Colin Rigley wrote in his story “So long, Sarah,” (Dec. 17) about Sarah Christie’s resignation from the planning commission: “But Christie’s departure would signify much more than just the loss of a mid-level decision maker who is virtually a volunteer (planning commissioners make $150 per meeting); it would be a sign the county’s political infrastructure is vulnerable to pressure from private interests.” Is this new news that the county’s political infrastructure is vulnerable to pressure from private interests? Wake up, private interests are running county government. It is the rare person, like Sarah Christie, who is able to stand up to the pressure of those private interests and give voice to the lobbyist-less public, those who judge success on grounds different than short-term corporate profitability.
Would Rigley be shocked to know that in government (including San Luis Obispo County) local, state, and federal laws go unenforced for the benefit of private interests? County employees get harassed by board members with the acquiescence of their department heads (sitting at the pleasure of the board) for the benefit of private interests. Thank you, Sarah Christie, for your continuing service to the community and for your rational, intelligent approach to problem solving.