The District 3 Team

Sarah Sartain
Legislative Assistant

Picture of Sarah SartainSarah is a long time resident of the Central Coast. After growing up in the Central Valley, she attended California State University Chico. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Interior Design. During her time at Chico State, she also attended the (USAC) University Study Abroad Consortium in Madrid, Spain. Upon graduating, she then moved to the Central Coast and quickly became involved in the local wine industry. During her time in the wine industry, Sarah developed a strong background in alcohol and beverage compliance. In 2018, she entered into the public sector by accepting a position with the County of San Luis Obispo Planning and Building Department. During her time with the Planning and Building Department, she was involved with Records Management and the Planning Commission, along with other department hearing bodies. In 2021, Sarah accepted a position with the Board of Supervisors as the Legislative Assistant to Supervisor Ortiz-Legg. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children exploring all of the beauty the Central Coast has to offer.

Kristina Simpson-Spearman
Planning Commissioner

Picture of Bruce HiltonStarting her federal public service career in 1992; for the next twenty years, Kristina Spearman was chosen to lead field, regional, headquarters and departmental level programs and incidents. She worked for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Army, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Spearman has worked in a leadership position on over 40 declared disasters, emergencies, and National Security Special Events. As the Director of External Affairs in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, she was the prinicpal advisor on all external affairs issues, leading a 120- member External Affairs cadre and regional staff in the areas of legislative, intergovernmental, international, private sector and public affairs. In terms of education, Spearman has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Dakota and a Masters in Public Administration from American University. She was selected by the Department of Homeland Security for the Key Senior Executive Service program, which she completed in 2005.

Spearman and her family moved to San Luis Obispo County District 3 eight years ago to start her husband's medical practice and raise their children in the community. Together they have two young daughters who attend San Luis Coastal School District.  

Bruce Hilton
Parks Commissioner

Picture of Bruce HiltonBruce Hilton grew up east of Arroyo Grande on a ranch and attended local schools through high school. He moved away temporarily to attend school in Switzerland and then obtained an undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University.  Bruce moved back home and began a career in engineering while earning a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly.  Feeling fortunate to be a part of this community, giving back through volunteer work has always been important to Bruce.  He first became a volunteer with the County when he was asked to be a member of the County Trails Advisory Committee in 2003.  Adopting green building strategies, Bruce and his wife Mitra handled the design and construction of their Arroyo Grande home and their family has resided there since 2007.  Bruce is active in youth sports, coaching soccer and basketball teams and also savors the times when he steps back and watches his daughter’s dance performances or is a spectator at his son’s baseball games. Bruce enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as backpacking in local wilderness areas and in the Sierras. Most recent camping trips have been as an assistant scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop. Having worked at Lopez Lake as a summer job while in college, it is now rewarding for Bruce to be able to help guide a vision for the development of all County Parks as well as advise on budget considerations and be involved in community relations as a member of the County Parks Commission.

Erica Flores Baltodano
Civil Service Commissioner

Picture of Erica StewartErica Flores Baltodano has 20 years of experience as an attorney, policy advocate, professor, and writer in the areas of employment law, environmental justice, civil rights, and non-profit/small business management. After a decade of legal and policy advocacy on behalf of underserved communities in Los Angeles, Ms. Baltodano co-founded and became Managing Partner of a San Luis Obispo-based employment law firm in 2010. In 2017 her firm was recognized locally for its commitment to access to justice, community service, and education.

Today, Ms. Baltodano advises employees and small businesses in the private sector as President of The Baltodano Firm and is a faculty member at San Luis Obispo College of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law and is developing a new course on Voting Rights. In addition, Ms. Baltodano is President of the Board of Directors of San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation, which provides free legal services to SLO County seniors, veterans, and others in need, and she is a founding board member of the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation. The recipient of prestigious recognitions from the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo, and the SLO County Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Baltodano is comfortable negotiating the complexities of human conflict and relations, in large part because of her diverse personal background, exceptional communication skills, and range of professional experience.

A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Sociology and Public Policy, Ms. Baltodano earned her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and two children where she enjoys leading civics fieldtrips for schoolchildren, reading non-fiction, hiking in the mountains, and cooking for loved ones.

Tom Ikeda
Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board

Picture of Tom Ikeda
Tom Ikeda is a third-generation farmer in the Arroyo Grande Valley.  He is a partner in the Ikeda Bros. farming operation where he serves as Corporate Secretary and Farm Manager. Tom is a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Management from the University of California at Davis.  He is also a graduate of Leadership SLO and the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Tom is a past president of San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau where he continues to serve as one of its directors and chairs their Legislative Committee. He is the past-chairman of the Grower-Shipper Association of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. In 2010, Tom was selected by the San Luis County Farm Bureau as Agriculturalist of the Year. Tom is married to Maureen and they have two children, Brendan and Catherine.