As a former mayor, Yates is openly critical of how the city has been run in recent years. “Morro Bay is an unfriendly city right now to businesses, tourists and its citizens; I’m determined to get that changed,” he said.
He vows to cut expenses and boost tourism. With hotel occupancy rates at about 50 percent, he does not support shifting a percentage of the TOT away from promotions to the city.
Like many of the candidates, he is frustrated that there is little the city can do to directly help the town’s struggling fishing industry. He would put the medical marijuana dispensary issue to a vote and would work to keep the power plant operating.