Since a proposal to transform Grover Beach from a general law to a charter city failed by just four votes in last November’s election, the city’s council members decided April 1 to form a committee that would consider whether to try again or abandon the idea. Council Member Bill Nichols will lead the effort.
Becoming a charter city would allow Grover Beach to draft its own regulations on election procedures and bidding proposals, so that the city could skirt expensive prevailing wage requirements from the state for public projects. The issue is complicated, however, by Senate Bill 7, which is working its way through the California Senate and, if passed, would bar charter cities from receiving state aid unless they pay prevailing wage.
According to Council Member Karen Bright, the previous election was tainted by untrue information circulated in mailers. The committee needs to focus on public outreach well before putting anything on the ballot, Bright said.