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Orcutt annexation goes to vote

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Turns out community organizer Lory Farrior didn’t get enough votes to stop the annexation
of her Orcutt Road neighborhood into the city of San Luis Obispo. But she did trigger a special election, so the residents of her neighborhood can decide whether they want to be part of the city.

Farrior needed to get half of the registered voters in her neighborhood to file written protests with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to stop the development, but she fell a bit short. LAFCO received protests from 40.7 percent (22 people) of the 54 registered voters who live in the area, enough to meet the 25 percent threshold to trigger a vote.

It won’t happen anytime soon. Though the Orcutt neighborhood is outside the city, according to state law, city officials will be in charge of the tiny election, and the SLO City Council isn’t scheduled to meet until Aug. 16. The council has to schedule the vote at least 88 days after approving the election.

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