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Pipe down, Caldwell 

Arroyo Grande

I’m beginning to tire of Andy Caldwell’s campaign to unseat Sarah Christie, the planning commission chair. Caldwell, the pro-business, anti-regulations columnist and radio commentator who is the executive director of COLAB, accuses her of “bias” every chance he gets wherever anyone will give him time or space. However, I’ve been to enough planning commission and board of supervisors meetings to see the need for an informed articulate voice for the neighbors of proposed developments, as well as for the environment these developments may degrade. 
 

Go to any of these public meetings, all scheduled during most people’s work hours, and you’ll see a handful of diehard advocates for the community and/or the environment and its resources  (thank you, Mike Winn and Eric Greening, for your articulate and informed perseverance) and a hoard of agents, lawyers, and other paid representatives of the developers whose applications are being heard. 
 

We should be grateful to chairperson Christie for the time she takes to see to it the concerns of those the projects will most affect can be heard. This is not bias:  It is debate, and we need more of that kind of even-handed representation in government.

-- Istar Holliday - Arroyo Grande

-- Istar Holliday - Arroyo Grande

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