5th District Supervisor,              Debbie Arnold

Happy New Year to all. I want to thank the Chamber for facilitating the candidate forum held January 9th at the United Methodist Church. This public debate was well attended and gave both candidates running for 5th District Supervisor (including myself) a chance to address the public on important issues. The election will be held March 3rd this year, so the candidate forum was very timely.

One of the other Boards I serve on here in the County is the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). LAFCO is the commission that is charged with orderly formation and development of local agencies. They are the body that votes on the creation or dissolution of special districts. They also vote on annexations and boundaries within the County.

Recently the LAFCO Commission gave a public presentation on affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County. County staff, SLOCOG staff, and Phil Dunsmore of Atascadero staff gave an excellent presentation on what kinds of housing the State is mandating and how this county is meeting those goals.

I want to congratulate the Atascadero community on their state mandated numbers while providing a variety of homes for all income levels. I am also happy to see Atascadero attracting jobs and businesses to the area, and really working to achieve a jobs/housing balance. The City is doing all of this while still maintaining the beauty and character we all cherish.

On the County front, we will continue in this new year to work on the challenges and issues of homelessness, road maintenance, and water supply and on the land use side affordable housing, cannabis, and hemp.

It’s an honor to serve as your representative on the Board of Supervisors.

Debbie Arnold