Dan answered me within an hour with a thoughtful answer which I appreciated.

Good Luck Dan!

Mr. Carpenter is in the process of giving District 3 a huge, much-needed enema. It’s a nasty and tough job campaigning against the obese cesspool of toxic waste Ahole Hill, but we should all be thankful that someone is willing to do it.

Thank you, Mr. Carpenter, you have my vote.


A rare person could do just as you said. Most buckle, most call it quits, most do not believe in right and wrong enough but Dan does and Dan Carpenter KNOWS that the BEST way to serve this district is to rid us of the Bully first.

That is why everything smells as you bring what is there to daylight, is painful and costly now but curative when completed.

Dan Carpenter for 3rd District Supervisor NOW!

I like Debbie Peterson but think Carpenter has a better overall chance to beat Hill. I truly believe that if Peterson were to “drop out” and support Carpenter that Dan would win in the primary and it wouldn’t have to go to the runoff. Might be too late for that strategy now though.

Being respectful seems to carry little weight with the Adam Hill camp.

Respectful is under utilized. What it really means is “to be open to learning from an opposing or different view” it does not mean to strip each us of from our passions and deep beliefs. It allows learning and growing with insight. Not to be neutered!

Dan will leave you with your dignity even after a vigorous debate. Without vigorous debate we have Kings and Queens in charge not representatives of the people. We the People! Anyone remember that?

Dan is a ray of light in the darkness and light always changes darkness. Light and hope are strengths that Dan Carpenter brings to us. Let us value this gift.

Vote Dan Carpenter 3r D Supervisor NOW! Get it done!

Dan Carpenter’s positions should be yours and my positions. He examines the facts and understands the culture of San Luis Obispo County then works the issues.

He is my choice and I can not wait to experience sanity again and real people with real solutions not pre-determined outcomes by paid off and financially benefiting from the pre-determined outcome.

Represent us not yourself.

Thank you Dan for giving us a clear choice……

Although it probably won’t matter, I would send this message to the Tribune and New Times. At least you provided them both with the opportunity to print your message, later on, when you win this election, they will come running for comment etc., on county matters….then I would ignore them!!

Yes….the opinion piece went to both New Times and Tribune on the same day it went to Cal Coast News.

Dan always responds to my concerns in an open and timely fashion.

Transparency is priceless.

Yes, Dan has always listened regardless of party affiliations. He is respectful and truly cares about this community. Dan Carpenter = Common Sense.

Replace the irrational Bully with common sense leadership and elect Dan Carpenter for Supervisor of District 3!

“I strongly support the re-licensing of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant as a safe, clean, low cost energy source to our community. Closing Diablo would have a devastating impact on our local economy with the loss of jobs and tax revenue to schools and nonprofits.”

Even if re licensed, Diablo WILL close withing 30 years so San Luis Obispo County needs to prepare for that eventuality.

And if Gavin Newsom becomes Governor in 2018, the plant will probably not be re licensed. So the time to start preparing for Diablo’s closure is NOW.

Guess we all have to be sure that Gavin Newsom is not the next Governor! We need the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant to be re-licensed. If not, SLO County will be in a world of hurt re the loss of tax revenue. Knowing progressive Gavin Newsom, he will just advocate for all of us to pay more in taxes! Get your wallets out! Taxifornia is here!

No doubt it’s gone. But 30 years is a long time, several more around the country are in the same boat.

The more pressing ticking timebomb here is that darn $15 wage hike. Managing decline is the name of the game in SLO county and many other CA counties.

Well said.