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With Only Three Candidates For Three Posts, Central Coast City Pulls Plug On Municipal Election

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A Central Coast city has taken the unusual step of cancelling its upcoming municipal election in November.

The reason is simple: The Pismo Beach City Council had three posts up for election, and three candidates. While the city could have gone through the motion of putting the three unopposed candidates on the ballot, it would have cost the city an estimated eight to ten thousand dollars, as well as staff time preparing for the election.

This week, the City Council adopted a resolution cancelling the election, and the three candidates will be appointed to the posts in December, on the same timeline as if the election had occurred.

Pismo Beach residents will still vote in November to decide some county and state races, and ballot measures.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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