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Former SLO County supervisor Shirley Bianchi dies

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Feb 26, 2021

A former San Luis Obispo County supervisor has died.

Shirly Bianchi, 91, passed away Friday at a San Luis Obispo hospital after facing a number of health challenges, according to the County of San Luis Obispo.

“The Board of Supervisors and I received the sad news that former District 2 Supervisor Shirley Bianchi died today in San Luis Obispo. She leaves behind an incredible legacy, not just as a Supervisor but also through her community advocacy and leadership in other roles. She was a true public servant and we are grateful for her service,” said District 4 Supervisor and Board Chair Lynn Compton.

Current District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson said, “Shirley was an inspiration to many in SLO County and especially those of us on the North Coast. Over her many years of public service, she contributed so much, from the establishment of crucial services for children at Martha’s Place to bringing the community together around the successful Hearst Ranch conservation project.”

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow says, "Supervisor Bianchi was passionate about serving our community in a manner that reflected the values of her constituents and she was always known for her tireless work ethic and her frank conversations.”

He adds that she served two terms on the Board of Supervisors until 2006.

Bianchi also served on the county’s planning commission and helped create Martha’s Place Children Center and the Hearst Ranch conservation project, according to the county.

In 2019, she was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contribution to the Fire Safe efforts in the town of Cambria.

She is survived by her husband, and four children.