Summer has arrived, and we are already experiencing extreme heat in many parts of the County. Unfortunately, the challenges of the past few years are still with us concerning drought conditions and wildland fire danger.

This past winter brought little rain, leaving reservoirs low. The lack of rainfall also resulted in low moisture content in the native vegetation, further increasing the risk of severe wildfires. Our local SLO County Firesafe Council provides tips to protect your home or business against fire. Visit for more information.

The cost of gasoline will continue to be high this summer, making it more expensive to travel for summer vacation. The good news is we live in a beautiful area, a perfect place for a staycation. We talk about local shopping, so this is a great year to play locally. I urge everyone to go to the San Luis Obispo County Parks website and explore the exciting recreational opportunities at home. Check out local golf courses for a reasonably priced way to enjoy the day. Dairy Creek, just north of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and of course Chalk Mountain right here in Atascadero, provide fun for the whole family.

For first-class camping close to home, the County has several beautiful parks. The Coastal Dunes RV Park and Campground in Grover Beach, the El Chorro Regional Park and Campground north of San Luis Obispo, the Santa Margarita Lake Campground, the Lopez Lake campground, and the Oceano Park Campground all provide San Luis Obispo County families an excellent opportunity to enjoy a scenic outdoor adventure.

Those who don’t camp can enjoy our beautiful parks designed for day use where they can enjoy the outdoors. Some of these County Parks are designated dog parks so you can take your four-legged friends with you. Finally, SLO County Parks maintains miles of beautiful hiking trails throughout the County. Many of these trails boast some of the most beautiful vistas in the world. To see a complete list of the vast trail systems or any other facilities SLO County parks offer, visit This summer, create your staycation and enjoy all San Luis Obispo offers.

It is an honor to represent you on the County Board of Supervisors.

Debbie Arnold
(805) 781-4339


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.