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Julie Tacker

Julie Tacker is a 3 decade resident of Los Osos and a former member of the Los Osos Community Services District.

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Sanitation staff fails to follow board direction

OPINION By JULIE TACKER Tonight the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD) will be considering the audit that has been asked for repeatedly since December, when Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill suggested that it be agendized. Once agendized, fellow board members, Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals and Oceano CSD Director Matt Guerrero, agreed […]... (Continue Reading)

Oceano board members use Brown Act as toilet paper

OPINION By JULIE TACKER As he has for the last several years, Oceano Community Services District (OCSD) Past President Matthew Guerrero serves as the OCSD representative to the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD) in violation of code. It was reported in an interview on the Dave Congalton Show with former Grover Beach […]... (Continue Reading)

Open letter to Supervisor Frank Mecham

OPINION BY JULIE TACKER, I first want to say thank you for amending tomorrow’s meeting agenda to add public comment for the items that were on the Jan. 5 special meeting agenda. I also want to point out that this was in no way your fault. As chair, Supervisor Bruce Gibson failed to take public […]... (Continue Reading)

A new county board and a new attitude

OPINION By JULIE TACKER Out with the old; in with the new, it’s a new year. Jan. 5 brought a new attitude to San Luis Obispo County government as the District 4 supervisor’s switched places. Caren Ray left the office she was appointed to after the untimely death of Paul Teixeira and newly elected Supervisor […]... (Continue Reading)

Wallace purged sanitation district documents

OPINION By JULIE TACKER To audit or not to audit? That is the question at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD). An audit may find accounting inaccuracies and/or other wrongdoing. At this point, with so many questions left unanswered since the Feb. 2013 resignation of District Administrator — of 27 years — […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande needs to dump its city attorney

OPINION By JULIE TACKER The question posed at last week’s Arroyo Grande City Council meeting by newly elected Mayor Jim Hill revealed a $32,000 expenditure for just one month’s work by legal counsel. This is a billing trend that began with the now infamous July 3, 2014 incident. A search of the Carmel & Naccasha, […]... (Continue Reading)

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Five Cities Fire Authority should reconsider hiring Lieberman

OPINION By JULIE TACKER In light of the change in political winds in the South County it would be prudent for the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) to suspend its hiring process for a new fire chief. In spite of the recent press release and local press coverage announcing a Chief has been chosen, a […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande wins with Jim

OPINION By JULIE TACKER Who is Jim Hill? While most Arroyo Grande voters voted for write-in candidate Jim Hill as a protest to the status quo, you may be pleasantly surprised to know a little more about Jim. Jim has lived in the South County for over 30 years. Nearing the end of a 30-plus […]... (Continue Reading)

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Arroyo Grande’s leadership cannot be trusted with a charter city

OPINION By JULIE TACKER Arroyo Grande voters are facing the question of “Charter City” on Nov. 4 ballot. As they do, it is important to look at its current leadership’s questionable spending and ponder; is now the time to relax the standards in which to spend the people’s money? Notable charter cities include, Bell, Stockton […]... (Continue Reading)

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Five Cities Fire Authority needs financial counseling

OPINION By JULIE TACKER “Five Cities Fire Authority struggles to adjust after layoffs” (Tribune, October 2) suggests that ‘Plan B’ for the agency is to apply for another grant to return its level of service to that which it enjoyed for that past two years as the beneficiary of a $1.2 million FEMA “SAFER” grant. […]... (Continue Reading)