It was very nice of Mrs. Garfinkel to take the time and clarify a few things for me.
The problem is that I’ve never seen a debate before that did not allow the audience to ask questions about particular subjects. I can understand the argument, “Why should we talk about the Los Osos wastewater project? It’s in the County’s hands for the most part.” I agree, but I think the issue is relevant to the candidates. Three out of the five candidates are members of TAC, an advisory group that consists of Los Osos community members. Their mission is to objectively screen the design, location and other technical aspects regarding the Los Osos wastewater project.
I think it’s definitely fair game to be asked about the candidate’s administrative experiences regarding TAC. I believe it’s very important to see where they are coming from on that issue because they will be serving as the community’s liason — a role that has been diminished due to AB 2701 — regarding the project.