The District 5 incumbent SLO County supervisor has the big money and the big signs, and it shows when she is deep in the pockets of developers and corporations. Debbie Arnold's mantra is “profit rights”—if it means making big profits, she is all for it, no matter the cost to the community.
Take, for example, her vote for the quarry just outside Santa Margarita. The county’s own staff said it was not needed and was dangerous for the community (more than 200 gravel trucks a day running through town and over the only street going to the elementary school). The whole community was against it, Republicans and Democrats alike. Did Debbie care? Not on your life.
Her mind is in the past, not toward the future, even voting down a feasibility study to look at clean energy.
And where exactly is she in the community? Aside from a few well-placed community fundraisers, she is nowhere to be seen. What are we to do?
Luckily, we have a good option in the upcoming election. Eric Michielssen looks toward the future and to the community. From his beginnings as a small-business owner to real estate agent to workforce housing small developer, he is now an organic farmer. He and his wife run their farm on solar power and with a motto of sustainability. He understands that we need to balance business with good wages and a clean environment.
And community? Well, he is all over the place. From resurrecting the granges to starting a girl’s soccer league to helping the self-help housing agency save money, he is active in the community all the time, working to keeping our community wholesome and our quality of life intact. Eric Michielssen is a great choice on June 7.
-- Mark Tomes - Santa Margarita