Candidate resource documents, including the Candidate Guidelines book and all appendices, are available in Access Pismo:
Please remember to download the files locally for your own use if planning to fill or print a form. Fillable PDFs will not function fully in the Access Pismo interface and/or internet browser. Electronic and hard copies of these documents are also available from the City Clerk's Office upon request.
The documents provided online are the same documents provided in the Candidate Guidelines book issued to candidates seeking official nomination. Please note that these documents are for reference or use in conjunction with officially issued nomination materials only; In order to be qualify to be elected, prospective candidates must have official nomination papers issued by the City Clerk's Office. Please contact the Clerk's Office for more information at 805-773-4657.
The regulations applicable to City Council and Mayor candidates are found in a variety of statutes and codes. A portion of the applicable regulations have been summarized for ease of use in the candidate nomination materials, but the information provided by staff is not legal advice and is by no means exhaustive.
Candidates are encouraged to review the full text of the regulations in question when making decisions about candidacy and political reform obligations. Links to some of the applicable regulations are provided below. Specific statutory citations for many topics are provided in the Candidate Guidelines book.
Candidates may also need to seek information about regulations not covered here, such as applicable tax laws.
California State Laws:
California Code of Regulations:
Pismo Beach Regulations:
The agencies listed below are some of the most frequently contacted with respect to candidacy and campaigning. Many of these agencies promulgate regulations applicable to candidates and their activities.
Fair Political Practices Commission (State of California)
1102 Q Street #3000, Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 322-5660 | Toll-Free: (866) ASK-FPPC | Fax: (916) 322-0886
Website: www.fppc.ca.gov | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Campaign Disclosure (Forms online | Manuals online)
- Conflict of Interest Disclosure & Disqualification
- Lobbying Disclosure
- Proper Use of Campaign Funds
Secretary of State (State of California)
|Political Reform Division|
1500 11th Street, Room 495, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-6224 | Fax: (916) 653-5045
Phone: (916) 657-2166
Registrar of Voters (County of San Luis Obispo Clerk Recorder, Elections Division)
1055 Monterey Street, Suite D120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone (805) 781-5228 | Fax: (805) 781-1111
- Voter registration
- Ballot printing, mailing, collection, and counting
- Polling place administration
Franchise Tax Board (State of California)
The Franchise Tax Board is responsible for responding to questions regarding tax status, tax-deductibility of political contributions, 501(c)(3) groups, audits, or any tax-related questions.
Phone: (800) 852-5711
Internal Revenue Service (United States)
The Internal Revenue Service provides assistance regarding federal tax laws and obtaining a taxpayer identification number.
Phone: (877) 829-5500 (Washington, D.C.) | Phone: (800) 829-3676 (taxpayer ID number info)
Federal Communications Commission (United States)
The Federal Communications Commission can answer questions regarding rates for purchasing broadcast time and equal access to broadcast media.
Phone: (888) 225-5322
Website: www.fcc.gov | Email: email@example.com