LOCAL: (San Luis Obispo) City Council in Paso Robles votes for ban
An article from the San Luis Obispo Tribune details City Council election in Paso Robles:
City Council Election to ban vehicles from river:
Council members voted, approving a ban on the activity in city limits. Public debate churned Tuesday night between supporters of continued off-roading on open space in Paso Robles and critics who say it is noisy, dusty and brings fire hazards.
City council candidates in SLO--Jeff Aranguena, John Ashbaugh, Kevin Rice, Dan Carpenter--spoke at a 2012 election forum: SLO Chamber City Council Forum.
Many of the candidates expressed concern over the renewal of Measure Y, an eight-year tax increase approved by voters in 2006, which will sunset on March 31, 2015. The added sales tax brings about $5.3 million annually to city coffers. Kevin Rice supports putting the issue on the 2014 ballot for voters to decide, but feels the city has two more years to set a good track record for spending. Jeff Aranguena said he would support it only if the city could find a way to be more transparent about its spending of that money. Dan Carpenter said he would consider supporting a specific tax — which would define specific areas where the money could be spent — but require a two-thirds majority vote to pass. Rice agreed. John Ashbaugh said he supports renewing it.