Arroyo Grande could become charter city
June 26, 2014
The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place an initiative on the November ballot that will allow voters to make Arroyo Grande a charter city. [Tribune]
Becoming a charter city allow Arroyo Grande officials to draft their own rules on election procedures, contract bidding and purchases of goods, property and services. As a general law city, Arroyo Grande must currently defer to state regulations on such procedures.
In 2012, a charter city measure failed in neighboring Grover Beach by a mere four votes. The initiative faced stiff opposition from unions, particularly over a section that would have exempted the city from paying prevailing wage on construction projects funded by local revenue streams.
A similar provision exists in the draft Arroyo Grande charter. Unions are expected to oppose Arroyo Grande’s initiative as well.