Walk into any city hall this month, and you’re likely to run into a few fresh-faced elected officials beginning their careers as maverick public servants or potential insufferable windbags. And a lot more of the same old politicians are coming back.
Grover Beach had only one new face to swear in at the Dec. 6 City Council meeting: Phyllis A. Molnar. Mayor John P. Shoals and Council Member Bill Nicolls returned for new terms. All the councilmembers were appointed because no one ran against them and the election was canceled, saving the seaside town an estimated $10,000, according to a city staff report. Councilmembers and the mayor make $4,320 per year.
Pismo Beach enjoyed a round of political musical chairs. Mayor Mary Ann Reiss switched to a regular councilwoman and was replaced by Shelly Higginbotham, who was previously on the council. Kris Vardas stayed put as a re-elected councilmember. All three were sworn in Dec. 7. The salary for a city councilmember is $6,177, and the salary for mayor is $9,777.
In Paso Robles, Duane Picanco was sworn in as mayor and John Hamon and Ed Steinbeck as council members at the Dec. 7 meeting. The salary for a city councilmember is $7,200, and the salary for mayor is $9,600.
Arroyo Grande on Dec. 2 swore in Mayor Tony Ferrara, as well as councilmembers Joe Costello and Tim Brown. The salary for a city councilmember and mayor is $4,860.
Morro Bay was scheduled to swear in Mayor William Yates as well as councilmembers Nancy Johnson and George Leage at its Dec. 8 council meeting. The salary for a city councilmember is $6,300, and the salary for mayor is $8,700.
Atascadero was scheduled on Dec. 14 to swear in councilmembers Tom O’Malley and Brian Sturtevant. The salary for a city councilmember is $3,600.