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Who serves on LOCAC?

LOCAC has two elected representatives from each of four residential districts within Los Osos. The term of office is four years. Only persons who live within the residential district may vote for the candidates from that district. A public election is held in even-numbered years for half the elected seats. The District 2 County Supervisor appoints the other three members whose terms are two years (odd-numbered years). There is no limit to the number of terms a member can serve. The new members are seated and officers are elected by the Council each year at the end of the May LOCAC meeting.

Each LOCAC member is expected to be a member of at least one committee in addition to participating in the monthly general meeting. A LOCAC member who is not an officer can expect to spend approximately 6-8 hours per month on LOCAC business.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chair: Trish Bartel
Vice-Chair: Deborah Howe
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: Jim Stanfill
Communications Officer: Kristin Horowitz

COUNCIL MEMBERS – See your district here

DISTRICT 1:
Vacant – Term through 5/2026

Andrea Leuker – Term through 5/2024
Andrea, originally from Colorado and with a strong connection to the Rocky Mountains, pursued her education at Colorado State University before moving to the Central Coast in the late 1980s, where she earned her Masters Degree at Cal Poly. Her extensive career includes serving as Harbor Manager at Port San Luis Harbor District for seven years, teaching as an adjunct professor at California Polytechnic State University, and leading the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund as its Executive Director, securing historic fishing privileges for the Central Coast. With a 27-year tenure with the City of Morro Bay, including 7 years as City Manager, Andrea has demonstrated her commitment to the community. Beyond her involvement with LOCAC, she has taken on roles such as President of the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains since 2022, participating in the Land Committee for the Land Conservancy of SLO County, contributing to the LOCSD Parks and Recreation Committee, and serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. Andrea has been happily married to Richard Hubbard since 1990, with a married daughter and a new grandson, all residing in Los Osos

DISTRICT 2:
Kristin Horowitz – Term through 5/26
CEO and Founder of The Pad Climbing and All Out Events, Kristin brings a wealth of experience and leadership to any role she takes on. A member of multiple advocacy groups including SLOCO YIMBY, Small Business Majority, business and housing caucuses, SLO County CTAC, and the JCC-Fed Land Use Committee, her contributions to the council reflect a passion for creating positive change and enhancing the lives of fellow residents. She lives in Osos with a bunch of pets, her husband who is her business partner, and twin daughters. (If you’ve seen someone walking a goat or lamb locally, it’s probably her.)

Danielle McNamara – Term through 5/2024
Danielle, a seasoned professional musician and dedicated vocal instructor, brings her passion for the arts to both her students and the local theater scene. Danielle is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ASCAP (American Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). She serves as a Resident Artist for the Children’s Creative Project and is a registered Music Together┬« teacher and Center Director for Mini Melodies. Holding a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Danielle co-owns the music studio ‘Lyrics and Melodies’ in Los Osos with her partner, Lacey.

DICTRICT 3:
Vacant – Term through 5/2026
Larry Bender – Term through 5/2024
Larry is a retired facilities director who got his start in serving the community when he became interested in trying to stop a McDonalds drive-thru from coming to town. Since then, he has supported the community’s long term vision through education and land use committee work.

DISTRICT 4:
John Lindt – Term through 5/2026
John is a long time journalist, specializing in community and business news. Proprietor of Sierra2theSea News Service, he brings a passion for facts and inquiry to the council.

Deborah Howe – Term through 5/2024
Deborah brings her experience with financial analysis to “situation analysis” and representative advocacy. She is also active with the South Bay Women’s Network.

APPOINTED AT LARGE:
Jim Stanfill – Term through 5/2025
With a strong background in the marketing industry and a Doctorate degree from USC, Jim is a skilled leader in curriculum development, public speaking, research, educational leadership, and teaching. Beyond his professional achievements, he is deeply involved in the local community, contributing to various organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Friends of the Library, Community Radio Board, Trustee for the Methodist Church, Treasurer for Los Osos Cares, and served as a Community Club Leader alongside his spouse for the Los Osos 4-H.

Trish Bartel – Term through 5/2025
Having retired after 35 years in Hospital Administration across Southern and Central California, Trish has a rich history of building an orthopedic hospital from the ground up, developing innovative healthcare delivery systems, and expanding access to care in underserved urban areas. Residing in Los Osos, she found a new passion in supporting their community through LOCAC. Their dedication led to the establishment of vacation rental guidelines and the successful passage of a SLO County ordinance, making them a valued member of LOCAC since 2019.

Molly Brown – Term through 5/2025
Recently retired from SLO city in the role of fire inspection, Molly understands how things get done and how best to work with the parties involved.

JOIN US!

Are you passionate about your community + do you represent a neighborhood where we have a need? Then send an email to our chair to find out more!

We have elections every other year, and three at-large appointed spots.

We’re looking for those who can represent typically under represented parts of our community, ethnically, financially, culturally, stage in life, etc. More info to come in 2024!