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About the City of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, an attractive city of 43,000 people, is located in California eight miles from the Pacific Ocean, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco at the junction of Highway 101 and the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. The city is nestled between the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains and is within 15 miles of beach front communities such as Morro Bay and Pismo Beach.

This historic and progressive community serves as commercial, governmental and cultural center of the Central Coast. The County seat, California Polytechnic State University, and Cuesta College are all located in San Luis Obispo. Also, the area is served by excellent elementary and secondary schools.

The climate is pleasant year round with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees and it’s not uncommon to have winter days in the 70s. The ideal weather provides numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation at the nearby state parks, lakes, and wilderness areas.

First incorporated in 1856, the City of San Luis Obispo operated under the first charter starting in 1878. The charter was revised in 1910 and again in 1955 when the Council/Administration Officer form of government was adopted.

The City Organization

The organization is staffed with 377 regular and approximately 160 temporary employees. The City encourages and values teamwork and strives to provide employees with a broad range of training and a work environment with state of the art technology to ensure efficient customer service.

For a better understanding of the overall structure of the City government, view the City of San Luis Obispo’s Organizational Chart.

For more information about the City of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding community, visit the “About the City” section on the City’s home page.

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