San Luis Obispo
A San Luis Obispo petition to amend the city charter to require majority voter approval of all regulatory or user fees imposed or increased by the City Council may soon qualify for the ballot in the 2012 general election.
Supporters of the ballot measure recently submitted 5,595 signatures to City Clerk Elaina Cano. To qualify for the 2012 ballot, 4,050 signatures are required.
Cano has until Oct. 26 to verify the signatures. If the petition qualifies, Cano will present the results to the City Council on Nov. 9 for certification.
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Stephen Barasch, a local architect, wrote in a statement of intent that the petition was meant to “add a layer of protection to local property owners and free payers from excessive rate increases.”
— AnnMarie Cornejo
Atascadero’s five candidates for City Council will discuss issues facing the city at a forum scheduled for 6 tonight.
The event, hosted by the city’s Building Public Trust Committee, will be held at City Hall at 6907 El Camino Real.
Voters will also be able to hear the positions of the candidates for city treasurer and learn more about that role.
Meanwhile, candidates for San Luis Obispo mayor and City Council will speak at a forum set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The two-hour forum, moderated by the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County, will be in the council chambers at 990 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo voters will elect a mayor and two council members Nov. 2.
Both forums will be televised live on Charter cable Channel 20 and be replayed through Nov. 2.
— Tonya Strickland and AnnMarie Cornejo
San Luis Obispo
A Seventh-day Adventist who has become a national leader in bringing together members of different faiths will speak Saturday in San Luis Obispo about “Religion in a Post 9-11 Society.”
Samir Selmanovic, author of “It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian,” will speak at 10 a.m. at San Luis Obispo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1301 Osos St.
Born to a secular, non-practicing Muslim family and raised as an atheist communist, Selmanovic founded Faith House Manhattan, an inter-religious community that “honors the dignity of difference while seeking to create a religiously diverse community.”
Selmanovic, who is based in New York City, has been active in his support of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, according to a news release.
— Bob Cuddy