The man who has been in charge of San Luis Obispo County's public works department for the past several years will become Oceano's new general manager this summer. Paavo Ogren is expected to begin running the Community Services District in July.
Mary Lucey is the vice president of the district board and told KCBX Friday, they're very excited to have somebody of Ogren's caliper ready to take charge.
A reminder that this coming Monday, May 19, is the last day to register to vote if you'd like to participate in California's primary election on June 3. Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office says you can find an application at any DMV, and at most public libraries and government offices. It's likely too late to have an application mailed to your home, but the state's voter hotline number is (800) 345-VOTE (8683). In the State of California, you can also register to vote online.
An attorney from Pismo Beach is entering the race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney—as a write-in candidate.
On Thursday, Paul Phillips submitted the final signatures he needed to qualify as an official write-in candidate, according to County Clerk Julie Rodewald.
Up until now, the contentious race for SLO County DA has been just between just the two candidates who will appear on June's ballot, Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, and Dan Dow, the Deputy District Attorney.
A standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday evening's San Luis Obispo City Council meeting was successful in persuading council members against supporting an ordinance to ban the growing, processing and distribution of medical marijuana within city limits.
The special session to consider the ban started around 4:00 p.m., and ended with a 4-1 vote against it.
Governor Jerry Brown made quiet trip to San Luis Obispo this week, meeting with county law enforcement and judicial leaders.
His goal Thursday afternoon, according to the Governor's office, was to discuss his prison realignment law which gives more local control in the area of criminal justice. The governor also discussed a new funding formula for school districts.
Both issues will have financial implications at the county level.
The Santa Barbara County group working to get a fracking ban on the November ballot says it has turned in roughly 20,000 signatures to qualify its initiative.
The County Registrar of Voters must now go through the signature certification process. Should at least 13,201 check out, it will then be up to the Board of Supervisors to either adopt the initiative or put the measure on the ballot.
If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.
The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider raising the city's sales tax by a half percent. The goal would be to raise nearly $2 million with the primary purpose of funding road repairs.
Tuesday's decision simply directs city staff to gather public opinion, as well as construct language for a ballot measure to put before voters in November. The council will consider the staff proposal in June.
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved at its Tuesday meeting, spending $493,000 in federal grant money to purchase a 27-foot defense vessel to aid in the fight against pangas—small, wooden drug running boats that come up the coast from Mexico and in most cases are carrying large amounts of marijuana.