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ELECTIONS (General Information)

The City of Atascadero holds a General Election in November of even-numbered years for the purpose of electing a Mayor and two Council Members.  The City’s General Elections are held on the same day as the statewide general election. Additionally, ballot measures affecting the City of Atascadero may appear on the ballot. The City consolidates its election activities with those of the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder's Office, which provides for voter registration, ballot materials, polling places and other critical elections functions. Other Special Elections may be held when necessary.
General Elections results may be found on the County Clerk Recorder web site. For questions about ballot counting and elections results reporting, please contact the County Elections Office at (805) 781-5228.




A Consolidated General Election will be held in the City of Atascadero on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following offices:

    • One (1) Mayor for a full term of two (2) years
    • Two (2) Members of the City Council for full terms of four (4) years
These individuals are elected by, and from among, the registered voters of the City of Atascadero, to represent the interests of the City as a whole. Information about the Council's role and current members is available on the City’s website.
Resolutions & Notices
•  Resolution 2020-051  (calling for the election)    
Nomination Period 

The nomination period for these offices begins on July 13, 2020 and closes on August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the City are not filed by August 7, 2020, the filing deadline will be extended to August 12, 2020. This extension is not applicable to incumbents.

The Atascadero City Clerk's Office is the receiving agency for nomination papers for City Council candidates. Potential candidates, and citizens interested in more information about candidates, are encouraged to contact the City Clerk at (805) 470-3400 or by email for more information.



On July 14, 2020 the Atascadero City Council adopted Resolution No. 2020-057, adding the following Measure to the November 3, 2020 ballot.


The City of Atascadero has approximately half the national average in number of police officers per capita for a City its size, is amongst the lowest paying City employer in the County for most staff positions, and has deteriorating infrastructure that includes fire stations, parks, roads, sidewalks, zoo facilities, and other buildings. Revenues to the City have not kept pace with the increasing costs of providing police, fire, parks, recreation, and other services to the community. The City seeks to maintain essential services but will not be able to sustain the services it provides with projected resources.
Atascadero receives the lowest revenue per capita in Sales Tax, Property Tax and in General Fund revenues among all San Luis Obispo County cities. The City is proposing an additional sales tax for general purposes to fund, maintain and enhance important City services, with the rate set at one percent. Proceeds from such transactions and use tax could not be taken by the State and would remain local, to be spent in the City of Atascadero for services such as police, fire, paramedic, parks, recreation, public facilities, infrastructure and other services. All City revenues are subject to annual independent audits with public review of the City’s budget being widely available, including at City Hall, and online.
Atascadero voters are the only ones who may approve an additional sales tax for the City of Atascadero. To implement an additional sales tax, the City Council of the City of Atascadero must approve an Ordinance and the voters of the City of Atascadero must also adopt it upon majority vote at an election.
Resolutions, Ordinances,  Staff Reports & Additional Reference
 May 26, 2020 Staff Report (Consideration of  Sales Tax Measure)
 July 14, 2020 Staff Report (Sales Tax Ballot Measure)
 July 14, 2020 Staff Report (Consideration of  Oversight Options)
 Resolution 2020-057 (Approving Submission of Draft Ordinance)
 Full Text of Measure (Draft Ordinance)
Impartial Analysis
Arguments for or Against the Measure
Key Dates 
• Deadline for submittal of arguments for or against the measure: July 24, 2020 
• Deadline for submittal of City Attorney’s impartial analysis: July 24, 2020
• Public review period for submitted arguments: July 25 to August 3, 2020
• Public review period for Attorney’s impartial analysis: July 25 to August 3, 2020
• Deadline for submittal of rebuttal arguments: August 3, 2020
• Public review period for submitted rebuttals: August 4 to August 13, 2020



Residents interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the City Clerk's Office early for information about required paperwork and filing deadlines. Due to local emergency declarations and orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment to receive and file nomination papers during regular business hours is required.
In order for a candidate's name to appear on the ballot, the candidate must obtain election documents from the City Clerk's Office, and submit all required nomination paperwork, including a petition signed by other City voters, during the specified nomination period. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 470-3400 for more information.


Eligibility Requirements to Run for Office
   • You must be a resident of the City of Atascadero.
   • You must be a registered voter in the City of Atascadero.
Campaign Filing Requirements
Individuals who intend to run for office must file certain Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) forms with the City Clerk's Office before soliciting any campaign contributions or making any campaign expenditures.
File a Candidate Intention Statement  FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
After filing FPPC Form 501, should a candidate begin to campaign and raise funds he/or she must also file an originally signed FPPC Form 410 with the Secretary of State (copy of the form to be submitted to the Clerk’s office) within 10 days of receiving $2,000.  
Instructions for both forms are on the first page of each form. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly. Prospective candidates can mail their FPPC forms to City of Atascadero 6500 Palma Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422 or contact the City Clerk at (805) 470-3400 to set up a time to drop the forms off at City Hall.  
• Election Calendar                      


This section contains information about Candidates for Mayor or City Council Member in the November 3, 2020 General Election, and their controlled committees. 
Qualified Candidates for Mayor (1 available seat)  


Jerry Tanimoto 
Date filed Form 501: August 5, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 7, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 7, 2020
Heather Moreno
Date filed Form 501: November 4, 2019
Date filed nomination paperwork: July 23, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: July 24, 2020
Josh Donovan
Date filed Form 501: July 16, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: July 29, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: July 31, 2020
The 10 day review period for candidate statements for Mayor is August 8, 2020 through August 17, 2020.  You may view the candidate statements by clicking here 
Qualified Candidates for City Council Member (2 available seats) 
Charles Bourbeau
Date filed Form 501: April 4, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 4, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 5, 2020
Bret Heinemann
Date filed Form 501: July 23, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 10, 2020
Date supplemental paperwork issued: August 11, 2020
Date filed supplemental paperwork: August 12, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 12, 2020
Nicholas Mattson
Date filed Form 501: July 28, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 11, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 12, 2020
Mark Dariz
Date filed Form 501: July 13, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 4, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 5, 2020
Tori Keen
Date filed Form 501: June 24, 2020
Date filed nomination paperwork: August 4, 2020
Date qualified for ballot: August 5, 2020
The 10 day review period for candidate statements for City Council Member is August 13, 2020 through August 22, 2020. You may view the candidate statements by clicking here
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requires campaign disclosure reports from committees, candidates and elected officials at various times of the year. The City Clerk serves as the Filing Officer for local candidates. All filings are scanned and available for public review  through the City Clerk folder in the City's repository. Original documents (un-redacted) are public information and available in the City Clerk’s Office for review by appointment.


The Atascadero Municipal Code regulates when candidates may post campaign signs and when they must remove them under the regulations for temporary non-commercial signs. 
Legal decisions in California concerning campaign signs have concluded that requiring a pre-election limitation on campaign signs violates the First Amendment.  In essence, the courts are finding that such signs are an inexpensive and effective method for candidates, particularly unknown, non-incumbent candidates, to get out a message and establish name recognition.  Placing a time limit on a sign, based on the sign’s content, is viewed as severely restricting such free speech, and this restriction outweighs the City’s aesthetic interests.
This reasoning also applies to the issue of a post-election removal period.  A few courts have held that regulations requiring the removal of signs following an election are permissible.  However, the City’s current regulations treat all temporary non-commercial signs equally, regardless of content, and place a 9-month restriction on the placement of signs and requires that signs must be removed a minimum of 90 days before any new non-commercial signage may be placed.  While some California cities may still impose limits similar to our former requirements, many, like Atascadero, have repealed them.  
As a result, Candidates may place their campaign signs when they wish.  However, the City asks all candidates to be cautious about when campaign signs are placed, as many community members still feel strongly about not having elections signs placed for an extended period of time.  The City also asks that Candidates please remove signs, at the earliest possible convenience, following the election as a courtesy to neighbors and community members. 

If you become aware of any campaign sign violations, please call the candidate and/or campaign committee and report the violation. If the violation is not resolved in a timely manner, please contact the Atascadero City Clerk.

Zoning Regulations -  For information click here.
Signs in City Right-of-Way 
Campaign signs are not permitted in City right-of-way or on City property. Signs placed in City right-of-way or on City property are subject to removal. An exception would be temporary signs during a specific event such as at the Lake Park.
The City encourages Candidates to make certain they have the appropriate permission before placing signs on private property (including the right of way/roadway in front of private property). If an illegal sign is placed in the City, the City will contact the Candidate with a seventy-two (72) hour notice to correct the violation.  Failure to correct the violation will result in a citation.
Signs in Caltrans (State) Right-of-Way
Please contact CalTrans at (916) 654-6473 for information about its outdoor advertising program (for placement of signs within state highway right-of-way).


Voter Registration 
 On May 8, 2020, recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20  which, among other things, orders the November 3, 2020 General Election to be conducted as an all-mail ballot election. Accordingly, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail before the election. In-person voting locations will still be available on Election Day. An update on in-person voting locations will be provided on the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s website once the details of in-person voting and drop-off locations have been determined.
In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day. To be eligible to vote at the November 3, 2020 election, you must be registered to vote no later than Monday, October 19, 2020. For information regarding voter registration or to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot, visit  County Clerk-Recorder's Office - Elections and Voting.
To register or update your voter registration: Visit
For further information regarding voter registration or to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot, please visit the office of the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder or call (805) 781-5228. For additional voter information, visit the Office of the Secretary of the State.
Voter Registration Status 
You may check your votor status in San Luis Obispo County through the Online Voter Status Search or by calling their office at (805) 781-5228.  You may also check you voter registration status through the California Secretary of State.  


Official Voter Information Guide from the California Secretary of State.
Voter’s Edge California  provides voters with comprehensive non-partisan information about the contests on their ballots in an easy-to-use presentation, and provide a means for candidates to publish information about themselves and their candidacy directly to voters.
California Easy Voter Guide provides new voters and busy voters with nonpartisan information for statewide elections in California.
California Secretary of State for information about elections statewide.
The California Secretary of State provides information for voters with disabilities, including information about accessing elections and the Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee.


Category: City Clerk

Public Records

The goal of the City’s Records Management Program is to provide the public with open and transparent access to Public Records and information, which includes timely access to records requests in accordance with the California Public Records Act. 

A variety of City records are available online and can be accessed through our WebLink portal. 

Please check back as we are working to update our online library and make additional records accessible electronically.  If the record you are looking for is not available online, please submit a public records request to one of the departments listed below based on the type of record you are searching for.



Building Permit, Business License and Planning requests email:
All Police related requests email:
All Fire related requests email:
All other requests email:


Requests can also be submitted by mail or in person to:

City of Atascadero
Attn: City Clerk
6500 Palma Avenue
Atascadero, CA 93422

Frequently Requested Records

         • City Municipal Code                                             •  Archived City Council Meetings
         • City Council Agendas & Minutes

Tips & Reminders


Please do not include any confidential information in your records request (i.e. social security numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers).

To ensure accurate processing of your request please clearly identify the record(s) you are requesting.  Consider including in the description the address or location in question, a date or date range, the type of records you are seeking, etc.


Category: City Clerk
Category: City Clerk

City Clerk: Lara Christensen

In 2016, Atascadero voters elected to have the City Clerk position appointed rather than elected. The Atascadero City Clerk is appointed by the City Manager.


The City Clerk maintains a complete and accurate record of City Council proceedings and official City files, and fulfills legal requirements established by the Municipal Code and State law.


The office of the City Clerk also provides assistance and support to the City Council and City departments. Included in the City Clerk’s responsibilities is acting as the Filing Officer for the State Fair Political Practice Commission and being responsible for maintaining the City’s Municipal Code Book.


The City Clerk conducts elections as required by law. All claims filed against the City are received by the City Clerk. It is a function of the City Clerk to assure that records of Council meetings and Council correspondence are kept in such a manner that the information is readily accessible and open to the public.
You may contact the office of the City Clerk at (805) 470-3400, or by email at
Election Information
2020 Election            2018 Election Results              2016 Election Results

FORM 700 – Statement of Economic Interests (SEI)

The City Clerk is the Filing Officer for the State Fair Political Practice Commission. The following elected officials of the City of Atascadero are required, by the California Political Reform Act, to file a Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, annually: City Council Members and the City Treasurer.
City Council List of Names and Position Titles
Mayor                             Heather Moreno
Mayor Pro Tem              Charles Bourbeau
Council Member            Roberta Fonzi
Council Member            Susan Funk
Council Member            Heather Newsom
Copies of Statements of Economic Interests (SEI's) are available for review in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall.  Copies can also be made available.  SEI's filed by certain local officials may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website: 
FORM 460/470 Campaign Committee Reports
FPPC Forms 460 Campaign Committee Reports and 470 Filings can be browsed at our Public Records Weblink resource site under the City Clerk folder (City Hall\City Clerk\FPPC Forms 460-470 Finance Reporting Forms):
Ticket Distribution Policy and Reporting
FPPC Ticket Reporting  Forms 801 and 802
Other Information:

Council Agendas and Minutes


Related County & State Links:


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