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5:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Airport Land Use Commission meets for first time post SLO City Council override

San Luis Obispo County's Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) met Wednesday for the first time since the San Luis Obispo City Council voted against the commission's restrictions for development.

Last week the council moved forward with its General Plan update, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and in doing so overrode the commission.

ALUC Members heard a presentation by the city at Wednesday's meeting regarding the LUCE.

Politics
6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

SLO City Council moves forward with update to general plan

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

All eyes on new member as SLO City Council prepares for LUCE vote

San Luis Obispo city leaders will take another stab at passing a blueprint for the city's development at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

The Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) looks at traffic and housing through 2035. Aspects of the plan don't agree with guidelines established by the state-run Airport Land Use Commission, so the council will need at least four members to vote for an override in order to push the LUCE through.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Council delays Airport Commission override vote on SLO land use plan

Newly-Elected Council Member Dan Rivoire following his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, December 1, 2014.
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The San Luis Obispo City Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to move forward with its plans for future housing and transportation needs, despite restrictions that are currently in place for such development surrounding the airport and beyond.

The City Council discussed the topic at its meeting Tuesday night, but did not bring it up for a vote because newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire wants an extra week to hear from the public.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara moves forward with plan to place district elections on 2015 ballot

Santa Barbara City Hall
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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving forward with plans to put the issue of district elections before the voters in November 2015.

Members agreed during Tuesday night's meeting to direct staff to work on the issue. The city is currently facing a lawsuit demanding district elections be implemented.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cathy Murillo voted for the resolution to move forward and had a lot to say to those who brought the lawsuit prior to registering her vote. 

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Community
4:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

City of Goleta approves parking restrictions in anticipation of Isla Vista Halloween crowds

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The City of Goleta is preparing for the upcoming Halloween weekend by cracking down on parking in neighborhoods adjacent to Isla Vista.

City leaders say residents will get two free temporary street parking permits for each household. Only residents with valid permits will be able to park on the streets in the affected area between noon on Friday, October 31 and Sunday, November 2 at 6 a.m.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UPDATE: SLO City Council fails to override Airport Commission for development plans

UPDATE: October 21, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

The San Luis Obispo City Council failed to garner enough votes on Tuesday night in an effort to override development restrictions put in place by the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).

Council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the override, but needed at least a 4 to 1 split for it to be succeessful.

Voting against the move were Council Members Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith. Mayor Jan Howell Marx, Vice Mayor Carlyn Christianson, and Council Member John Ashbaugh all voted in favor.

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Business
5:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pismo Beach hotel plans move forward with unanimous council vote

Artist rendering of the 104 room hotel set to be built adjacent to the Pismo Beach pier.

Plans to build a large hotel next to the Pismo Beach pier are moving forward after a unanimous vote Tuesday night by the City Council.

The plans had previously been approved by the Planning Commission, but the project was appealed last month by residents forcing it to be heard by the council.

The 104-room hotel has plans for a rooftop pool, restaurant and commercial retail space. There is also a business center and convention space.

Underground parking remains part of the plan, but had some adjustments made by the council.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Paso Robles clears way for mobile medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana for sale at Dank Depot in Long Beach (now closed).
Credit Flickr member Dank Depot

The City of Paso Robles is preparing to issue its first-ever license for a mobile medical marijuana dispensary, according to its Administrative Services Department.

The City Council decided Tuesday night not to move forward with a mobile dispensary ban and voted 3-to-2 in favor of adopting a report that outlined their legal status.

It took a business application to move the issue to where we are today, says Jim Throop, the city's Director of Administrative Services. \

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Politics
6:14 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mobile medical marijuana dispensary issue heads back to Paso Robles City Council

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
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The City of Paso Robles will once again take up the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries at its meeting on Tuesday, August 5.

Earlier this month, the Paso Robles City Council deadlocked on the issue, as only four members were present allowing for an even split.

Currently, Paso Robles has a law against brick-and-mortar dispensaries, but there is nothing in the code that bans mobile versions.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Paso Robles City Council deadlocks over mobile medical marijuana dispensary ban

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
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UPDATE: July 16, 2018

The City of Paso Robles is unsure at this point how leaders will move forward with the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tuesday night's well-attended city council meeting ended with a deadlock on the issue. Councilman John Hamon was absent leaving just four members and a two-two split.

City law bans brick-and-mortar pot dispensaries, but does not address mobile versions.

The council meets next on August 5, and the agenda for that meeting is still in the development stages according to the city.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Paso Robles mayor decides to run for city council seat instead

The Paso Robles City Hall and Library
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The mayor of Paso Robles says he won't run for his current job in the next election, but does plan to run for a council seat.

Duane Picanco says he discussed the issue with his family and says he's decided it's time to let somebody new lead the city.

The term of mayor recently increased from two to four years which was the deciding factor for the mayor he told KCBX. Voters chose to increase the term in 2012.

Picanco has held the job since 2008 and was a councilman prior to that.

candidates can submit their nomination papers to the city as of July 14.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Arroyo Grande on path to put 'charter city' status on November ballot

The Village of Arroyo Grande, Calif.
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The Arroyo Grande City Council is expected to decide Tuesday night on whether to place the issue of becoming a charter city on the November ballot.

Several public hearings on this issue have been held in recent years by the council and an eleven member citizens advisory committee.

Supporters say the benefit of switching to charter status is to give residents and the city more control over local issues like elections and land use.

Those opposed, primarily labor unions, say charter cities can skirt the state's prevailing wage rule.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:59 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Arroyo Grande city leaders pass water saving measures

Arroyo Grande residents who tear out their lawns in favor of more drought-friendly options could be eligible for money from the city.

UPDATE: June 11, 2014:

The Arroyo Grande City Council approved many of the water-related recommendations presented by city staff at Tuesday night's meeting, including the increase in financial incentives for turf replacement and washing machine efficiency.

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Water rationing is scheduled to be a main topic of conversation at Tuesday night's Arroyo Grande City Council Meeting.

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Politics
6:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Pismo Beach City Council votes to allow goats

Dana McGregor takes "Goatee" out for a paddleboard ride.
Credit Facebook page: Goatee "The Surfing Goat"

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.—

The Pismo Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to have city staff write up an ordinance to allow residents to keep up to four goats with an annual permit.

Goats would be allowed in public parks as well.

The council voted 4-1, with the only one dissenting vote from council member Mary Ann Reiss. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2014—

The Pismo Beach City Council will consider changing its policy on goats within city limits at Tuesday night's meeting.

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