SLO City Council field expands to six

August 10, 2016
Aaron Gomez

Aaron Gomez

A total of six candidates are now expected to run for two open San Luis Obispo City Council seats. Two council seats are up for grabs because Councilman John Ashbaugh is termed out and Councilman Dan Carpenter is running for county supervisor.

Businessman Aaron Gomez and Cal Poly student Christopher Lopez are the latest candidates to join the race. They joined a field that already included retired Army colonel Mike Clark, architect Andy Pease, engineering supervisor Brett Strickland and teacher Mila Vujovich-La Barre.

Gomez co-owns a San Luis Obispo jewelry store, The Gold Concept Jewelry and Design Studio. Gomez’s father, Anthony Gomez, founded the business in 1971.

The younger Gomez says the principles he promotes for San Luis Obispo are environmental stewardship, small business development, smart residential growth and community engagement. Gomez is touting endorsements from Ashbaugh, San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Rivoire and SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

Christopher Lopez

Christopher Lopez

Lopez, a fourth-year philosophy student, is a member of several local organizations and boards, including Associated Students Inc. and the city Mass Transportation Committee. Lopez is also a member of the citizens’ oversight committee for the funds raised by a 2014 San Luis Coastal Unified School District tax measure.

The tax measure website says Lopez is excited about the technological advances, classroom improvements and career pathways San Luis Coastal students will receive as a result of the initiative. Lopez will graduate with a minor in political science, according to the tax measure site.

Three candidates have declared their intent to run for mayor. They are: incumbent Jan Marx, environmental activist Heidi Harmon and welder Donald Hedrick.

The election will take place on Nov. 8.

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Right on Womanwhohasbeenthere! The clock is ticking re the $150 + million owed to CalPers

for those highly paid city employees pensions. There are consequences and ‘its’s a comin’!!!!

More of the same: “protect the environment” but build, build, build especially during a drought; encourage everyone to ride bikes so they can feel good about not polluting the air while 100,000 cars a day drive through town on Highway 101 (still think your peddling makes a difference?); but let’s NOT talk about the $150+ million dollars we owe CalPERS for highly paid city employees; or the higher sales taxes through Measure G and now another 1/2 cent sales tax allegedly for roads; or the incredible turnover at city hall -our sixth city clerk in seven years; our crumbling sidewalks and potholes; $540 fines for walking your dog without a leash; $50 parking meter fines; fees on water bills, gas bills, light bills, etc.; vandalism by the homeless; and the wholesale sell out of most of the incumbents to big moneyed developers who could care less about our community but whose fees fund our city.

If you want more of the same by all means vote for these guys: an architect, a son of a jeweler, a student, and I have no idea what Heidi Harmon does other than run for office. They have a lot of knowledge when it comes to running a $100,000,000 business AKA city hall, negotiating with unions, pacifying developers, and shutting up recalcitrant residents who don’t like the way our city is going.

Mike Clark is the only one with a brain. He’ll never get elected as a result because people fall for the pretty face, the handsome young guy, promising speaker, every time.

Wow some young, fresh faces. Cool.

Definitely an effort at sarcasm. A visit to”Avivo” homes on a new street: Coriander. Make your own assessment. Just what SLO town has been hoping for.(Sarcasm)

Cultural diversity…once welcomed in Europe, now a problem of monumental proportions.

If people would actually listen Donald and not get turned off by his looks he is really a very bright person suffering from problems stemming from Vietnam.

Whom ever runs for SLO council; they must focus on the vital need for more densely packed, three-story condos quietly permitted into hidden back roads adjacent to commercial districts. “We” have to make room for the wonderful crowd that’s clogging the roadways.

Are you saying this sarcastically?

If you are, the funny thing is you are spot on w regard to more prudent urban planning. Placing higher density dwellings adjacent to commercial districts will indeed reduce the traffic on our roads by allowing people to walk or ride to work instead of drive in from A town or Santa Maria.

Did you know that approx 50% of the people in the entire country of Denmark either walk or ride to their place of employment? It CAN be done!

Our downtown can be a quaint village that includes higher density residential.


Weird… I am surprised by the number of thumbs down. What about mixed use (a healthy combination of dense residential along w commercial) in a downtown urban core doesn’t make sense?