It’s been a hot summer this year, and as usual North County has experienced some triple digit temperature days. Those days often bring wonderful warm evenings perfect for enjoying the outdoors.

With the Mid-State Fair behind us, I want to give a shout out to the success of this year’s Fair and a big than you to the businesses and individuals who supported our local youth with their 4-H and FFA projects. The Mid-State Fair is another wonderful example of a traditional community-oriented event to experience here on the Central Coast.

The County has been busy working on an issue that has affected Atascadero businesses and communities for some time. Recently, the Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the countywide plan to address homelessness 2022-2027.

The details of this plan can be found by going to the County website, and looking up the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 9, 2022, (Item #39) or by clicking this link. It is a well thought out plan designed to better coordinate funding for programs to reduce homelessness in SLO County. The plan includes providing more shelter opportunities, affordable housing, a database for more accountability, and services to assist the homeless.

Lastly, as the County continues to suffer under severe drought conditions, fire danger remains high. The SLO County Firesafe Council is working with state and local fire agencies to bring funding to the county for preventative work and to reduce wildland fire severity. Currently, Firesafe Council has secured over $12 million for local and grant-funded fire prevention projects.

It is hard to believe that it’s time for a new school year to begin, marking the end of summer. As the weather cools, I look forward to seeing you at some of the many fun events held in and around Atascadero.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to clear up some confusion created by the redistricting with the reminder that I will continue to represent the citizens of Atascadero until the first Monday of January 2025.

It is an honor to serve as your 5th district County Supervisor.

Debbie Arnold
5th District Supervisor


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.