Arroyo Grande: Early results show Ferrara, Costello re-elected

It appeared that Arroyo Grande voters chose to keep their City Council largely unchanged by re-electing Mayor Tony Ferrara and Councilman Joe Costello.

The council will have one newcomer, with early results showing that Planning Commissioner Tim Brown will also join the council.

The council will work on ongoing issues such as planning for the city’s future water needs and debating a proposed Food 4 Less supermarket.

“I appreciate the confidence the community has shown me, and I’m going to work even harder the next two years to continue to do the best job I can,” Ferrara said.

His goals include the long-standing objective of rebuilding the Brisco Road interchange with Highway 101 and “being good stewards of the budget.”

Ferrara was challenged for the mayor’s seat by longtime Arroyo Grande resident Tim Moore.

The other council candidates were Parks and Recreation Commissioner Shannon Kessler and resident Heidi Laurenzano. Councilman Chuck Fellows did not run for re-election.

“In an era when people are displeased with incumbents, it’s nice to see that at the local level that’s not necessarily the case,” Costello said.

Two separate measures that change the city clerk and treasurer positions to appointed rather than elected also appeared to be winning late Tuesday.