Local government roundup: 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

This week in Central Coast county government: the Santa Barbara County board of supervisors is expected to vote on medical cannabis regulations.

The board was also scheduled to sign off on an agreement worked out with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians over the controversial Camp 4 property. But that hearing has been postponed until the end of the month. The county’s ad hoc committee requested the board vote be continued until 9 a.m on October 31 in the Santa Barbara County board chambers.

For those Santa Barbara County residents interested in the proposed regulations for recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas of the county, there’s a public meeting in Santa Maria on Tuesday. At the Betteravia Government Center at 5:30 p.m., planning staff will be taking public comment on the county’s draft cannabis land use ordinance and licensing program.

In San Luis Obispo, county officials will continue their focus on crafting cannabis laws for the county. The supervisors are also slated to approve the renaming of the El Chorro Regional Park and Dairy Creek Golf Course to Eagle Rock Park, and to authorize a $1.6 million contract for road work across the county.

And in Monterey County, on the supervisors’ agenda is forward movement on increasing sewer rates for the town of Chualar. As it stands now, the town’s wastewater rates are set to spike from $14 a month to over $67 a month over the next five years. If 50 percent-plus-one of Chualar's residents send in letters to the county protesting the increase by December 5, sewer rates won’t be increased.

Monterey County officials will also consider a plan to prohibit parking on the length of Lapis Road near Marina.