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Josh Friedman

Writer Josh Friedman may or may not live in San Luis Obispo County.

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Arroyo Grande commissioner accused of conflict of interest

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The lead architect of a proposed housing development in Arroyo Grande is a member of the city’s planning commission, a scenario, critics allege, that creates an ethical conflict of interest. Randy Russom, an architect with RRM Design, pitched a 59-home development to the Arroyo Grande City Council on July 8 as part […]... (Continue Reading)

Is SLO prepared for possible loss of Measure Y money?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council received a staff report Tuesday on a contingency plan for the loss of around $6.7 million in annual revenue from the city’s half-cent sales tax. The council responded to the report with no deliberation and moved on to talking about an entry monument at the Highland […]... (Continue Reading)

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State audit finds Hill skirting campaign finance law

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An audit conducted by the California Franchise Tax Board has revealed that San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill failed to properly disclose nearly $70,000 in campaign expenditures during his most recent run for office. The California Political Reform Act, passed by voters in 1974, requires the Franchise Tax Board to audit […]... (Continue Reading)

Covello quitting the DA’s office

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE A little more than a month after losing his bid to become San Luis Obispo County’s top prosecutor, Tim Covello is stepping down from his position with the district attorney’s office. Covello, who is currently assistant district attorney, or second in command, submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday, sources […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO planning guest house rental ban

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance that would ban many property owners from renting out their guest houses. The council voted 5-0 in support of the ordinance, which contains several changes to residential regulations in the city, including a new definition of a bedroom. City […]... (Continue Reading)

Slo council signs off Measure Y renewal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to place a renewal of Measure Y, the city’s half-cent sales tax, on the November ballot. A simple majority vote on November 4 would extend the sales tax for eight years. It is currently scheduled to expire in April 2015. Tuesday’s decision concluded […]... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos manager sidestepping duties

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The general manager of the Los Osos Community Services District has worked for the agency since last October but has only been sworn in to do so since earlier this month, a violation of the California Constitution. Los Osos CSD General Manager Kathy Kivley waited more than seven months to take an […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO ratepayers taking a long hike

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo city staffers are unaware of the last year in which sewer rates have not increased. The city has raised sewer rates for at least the past 21 years, and they will go up again next month. Including a 3 percent raise planned to take effect next month, rates have […]... (Continue Reading)

Guadalupe flirting with bankruptcy

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Guadalupe City Administrator Andrew Carter, who often describes himself as a numbers person, has discovered some financial mismanagement and accounting practices that could leave him without a city to administer. Guadalupe, which has the smallest tax base of all cities in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, has long grappled […]... (Continue Reading)

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Are SLO County supervisors too old to party?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors turned down a proposal to permit Forever Never Land to sell more than 3,000 tickets to an Avila Beach September event. Forever Never Land is a weekend long festival for ages 21 and up, in which attendees have a range of booze-filled choices that […]... (Continue Reading)