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Orcutt annexation stalls? 

Sometimes people who tilt at windmills succeed: Lory Farrior, a resident of a neighborhood the city of San Luis Obispo would like to annex, is determined to keep her Orcutt Road neighborhood out of the city. And she may have done it.

Farrior needed to get half of the registered voters of her neighborhood to file written protests with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). If the county clerk can confirm the voters’ registrations, it looks like she may have pulled it off.

According to LAFCO, 24 voters filed protests against the annexation. That’s more than half of the 37 registered voters believed to live in the area, and thereby more than enough to stop the project. Even if some of the protests are ruled invalid by the county clerk—if some of the protests are not from registered voters, for instance—there will likely be enough to trigger a vote on the annexation, since it would only take a quarter of them to do so.

Farrior is pleased with the results so far but she said she won’t celebrate until the results have been confirmed.

“I’m keeping my comments to a minimum until I hear the final result from LAFCO,” she said.

(Read a commentary by Barbara Parsons, owner of the largest of the 21 parcels that make up the annexation proposal)

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