10 Reasons Why to Not Vote for Lynn Compton
In 2002, the developer of the Trilogy development on the Nipomo Mesa agreed to provide a 3,000 square foot sheriff’s substation in Nipomo. See excerpt below.
Based on a cost per square foot of $350 to $400, the value of this facility equated to about $1,000,000 to $1,200,000.
On January 10, 2017, Lynn Compton was accused by other board supervisors of negotiating a bad deal after being wined and dined by the developer.
Lynn Compton subsequently received over $11,000 in donations from this developer and their partners.
Compton did not recuse herself and instead voted to approve the second phase of the Trilogy development on March 6, 2018.
She is now claiming that she got a good deal on the Sheriff substation when she only negotiated for $600K (less than half of what was in the agreement).
Under state law, the County was required to meet a June 30, 2017 deadline to ensure that stakeholders in water basins in “overdraft” formed management agencies that will create sustainable groundwater plans. The cost of the developing these plans was to be provided by the very people that use the water in these north county and south county basins.
On March 7, 2017, Lynn Compton voted to spend over $6,000,000 of our taxpayer dollars to fund planning for big water users, instead of requiring them to pay their own way.
Other supervisors opposed this saying that this was an attempt to bail out Lynn Compton’s campaign donors because she had received large campaign donations from big agricultural water users in north county.
Lynn Compton has done nothing for Oceano. Flooding, lack of sidewalks, an economically depressed business district, and homelessness plague the community of Oceano. Community residents feel disrespected and ignored by Compton by her lack of leadership and vision for this community.
On Dec. 12, 2017, Lynn Compton voted to reject revisions to the County’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which will have dire consequences for the county. Under new state law, if we fail to meet our housing requirements, the state will allow developers to build without local approvals. Compton’s vote threatens to eliminate county oversight of housing construction. And, among other things, the ordinance Compton rejected would have eliminated affordable housing fees for new homes under 1,600 square feet and reduced fees for new homes under 2,200 square feet, making it easier for home builders to build and families to buy.
Measure J was brought up as a ballot initiative asking for 0.5% sales tax over nine years to fund transportation improvements. A super majority of 2/3rds was required. Of the 66.67% needed to pass, it received 66.31%. Knowing that the majority of residents wanted to fund infrastructure improvements where do you think Lynn Compton stood on this issue? She voted against it. South County has now lost millions of dollars in state transportation improvement funds that have gone to other counties. Meanwhile, Tefft St., Highway 101, and Highway 227 remain unimproved.
On February 7, 2017, Lynn Compton voted against the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, which would have protected our coast from offshore oil.
Again, on February 8, 2018, Lynn Compton – unlike almost every other coastal county and city in California – took action against adopting a resolution telling the Trump Administration that our coasts are off limits to offshore oil when there was a narrow window to submit a resolution to the federal government which subsequently closed.
Lynn Compton changed her vote on the Phillips 66 oil train project to appease her Nipomo constituents only after it became apparent that Phillips 66 could not win at the Board level.First, her appointed Planning Commissioner voted to approve the project during the Planning Commission hearings. Second, her former campaign political consultant and current Board chair, Supervisor John Peschong, took $256,000 for “lobbying” efforts for Phillips 66 the year before the Board vote. After he had to recuse himself because of an obvious conflict of interest, a likely 2-2 vote meant defeat for the oil train project. Compton then voted against the project because her vote no longer mattered in an effort to appease her Nipomo constituents.
Community Choice Aggregation, also known as Community Choice Energy (abbreviated CCA and CCE by various parties), is a local, not-for-profit governmental program that buys and may generate electrical power on behalf of its residents, businesses, and governmental entities. The agency administering the Community Choice program may also elect to administer energy efficiency programs and other greenhouse gas emission reducing activities. There are many reasons why a community might want to pursue Community Choice energy. Potential benefits include:
- enhanced consumer choice
- local control
- expansion of renewable energy portfolios
- local economic development
- faster progress toward achieving a community’s environmental goals.
According to Clean Power Exchange, there are 14 California counties successfully using community choice energy programs.
On January 23, 2018, Lynn Compton voted against taking further action to study the feasibility of community choice energy for our community. Subsequently, in a statement to the New Times, she described it as “another bomb thrown to the board by the left.”
Instead working to help improve the quality of life for residents on the Nipomo Mesa, Lynn Compton routinely votes against taking action, dismisses and ignores residents’ concerns with condescension and denial.
Since Lynn Compton has been in office, not a single substantial park improvement has been made. Compton should not be commended for fighting for our district to get money for parks when she only started the fight after being in office for three years and most of the money went to other districts. She was asleep at the wheel.
According to the Holland family, Lynn Compton participated in a cover up of the details surrounding Andrew Holland’s death in the county jail. The Hollands allege that Compton misled the public by classifying Andrew’s case as “medical malpractice” and made no effort to correct the record after she saw video footage from the jail released in a report by The Tribune.