Local government roundup: 03/20/2017

Mar 20, 2017

In Central Coast local government this week, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is slated to approve a $22.7 million dollar contract with Avila Construction for renovation to the county’s government center. The board will also look at creating a community choice power program - called the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority - within unincorporated areas of Monterey County. On the agenda is a public hearing on traffic in Carmel Valley and a resolution to change election dates for school and community colleges to the same as statewide general elections. 

In Santa Barbara, the board of supervisors will look at more tweaking to a lease renewal with Ellwood Pipeline, a subsidiary of Venoco; and the prospect of a community choice energy program. And the county’s planning and development department is proposing a fee increase to bring in an extra annual $2.8 million dollars to Santa Barbara County coffers. The increase would hike the amount oil companies and film production companies pay to do business in the county, as well as fees charged for planning and building, and safety services.

And in San Luis Obispo, county officials will look at issuing up to $4.2 million dollars in tax-exempt bonds for the Family Care Network. The non profit would use the funds for capital improvements in San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach. At Tuesday's meeting there will also be two hearings on agricultural ponds. County staff are recommending changes to the current permitting rules on ag ponds, stemming from last summer's large scale clear-cutting of oak trees at Justin Vineyards. Justin Wines and parent company  the Wonderful Company did the clear cutting in order to build a 20 acre-foot agricultural pond to water its vineyards.