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Local government roundup: 03/13/2017

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Opponents of the oil-by-rail project rallied during a lunch break.

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.

In Santa Barbara, the county board is slated to greenlight a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements at the county airport near Santa Ynez. The Board will also hammer out a new franchise agreement over an existing oil pipeline owned by ERG. And it will hold a hearing on the creation of a groundwater agency for the San Antonio Creek Valley.

In Monterey County, supervisors will review the county’s financials. According to staff, a number of unplanned events over the past year added almost $30 million dollars to the current budget. That means the county will need to dip into its strategic reserve for the first time ever. Those added fees include damages from the Sobranes Fire, a lawsuit settlement over the conditions at county jails, and defending the county and Measure Z against current oil-company lawsuits.

The San Luis Obispo City Council is holding a special meeting this week on an ordinance that would ban retail sales and manufacturing of recreational cannabis within city limits. That would add recreational cannabis to an existing ban on storefront dispensaries and grow operations of medical cannabis in San Luis Obispo. The meeting starts at 6 PM Tuesday at city hall.