Heidi Harmon wins SLO mayor race

November 23, 2016
Heidi Harmon

Heidi Harmon

By KAREN VELIE

Heidi Harmon has won the San Luis Obispo mayor’s seat, beating incumbent Jan Marx by 47 votes, according to unofficial results posted by San Luis Obispo County elections officials Wednesday.

The stunning conclusion to the race comes 15 days after the Nov. 8 election when Marx led by 726 votes, or 52.46 percent to Harmon’s 47.06 percent. While Marx led in early mail in ballots, Harmon led among poll voters and late mail in ballots following several robocalls promoting Harmon for mayor by activist Kevin Rice.

On Wednesday, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder’s Office finished counting votes for residents of the City of San Luis Obispo.

In another close race, SLO County’s Measure J, a transportation tax initiative, continues to fail by a narrow margin.

As of Wednesday, 65.96 percent of voters had approved the sales tax initiative, and 34.04 percent voted against it. A 66.67 percent vote is required for it to pass and the increase in late voter support is marginal.

Countywide, there are an additional 6,634 more votes to count. The SLO County Clerk Recorder’s Office has scheduled the next ballot counting for Nov. 29.


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SLO_Johnny

Meet the new boss….. same as the old boss.


jimmy_me

What? These two women are night and day!


Let the magic begin…


Black_Copter_Pilot

I might start shopping in SLO again


Ricky2

Why? Same old cheap stuff from China as before.


Mariposa

Only if highfalutin SLO gets rid of parking meters on Sundays!


Pelican1

Hopefully you will learn a valuable lesson from insulting our Pearl Harbor vets…I guarantee you is was just one of many nails in your political coffin.

There, but for the grace of god go you


SamLouis

Please tell us MORE. Thanks…


Pelican1

https://calcoastnews.com/2012/…/california-city-snubs-president-victims-of-pearl-harb.


Pelican1

California city snubs president, victims of Pearl Harbor

December 10, 2012


By KAREN VELIE


San Luis Obispo staffers accuse city officials of snubbing the president, the “greatest generation,” and victims of Pearl Harbor after they ordered employees to raise flags lowered in honor of Pearl Harbor patriots to full-staff.


President Barack Obama proclaimed December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor “the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people.”


“We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments,” the proclamation says.


“I encourage all” organizations in America “to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.”


After it was discovered that some San Luis Obispo staffers placed flags at half-staff following Obama’s proclamation, city management ordered the flags raised to the top of the poles, claiming only Mayor Jan Marx and the city council are permitted to order city owned U.S. flags flown at half-staff.


However, U.S. policy says only presidents and state governors can decide when and how long the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff. These proclamations generally honor the deaths of high-ranking federal officials or servicemen who have lost their lives protecting the United States of America.


Nevertheless, San Luis Obispo city policy allows elected city officials to refuse a presidential proclamation and to order the nation’s flag to be flown at half-staff to honor deceased former city officials.


On Oct. 4, Mayor Jan Marx ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former city council member Myron Graham, who passed away at the age of 99 a few hours earlier. On Oct. 5, city staff followed her command and lowered the approximately 10 U.S. flags flow on city properties to half-staff.


Marx said she became aware that several city staffers sent emails complaining of the city’s refusal to honor veterans of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the same day Marx and members of the city council rode on a float in the city’s Christmas Parade. Marx told CalCoastNews.com she plans to look into the issue.


However, she refused to answer several questions, such as does the city or the president have the authority to determine when the U.S. flag can be flown at half-staff. Nor did she address why she did not deal with the issue on Friday.


Following the city’s insistence that flags not be flown at half-staff on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, numerous employees, mostly veterans, voiced their concerns in emails to city management. In one email that was copied to all city employees, a former Marine spoke of his military service and his support for those who have died while serving the United States.


“If I seem upset to you, it’s because I am,” the employee says in the email. “As a veteran, that flag is sacred to me. I wore it on my sleeve when I was getting rocketed and mortared in Afghanistan; I’ve unloaded body bags off a Blackhawk helicopter which were draped in our flag. Pearl Harbor was an epochal event in our nation’s history; my late father was a WWII veteran of the Pacific theater.”


Assistant City Manager Michael Codron responded by claiming only elected city officials have the ability to determine when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff on city owned properties.


“I do recall last year and I’m sorry the city’s flag policy is not consistent with how you – and I know many others – would have the city recognize important memorials, such as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,” Codron said in an email. “The flag policy can be changed by the City Council, and I would encourage you and others who have an interest in this issue – as I would any member of the public that wanted to see our flag policy changed – to get together and either write a letter to the City Council or attend a regular meeting and provide public comment on this matter.”


San Luis Obispo Police Officer Matt Blackstone, a former combat Marine who served in the Persian Gulf, also sent emails to city management. He wrote about mourning his fallen comrades and voiced his disappointment in the city over its refusal to honor patriots of Pearl Harbor.


“Today I am left with a similar sick feeling in my gut, maybe a little less intense, but similar that I work for a city administration and council that has such disregard for the sacrifice of our veterans, Blackstone says in the email.


“The fact that our city would have a policy that we don’t fly flags at half-staff on these historic days is shocking. As I write this I have been told that employees of our city were ordered by their supervisors to raise the flag back to full staff at their work location after having lowered it in remembrance of the day.


“So in closing, I will say this to our Assistant City Manager Michael Codron, calling it your job doesn’t make it right, boss. You are second in command of the city, fix it please.”


UPDATE: Jan Marx responded with the following statement after this article was posted:


The city flag policy was enacted long before I was on city council. I learned about the request to lower the flag on Pearl Harbor Day only after city staff had said no to it. I want to make sure our flag policy conforms to federal law and have asked our city attorney to review the matter.


pasodowny

Goodbye Janny the Nanny. Your willfull ignorance and backstabbing ways will not be missed.


Pelican1

Jan you just earned your much deserved……Comeuppance. Life is good.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3yCcXgbKrE


Pelican1

YES!


rukidding

It’s beginning. he dike has been broken and the swamp is beginning to drain.


Kevin Rice

Congratulations, Heidi!


Bluebird

Kevin

Thanks for the robo calls.


panflash

Congratulations, Kevin!


Congratulations, San Luis Obispo!


First item on the next SLO City Council agenda should be declaration of November 8 as SLO Liberation Day.


Kaiser Bill

Great News! Jan Marx was a do nothing busy body in the pocket of developers.


Heidi Harmon must prioritize several things for SLO City, which impacts the county as whole since many people work in SLO.


First, development projects along Buckley Road and 227 must be killed. Traffic is already bad on 227, it will be a nightmare if housing is developed near the airport and along 227.


Second, take steps to remove the transient population downtown. We don’t need a Homeless shelter or services center run by Adam Hill’s wife. Most of the homeless in SLO are not from the area and need to be reconnected with their families back home. This is money well spent, and will help the homeless. It is also a far cheaper option than building homeless centers, which only serve to attract and increase transients.


Third, stop the proliferation of bars downtown. SLO Downtown is no longer a place locals like to go to, it is for students getting drunk and a hangout of the homeless.


Fourth, End the Orwellian rental ordinance program which will only increase rent for the students and working class residents who already struggle to live in SLO City.


kayaknut

First thing should be begin the process of firing Katie Litchig, The city cannot hope to recover until she is gone.


womanwhohasbeenthere

Could not agree more. And also fire Ironman Katie Lichtig.


Jan Marx is representative of everything wrong in the Democrat Party locally and nationally. The elites of the Party have forgotten the working class, the people who just want to work and be left alone and not have homeless programs, bad laws (Rental Inspection Ordinance), bad developments that are destroying our community, higher taxes, and so much more, jammed down their throats by leaders completely out of touch with their base.


I hope Heidi will clean house but with Katie Lichtig at the helm I’m not so sure. Please be strong. If you want to change policies, you need to change the architects and enablers of the past failures. Katie Lichtig, and the obedience of the current majority on the Council to her every wish and whim, has done more damage to this community than can be touched upon in this column. Fiscal responsibility ($150,000,000 in CalPERS debt and no one cares!), and a “major on the majors” approach will go a long way to reforming our city, getting us back on track, and making SLO a nice place to live again.


mary margaret

We voted for Heidi as a vote against Jan. Let’s give her a chance to “clean house” as you said and it does need to start with Katie Lichtig who is the real boss of SLO and continue down the line with her henchmen Michael Codron, Derek Johnson, Christine Dietrick, Doug Davidson, Rachel Cohen and on and on throughout the CDD, appointees to city commissions and committees. Let’s also say “Adios!” to the City’s preferred “consultants” who are paid by taxpayers, do the work of city staff in CDD and actually advocate and represent developers and builder/contractor/architects rather than the residents and well-being of the city itself.


By the way, next to go bye bye is Carlyn Christenson. She does not represent the residents of SLO and is demeaning, insulting and downright rotten to those who dare to speak up. She’s HORRIBLE and needs to be recalled A.S.A.P.


RonHolt

While you have some good suggestions, I have to take issue with your characterizations of the local homeless population. If you had just said that the TROUBLE-MAKING portion of the homeless is largely from out of area, you might be right. But you are apparently unaware of the much larger percentage of local homeless people with roots here — possibly because quietly struggling to survive doesn’t grab peoples attention. Dee Torres (A.Hill’s wife) is not currently involved with either the existing or future homeless shelter and service center.


Transients (particularly those that create problems) are a problem that needs to be addressed. But denying help to all homeless people is not the way to do it. There are currently more people trying to get beds in the homeless shelter than there are beds available and they do screen out most of the addicts and people with unrestrained aggressive behaviors. Homeless people are attracted more to this area due to the climate than anything else. Shipping them elsewhere without their consent is illegal and, often just temporary.


October

“Second, take steps to remove the transient population downtown. We don’t need a Homeless shelter or services center run by Adam Hill’s wife. Most of the homeless in SLO are not from the area and need to be reconnected with their families back home. This is money well spent, and will help the homeless. It is also a far cheaper option than building homeless centers, which only serve to attract and increase transients.”


According to Heidi’s website, she is strongly in favor of providing housing “villages” for the homeless along with additional services to keep them around.


Ricky2

“Homeless shelter or services center run by Adam Hill’s wife”


Guess you’re not up on the news. He’s with Carlyn Christianson now. Yes, THAT Carlyn Christianson, the one who dragged Marx down to her political grave. Recall Christianson!


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