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Debbie Arnold should stay out of Paso basin business

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It has often been repeated in public meetings by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors that county staff and the board would not advocate for or against the proposed Paso Robles Basin Water District. Staff and those supervisors who support the formation of the locally controlled and managed public water district have honorably upheld this agreement.

Many neighbors and I find it disconcerting that Supervisor Debbie Arnold, who wants county control of our water and who unsuccessfully lobbied hard here and in Sacramento against the water district, would renege on her agreement not to wade into the issue. Supervisor Arnold has published multiple opinion pieces in local media outlets and called into local radio numerous times to offer her opinion on the proposed district. Most recently Supervisor Arnold called in to KPRL. She couches her misinformation as her “personal opinion” but anyone in office knows that they speak with the voice of their office, and people listen accordingly.

If another supervisor were to come out and support the district in local media to the same degree that Mrs. Arnold has opposed it, a witch hunt would ensue. County staff and the other supervisors have respected their agreement to stay out—but apparently that standard doesn’t seem to apply to Mrs. Arnold.

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