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Amid a titillating scandal, Arroyo Grande gets a new mayor
Amid a titillating scandal, Arroyo Grande gets a new mayor

This town southeast of Pismo Beach has long been known for its wine-tasting rooms and quaint downtown. Being riven by political scandal is something new. In last month's election, a little known write-in candidate unseated Arroyo Grande's longtime mayor amid a titillating scandal that pitted the city manager against an angry police union. In a short but powerful crusade, Jim Hill, a nuclear power plant engineer who campaigned just one day a week, defeated Mayor Tony Ferrara, who had held the seat since 2002. Allegations of inappropriate trysts, cover-ups and favoritism at City Hall turned neighbor against neighbor, ushering in a new mayor whose first order of business will be...

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