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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