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My focus is to provide a collective voice for the citizens of Arroyo Grande. The decisions we make today impact the Arroyo Grande of tomorrow. Together, we can preserve what we love about our city while balancing the needs of today with the needs of many generations to come.

My Principles

Community Engagement

Utilizing community participation techniques to expand public involvement

Transparency & Accountability

Ensuring local government is open, transparent, and accountable to the citizens of Arroyo Grande

Economic Development

Maintaining and creating head-of-household jobs, bringing in revenue to keep our city financially sound, and supporting our local business community

Controlled Growth

Advocating for smart policies that will balance the housing needs of our work force with environmental and historic preservation

My Pledge to the Citizens of Arroyo Grande

I will listen to all points of view respectfully and act accordingly.

I will never allow partisan considerations to influence governing decisions.

I will make decisions in which social, environmental and economic issues are considered and balanced.

Who is Jimmy Paulding?

An Arroyo Grande native, Jimmy Paulding knows every street, playing field, ice cream shop, house of worship and mom-and-pop business in his community. This comes from having grown up, studied, worked, married and settled in a place that shaped who he is.

Jimmy loves Arroyo Grande, and will defend its values and way of life. He’s a man with a vision designed to nurture and improve what’s best about his home.

Jimmy, 33, represents a new generation that is devoted to local civic mindedness, informed by being a lifelong resident of SLO County whose parents taught him right from wrong, kindness, compassion, generosity, faith in God and the practical application of hard work and common sense.

An attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California, Paulding attended Arroyo Grande primary schools, graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly and a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law.

The son of a local police officer and a high school teacher, Paulding today manages Paulding Law, a local law practice, where he practices in the fields of estate planning, real estate, environmental, land use, and construction law.

Solving land use issues is in Jimmy’s blood. While at Cal Poly, he interned with the City of Arroyo Grande Community Development Department, where he processed permit applications, performed plan checks, drafted staff reports and delivered presentations to staff, the Architectural Review Committee, Historic Resources Committee, and Planning Commission. While at the City, Jimmy was acknowledged for his hard work in addressing – through public outreach and zoning policy research – the controversial issue of “mansionization” that was impacting the historic neighborhoods of the Arroyo Grande village.

Upon graduation, Jimmy worked for over a decade at Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Arcadis North America, Inc. as a planner, project manager, and area manager. Always contracting with government clients, such as the City of Santa Monica, SLO County, Del Norte County, Butte County, Kings County, and the State of California, Jimmy gained strong first-hand knowledge of local and state government operations. Helping local governments plan, budget, design, bid and build multi-million dollar public works projects such as wastewater treatment plants, road improvements, jail expansions, and airport redevelopments has been Jimmy’s expertise. His private sector training has been an asset in his ability to find creative, cost-effective solutions for government projects.

When Jimmy sets his mind to something, he gets it done. While working, he attended night school at the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law where he commuted three nights a week to Santa Barbara and back. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 2016 and passed the California Bar exam in February 2017 on his first try.

After almost winning a seat on the County Board of Supervisors (narrowly lost by 60 votes out of a 18,000+ in June of 2018), Jimmy campaigned for and was elected to the Arroyo Grande City Council in November 2018, and is currently serving a four-year term. In addition to serving on the city council, he has the pleasure of serving on a number of local boards such as the Air Pollution Control District Board, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments Board, Regional Transit Authority Board, and the South County Transit Authority Board.

Make no mistake, Jimmy's endeavors fuel his passion for public service. He strongly believes that together we can continue to make our world a better place to thrive!

Jimmy and Kendra Paulding

Jimmy and Kendra Paulding met at Cal Poly in 2007. They married in 2009. They currently live in Arroyo Grande off Huasna Road with their miniature golden doodle dog, Remy. When time permits, Jimmy and Kendra love to garden, cook, and take long dog walks and hikes. Jimmy also plays electric guitar and sings in the local band, Oso Sol.

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