Mayor Jim Hill’s Grocery Store Advocacy Angers Barbara Harmon

The building remains vacant as of May 2016. Until Mayor hill wrote a letter to the FTC, no one at the city had done anything to advocate for getting a grocery company in that space.

The Albersons / Haggens building has been vacant for about 7 months and a significant amount of sales tax revenue is ending up in Grover Beach at Vons since AG doesn’t have a “full service” grocery store.  Von’s is the closest.  Why can’t the City help get it filled? Continue reading “Mayor Jim Hill’s Grocery Store Advocacy Angers Barbara Harmon”

$1,000,000 to Plant Acorns at Willow Road Overpass

As you drive by, you can see there are already oaks everywhere.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Background

Oak trees were removed to construct the Willow Road overpass on Hwy 101 between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.  Therefore the County required that the County plant to spend $500,000 to plant 3,800 acorns to replace the oaks.  In March, 2013 the budget for oaks was increased to $700,000  ($205 per acorn, including irrigation.  The number is now proposed to be $1,015,000. ($313.16 per acorn planted and watered.) Continue reading “$1,000,000 to Plant Acorns at Willow Road Overpass”

AG City Manager Performance Review Continued to Friday

What are these parameters? Though the actual review is a closed session item, the parameters used can be revealed to the public. Why all the secrecy?

On Tuesday, March 8th at 5 pm a special meeting was held which was called and scheduled, with only 24 hours notice, by Dianne Thompson to start her performance review process.  This was in spite of Mayor Jim Hill’s request that the meeting be held as part of the regular 6 o’clock meeting.

Only about 6 citizens were present and 4 made public comments.  The comments centered around Continue reading “AG City Manager Performance Review Continued to Friday”

City Manager Sets Stealth Special Meeting for Her Performance Review

This meeting was called with only the minimum 24 hours notice and is at 5pm when most AG citizens are just getting off of work. That’s why I call it a “Stealth Meeting.”

Rather than make her performance review concurrent with the regular Council meeting that begins at 6pm, Dianne Thompson, against the wishes of the Mayor, has called a special meeting at 5pm.

This meeting was called with only the minimum 24 hours notice and is at 5pm when most AG citizens are just getting off of work.  That’s why I call it a “Stealth Meeting.” Continue reading “City Manager Sets Stealth Special Meeting for Her Performance Review”

Arroyo Grande Village to Get New Hotel

The Planning Commission has approved a new 54 room boutique hotel to be built next to Mason Bar & Grill.  The developer is Nick Tompkins.

The hotel should help with the city revenues through bed taxes and by generating tourist traffic for the village restaurants and businesses.

AG Village Hotel

Complete details are documented on the Planning Commission’s agenda for February 16, 2016.  Go to www.ArroyoGrande.org to access the agendas.

AG Red Ink Projected For Next 10 years

If this city were being run with logical planning and fiscal discipline, the Council would be demanding that they be shown a plan of action before spending the money.

The Feb 23rd Council Meeting also reviewed the mid-year budget results.  Income is projected to exceed expenses for the next 10 years.  For this budget, the General Fund is projected to decrease more than $1.3 million in this 2 year budget cycle.

Ten Year Projection of Revenues & Expenses
                        Click To Expand the Graph
What is Causing the Problem?

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Council To Meet On Brisco Underpass Traffic Study

You may remember the ramps were closed for a few weeks about 10 years ago, and everyone loved it. Then they were reopened and we’ve had bad traffic under the Brisco underpass for the last 10 years.

Brisco Ramp Closures Still Temporary

The ramps were closed as a temporary test.  Then, because traffic was moving so smoothly, Mayor Hill called a special meeting of the City Council and the closure was extended to July 11, 2016. Continue reading “Council To Meet On Brisco Underpass Traffic Study”

How to encourage an investigation of John Wallace

If you have followed the Sanitation Districts history or, after reading the Knudson Report Executive Summary (click HERE for the blog post and link,) you can encourage an investigation by writing to the following agencies:

DA:  SLO County District Attorney
        1035 Palm St.
        SLO, CA  93408
AG:  Office of Attorney General
        PO Box 944255
        Sacramento, CA  94244
FBI:  Santa Maria Office of the FBI
         PO Box 1159
         Santa Maria, CA  93456
These are the agencies to which the case was referred by the Sanitation Board.
There is a good summary article and an Addendum to the Knudson Report that you can read by clicking HERE.

Sanitation District Investigation: Even More Shocking Than Expected

There was a SLO Grand Jury investigations, Water Quality Control Board investigation, and and Audit by the SLO County Auditor Controller, but the independent Carl Knudson Investigation goes into even more detail and depth, and provides shocking revelations about how millions Continue reading “Sanitation District Investigation: Even More Shocking Than Expected”