San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors

Who burned down farmworker housing in Nipomo, California?

Apr 19, 2017
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Latino USA recently reexamined the 2016 fire in Nipomo that destroyed farmworker housing under construction. 

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It’s been several months since the Wonderful Company and its Justin Vineyards clear cut an oak woodland forest on its land near Paso Robles. That clear-cutting touched off a furor of public outcry, and prompted San Luis Obispo County officials to enact a temporary ban on oak cutting.

On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a permanent oak ordinance designed to prevent such large-scale oak felling in the future. 

In a 3-2 vote, the San Luis Obispo County Supervisors opted Tuesday evening to reaffirm a contentious policy change made in early March, when the board majority designated the county as the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the San Luis Obispo County groundwater basins.  

Local government roundup: 04/03/2017

Apr 3, 2017

A main focus at Tuesday’s San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting will concern groundwater basins and alleged violations of state law by some of the supervisors.

The allegations stem from the March 7 board meeting during which - without any prior public notice or discussion - Supervisor Arnold made a motion for the county to become the agency responsible for managing the area's groundwater basins. Supervisors Peschong and Compton’s supporting votes passed the motion that significantly changed policy. 

Local government roundup: 03/27/2017

Mar 27, 2017
Greta Mart

In local government this week, Monterey County officials are slated to make decisions related to the new county jail expansion project. The $89 million dollar project is almost ready to go out to bid, but first the board of supervisors has to sign off on a staffing and operations plan for the facility for next 30 years. 

Los Osos Groundwater Basin 2015 Annual Report

San Luis Obispo county officials will hold a public hearing on the topic of groundwater basin management after a recent vote provoked allegations of Brown Act violations.

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. 

Paso Robles Groundwater Management Plan

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) - passed into law in 2014 - for the first time requires organized management of the state's underground reservoirs of fresh water. It provides a framework for creating new governing agencies to do so,  and requires those agencies to create, maintain and enforce sustainable management plans.

Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan rejected once again

Mar 14, 2017
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Opponents of the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project celebrated Tuesday after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted three to one to deny the company’s appeal. 

Local government roundup: 03/13/2017

Mar 13, 2017
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On local government agendas this week, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will continue the hearing that began Monday morning on the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project appeal. A handful of supporters spoke in favor of the oil company’s plan to build a rail spur to its Nipomo Mesa refinery; dozens of speakers stated their opposition to the project. The Board will resume hearing public comment on Tuesday morning.

Local government roundup: 03/06/2017

Mar 6, 2017
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On Central Coast county government agendas this week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the Phillips 66 Rail Spur project set to go before the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on March 13, next Monday. Santa Barbara officials are urging their San Luis Obispo counterparts to reject a Phillips 66 appeal of the 2016 San Luis Obispo Planning Commission decision to deny the project. 

Local government roundup: 02/20/2017

Feb 20, 2017
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In this week's local government roundup, Tuesday is a day of strategic planning for the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. It will consider adoption of the county’s five-year infrastructure and facilities capital improvement plan.

The board is also slated to consider appointing former KPRL conservative talk show host and former Thousand Oaks mayor and city council member Dan Del Campo to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. 

Local government roundup: 02/13/2017

Feb 13, 2017
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On this week’s local government agendas, Monterey County supervisors will consider adopting a resolution welcoming immigrants and refugees. 

Late Tuesday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted three to two to formally oppose the creation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. In what turned out to be an all-day discussion - and at the end, a contentious board debate - dozens of speakers addressed the board, many waiting up to seven hours to have their say.

Greta Mart

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has declared a countywide state of emergency due to damages from weeks of stormy weather. 

County officials took an oath of office this week as the latest members of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara boards of supervisors.

Three supervisors were sworn in to serve on the San Luis Obispo County Board. John Peschong now represents District 1, filling the seat of retiring member Frank Mecham. Adam Hill again represents District 3, and Debbie Arnold was also sworn in, having been re-elected to District 5 seat in June.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to delay approval to build an anaerobic digester -- which would turn methane emitted from composted food into energy to power homes in the area.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend an urgency ordinance aimed at protecting oak woodlands. 

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San Luis Obispo County staff is currently working to draft an urgency ordinance designed to restrict new cultivation of medical marijuana within the County and outright ban it in certain areas.

The move comes following a 3-2 vote by SLO County Supervisors this week who were urged to do so by County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

New Times Reporter Jono Kindade discussed his recent piece on the issue with KCBX News Director Randol White.

NOTE: This transcript is from an interview that was edited for time purposes:

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An urgency ordinance to protect native oak trees in San Luis Obispo County was added to the books Friday. The County Board of Supervisors approved the measure 4-1 during a special session. 

Flickr member Joyce cory

A push to expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County, now has the full support of the County Board of Supervisors. 

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Thursday's approval of a mental health hospital by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission could soon be appealed to the County's Board of Supervisors for consideration. 

City of Pismo Beach

One of the candidates running for the 3rd District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat is dropping out of the race. 

San Luis Obispo County includes funding for business incubator in budget

Jun 9, 2015
San Luis Obispo Hothouse

Funding for a San Luis Obispo business incubator will now be included in the County's annual budget.

The board of supervisors unanimously approved an annual $200,000 in funds for the San Luis Obispo HotHouse this week.

Supervisor Adam Hill said he worked to create a partnership with the Hothouse and pushed to add funding for the incubator to the annual budget.

The HotHouse is a collaboration between Cal Poly and the community to help students and community members create businesses.

SLO County Bike Coalition

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify the final environmental impact report and approve the project alignment of the final section of the Bob Jones Trail.

Anne Wyatt is on the steering committee of the Friends of the Bob Jones Trail.

She said the vote was a 'feel good moment' and they are certainly celebrating, but they're gearing up for the next steps.

San Luis Obispo County is looking to dissolve its current General Services Department and in its place, create four new departments.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday during the regularly scheduled supervisors meeting.

The new departments would include General Services, Information Technologies (IT), Parks and Recreation, and Airports.

County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi says the move should allow for greater focus in the given areas.

Randol White

The ongoing project to bring an emergency water supply to the Cambria area got unanimous support from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Fees totaling $13,293 were waived for a Coastal Development Permit, needed by the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) to move forward with their plans for a permanent solution to the area's ongoing water woes.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking' as it's more commonly known.

The vote was in line with what members of the local petroleum industry were requesting during the board's public comment period, in which more than 50 people were signed up to speak.

Kaila Dettman - The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

UPDATE: August 28, 2014 at 6:12 p.m.  

It's now official, funds to buy 900 acres of land above Pismo Beach to form a public space area known at the Pismo Preserve have been secured, according to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County.

The organization says it got word from the State of California on Thursday that an expected donation of $4 million came through.

The Conservancy's Kaila Dettman told KCBX Thursday afternoon that escrow proceedings have begun on the property. The process could be complete in early-to-mid September.

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Rural water customer in San Luis Obispo County could soon be restricted to only Mondays and Thursday for outdoor water usage due to ongoing drought conditions.

The County Public Works Department will present the plan next week to the Board of Supervisors.

Affected areas include Cayucos, Shandon, Santa Margarita, and Avila Valley. Despite calls by the state to reduce water usage by 20 percent, residents in most of these areas are showing usage inline with last year.

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