Did Arroyo Grande Councilman Paulding vote to give himself a raise?

May 6, 2022


Jimmy Paulding, an Arroyo Grande councilman, is trying to unseat incumbent San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton with a campaign heavy on feigned outrage.

With the election fast approaching, Paulding accused Compton and developer Nick Tompkins of funding Back the Badge, a political action committee, and disseminating false information about his voting record, in a video message he released Thursday. Paulding asks voters not to believe a flier that says he voted as a city council member to increase his salary.

“So, you may have received some of these attack ads, they contain all kinds of false information,” Paulding says on Facebook. “For example, one of um says as a city council member I voted to increase my salary, when I voted against that twice.”

On Dec. 10, 2019, Paulding voted to increase his pay as a council member by 60%, from $405 a month to $648 a month, after voting against the raise a month earlier. Paulding also voted to change the timing of his next council race, which will allow him to run for the city council if he loses his bid for supervisor.

Video of Jimmy Paulding’s Facebook message, Paulding voting on compensation and discussing timing for elections.

In his Facebook post, Paulding also accuses Compton of funding Back the Badge, which would violate campaign rules.

“That is absolutely ridiculous,” Compton said. “I have nothing to do with Back the Badge.”

Last month, two businesses owned by Tompkins donated $15,000 each, for a total of $30,000 to Back the Badge.

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Do you really think for a minute that Mr. Paulding has told developers “I don’t want your money”? Maybe developers are not supporting his campaign because he has taken almost $30,000 from construction themed UNIONS, with probably more funds still coming in! This includes Laborers Local #220, Sheet Metal Workers #104, IBEW of SLO, and Southwest Regional Councils of Carpenters, based out of Los Angeles. If they start requiring small developers to hire union workers, that puts lots of local construction workers out of business!

No need to go negative and attack this low-level candidate Paulding by Lynn Compton and her supporters. Just like Gibson and his supporters, they expose themselves with their own incompetence and two face double speak with their own words and actions. Jimmy, again like Gibson, you lack the character, integrity and honesty for the position or any representation of your constituents. Go take a long walk along the mesa.