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Julie Tacker

Julie Tacker is a 3 decade resident of Los Osos and a former member of the Los Osos Community Services District.

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Candidate Caren Ray misrepresents the facts, again

OPINION by JULIE TACKER During a recent interview on the Dave Congalton Show, Arroyo Grande mayoral candidate Caren Ray misrepresented the facts in multiple instances. Several citizens have dispelled Ray’s assertions through their opinion pieces, here’s another: One of Ray’s fibs surrounds the letter the Mayor Jim Hill wrote asking the Federal Trade Commission to […]... (Continue Reading)

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Caren Ray’s rose colored view of the past

OPINION by JULIE TACKER During a recent interview on the Dave Congalton Show, Arroyo Grande city council woman and former San Luis Obispo County supervisor, Caren Ray, who served on the Integrated Waste Management Authority board said, the IWMA “went sideways after I left.” Ms. Ray served as supervisor, and as such, on the IWMA […]... (Continue Reading)

As a supporter of Wallace, Caren Ray is unfit to be mayor

OPINION by JULIE TACKER At the recent City of Arroyo Grande candidate’s forum, mayoral candidate Caren Ray said she believes Mayor Jim Hill is “no longer effective” at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Having attended sanitation district board meetings for nearly 10 years, I can say without hesitation, no one in the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Is tire mulch a safe covering for Los Osos playground?

OPINION by JULIE TACKER A few years ago San Luis Obispo County Parks replaced the playground equipment at our one and only park here in Los Osos. When they did, they also installed 240 yards of repurposed shredded tire mulch underneath it. This black rubber material apparently meets safety standards for impact, lessening the chance […]... (Continue Reading)

Residents deserve restitution from John Wallace

OPINION by JULIE TACKER In 2011 the SLO County Grand Jury found conflicts of interest with John Wallace wearing two hats as district administrator at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District and district engineer as CEO of the Wallace Group, his private engineering and consulting firm. At the time, the district board of […]... (Continue Reading)

Money down the drain at the South County sewer plant

OPINION by JULIE TACKER While expenses at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District continue to climb under a new administrator, the public is seeing little or no benefit and a decrease in transparency. The district currently pays its new Administrator Gerhardt Hubner a $12,500 salary, a $350 car allowance and a nice retirement […]... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos needs a change in leadership

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Here we go again; Los Osos Community Services District is looking for a new General Manager.  With 16 or so, under its collective 16 year-old belt, the district is asking for proposals from qualified individuals to lead them into the future. However, the real question is, “what future?” With the garbage […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande city manager a bad fit

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Arroyo Grande should say goodbye to Dianne Thompson as its city manager. Over the course of her short tenure, she has been unapproachable and standoffish. Public records reflect Thompson was unwilling to meet with members of the public and even refused to meet with a planning commissioner. Thompson repeatedly asked citizens […]... (Continue Reading)

Bob Cuddy, facts matter

OPINION by JULIE TACKER Not much has changed for the retired Robert C. Cuddy, former reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune, just as he often failed to check facts for his news articles, he failed to fact check his letters to the editor before sending them to be published. Mr. Cuddy, details matter. In […]... (Continue Reading)

Don’t send John Wallace’s excuses to law enforcement

OPINION by JULIE TACKER An open letter to the south San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board: It was with great disappointment that I read the agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting that includes a presentation by John Wallace to address the Knudsen Report. Mr. Wallace has had many opportunities to explain himself and has on […]... (Continue Reading)