Politics & Government

Longtime Arroyo Grande resident says she's running for City Council

Arroyo Grande City Council member Barbara Harmon is not planning to seek re-election in November 2018.
Arroyo Grande City Council member Barbara Harmon is not planning to seek re-election in November 2018.

A longtime Arroyo Grande resident and member of the city’s Architectural Review Committee has announced her intention to run for a City Council seat in November.

Barbara Harmon, a retired probation officer and supervisor for the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, has lived in Arroyo Grande since 1986.

Her goals include promoting local businesses and head-of-household jobs; protecting the city’s historical culture and keeping it safe; and questioning regulations and ordinances that create new fees, assessments or raise taxes, according to her website.

Harmon was appointed to the city’s Architectural Review Committee — which advises city planners and council members on whether projects meet the city’s guidelines and standards ­— by Mayor Tony Ferrara in December 2013.

She also completed the county’s citizen planning academy, a seven-week course in local land-use planning and civic engagement, and is a member of the Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge Street Bridge Stakeholders Group Committee.

Two four-year City Council seats and the two-year mayoral seat are open in November. The two open seats are currently held by Joe Costello and Tim Brown. All council members receive a monthly stipend of $405.

Candidates for councils and boards throughout San Luis Obispo County can start filing nomination papers July 14. For information about the Nov. 4 general election, go to www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk/elections.htm.

For more information about Harmon, go to www.barbaraharmon.net.

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