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Debbie Arnold to Challenge Jim Patterson

Here is an email making its way around town on Tuesday. Interesting, but we’ve been predicting this for awhile.

“Debbie Arnold is going to run against Jim Patterson for 5th District Supervisor.

You are invited to attend the public announcement this Friday, January 11th at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the old court house in San Luis Obispo on the Osos street side.

The news media will be there and we want a huge crowd for the announcement which will only take a few minutes.  Please make plans to attend and bring a friend.

Debbie Arnold worked for Mike Ryan when he served as Supervisor where she gained tremendous experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the county.  She has also worked for Sam Blakeslee gaining even more experience and knowledge at the state level.

The Arnold family has farmed and ranched the land in Pozo for many years and continues to do so today.  Debbie owned and operated Small Wonders Preschool in the city of Atascadero for 17 years and knowsthe challenges of being a business owner and a working mother.  The family’s Uncle Claude Arnold was a Supervisor in the 1940’s and his 
statue is at the court house where Debbie will make her announcement.”

  1. Anonymous
    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    KVEC & Dave taking sides in a local ellection? hmmm Doesn’t sound like “hometown” to me.
    Smacks of special interest.
    Beware, the bully pulpit may eb built on sand.

  2. SUE
    January 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    The local Reeps love the personable, empty suits of either gender. Don’t they have anyone who is not in bed with the development community?

  3. Dave Congalton
    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Who is taking sides? This is the official announcement that was emailed out to local Republicans. I’m merely posting it to confirm a prediction I made months ago.

    Note that the entire announcement is in quotation marks, please.

  4. Anonymous
    January 9, 2008 at 5:40 am

    sorry dave im with anomyous I thought you wrote your blog. when I first read your blog it sounded like you were on here side maybe you should state that your copying and paste

  5. Rich from Paso
    January 9, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Further clarification is unnecessary since the first sentence of his post is:

    “Here is an email making its way around town on Tuesday.”

    Clearly, the comments that followed were from that e-mail and were direct quotes since they were preceded and followed by ” “.

    Dave gets enough grief and comments from the blogisphere of SLO with the content of his radio show and this blog. He doesn’t need grief from anonymous people that don’t read for comprehension.

  6. moquiti
    January 10, 2008 at 6:09 am

    I’ll be looking forward to see if Arnold will make a distinction between the importance of agriculture, and the ongoing development (and subsequent loss) of agricultural land. This is a distinction that neither the POPRs nor the Farm Bureau will make. They have proven adept at clouding the issue by making the property rights argument paramount.

    Arnold is touting her Farm Bureau support. The Farm Bureau is one of the sacred cows of California politics. Unmasking the Farm Bureau would be a good line of investigation by SLO’s new online journalists. The Farm Bureau is not what it seems.

    Another huge Ag issue on the horizon is draft changes in the General Plan to allow expanded non-Ag uses on Ag parcels, in the guise of promoting tourism, aka: dude ranches, retreats, camping, etc.

    The future of Ag is changing. One important question for all supervisor candidates would be: how is development, specifically cluster housing and transient lodging and services, part of this Ag future? Is SLO county’s agriculture turning into the Knott’s Berry Farm version?

  7. Jocko
    January 10, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Everyone knows that Patterson is nothing more than a puppet for Sarah Christie. She calls the shots on the Planning Commission and tells Jimmy how to vote and what to do. She got him elected and he never says no to her.

    So when I vote for Debbie, I’m doing so because of Sarah. I can’t wait.

  8. cowgirl2
    January 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    You go girl. The 5th District should have a choice and she is a good one. I was surprised when I read the newspaper and this blog but thought she is the perfect candidate to take on the men. A little common sense on the BOS dias is needed. I know she ran a business in Atascadero for so many years while raising 2 great kids and driving in every day from Pozo. But she handled so many important issues for us while working for Assemblyman Blakeslee competely that we think the 5th district would be lucky to have her. And quite calling ranchers, developers. Perhaps some facts about how much land is be put in agriculture preserves instead of how much out will surface.

  9. Anonymous
    January 11, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Debbie is what this county needs, honest, strong and hard working. She has the knowledge and experience. Besides the Board could use a woman on it!

  10. Ralph
    January 11, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Better than being in bed with Jim Patterson, Sarah Cristy.

  11. greengirl
    January 12, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I’m thrilled to have a person of Debbie’s integrity and work ethic running for 5th District Supervisor. She has consistently shown an eagerness to listen to all sides, then work toward a solution that protects agricultural land AND the people who depend on it for their livelihood.

    She also know her way around Sacramento. Maybe this county will finally start getting more of the state services we’re paying though the nose for!

  12. moquiti
    January 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    greengirl said:
    She has consistently shown an eagerness to listen to all sides, then work toward a solution that protects agricultural land AND the people who depend on it for their livelihood.

    This is an example of reasoning that has become more evident since the viewshed issue came to light.

    1. Ag listens to all sides, as long as those sides represent Ag-dependent activities. If you’re not involved in agriculture you’re voice is not welcome.

    2. Ag representatives in the county government bureaucracy & leadership works to increase the financial stability of an industry that already enjoys one of the highest rates of public subsidies and legislative protection (besides banks, insurance & defense).

    3. If, during actual public comment, all rational argument fails, then the “protect our property rights” canard is hauled out, everybody gives a respectful bow, and the will of Ag is once more respected, while the resultant coup is called a “compromise.”

  13. crestonbob
    January 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Holy cow. Anyone saying that Sarah Christie dictates how Jim votes is so dead wrong and is clearly not paying attention. Jim is perhaps the most contemplative guy up there at the Board. The other four, including Gibson, always seem to have their mind made up before hand. And Jim has often voted opposite Sarah before when they’ve had appeals from the Planning Commission. Just because Sarah’s a bad apple, and she is, doesn’t mean that the Board should lose the one member who actually works for the public and not for his own self interest. Need I remind you that Jim Patterson was also in the minority in voting against the Board of Supervisors pay increase. Does anyone think the Mike Ryan / Debbie Arnold type folks would have done that???

  14. Zuke
    January 22, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I’m with CrestonBob on this. I’ve worked with Jim Patterson on several occasions, and I find him to be thoughtful, respectful, and a very sharp individual. He is able to take in a lot of very technical information in short order and make sense of the details while also looking at the big picture and making the hard decisions. I’ve also seen him vote against the Board majority when his ethic dictates such – e.g. the Supervisors’ pay increase.

    I’m a Republican and I firmly support Jim and his slow/planned growth policies, so lets keep the snide anti-Rep comments down, ok? Not all Republicans support those ag-land turned huge monster housing developments and big-box stores.

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