Following the too-close-to-call charter initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot in Grover Beach, the county clerk-recorder’s office is manually re-tallying the results.
Measure I-12—which would make Grover Beach the second county municipality to become a charter city—appeared to have passed by a razor-thin 50.16 percent to 49.84 percent margin, according to the clerk’s final unofficial results.
SLO County Clerk Julie Rodewald told New Times she can’t certify the election results before the measure vote is recalculated, which she expects to be completed by Nov. 30. By law, her office has until Dec. 4 to certify the results.
“We recognize that this was a very close measure,” she said.
Unfortunately for the city council—which itself will be going through some changes in membership—if Rodewald’s office can’t reach a conclusion before Dec. 2, council business on several issues could be held up. They had hoped to seat the new council at their Dec. 3 meeting, and to begin making committee assignments, but City Manager Robert Perrault suggested moving the business to a special meeting on Dec. 10 so as to not conflict with noticing requirements.
Cities that change from general law to charter are able to draft their own regulations on election procedures and bidding proposals, as well as get an exemption from paying the prevailing wage to employees and contractors while working on construction projects using local dollars.
Currently, San Luis Obispo is the only charter city in the county.