Vote delayed on SLO’s electric-building law; councilwoman accused of conflict of interest

Just as the San Luis Obispo City Council was preparing to approve a new clean energy choice law, the vote has been delayed to consider a conflict-of-interest claim.

A utility labor union alleges that Vice Mayor Andy Pease should have recused herself on Sept. 3 from voting to support a policy that encourages new construction to be all-electric.

That’s because Pease is a licensed architect and a partner in the firm In Balance Green Consulting, focusing on sustainable, energy efficient building, and she stands to gain financially from the vote, the union claims.

On Sept. 3, the council voted 4-1 — with Erica Stewart dissenting — to adopt the proposed law that pushes for all-electric buildings. A second reading of the drafted law Tuesday would have made it official with council support.

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Vote delayed on SLO’s electric-building law; councilwoman accused of conflict of interest, by Nick Wilson, San Luis Obispo Tribune, September 16, 2019.

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