SLO City Council to start meeting three times a month

In March, the San Luis Obispo City Council will begin meeting three times a month in an effort to cut down on excessively late meetings.

Council meetings are scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. but routinely extend well past that hour. Council members expressed concern about public participation being hampered by the late hour.

On Tuesday, the council voted 3-2, with Mayor Jan Marx and Councilwoman Kathy Smith dissenting, to add a third meeting, instead of starting at 5 p.m. as proposed at a previous meeting.

The council will now meet the first, second and third Tuesdays of the month from 7 to 11 p.m.