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County discusses long-range transportation plan, cannabis regulations 

Supervisor debbie arnold

Supervisor Debbie Arnold.

By Debbie Arnold, Fifth District Supervisor

–It’s hard to believe that summer is already over. Kids are back in school and fall activities are upon us. Here at the county, we’re dealing with a lot of change. Our County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi left abruptly this summer to take a job with the City of Walnut Creek. The county is in the process of recruiting a new CAO, and I’m optimistic that we will be able to choose from the many qualified applicants and have a new CAO in place by the year’s end. We also lost our Planning Director, Jim Bergman, to the City of Arroyo Grande as their new City Manager. Recruitment for a new Planning Director will follow the hiring of our CAO. Lastly, as Chair of the County’s Air Pollution Control District, I’ve been very involved with the recruitment of a new Air Pollution Control Officer. Larry Allen is retiring after decades with that agency and we are in the final stages of hiring someone to fill that position. With so many leadership positions in flux, I’ve really appreciated the staff members that have stepped up to keep the county running smoothly and professionally. I know we all look forward to having these key positions filled.

SLOCOG is embarking on a program to involve the public in the development of its long-range transportation plan. The 2019 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and accompanying Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) are scheduled to be adopted in June 2019. It will provide a 20+ year vision for the future growth and development of our region, focusing on issues affecting our quality of life and environment over the decades to come. Feel free to take the survey by Oct. 31 by clicking here.

This time of year, San Luis Obispo County is experiencing great harvests throughout the county. Wineries are buzzing and everyone is anticipating what the quality of the crop will be. It seems after decades of watching the wine industry grow, harvest season has become a part of our county’s fabric. During this harvest season, we at the County Board of Supervisors will be finalizing regulations for a new industry. Last November, the voters of California fully legalized marijuana and the State has given local jurisdictions an opportunity to develop regulations that will apply to the industry here at home. I know the City of Atascadero is working on their regulations regarding cannabis as well. We hope to have our cannabis regulations finalized and in effect very soon. I recognize that there will still be challenges as we deal with a newly legalized commodity with a lot of different aspects. For more information, please click here. Should you want to share your opinion, please send your comments to

I look forward to seeing everyone at Colony Days!

It’s an honor to serve the 5th District.



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