Local government roundup: 11/06/17

Nov 6, 2017

It's a busy week in Central Coast local government, with Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara county supervisors meeting Tuesday with full agendas. It's also election day for Santa Barbara voters, who are deciding the city’s next mayor and city council members in Districts 4, 5, and 6. 

The Santa Barbara County board of supervisors will consider spending over $18 million dollars on alcohol and drug program services through 2020. One of the board's hearings will focus on the county’s landfill situation, another will look at the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan. The board will also vote on giving its members a raise.

In San Luis Obispo County, the supervisors will take another look at a plan for a new county animal shelter. Now that Paso Robles and Atascadero have dropped out of a countywide partnership to build a new facility, county staff are recommending to put the project out to bid with a prequalification program among design-build firms, and to use a stipend system, so that the top two unsuccessful bidders still receive $30,000 each for their planning efforts. That way the county can keep ownership of proposed designs. The current estimated cost of the new facility is just under $15 million dollars.

SLO Supervisors will  determine Tuesday how many recreational and medical cannabis cultivations will be allowed in the county. In addition, they will discuss how the growths will be regulated, and hours of operation and security for dispensary delivery businesses. The public hearing is expected to take place after 2 p.m.

County staff are recommending to appoint supervisor John Peschong to the oversight board in charge of phasing out the county’s former redevelopment agency. Other agenda items include a revised fiscal forecast for next year and an announcement of the board's pick for the county’s new top administrator. 

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors is expected to sign a resolution pledging to reduce the use of plastic straws in the county, at least for the month of November.