Vision in Action

This vision lays out where we want to go, and we put in the hard work to get there.

June 13, 2019

Cleaning up: Downtown SLO eyes new property district aimed at safety, cleanliness

Litter, graffiti, gum, needles, vomit, poop.

Austin Bertucci has seen—and cleaned—it all and more working as San Luis Obispo’s “downtown ambassador” over the past few years. Donning a Downtown SLO cap, polo shirt, trash picker, and unflappable smile, Bertucci spends his weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. traversing Higuera, Marsh, and Monterey streets, his eyes peeled for something to clean up and someone to help out.

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June 11, 2019

SLO has $150 million in unfunded pensions. Now it has a plan to wipe out that burden

San Luis Obispo is hoping to wipe out its massive unfunded pension obligations by spending millions to pay down its costs over the next two decades.

The pension spending was a significant focus of the city’s $400 million two-year budget for 2019-21, which was approved by the City Council last week.

The city currently is saddled with about $150 million in unfunded pension liability, said City Manager Derek Johnson. Unfunded pension liability refers to the amount of money the city needs to cover pension costs for its retired and current city employees.

SLO has laid out an aggressive plan to pay down its liability over a 20-year versus a 30-year period.

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June 1, 2019

Chamber commends bold action, long-range thinking in city budget

The City of SLO is taking smart steps to secure a stable future and should focus resources where primary goals on housing, transportation and climate overlap.

That’s the standpoint of the SLO Chamber leadership as the city prepares to approve its 2019-2020 budget in coming days.

The Chamber board applauds the city’s bold moves to pay down unfunded liabilities, address escalating costs and thoughtfully plan for the future, and encourages city leaders to remain focused on implementing these plans over the long term.

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