Let’s set the record straight…
1. My opponent lied; I voted in the 2016 election. Lynn Compton stated at the candidate debate on May 10th that I have not voted in the last two elections. This is untrue. I have voted every year since I was eligible to vote except 2014. In the general election of 2014, my wife and I had a miscommunication which resulted in both of our absentee ballots, which were completely filled out, not getting delivered to the polls on time. I was in law school that night in Santa Barbara, and not able to get them in on time. Ironically, I spent more time and energy researching the candidates on that ballot than I ever had previously spent on prior elections. Regarding the primary election that same year, my wife and I both recall voting absentee that year and were completely caught off guard to hear that our ballots were for some reason not received. I have contacted the County Clerk’s office, and they are looking through notes in the record to determine what might have happened. What is important to note is that I have never intentionally not voted. This accident does not mean that I don’t care about South County. On the contrary, I love this community and want to serve this community.
2. My opponent lied; crime has gone up according to our own Sheriff. At recent candidate debates and in her ballot description, Compton has claimed crime is on the decline in South County, citing reduced call volumes as her basis. However, per a Sheriff’s Town Hall meeting held in Oceano on March 8, 2018, of which both Compton and myself were in attendance, she heard Sheriff Parkinson discuss rising crime in South County. Links to the video of that meeting where Parkinson discusses a rise in crime are available here: Part 1 and Part 2. Most of the statistics-oriented discussion takes place at the end of Part 1 and beginning of Part 2. For example, according to Parkinson, “In 2016, in Oceano, we had 5,621 calls for service. In 2017, we had 5,850 calls for service, so up in number of calls. That has been the norm over the last probably 8 to 10 years. We’ve seen this steady climb. And that steady climb is for a variety of reasons. But realistically, as our population grows, as our demographic grows, as crime changes, as we change laws, that changes with it.” Moreover, Parkinson speaks to both Oceano and Nipomo throughout the meeting, so it is assumed his numbers represent South County. In addition, the crime data available on the Citizen’s Service Portal on the Sheriff’s website corroborates the fact that crime has gone up. Compton needs to explain how she can justify saying crime has gone down when she was in attendance of the town hall meeting mentioned above.
3. My opponent lied; I have not misrepresented my experience. See my FAQ sheet, which has been available on my website for months for an explanation of my work experience. I started my career as a project planner with Vanir Construction Management, Inc. in 2008, and was later promoted to project manager. I was the project lead on projects for Butte County (county government center planning), Kings County (jail expansion), Del Norte County (airport improvement program), Caltrans (tenant improvement of District 7 headquarters building pre-litigation), and California Men’s Colony (wastewater treatment plant pre-litigation). The strengths I bring from my professional experience are:
- Developing plans with complete visions, missions, goals, objectives, and tasks
- Facilitating and managing meetings
- Preparing and managing schedules and budgets
- Implementing program/project objectives with diverse stakeholder groups
- Coordinating stakeholder workshops and charrettes
- Performing comprehensive research and preparing findings and recommendations
- Breaking down complex issues into understandable and manageable units
- Managing interdisciplinary teams of professionals to achieve project objectives
- Delivering presentations to the public and government agencies
- Resolving disputes with a range of mediation and negotiation strategies and tactics
- Conducting legal research and drafting legal documents
4. My opponent lied; I do not support a house “tax.” Compton claims in her literature that I support a “house tax that would increase the price of new homes and make them even more unaffordable.” I assume she is referring to my support of the County’s existing inclusionary housing ordinance and the recently proposed revisions, which would have reduced or eliminated fees for smaller homes, thus making it cheaper to build housing that is affordable by design. I expressed my support for these revisions in a letter to the editor to the Tribune on December 30, 2017. I was not alone in expressing these sentiments. In fact, the Tribune Editorial Board and myself agreed on the proposed revisions to the ordinance, which culminated in the Editorial Board writing an article on this point calling the Board of Supervisors the “do nothing Board of Supervisors.” At the May 7th candidate debate, Compton claimed this house “tax” amounts to a $30,000 tax on first time homebuyers. Where is this number coming from? Compton should be called out on her blatant misinformation campaign.
5. My opponent lied; community choice energy has not been ruled out as infeasible for our area. Community Choice Energy – At the May 7th candidate debate, Compton cited statistics that indicated a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program had been determined to be infeasible for our area, and that it would result in higher utility bills. This is misinformation. The study she cited was an August 2017 study that determined CCE was not feasible as a Tri-Counties project. The vote I criticized her for taking on the board was her vote to stop staff from studying the feasibility of CCE for our County region alone, which according to this article published in the Tribune, could be completely feasible. The fact that the City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with CCE says a lot in terms of feasibility. And the fact that Compton and the Board majority “killed” CCE with no good reason – a common trend – is extremely problematic and one of the reasons why I’m running for County Supervisor.