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The following article was posted on January 9th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 24 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 24

Changing of the guard

BY MATT FOUNTAIN


PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER

Outgoing San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Patterson offered congratulatory words to incoming District 5 Supervisor Debbie Arnold (pictured), following her swearing-in at a special Jan. 7 meeting. District Four Supervisor Paul Teixeira was also sworn-in as the new board chair, an honor that rotates every year by district. Arnold started her tenure by criticizing the appointment of District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson to vice-chair—to the applause of the room brimming with Arnold family members and supporters—claiming that the rotation dictates that the position go to District 1 Supervisor Frank Mecham. Arnold voted against the appointment, but was beat out by Teixeira’s tie-breaking vote. Mecham was recovering from surgery and not present. The new board kicked off its regularly scheduled meetings on Jan. 8.