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Tuesday's SLO city council meeting covered e-cigarettes, granny units, and salary increases

Posted at 11:56 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 06:15:14-05

Tuesday was a busy night for the San Luis Obispo City Council.

It started with a 5-0 vote to approve the ban on the sale of e-cigarette products--with the exception of those approved by the FDA--within the city of San Luis Obispo.

Accessory dwelling units, or granny flats, were also discussed.

The ordinance in question would loosen restrictions, making it easier for property owners to build an add-on unit.

Some council members made recommendations to change the initial proposed height and size requirements before the ordinance was passed; that way community members would have more objective guidelines.

"Neighbors can get mad at each other for various reasons and can end up dragging those things out," said Aaron Gomez, San Luis Obispo Vice Mayor.

The last item of the night was to vote on salary increases for city council members.

Council members would see an increase to their monthly income of about 63 percent to nearly $2000 a month.

The mayor would see an increase of about 46 percent to $2,500 a month.

"If these people are expected to lead our city to bigger and greater things, or even just sustainable and greater things, they need to be able to afford to live here," said Anna Brannen, a resident of San Luis Obispo.

The council did approve the salary raises, which will go into effect January 2021.

The vaping ordinance will go into affect in the next 90 days.