I had the very great pleasure to work with Joan Hartmann during her recent tenure as the 3rd District planning commissioner. Now as a candidate for the 3rd District Supervisor, Joan has an enormous advantage over all the other candidates because of her work on the commission giving her a perspective on and knowledge of the 3rd District that no other candidate has. Joan’s attributes as a planning commissioner were many, but her diligent preparation, exemplary analytical and reasoning skills, and dedication to the public process stood out and will be valued as a supervisor.
A highlight of Joan’s time on the commission was her skillful leadership in getting the Gaviota Coast Community plan approved, no easy task given the many competing interests. She understood the importance of this unique area in crafting a community plan that reflected the values of everyone in creating a guide for the community and future decision-makers to preserve this very special part of Santa Barbara County.
If you want a smart, fair, and pragmatic decision-maker not beholden to special interests, a supervisor who listens, is good at working with others, and who cares deeply about the 3rd District, its communities and its people, then vote for Joan Hartmann.
Cecilia Brown is the 2nd District planning commissioner.