conflict of interest

Santa Rosa and Pacifica are the latest California cities to draft local laws aiming to curb the use of natural gas infrastructure in new construction. It’s part of a push to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. San Luis Obispo city officials voted once, in early September, to pass a similar ordinance on what’s called decarbonization. But then attorneys for a utility labor union cried foul.

The city of Paso Robles is going back to the drawing board when it comes to regulating short-term rentals. The city council passed an urgency ordinance earlier in February to address growing noise and parking complaints, but this week the council had to repeal that ordinance due to a conflict of interest.

John Wallace, the former head of two San Luis Obispo County special districts, pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of conflict of interest. Wallace, 74, agreed to pay just under $60,000 in restitution to the districts, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. 

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against John Wallace, a former county administrator.