City Council

Teleconference - Broadcast via Webinar

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County, City Administration has made the difficult decision to return to a virtual meeting format. Below are instructions on how to view the meeting remotely and how to leave public comment. Additionally, members of the City Council are allowed to attend the meeting via teleconference and to participate in the meeting to the same extent as if they were present.

Using the most rapid means of communication available at this time, member of the public are encouraged to participate in Council meetings in the following ways

Remote Viewing - Members of the public who wish to watch the meeting can view:

Public Comment - The City Council will still be accepting public comment. Public comment can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Mail or Email Public Comment
    • Received by 3:00 PM on the day of meeting - Can be submitted via email to or U.S. Mail to City Clerk at 990 Palm St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. All emails will be archived/distributed to councilmembers, however, submissions after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting may not be archived/distributed until the following day. Emails will not be read aloud during the meeting.
  • Verbal Public Comment
    • In Advance of the Meeting - Call (805) 781-7164; state and spell your name, the agenda item number you are calling about and leave your comment. The verbal comments must be limited to 3 minutes. All voicemails will be forwarded to the Council Members and saved as Agenda Correspondence. Voicemails will not be played during the meeting.
    • During the meeting – Join the webinar (instructions above). Once public comment for the item you would like to speak on is called, please raise your virtual hand, your name will be called, and your microphone will be unmuted. If you have questions, contact the office of the City Clerk at or (805) 781-7100.

Mayor Heidi Harmon will lead the Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Receive a brief report from City Manager Derek Johnson.

Mayor Harmon will proclaim August as "Women's Right to Vote" Month.

Deputy City Manager Greg Hermann will introduce Whitney Szentesi, Public Communications Manager.

Not to exceed 15 minutes. The Council welcomes your input. State law does not allow the Council to discuss or take action on issues not on the agenda, except that members of the Council or staff may briefly respond to statements made or questions posed by persons exercising their public testimony rights (Gov. Code sec. 54954.2). Staff may be asked to follow up on such items.

Matters appearing on the Consent Calendar are expected to be non-controversial and will be acted upon at one time. A member of the public may request the Council to pull an item for discussion. Pulled items shall be heard at the close of the Consent Agenda unless a majority of the Council chooses another time. The public may comment on any and all items on the Consent Agenda within the three-minute time limit.

  • Recommendation:

    To approve Consent Calendar Items 5a through 5j.


Waive reading of all resolutions and ordinances as appropriate.


Approve the minutes of the City Council meeting held on July 20, 2021.

  • Recommendation:

    As recommended by the Cultural Heritage Committee, adopt a Resolution entitled, “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Luis Obispo, California, adding the property located at 350 High Street to the Master List of Historic Resources as ‘The Tiny Mart’ (HIST 0208 2021).”

  • Recommendation:


    1. Approve Special Provisions for Job Order Contract for Streets and Sidewalk Maintenance 2021 Specification No. 1000199; and,
    2. Authorize staff to advertise for bids; and,
    3. Authorize the City Manager to award the contract to the lowest responsive bidder.
  • Recommendation:

    Authorize the designation and disposal of surplus items in accordance with the City’s policies and procedures as prescribed in the Financial Management Manual Sections 405-L, 480-A, and 480-B.

  • Recommendation:

    Authorize the Mayor to execute an Agreement by and between the City of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo Coastal Unified School District for release of Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Access Funds (education portion) for a term ending September 1, 2024.

  • Recommendation:

    Adopt a Resolution entitled, “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of San Luis Obispo, California, accepting the completed Public Improvements of Tract 3096; certifying the completed Private Subdivision Improvements of Tract 3096; releasing the Securities for the completed portions of Tract 3096; and authorizing the Director of Public Works to accept the remaining improvements and to release the remaining Securities once all the improvements are deemed complete.”

  • Recommendation:


    1. Award the construction contract for the Meadow Park Pathways Maintenance Project, Specification Number 1000021 to Souza Engineering Contracting Inc. in the amount of $375,301; and
    2. Approve the budget transfer of $82,584 from the Sewer Utility Cover Adjustment Account (1000084) to the project account.
  • Recommendation:


    1. Authorize staff to apply for a FY 2021-22 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $14,077; and
    2. If the grant is awarded, authorize the City Manager or designee to execute necessary grant documents and direct the appropriation of monies into the accounts required to administer the grant.
  • Recommendation:

    Introduce an Ordinance entitled "An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of San Luis Obispo, California amending Title 10 Chapter 36 (Stopping, Standing and Parking for Certain Purposes or in Certain Places) of the Municipal Code" to revise the City's parking permit program to address requests from commercial properties to be eligible for parking district formation.

  • Recommendation:


    1. Authorize the issuance of Request for Proposals (RFP) for contracting services of a Mental Health Clinician for the City of San Luis Obispo’s Pilot Mobile Crisis Unit; and
    2. Authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the contractor that best responds to the RFP in terms of qualifications, cost, and approach to program implementation; and
    3. Authorize the purchase of the Pilot Mobile Crisis Unit vehicle by adding the vehicle acquisition to the City’s Capital Improvement Program; and
    4. Authorize the Finance Director to approve a Budget Amendment Request moving approved vehicle purchase funding from the General Fund to the Capital Outlay Fund.

Not to exceed 15 minutes. Council Members report on conferences or other City activities. At this time, any Council Member or the City Manager may ask a question for clarification, make an announcement, or report briefly on their activities. In addition, subject to Council Policies and Procedures, they may provide a reference to staff or other resources for factual information, request staff to report back to the Council at a subsequent meeting concerning any matter or take action to direct staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda. (Gov. Code Sec. 54954.2)

The next Regular Meeting of the City Council will be held on September 7, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., via teleconference.


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The City of San Luis Obispo wishes to make all of its public meetings accessible to the public. Upon request, this agenda will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in a meeting should direct such request to the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 781-7100 at least 48 hours before the meeting, if possible. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (805) 781-7410.

City Council regular meetings are televised live on Charter Channel 20. Agenda related writings or documents provided to the City Council are available for public inspection in the City Clerk’s Office located at 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, California during normal business hours, and on the City’s website Persons with questions concerning any agenda item may call the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 781-7100.

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