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Peter Adam Wins 4th District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Race

Peter Adam and a family member enjoy themselves during an election-night party in Orcutt.

Peter Adam and a family member enjoy themselves during an election-night party in Orcutt.  (Gina Potthof / Noozhawk photo)

By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | updated logo 11:43 p.m. |

Joni Gray, incumbent 4th District county supervisor, shares a laugh with family and friends while waiting for election returns at her Orcutt home Tuesday night (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)
Joni Gray, incumbent 4th District county supervisor, shares a laugh with family and friends while waiting for election returns at her Orcutt home Tuesday night (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Political newcomer Peter Adam has unseated incumbent Joni Gray in a hard-fought race for the Fourth District spot on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

With all 50 precincts reporting by midnight Tuesday, Adam came out on top with 51 percent of the vote to 48.6 for Gray.

After Gray took an early lead — ahead by just 32 votes at one point — Adam moved ahead to a final 504 votes out of 21,216 cast.

Gray, a political veteran and Orcutt resident, and Adam, a Santa Maria farmer, were pushed into a runoff after the June primary.The two were the top vote-getters but neither earned more than 50 percent of the vote for an outright election.

Primary results showed that Gray garnered 39.7 percent of the June vote, compared to 37.7 percent for Adam. Former Lompoc Mayor Joyce Howerton was a distant third.

After redistricting last year, the Fourth District includes Lompoc, the unincorporated community of Orcutt and a small part of Santa Maria.

Adam celebrated with supporters as the returns came in Tuesday at the Far Western Tavern in Old Town Orcutt—less than three miles from Gray’s Orcutt residence where she waited for results with friends and family.

Both candidates had been glued to computer screens throughout the night in a race they both dubbed “too close.”

Adam will be seated on the five-member board in January.

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» on 11.07.12 @ 02:21 PM

It will be interesting. 

Supervisor Gray has been a fixture, and this shakeup most likely will bring some openness to comments on the Board during meetings.

Wolf and Carbajal have made it clear their gut level dislike for the newly elected Supervisor.

» on 11.07.12 @ 04:15 PM

http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/council-to-discuss-course-on-old-lompoc-theater/article_e401027c-264b-11e2-9b64-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

Council to discuss course on old Lompoc Theater

The time has come to prosecute Joni Gray and the County of Santa Barbara Department Heads that are responsible for the racketeering and money laundring. The City of Lompoc served as the conduit to wash the hands of the County behind the operations of the LHCDC.

LHCDC could have contracted directly with the County for federal funding. Passing the revenue through the City of Lompoc served a purpose.

To add insult to injury, Joe Holland is now pursuing the collection of property taxes accrued over the years under the leadership of Joni Gray, and forcing payment from those that are likely to assume ownership of the properties.

Hold the County responsible for the loss in property taxes during the tax-exempt entity tenure that the LHCDC was chartered under.

Stop corruption now

» on 11.07.12 @ 04:25 PM

http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/apartment-complex-owner-faces-repair-bills-property-taxes/article_a68cdcc6-23ef-11e2-88ae-0019bb2963f4.html

Apartment complex owner faces repair bills, property taxes
“The apartment complex on North T Street has 20 units, but about a half dozen have tenants. There were people using the laundry room for shelter that had to be forced out, he said. LHCDC had used flimsy bedroom doors in some cases as the front door, which needed to be replaced at about $200 for a replacement and installation.

Santa Barbara County Chief Appraiser Rick Holly said that individuals can dispute an appraisal fee. Disputes can go before the Assessment Appeals Board, which Cargasacchi said he plans to do.”

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