Regarding “The challenger” (an interview with Ed Waage, 3rd District county supervisor candidate) by Matt Fountain (April 26):
Candidate Ed Waage appears disingenuous when he claims he will try to find solutions “not based on ideology.” The fact that Waage is supported by former supervisor Jerry Lenthall, one of the most conservative ideologues this county has ever seen, leads me to believe that Waage is misleading us.
I fear that Waage (and his doppelganger, Debbie Arnold) would replicate the previous “Three Amigos” (Jerry Lenthall, Harry Ovitt, and Katcho Achadjian), whose conservative majority routinely ignored recommendations from the Planning Commission and the county planning staff. In some egregious cases, the Three Amigos allowed developers or landowners or pro-growth attorneys to replace the Planning Commission recommendations with their own much weaker policies. One example was the North Coast Viewshed Ordinance, which greatly weakened the original ordinance proposal.
The County General Plan supports smart growth, but Mr. Waage seems to waver on this subject. Waage states, “I mean, I understand what smart growth is, but sometimes you can go too far, or you end up raising the costs so much that you end up without adequate housing.” But “un-smart growth” is exactly what the Three Amigos routinely approved. One example was the Santa Margarita Ranch project, a housing enclave for the wealthy, which brought sprawl and unaffordable housing. And, in Pismo Beach, Waage voted to support the controversial Los Robles del Mar annexation, another study in “un-smart” sprawl in the Price Canyon area.
After reading the interview with Ed Waage, I’m convinced that Adam Hill is our best choice for supervisor.