Arroyo Grande police stand with Mayor Jim Hill
August 9, 2016
OPINION by MAYOR JIM HILL
In announcing my campaign for re-election as mayor of Arroyo Grande, I’m very proud to have again earned the endorsement of our Police Officers Association.
I was compelled to run as your write-in candidate two years ago when former Mayor Tony Ferrara and some city officials questioned the veracity of our officers who were called to investigate a situation Mr. Ferrara had tried to cover up. Our police department is second to none.
Many believe Arroyo Grande to be a real-life Mayberry, but that tranquility comes because of the constant efforts of our police officers. It is a special honor for me to have their endorsement.
I’m also proud of being acknowledged as respectful of all voices in the community. Together we defeated a charter city initiative which would have eliminated the requirement for a balanced city budget.
Since then, I’ve successfully worked to maintain the SLOCOG funding commitment for Brisco Road interchange improvements, pushed for full accounting of unfunded liabilities and accounting of staff time by project for full and accurate costing. I voted against budget adjustments for engaging a number of consultants and against use of city facilities for a beer festival in the Village.
As Arroyo Grande’s representative on the South County Sanitation District Board, I instigated the audit that found malfeasance in past management practices and championed ending litigation against the Regional Water Quality Control Board that was initiated at Mr. Ferrara’s direction. We now have a negotiated settlement of the fine resulting from the large 2010 sewage spill and have finally stopped the ongoing litigation costs.
I’m committed to reducing obstacles for our existing businesses and actively recruiting new businesses. Business development along Grand Avenue and other commercial districts outside the Village is essential to maintaining the high service levels the city provides.
I look forward to ensuring an adequate water supply for current residents including working toward wastewater recycling and limiting development unless there is demonstrated current savings or new water resources –not merely cash in lieu payments- to offset the development. I’m working to revise city parking requirements going forward to prevent the under-parked conditions experienced with previous projects in the city.
With these objectives, I’m proud to announce my campaign for re-election.