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City of Morro BayCandidate for City Council

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Marlys Mc Pherson

Retired Management Consultant
2,853 votes (31.69%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Expedite the building and funding of Morro Bay's Water Reclamation Facility..
  • Direct revenue into a dedicated street repair fund while simultaneously exploring long-term funding options.
  • Diversify our water supply by seeking alternative, sustainable sources to the State Water Supply.



Profession:Retired Research/Management Consultant
Member, Morro Bay Citizens Finance Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2015–current)
Police Planner, then Director of Minnesota Crime Watch, Minnesota Governor's Commission on Crime Prevention and Control (1971–1978)


University of Minnesota Doctorate (Ph.D.), Political Science (1989)

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors of Pacific Wildlife Care (2009–2013)

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (1)

  • Norma Wightman

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Getting Serious About Paving Streets


We have neglected our infrastructure maintenance for too long, and streets are a good example.

According to Morro Bay's Public Works Department in a report issues June 2016, "our roads are failing faster than we can repair them with our current resources."  Current primary funding sources from the City's Measure Q (a 1/2 cent sales tax passed in 2006) and gas tax revenue are not enough to sustain adquate quality.  I support Measure J, which will be on the ballot in November, and would make San Luis Obispo County a "Self-Help" County.  The measure would bring over 5 million dollars to Morro Bay over the next nine years (when the measure would sunset) to repair streets and support other transportation-related projects.  Even if the measure passes, that is not enough money to bring Morro Bay's streets up to acceptable levels that can be maintained.  I will work to direct more revenue into a dedicated street repair fund while we simultaneously explore long-term funding options.  This will be especially important if Measure J does not pass.

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