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Home Builders Group Backs Smyser, Gray

Association cites fair-mindedness and ability to balance property rights, community needs.

The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast on Monday announced its endorsements in the June 3 Santa Barbara County supervisorial election, backing incumbent Joni Gray in the 4th District and former Planning Commissioner David Smyser to succeed Supervisor Brooks Firestone in the 3rd.

The association, which represents 250 businesses with 34,500 employees working on the Central Coast, has worked with both Gray and Smyser throughout their public careers.

“We have seen their consistent ability to reconcile diverse opinions in order to find and support the greatest common good,” said Urban McLellan, chairman of the association’s Political Action Committee and its Santa Barbara County Government Affairs Committee.

Maury Froman, the association’s 2008 president, emphasized a similar point.

“They have proven records of being fair-minded and being willing to listen to all sides, simultaneously protecting both property rights and meeting community needs," Froman said. "They recognize that home builders provide shelter to our citizens, generate revenue to government, and contribute to a healthy economy.”

The association interviewed a majority of the 3rd District candidates and tried to talk with all five before voting to support Smyser, who has also served on the Solvang City Council and as Firestone’s chief of staff. The endorsement of Gray was based on the accumulated experience the association’s members have had working with her to meet the community’s housing and infrastructure needs.

Click here for more information or call 805.546.0418 x22.

Jerry Bunin is governmental affairs director of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast.

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» on 05.13.08 @ 02:57 AM

well of COURSE the Home Builders want Smyser—-they saw him in action on the Planning Commission as he bends over backwards to give builders just what they want—-a match made in heaven!

» on 05.13.08 @ 04:36 AM

What our community needs is houses our current residents and workers can afford - not multi-million dollar cliff-top mansions like the one Smyser approved overlooking Gaviota, over recommendations of planners and neighbors. The HBA has picked the wrong guy if they want to make real progress with moderates on housing issues. Farr would have been a much better choice.

» on 05.13.08 @ 05:36 AM

I’d sure be interested to learn what Smyser’s so-called "record of being fair-minded and being willing to listen to all sides" consisted of. That’s not what I’ve heard from people who live in Solvang or who experienced him during his brief time on the Planning Commission.

» on 05.13.08 @ 03:14 PM

Why wouldn’t pro-business groups like the HBA back a pro-business candidate? You wouldn’t expect anti-growthers to endorse anyone but Farr, would you?

» on 05.15.08 @ 09:30 PM

2008 Officers

Maury Froman, The Rottman Group - President
Derek Hansen, The Towbes Group - 1st Vice President
John Theisen, Midland Pacific Homes - 2nd Vice President
Maria Lyon, Wells Fargo Mortgage - Secretary
Clarence Cabreros, Rabobank - Treasurer
Gary Politte, Watt Communities - Immediate Past President

Google this organization and it is easy to see why they would want Gray and Smyser.  Centex Homes has reneged on promises to build a park in their development in Lompoc.  They plaster cheap sales signs all over our valley hawking their goods.  After more than a year, they have sold 6 houses.  They need all the help they can get.  And Mr. Towbes is no better up here in the North County.  He finds his lackeys and then gets whatever he wants.  We need supervisors to represent the needs of the people, not shills for developers.

2008 Board of Directors

Lisa Toke, Andre Morris & Buttery
John Campanella, Bermant Homes
Dave Cox, Barnett Cox & Associates
Liz Moody, Cannon Associates
Travis Fuentez, Centex Homes
Urban McLellan, Centex Homes

» on 05.15.08 @ 11:36 PM

The HBA obviously realized that Farr’s record is one of no-growth activism, not fair, balanced planning.  No wonder they went with Gray and Smyser.  And don’t forget that the HBA backed Janet Wolf in 2006, so apparently they don’t just endorse along party lines.

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