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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. 

Bree Zender

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of an agreement regarding the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Camp 4 reservation land. 

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.

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A Santa Barbara County grand jury determined a recent fee hike by the Laguna County Sanitation District was justified. The district provides sewer service to about 12,000 residential and business customers in Orcutt and unincorporated areas of Santa Maria.

The grand jury looked into the increase because service charges have increased by 87 percent since 2011. The independent jury came to the conclusion that all was above board after interviewing Santa Barbara County public works staff, reviewing paperwork and reports and visiting the sanitation district’s treatment plant. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

No change for Santa Barbara County's winery rules

Nov 22, 2016
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In a move that surprised many, Santa Barbara County officials have struck down a controversial and long-planned update to the county’s winery ordinance. In a 4-to-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors rejected the adoption of new rules governing the area’s wine country. 

Flickr member Damian Gadal

The Santa Barbara County wine industry will get another chance to address lawmakers regarding a proposed set of new rules for wineries and vineyards. 

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Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are preparing to help the homeless stay dry ahead of more El Niño storms. 

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An ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags in unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County goes before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. 

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Isla Vista residents will likely see permanent fencing this year along the bluffs that have long been a danger for those living in the area.

Plans for this fencing have been in the works for more than a year. As a temporary measure, orange mesh fencing was put up along the cliffs in Isla Vista in June of last year.

To finance a permanent solution, the university and the county agreed that UCSB would pay for building the permanent fencing and the County would take on the long-term maintenance.

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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning in favor of supporting a bill that would ban future oil and gas drilling projects within California's coastal waters. 

Here's a breakdown of how the individual supervisors voted:

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Santa Barbara County will begin work on the process for implementing a ban on certain forms of oil and gas drilling, should Measure P pass this November.

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to start the process.

Measure P calls for a ban on new forms of high intensity extraction, including fracking. Current oil and gas operations in the county should not be affected by the proposal according to the group that got it before the voters, the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians.