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Jim Hill

Former Oceano Service District President Jim Hill was first elected in 2004 and voted in again in 2008. On March 28, he resigned his seat citing disagreements with district manager Raffaele Montemurro over his accounting practices and failure to follow the board’s direction.

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Report on John Wallace presents a cautionary message

OPINION by ARROYO GRANDE MAYOR JIM HILL After six months of investigative work, the long awaited report on past management practices and operations of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District will be released and presented at the sanitation district board meeting Wednesday evening. The report shows that the long time former sanitation district […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande interchange study makes sense

OPINION by JIM GUTHRIE and JIM HILL Over the next few months the City Arroyo Grande will be making one of the most important decisions about the future of our city. Our decision on a solution for the Brisco/Halcyon congestion will have a significant impact on the current and future quality of life in our community. […]... (Continue Reading)

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Sanitation district should not yield to Ogren’s outrageous demands

OPINION By MAYOR JIM HILL As a member of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board, I am committed to minimizing costs and fairness in billing practices for all District ratepayers. The member agencies, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Oceano Community Services District (OCSD), have always collected sanitation district fees as part of their […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande mayor speaks out

OPINION By ARROYO GRANDE MAYOR JIM HILL After a dramatic five-week write-in campaign last fall, it’s continued to be an interesting and exciting first six months as Mayor of Arroyo Grande. I believe we have contributed to many positive changes for the city. Beginning as the City’s representative to the South San Luis Obispo County […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill challenges Shoals

OPINION By JIM HILL The recent election represents an opportunity for residents of Grover Beach, Oceano and Arroyo Grande to change some policies at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District that have not been in residents’ interest. In 2010, a spill estimated at 384,000 gallons of raw sewage was released from the treatment […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande needs new leadership

OPINION By JIM HILL Economic development Arroyo Grande has focused its economic attention on the Village, to the exclusion of most of the city. Arroyo Grande residents are proud of the Village, and economic development there is a good thing, but why doesn’t the rest of the city get to share in these benefits? Arroyo […]... (Continue Reading)

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What should the mayor of Arroyo Grande stand for?

OPINION By JIM HILL The recent article in CalCoastNews about favoritism and other abuses of power in Arroyo Grande confirms and enlarges on what several business and property owners had told me prior to my decision to run for mayor. The atmosphere of fear, or at best uncertainty, that results from these abuses destroys trust […]... (Continue Reading)

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Why I oppose the Arroyo Grande City Charter

OPINION By JIM HILL The passage of Arroyo Grande City Charter, Measure C-14 on city ballots, would make two fundamental changes from the general law requirements that are not in residents’ interests. First, as explicitly stated in Section 302 of the charter, the city would no longer be required to contract for city-funded construction projects […]... (Continue Reading)

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Jim Hill on issues facing Arroyo Grande

OPINION By JIM HILL Brown Act – California’s Ralph M. Brown Act, also known as the “open meetings act,” makes it illegal for a majority of the members of city councils, commissions or boards to converse on any topic under the group’s area of responsibility outside a public meeting. It also strictly limits topics allowed […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill explains Oceano resignation

OPINION By JIM HILL Several Oceano residents have asked my reasons for leaving the OCSD Board after 6 years. Details are in my resignation letter, available from the Oceano Community Service District as a public record. The most important is that, despite a unanimous Board vote to have staff turn the 2008-2009 financial records over […]... (Continue Reading)