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Atascadero planner Charles Bourbeau running for City Council

Charles Bourbeau, 54, former San Luis Obispo finance director and current Atascadero planning commissioner, announced his intentions to run for the Atascadero City Council in November.
Charles Bourbeau, 54, former San Luis Obispo finance director and current Atascadero planning commissioner, announced his intentions to run for the Atascadero City Council in November.

Charles Bourbeau, San Luis Obispo’s former finance director and a current Atascadero planning commissioner, announced this week his intention to file papers to run for Atascadero City Council in the November general election.

Bourbeau, 54, said Tuesday that he is running to bring his financial management experience to the council, and to promote reductions in fees and certain regulations for businesses.

“We’ve made some real improvements here, but it still can be very costly for a small business to set up shop in town,” he said.

Bourbeau, who first moved to the city in 1985, was elected the city treasurer after running unopposed in 1986. He left that position after being appointed to a vacancy on the Atascadero City Council in April 1987, and was defeated when he ran for the seat in June 1988.

He’s been a member of the city Planning Commission since January 2015.

A 30-year veteran of the California Army National Guard, Bourbeau rose to the rank of colonel before spending one year as San Luis Obispo’s finance director in 2012. Since retiring, he has volunteered with the Atascadero Police Department, the Atascadero Historical Society and the Atascadero Land Preservation Society, and serves as vice president of the board of directors for RISE.

Bourbeau is a registered Republican, although a City Council seat is considered a nonpartisan office.

If elected, Bourbeau said he would donate his monthly council stipend to local charities.

The four-week nomination period for council candidates begins July 18 and runs through Aug. 12. Interested city residents may contact City Clerk Marcia Torgerson at 805-470-3460 or mtorgerson@atascadero.org to receive the necessary paperwork to run for elected office.

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