San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors

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As part of a plan to increase affordable housing, this week San Luis Obispo County officials took some first steps: passing higher development fees on new homes and streamlining the environmental permitting process in an effort to get homes built faster. Not everyone was happy about it, but did agree the county needs more housing stock. 

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San Luis Obispo County officials chose this week not to switch to a new voting system for the 2020 election, created by the state legislature aiming to modernize voting in California. The county’s election official presented options, and community members shared their support, but the price tag may have swayed supervisors from changing, for now.

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San Luis Obispo County is preparing for an employee strike. For the first time in its history, SLOCEA—the county’s largest employee union—plans to strike Tuesday, December 11 through Friday, December 14. The county and union have not been able to come to an agreement over current and future wages and benefits. KCBX News recently sat down with San Luis Obispo County’s manager and met with a SLOCEA member to learn more.

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The county board of supervisors have agreed on a plan to help build affordable homes for the county’s workforce. But while the move is being heralded for bipartisan—and multilateral—agreement, some say the real work is still to come.

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For the first time in county government history, San Luis Obispo County officials are gearing up for a potential employee strike. The county’s largest employee union, the San Luis Obispo County Employees' Association (SLOCEA), wants a higher wage increase than the administration has offered. But that’s not the only issue on the table.

UPDATE Friday, JUNE 22 6 P.M.:  San Luis Obispo County certified its election results Friday. Lynn Compton successfully defended her district 4 seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors against challenger Jimmy Paulding by just 60 votes.

Compton's victory will maintain the conservative majority on the board.

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With less than a week until the June 5 primary election, candidates for local races are busy making their final pitches to voters. In San Luis Obispo County, two of the county board of supervisors are up for reelection and being challenged for their jobs. 

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Leading up to the June 5 primary election, KCBX News is presenting interviews with local candidates running for San Luis Obispo County offices. 

San Luis Obispo County’s current public works director, Wade Horton, has been named as head administrator of the county, with the title County Administrative Officer, or CAO.

Local government roundup: 11/06/17

Nov 6, 2017

It's a busy week in Central Coast local government, with Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara county supervisors meeting Tuesday with full agendas. It's also election day for Santa Barbara voters, who are deciding the city’s next mayor and city council members in Districts 4, 5, and 6. 

Local government roundup: 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

This week in Central Coast county government: the Santa Barbara County board of supervisors is expected to vote on medical cannabis regulations.

SLO County's chief administrative officer resigns

May 12, 2017
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The top administrator of San Luis Obispo County announced his resignation Friday. Dan Buckshi accepted a new job as the next city manager of Walnut Creek in the Bay Area.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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