Rather than backing any single candidate to replace former Santa Barbara Coastal Commissioner Dan Secord, county supervisors opted to endorse four and leave it to Governor Schwarzenegger to sort them out. Given the strategic importance of the post, the supervisors’ deliberations were strikingly casual. To the extent there was any frontrunner, it was San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, a businessman and moderate Republican. Thrown into the mix at the last minute were two tart-tongued conservatives – Carpinteria City Councilmember Joe Armendariz and Santa Maria City Councilmember Marty Mariscal – and one slow-growther: Goleta City Councilmember Cynthia Brock.

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