County sued over redistricting plan



Templeton resident Bill Pelfrey is suing San Luis Obispo County over a plan to redraw lines for county supervisorial districts.

Just before press time on Oct. 19, Pelfrey filed the lawsuit in SLO County Superior Court challenging county supervisors’ Sept. 20 decision to adopt district lines. The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Frank Mecham and Paul Teixeira voting against the majority. Those new districts were strongly criticized by Templeton residents for splitting the community between the districts currently held by supervisors Mecham and Jim Patterson. According to the lawsuit, “the board abused its discretion and failed to proceed in a manner prescribed by law.”

County Counsel Warren Jensen told New Times the county had received the lawsuit but hadn’t had a chance to review it. Asked if a court battle could impact the upcoming 2012 elections, he said it’s probably too early to tell.


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