Keith Gurnee will advocate for SLO City residents

October 29, 2018

Allan Cooper


Over the past year, I have been privileged to work with a large, non-partisan, grassroots group of San Luis Obispo residents. This informal coalition of residents, dubbed “SLO Neighbor’s United,” shared a concern about the systematic destruction of our city’s character and quality of life. We decided to search for mayoral and city council candidates who would vow to protect and preserve our small town charm.

We found those persons in T. Keith Gurnee, Sarah Flickinger and James Lopes.

All three advocate preserving existing residents’ quality of life by insuring that we live within our means. They are mindful of the impacts that new development will have on our scarce water (Lake Nacimiento is 13 % full even after our first rain) and antiquated road infrastructure.

They advocate that general and local revenue measure funds be spent on essential services (as our local revenue measure was originally intended to do) and will oppose using general funds for salary increases or pet projects promoted by either the council, staff or unelected, special interest groups.

Over the past two years, Mayor Heidi Harmon and the council have become the face of fast-moving large development projects, high-end housing tracts, “exclusive” bike lanes, reduced parking in an already-dense downtown and reduction of public participation. Mayor Harmon is still a novice to local politics and dedicates most of her time as an advocate for national-progressive platforms.

None of our candidates are novices to municipal politics. Keith is a retired urban designer and community consensus seeker. He is a former member of the San Luis Obispo City Council, Planning Commission and a former Planning Director for Morro Bay. Keith is an old hand at conducting interactive workshops with a long track record as an environmentalist and CEQA expert.

Jamie has served as a land-use planner with San Luis Obispo County for 36 years and served on the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, Architectural Review Committee and the Planning Commission.

Sarah has been a neighborhood advocate and past HOA president in the Los Verdes Parks, has successfully settled three CEQA challenges to development with the State of California CALTRANS, the City of San Luis Obispo and the Avila Ranch developers on behalf of the neighborhoods, worked to have new infrastructure included in the LUCE, has worked professionally in advertising, marketing, communications and media and has extensive community service.

Keith, as mayor, will push back against under-parked, over-scaled, incompatible housing developments even if the state has made it more difficult for cities to deny these projects. He will push back against projects like 22 Chorro based on traffic impacts alone.

And he will insist that existing residents will not be saddled with the ever-increasing infrastructure costs incurred by future development. As Keith has said, “I am for growth that’s consistent with our character and scale, not for growth that obliterates it.”

In the final analysis, we support Keith, Sarah and Jamie because they are clear-headed, practical and will bring professionalism and new ideas to the council. Moreover, they will be excellent representatives of those city residents who feel they aren’t adequately heard.

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I don’t know much about Gurnee besides that his writing seems intelligent enough. But mainly Heidi must go. I voted Gurnee

I’m voting for Keith Gurnee.

Will you?

Is there a viable choice?

I have had an opportunity to work with James Lopes in the past. I think he is a worthwhile candidate. Gurnee however, reminds me of a very strange uncle that I stayed away from.

Thank you Mr. Cooper for your years of activism in the city of San Luis Obispo. I know that you’re a long time Democrat and it’s commendable that you put the future of our city ahead of partisan politics. Sadly there’s been a lot of mudslinging and “alternative facts” directed at Keith Gurnee. It’s admirable that he’s taken the high road and is turning the other cheek. The smear campaign against him is typical Adam Hill, Tom Fulks tactics. Nice that Mayor Harmon can have others do most of her dirty work for her. I’m sorry that I voted for her last time. Thanks to her I’m now a “no party preference” voter.

I can’t help but think that this endorsement may be candidates Lopes and Flickinger’s undoing, so great is the ill will cultivated on the NIMBY side of the current political divide.


With our municipal election just one week away, I think we see a growing wave of support for Mr. Keith Gurnee to become the new mayor of San Luis Obispo.  The so-called progressives had their chance to govern our city, and they failed miserably.  Heidi Harmon must go.

Moreover, we must not only elect Keith Gurnee, but also get rid of Heidi Harmon’s minions, Carlyn Christianson, Dan Revere, and Aaron Gomez.  These three vote consistently with Harmon, and they conspire to raise taxes,  expand poorly thought out growth, and diminish existing residents in SLO.  They need to go.

I support Sarah Flickinger  and James Lopes for election to the SLO city council, because Mr. Gurnee needs some steady cohorts as the new council works to rectify the mistakes that Harmon & Co. have made over the past few years.  Sadly, the current ‘progressive’ city council has approved unwise development, building heights up to 8 stories high, allowing out-of-town developers to not have to approve infrastructure as a condition for approving their development, and poor spending priorities which have created a budget deficit at city hall.

Harmon & Co. have utterly failed to lead, and they pursue an overly partisan, whacky left agenda, at the expense of working families in SLO, so we all need to turnout for the election on Tuesday, November 6, so that we can recapture our city and fire Heidi Harmon, Carlyn Christianson, and Aaron Gomez.  Let’s remove this corrupt element from the body politic.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, Elect Gurnee, Lopes & Flicking .

Fire Heidi Harmon

Fire Carlyn Christianson

Fire Aaron Gomez

End Corruption.

This messaging is shamelessly misleading.

Fire Dan Rivoire? His term is up this year and he chose not to run again.

Fire Aaron Gomez? His term isn’t up until 2020.

Neither can be “fired” as part of the November election.