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Shirley Bianchi
Shirley Bianchi

County of San Luis Obispo’s Statement on Death of Shirley Bianchi

Author: Administrative Office
Date: 2/26/2021 4:09:39 PM

Today the County Board of Supervisors issued statements regarding the death of former District 2 Supervisor Shirley Bianchi.


The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors today issued the following statements regarding the death of former District 2 Supervisor Shirley Bianchi: 

District 4 Supervisor and Board Chair Lynn Compton said, “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.”  

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. 

On Friday, Feb. 26, Bianchi, 91, died at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo after facing a number of health challenges. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, soils physicist Bill Bianchi, and her children Catherine, Mary, Anne and Jan.  

Bianchi served eight years on the County’s Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. She helped create Martha’s Place Children Center and the Hearst Ranch conservation project, which saved 82,000 acres of our coastline from development.