Arroyo Grande considering city charter
January 28, 2013
The council decided in December to establish an 11-member committee that would make recommendations as to the content of a proposed charter. Last week, the council appointed members to the committee.
If the council chooses to proceed with a charter initiative, Arroyo Grande voters will have to approve a ballot measure.
Last November, Grover Beach rejected a charter city measure by just four votes. Prior to the election, political strategist and member of the San Luis Obispo Democratic Central Committee, Cory Black, issued a misleading flyer to many voters about the potential costs of Grover Beach’s proposed charter.
Many union members oppose city charters because they allow exemptions from state-mandated prevailing wage agreements.
City staff says adopting a charter could save Arroyo Grande $50,000 to $300,000 annually. Last January, the council considered placing a charter initiative on the November ballot but decided to postpone the process.
All three charter city measures on the November 2012 ballot in California failed. In addition to Grover Beach, Costa Mesa and Escondido voters rejected proposed charters.
The Arroyo Grande council is considering placing a charter measure on the November 2014 ballot.