John Shoals running for Grover Beach mayor
July 15, 2014
Former mayor of Grover Beach John Shoals announced Monday that he is running to reclaim the city’s mayoral seat.
Shoals served on the Grover Beach City Council from 2008 to 2012, including four stints as mayor. He was termed out from running for mayor in 2012 due to a city rule that limits mayors to serving two consecutive terms.
In the November election, Shoals will square off against current mayor Debbie Peterson, who has already announced her plan to run for reelection.
Late in Shoals’s most recent term as mayor, council members requested that he replace Councilman Bill Nichols on the South County Sanitation District board. At the time, the district was regularly exceeding its $6 million budget under the leadership of manager John Wallace who had the support of Nichols. Shoals refused to remove Nichols from the board despite letters from sanitation staff claiming mismanagement and misspending.
After Peterson became mayor in 2012, she took over the seat on the sanitation board for one year. Peterson called for the elimination of waste in the district’s budget and an examination of Wallace’s management. Since Wallace has left the district, it is operating cleaner at 50 percent of the cost.
Shoals’s endorsers in the current campaign include Nichols and Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara, who also backed Wallace on the sanitation board.
Shoals is also endorsed by County Supervisor Adam Hill, who led an effort to throw Peterson off of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District board. The Grover Beach council voted Peterson off of the air district board late last year after she campaigned to repeal the agency’s disputed Oceano Dunes dust rule.
Shoals currently works as government relations representative for PG&E.