SLO County supervisors argue over committee assignments

January 24, 2017

SLO County Board of Supervisors 2017

By KAREN VELIE

During a contentious San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, supervisors battled for several prominent positions while leaving several committees without county representation.

Of the 22 available committee positions, multiple supervisors applied to represent the county on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and the Economic Vitality Commission (EVC). At the same time, no one applied for four less influential committees.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson, who has represented the county on CSAC for eight years, and Supervisor John Peschong applied for CSAC, while Supervisor Adam Hill and Supervisor Lynn Compton sought the CSAC alternate position.

During a heated debate, Hill said that Gibson was the only supervisor with the ability and experience to attend CSAC meetings. Not voting for Gibson was a “petty political trophy” for the Republican board majority, Hill said.

Supervisor Debbie Arnold thanked Gibson for his eight years of service, but said she would be voting for Peschong represent the county on the committee that lobbies at the state level regarding policy decisions.

“I do not believe that if you’re not on CSAC we will lose our voice,” Arnold said. “I chose Peschong and his policies to represent the board at CSAC.”

Gibson asked Peschong, who Gibson claimed was unqualified for CSAC, to consider other committee appointments and let him have CSAC.

The board then voted 3-2 to have Peschong represent the county on CSAC and to have Compton serve as the alternate, with Hill and Gibson dissenting.

After losing the vote, Gibson and Hill claimed that Peschong, Arnold and Compton are controlled by developers who have donated to their campaigns and the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, a claim they repeat regularly when they are on the losing side of a vote. Nevertheless, Hill has garnered more money in the past five years from developers than any other county supervisor.

The pattern continued with the board voting 3-2 to have Compton and Peschong represent the board on the EVC and 3-2 to appoint Arnold and Compton to LAFCO. In both cases, Hill and Gibson dissented.

Near the end of the meeting, County Counsel Rita Neal reminded the board that there were four committees that no one had applied for which included the Adult Services Policy Council, Behavioral Health Advisory Board, the Cal Poly Campus Planning Commission and the Cal ID Advisory Board.

Arnold then agreed to sit on both the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and the Cal Poly Campus Planning Commission. She then asked Gibson if he would agree to sit on the remaining two committees. Gibson did not respond.


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pasodowny

So glad that Gibson’s CSAC Sacramento ties have been cut. He’s a poor representative to send to the state capital. And he performs all sorts of extracurricular shenanigans on behalf of but unbeknownst to SLO Co while in Sacramento.


Jorge Estrada

This has been a great victory for the public. I trust government more today than I have in a long time. SLO County is going to put the State in the middle and squeeze the Brown out of California’s anti-federal policies.


Pelican1

Adam, Bruce, the board’s decision was NOT about petty politics, it was about CHARACTER.

In your case it’s about lack of character. It’s time for a much needed change, and that change is now. Get used to it.


avidreader

Just the best day ever. Now the brats will pout and blame everyone except themselves. This is just fun to watch, seriously.


Mariposa

avidreader – give you a ‘thumbs down’ because watching Supervisors Gibson and Hill attempt to coerce and manipulate Supervisors Arnold, Compton, and now Peschong shouldn’t be labeled as “fun to watch.” It is deplorable that our County electorate, time after time, elect despicable characters. Our County supervisors shouldn’t “entertain” us as if we were visiting animals in a zoo or circus. Our County supervisors need to act in a mature, respectful manner at all times.


Pelican1

Actually, it was fun to watch them self destruct.They have chosen to throw decorum out the window and behave in a manner so as to be voted out by the majority.

Of course it’s deplorable and unprofessional and a poor example of governance, but it’s reality…and will remain that way until they are voted out of office…so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.


Mariposa

Aah, Pelican1, therein is the crux – “…until they are voted out of office…” The SLO County electorate have proven they prefer the despicables over honest, respectable supervisors. Incomprehensible!


Pelican1

Welcome to SLO politics.


rukidding

Who cares about all of this childish behavior?

Let’s move on to the important issues.


slojustice

Love seeing the two stooges squirm. Is there a faithful spouse committee for Bruce? How About a bullying committee for Adam.


jimmy_me

Committee meetings: every administrator’s wet dream. A fantastic excuse to do nothing while making it seem like you’re doing something. Apparently the BOS have some extra time that they’re opting to spend arguing. Your tax dollars at work.


kayaknut

The “Behavioral Health Advisory Board”, can’t think of anyone better to sit on this board than Adam Hill, no one knows about (having) behavioral issues than Hill.


T-Bone

“After losing the vote, Gibson and Hill claimed that Peschong, Arnold and Compton are controlled by developers who have donated to their campaigns and the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, a claim they repeat regularly when they are on the losing side of a vote. Nevertheless, Hill has garnered more money in the past five years from developers than any other county supervisor.”

There’s that pesky fact…


It’s probably best that Adam Torres Hill and Bruce Gibson don’t sit on any committee’s, let them sit in the corner and have their pout.