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Re: “Enshrining civility

People of all political persuasions throughout SLO County are sick and tired of the Trump-toned, divisive and miselading rhetoric that has infected so much political dialog on the Central Coast in the last few years (particularly since COLAB lobbyists showed up). . These days voters are looking for smart, well-qualified and fair-minded candidates who will help bring out community together regardless of individual political party affiliation. Isn't that the way it should be when it comes to local government?

One of the reasons Jim Pauldings campaign is running so strong and popular is because Adam Hill's opponents AND his supporters BOTH have so many good reasons to support Paulding in his run for County Supervisor for the Second District. Whether Hill stays or goes, Paulding will play a vital role in bringing order, fairness, decorum and progress to the board. If there is anyone who can inspire Hill and others to shape up it is Paulding.

Do the research. Meet the man. Find out why each and every member of the current San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors, both Republicans and Democrats, c consider Jim Paulding the most prepared, qualified, formidable and POPULAR candidate mounting a challenge to an incumbent board member. The sentiment is unprecedented. Ask Lynn Compton, ask Debbie Arnold, ask Adam Hill, ask Gibson, ask Peschong and you will sense the respect they each hold for Jim Paulding. Only their own self-interest holds them back from being active, out-spoken supporters of the Paulding candidacy. But they all can agree Paulding is a force to be reckoned wit h.

Bottom line: Paulding is the type of candidate that will best serve county residents regardless of political party. Find out for yourself. Meet the man. He's accessible and has a message that is resonating strongly on the Central Coast. That's a VERY GOOD thing at this crucial time.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 02/23/2018 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Enshrining civility

COLAB is the largest problem I've seen at the meetings. Their political scheme to smear Mr. Gibson to the point Progressives need to spend all their money keeping him on the board (as he is the most professional and smartest member) and not having enough to support Mr. Paulding is clear. What a bunch of small town, good old boy BS! We as citizens need to sort through the BS and put good, caring and upstanding people in these powerful positions with our votes. The three teabaggers have done irreparable harm to our county and must be put in check before it is too late. Last thing I want to see is OIL DERRICKS off the coast of Pismo Beach! If we don't do something now, it will happen.

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Posted by Jack Stevens on 02/22/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Enshrining civility

A Code of Conduct must also include language that outlines the expectations for transparency: With whom do individual Supervisors meet, and how often? What was discussed?

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Posted by tsankawi on 02/22/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Enshrining civility

The Lynne Compton/COLAB problem is far worse than most people realize. In fact it is shameful and has harmed the people of San Luis Obispo County in profound ways that we will be recovering from for years.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 02/22/2018 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Enshrining civility

Whether you agree with Cuddy or not, The easiest quickest and most effective way to address the Lynne Compton problem is to support Jimmy Paulding for supervisor.

Mr. Paulding has the demeanor and most importantly the type of real world experience that will bring a new level of competence to the board that we have not seen recently.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 02/22/2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “This island SLO

Thank you, Andrew, for your enlightened editorial, and for the plea to keep our coastal resources safe from the harms that threaten them. Human ignorance, greed and power, somehow reign supreme in the minds of many, while global warming, which has proven to have such devastating consequences, goes ignored. May the people rise up and overcome the mindlessness of those who just don't get it. WE are the people, and WE can rise up to make our world a better place, starting right here in SLO County. Thanks for sending up a flare!
Tina Dickason, Cambria

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Posted by Tina Dickason on 02/15/2018 at 10:45 PM

Re: “The truth of the matter

If it is a crime, get POLICE and trained professional instead of academics involved.
Strange she does not mention a single one of the complaints against this process...............and there are many.
How is she qualified to investigate a serious crime??

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Posted by Fred Amos on 02/08/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “This is not a nice business

When a piece starts out with nothing more interesting than name calling I do not read the rest. So good luck with whatever this piece is about. I for one will not listen, read or even consider anything that begins with a childish derogatory label as an introduction to the opposing side. Shame. Make a cogent point without childish name calling and an independent thinker like me might actually care what you have to say. Until then, I won't.
B. Christensen

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Posted by Brent Christensen on 01/31/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Ever since the cynical, self-serving COLAB lobbyist Michael Brown and his mean-spirited co-hort Andy Caldwell with their perverse, far-right, self-serving Trump-sympathizing agenda moved into SLO County our local politics has been poisoned with lies, exaggerations and libelous rhetoric. When it comes to the upcoming 2018 elections, the best all the good, common, decent people can do to calm the waters and restore common sense and decency in local politics will be to support the growing Republican/Democrataic county-wide coalition aiming to elect open-minded and EXPERIENCED candidate Jimmy Paulding for Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 01/28/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Our right and duty

Help bring civility, common sense and relevant , real-world EXPERIENCE to the Board. Join the Republican/Democratic Coalition to elect JIMMY PAULDING to the Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 01/26/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Help bring civility, common sense and relevant , real-world EXPERIENCE to the Board. Join the Republican/Democratic Coalition to elect JIMMY PAULDING to the Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by rightword 2 on 01/26/2018 at 9:58 AM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Well said. Beautifully written and heartfelt. We have to stick together for dear life, all of us. Thanks for writing.

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Posted by chrysb52 1 on 01/25/2018 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Our right and duty

True words have been spoken. Hill is not worthy of being in ANY elected position.I hope the progressive supporters get educated and start supporting Conservative positions before Ca. becomes a third world economy.

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Posted by Ed Veek on 01/25/2018 at 2:40 PM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Great writing Adam. This should bring out action and opposition. First order, Elect Paulding!

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Posted by fmsuddarth 9 on 01/25/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “This is not a nice business

This article says a lot of stupid things without really saying much of anything. Is every Republican bad, or are you just referring to a few. I don't understand how any politician can be so condescending towards Republicans when the Democrats created the state with the highest level of poverty in the nation. Oh, and politicians who continue to believe they are above the law.

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Posted by Gary Maier on 01/25/2018 at 7:07 AM

Re: “This is not a nice business

Your bias opinion of there is more of us than them is hilarious, you mention former leaders about how they were not pushovers and how they strived for equality against the rich (by the way they didn;t have many back then). Yes, but they also all followed the laws that were in place and made sure they were adhered to, not like your last administration. You make comparisons between a cool and classy guy that has only divided a country by his own charm, but Trump is impulsive and who is tangerine tint, you are probably thinking if he or she was hispanic you'd come up with another type of tint or fruit, you've become blinded like the rest of your party hypocritical even it's your own kind.
If you don't believe me, ask someone who is not white and well off. Ask someone who comes from a wiped-out people or someone who puts in hours for a living and lives month-to-month.
Yes, I am hispanic, latino, mexican and many have like myself (more than you think) along with many blacks have worked hard and long hours to become well off that no longer believe in your false beliefs but only see the results of what your party has truley become, a party for themselves.

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Posted by Lucio Acosta on 01/25/2018 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

I too support Jimmy Pauldings campaign in the 4th District. Other people who have responded to Cuddys column have adequately described Jimmys deep level of real world business and public service experience. It is very clear that electing Jimmy Paulding should be a very high priority for every thinking voter who believes in fact based good governance. But there is more that needs to be said about the gist of Cuddys editorial.

While electing Jimmy in 2018 is important, defending and re-electing Bruce Gibson in the Second District is of equal importance. The COLAB cabal will be running the ex-executive director of the Home Builders Association of Central California in an attempt to unseat Supervisor Gibson. Not only is the HBACC philosophically opposed to the funding of affordable housing, they are actively petitioning Compton, Peschong and Arnold to repeal the Countys Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

I attended the April meeting and spoke out against the Countys funding ($2M) of the Paso Water Basins SGMA. I was also in attendance at the December meeting speaking in favor of increased funding when the BoS voted to stand pat on additional funding for affordable housing. While attending meetings and speaking in support of the issues that Hill and Gibson hold dear feels good, the end result is always the same. Compton, Peschong and Arnold vote to maintain the status quo, supporting the economic interests of the wealthy and powerful in this county who in turn support their election campaigns.

Attending BoS meetings and being informed about the facts surrounding the many issues facing this county is important. However, anyone and everyone who is concerned with the ideologically driven decision making process by the gang of three supervisors needs to be 100% on board with getting Paulding elected and Gibson re-elected. That means contributing generously to their campaigns and actively working within their campaign organizations to assure that these two fine candidates are elected, and reason is restored to the decision and policy making on the County Board of Supervisors.

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Posted by William Alexander on 01/19/2018 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Time to speak out

Rude, personal attacks have no place at a BoS meeting. That is true for all sides. They only serve to further divide us, foster a hostile work place and put up impediments to finding workable solutions for the citizens of SLO County. Since Mr. Peschong prefers not to do his job as Chairman and shut down all personal attacks it becomes apparent the voters will need to fix this mess by first voting again for Bruce Gibson. I have heard Mr. Gibson speak many times. His calm demeanor and depth of knowledge are evident. He speaks his mind in plain intelligent language without disparaging others. Second we must vote Jimmy Paulding into the 4th District seat. I have heard this rational, intelligent, hard working young man speak numerous times. I have watched him run citizen workshops where he listened respectfully to community members and gave on point answers. He is a problem solver for the future. Let's get this board working again for the majority of the county. Vote Gibson and Paulding.

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Posted by Jennifer Stover Doula on 01/18/2018 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have met Jimmy Paulding. I have heard him speak and take audience questions. He impressed me as authentic and smart with common sense approaches to the issues facing us. I hope the voters of Dist 4 will make him their new Supervisor. He's the type of class act we sorely need to replace Lynn Compton.
On another note, as a voter in Dist 3, I am getting extremely tired of North County right wingers showing up to BOS meetings in droves for the express purpose of impugning Adam Hill's character. Mr. Hill was re-elected to his seat by a comfortable margin. The voters of Dist 3 have spoken. We support Hill. The policies of Hill and Gibson represent the wishes of a large portion of this county's voters. In theory, I have no problem working with conservatives, but in practice, the BOS majority refuses to work... PERIOD. That's not governance. Their vote to bill the rest of us for their North County donors' personal water use tells you all you need to know about what these three phonies are up to: socializing the costs of private services; rewarding their friends at the expense of everyone else. They are wasting our time and our money. We can do better. Let's vote them out!

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Posted by chrysb52 1 on 01/18/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Time to speak out

I have listened to Jimmy Paulding speak several times now, and he continues to impress everyone with his broad work experience, calm demeanor, desire to work with others, and commitment to public service. Go to his site and watch a short video of his upbringing, and you'll agree that this is the person we want for south county Supervisor.

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Posted by Dan Cook on 01/18/2018 at 9:33 AM

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