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Mike Brennler

Mike Brennler 30 year resident of Atascadero, former mayor and member of the Atascadero Redevelopment Agency.

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Former Atascadero commissioner Joan O’Keefe dead at 80

By MIKE BRENNLER On March 19, 2018 the Atascadero community lost a wonderful and spirited advocate. Joan O’Keefe passed away in Visalia. She had been staying with her daughter, after experiencing a couple of years of deteriorating health. [Cal Coast Times] I had the fortune of meeting Joan in 2006 when I had run for […]... (Continue Reading)

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Who has egg on their face now?

OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER On June 12, 2007 the following editorial excerpt was printed in the San Luis Obispo Tribune: “Gearhart was Unfairly Targeted. Atascadero Mayor Pro Tem Mike Brennler has a little egg on his face following his premature request to have the police chief look into what he believed to be fraudulent activity […]... (Continue Reading)

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Atascadero took the bait, hook, line and sinker

OPINION BY MIKE BRENNLER Recent headlines reveal that the infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate Walmart have swollen from $4.5 million to almost $12 million. This should not surprise anyone as warnings were repeatedly raised between 2008 through 2012. Many citizens raised valid fiscal concerns, but equally as many were blinded by Walmart’s false promise to […]... (Continue Reading)

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Arroyo Grande City Council should bow out of the parade

OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER Please allow me to weigh in on the Steve Adams, Teresa McClish and Tony Ferrara fiasco, as it relates to the upcoming Harvest Festival. It is clear that there are many Arroyo Grande residents who are disgusted with what they perceive as unethical behavior and actions from their city leaders. There […]... (Continue Reading)

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Atascadero Little Leaguers have character

OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER Having two grandsons who play in the Atascadero Little League, it has been a busy season for my wife and I. A minimum of three games a week and an abundance of Gatorade and sun block. I’m reminded of a quote attributed to the famous New York Yankee, Yogi Berra, who […]... (Continue Reading)

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Democracy in Atascadero should amount to more

OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER While studying my absentee ballot, I was reminded of the joke suggesting that democracy should amount to more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. This is particularly true as related to the incumbents running for office in Atascadero. Although I know that it is […]... (Continue Reading)

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Who’s to blame for the abolition of California’s redevelopment agencies?

OPINION By MIKE BRENNLER Lately we have heard a great deal of grumbling concerning Governor Brown’s decision to abolish Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRDA). Much of the grumbling comes directly from city officials who complain that the Governor’s actions are akin to larceny.  These officials use rhetoric such as, “we were robbed by Sacramento” and “the […]... (Continue Reading)

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