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Nipomo CSD grants water to development despite city protests

The Nipomo Community Services District board gave initial approval Wednesday to a request for water service at proposed housing development on the Nipomo Mesa. [Tribune] The CSD board voted 4-0, with board member Jim Harrison absent, to grant initial approval... (Continue reading)

SLO council minority halts progress of Grossman development

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council majority failed to muster enough votes Tuesday night to further several large housing projects, including one belonging to a politically connected developer. The city’s general plan update calls for high-density residential... (Continue reading)

A crooked road to Arroyo Grande?

Editor’s note: The Arroyo Grande ordinance limiting how the mayor and city council members may legally interact with city staff is at the bottom of this story. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Business owners and city staffers in Arroyo... (Continue reading)

Atascadero took the bait, hook, line and sinker

OPINION BY MIKE BRENNLER Recent headlines reveal that the infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate Walmart have swollen from $4.5 million to almost $12 million. This should not surprise anyone as warnings were repeatedly raised between 2008 through 2012. Many citizens... (Continue reading)

Measure G and developer subsidies

OPINION By RICHARD SCHMIDT San Luis Obispo is launching a radical change in who pays development’s infrastructure costs, and this is intimately related to Measure G, the city sales tax on November’s ballot. Simply stated, if you vote for Measure... (Continue reading)

WalMart to cost Atascadero more than $11 million

OPINION By TOM COMAR While it may come as a shock to some, those of us in Save Atascadero and other citizens who warned Atascadero’s staff, council, and planning commission that WalMart traffic mitigation costs could skyrocket and leave the... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach council approves new hotel

The Pismo Beach City Council approved a new hotel development in the heart of town during its meeting Tuesday, rejecting an appeal by city residents. [Tribune] The Inn at the Pier is expected to fill a dirt lot located at... (Continue reading)

Ashbaugh votes in disregard of state ruling

By KAREN VELIE CORRECTION: John Ashbaugh does not own property in the airport area. He  does own property in a focus area of the land use update and because of that the FPPC had ruled that he could not vote... (Continue reading)

California Supreme Court rules voter initiatives exempt from CEQA

By STEW JENKINS and KAREN VELIE The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that land use planning by voter qualified initiative is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); even if a city council adopts the voter initiative to avoid... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly mulling $155 million hotel and arena project

Cal Poly is considering building a $155 million on-campus complex that would include a hotel, a conference center and a basketball arena. [Tribune] The proposed project is intended to bolster the university’s hospitality degree program and replace an aging men... (Continue reading)



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