Close Call: Arroyo Grande Mayor is cleared after Brown Act violation investigation

August 7, 2017 by Karen Velie via Cal Coast Times

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Close Call: Arroyo Grande Mayor is cleared after Brown Act violation investigation

August 7, 2017 by Karen Velie via Cal Coast Times

An investigation into accusations that Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill shared closed session information in violation of the Brown Act determined the accusation was unfounded. However, the report did find that Hill was involved in personnel matters and shared an email from the district’s legal counsel about the personnel issue.

For the past few years, officials with the city of Arroyo Grande and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District have been bitterly divided by those who support former sanitation district administrator John Wallace and those who wanted Wallace investigated for conflicts of interest. An investigation into the allegations of conflict of interest resulted in the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney filing three felony and two misdemeanor counts against Wallace.

The controversy surrounding Hill began on Jan. 24, when Arroyo Grande resident Patty Welsh spoke at a city council meeting.

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