With blue skies returning, residents are enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful green hillsides. After the heavy rainfall we experienced in January, the County Public Works Department is still busy cleaning mudslides off the many miles of County roads and making repairs to roads damaged by floodwaters. Information found on the County’s website recoverslo.org states, “On January 17, 2023, the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California (FEMA-4683-DR) for severe winter storms was amended to include the County of San Luis Obispo for individual assistance, debris removal, and emergency protective measures. Residents of San Luis Obispo County will now be eligible to apply for Federal financial assistance, and public agencies will be eligible to seek reimbursement for the removal of debris.” This is good news for the County and the City of Atascadero as they work to clean up after the storm. Although the storm was severe, the rain we received was a much-needed boost to our rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

I will continue to act as President of the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council for 2023. The large amounts of rainfall will likely result in more vegetation growth and fire fuel throughout the County once the summer heat comes. The Fire Safe Council continues to bring millions of dollars into this County to work on fire prevention projects. The Council is presently working with the City of Atascadero on projects to help with planning and preparation designed to minimize damage should a wildfire occur in or near the city.

Some businesses are challenged with spiking inflation and supply chain issues. So it is more important than ever that we all try to do business locally to help support our businesses through this rocky time. Atascadero has lots to offer residents and tourists in fine dining, breweries, wineries, and shopping. So, let’s do our part to keep our business community strong and thriving. Please feel free to contact me with questions and concerns regarding County services. It is an honor to serve as your 5th District Supervisor.

-Debbie Arnold


5th District Supervisor, Debbie Arnold

Debbie Arnold moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1973 to attend Cal Poly, she fell in love with both her husband, Steve, and the farming and ranching values that had been a part of the Arnold family way of life for more than 5 generations. While raising two children, she owned and operated a small business in Atascadero for more than 17 years. She then had the privilege of advocating for local families as a Legislative Aide at the County Supervisor’s office and as a San Luis Obispo District Representative for the State Senate. During these years, she worked with a broad range of community groups and interests, bringing people together to solve problems. Debbie Arnold now serves as the 5th District Supervisor for San Luis Obispo County.