Elected officials around San Luis Obispo County reached across political, ideological and geographic divides in pledging to uphold civil behavior in their civic affairs.

In a jovial gathering of government, community and business leaders June 21, the mayors of all seven cities and the chair of the county Board of Supervisors signed a regional Code of Civility they described as a pivotal step in launching a new era of regional collaboration.

“We are a diverse group with very different ideas about how to solve our challenges,” Board of Supervisors Chair John Peshong said. “We knew we needed to find ways to work together in a manner that allows the best ideas to surface for better decisions for our region.”

Nine Chambers of Commerce around the county backed the creation of the code, as did the local League of Women Voters, a leading voice on civil discourse for many years.

After adopting the pledge, the group encouraged people to hold them accountable and also to consider applying the code in their own organizations, boards and other bodies.

“Our hope is that it will be embraced and valued by our community as the standard of leadership in our councils and board chambers and in our communities,” San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon said. “Our community deserves that, and we need it if we are going to get to work solving our many challenges and making our communities the best we know that they can be.”

Learn more about the pledge:

  • Code of Civility: Read the one-page code, download or adapt it for your own uses.
  • News stories: Find coverage of the code adoption from The Tribune and KSBY, as well as a Tribune editorial arguing that political candidates and other governing bodies should also adopt the code.