Pismo continues contract with Washington D.C. lobbying firm

The Pismo Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to continue its contract with a Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm hired in April 2006 to lure money federal money for large capital projects such as completing the downtown promenade project and finding a long-term solution to bluff erosion along the coastal areas of Shell Beach.

Councilman Bill Rabenaldt, who previously worked as a marketing employee for the firm Marlowe & Co., recused himself from the vote. Rabenaldt’s job with the firm ended in May, presenting the city with no conflict in continuing its contract.

The city hopes that renewing the annual contract, about $40,000, will result in the $1.5 million needed to complete the promenade project and $200,000 to study bluff erosion.

--AnnMarie Cornejo

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