Monday, May 2, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 40

Weekly Poll
How much do you think large monetary contributions to campaigns can sway elected officials?

Way too much; it’s seriously time to big take money out of politics.
Enough to reevaluate campaign finance laws and how they impact our political system.
Maybe a little; but in the end they still must answer to voters.
Not a concern; it’s how things work, and any serious candidate must stack some chips.

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A-Town 2.0? Atascadero ushers in plans to grow downtown

Atascadero Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore sits back in a chair on a Monday afternoon and looks around his City Hall office. Scattered and leaned up against the walls of his office are poster boards of color-coded city zoning maps, schematics of upcoming development projects, and a printout of Atascadero’s “Downtown Revitalization Plan” that was adopted way back in 2000—an unrealized plan shooting for a second wind. Dunsmore, formerly a city planner for San Luis Obispo, joined Atascadero last fall and w... [ Read Article ]