• Atascadero Planning Commission: Colony home might house nurses

    Pending a review from City staff regarding lighting conditions on the property, a 102-year old Colony home on El Camino Real got the green light from the Atascadero Planning Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 7 for a permit allowing three apartments. Applicant Roger Grant, owner of the site, sought permission for the residential conversion in an area zoned for commercial use after looking for the best plan for the property, he said after the Commision meeting.

  • Candidate list for Atascadero City Council begins to come together

    With City of Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley having expressed his desire to retire from the office and City Council incumbent Brian Sturtevant not having pulled papers to run again, the timer is running on the five-day nomination extension period until Aug. 15. Deputy City Clerk Amanda Muther said it would be difficult, although not necessarily impossible, for anyone taking out forms at a late point in the process to gather enough signatures. As soon as the documents are handed in they would be whisked off to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder’s Office for verification.

  • APD plans ‘Night Out’ BBQ for Tuesday

    ATASCADERO — Members of Atascadero’s police force plan to join departments across the country for their first National Night Out, a community-building campaign. Already an annual tradition in other regions, the concept is to promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” similar to the well-known ‘Coffee with a Cop’ campaign.

  • New certificates, courses available as Fall 2018 registration continues at Cuesta Colleg

    COUNTY — There is still time to register for hundreds of classes available at Cuesta College for the Fall 2018 semester. Courses are offered on the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Campus, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, the South County Center in Arroyo Grande, and online. The Fall semester begins Aug. 13 and runs through Dec. 14.

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Make back to school season the greenest ever

ATASCADERO — As millions prepare to head back to school, Waste Management of Southern California is offering parents, students and educators practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, in and out of the classroom. “Back to school season is the perfect time to incorporate eco-friendly practices into our daily routine that can have a lasting positive impact on the environment,” said Eloisa Orozco, spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California. “By committing to reduce, reuse and recycle right, we can all do our part to make this school year the greenest ever.”

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Cuesta receives $225K grant to fund new GIS Tech courses and program

COUNTY — Cuesta College is meeting the high-demand needs of the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology industry with the launch of new GIS courses and certification. GIS is a computer system for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. By relating seemingly unrelated data, GIS can help individuals and organizations better understand spatial patterns and relationships. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Cuesta College students will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for jobs in the GIS industry and fulfill degree requirements for various majors like engineering, architecture, health, agriculture, and computer information systems. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, and development planning, and in various career fields, including emergency response, marketing, engineering, biology, science, and more.

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Fire at Lake Nacimiento started by a vehicle

LAKE NACIMIENTO — Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire near Nacimiento Dam on Friday afternoon, Aug. 3. The vehicle fire threatened nearby vegetation on Nacimiento Lake Drive near Interlake Road per Cal Fire officials. When Cal Fire firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 1:50 p.m. they found 3 acres of vegetation burning at a slow rate of speed. An air attack was called in to help fight the fire. Within moments ground crews and aircraft made good progress with fire holding at approximately 2-3 acres.

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Police offering gun injury prevention program for kids

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Police Department is offering a gun injury prevention program for children 3 to 6 years of age and their parents. The course will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Atascadero Police Department, 5505 El Camino Real. The course will cover four easy-to-learn steps in gun injury prevention using the National Rifle Association’s “Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.” This program is a gun accident prevention program that assists parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators. The four main steps to be reviewed will be to “Stop, Don’t Touch, Run Away, and Tell a Grown-up.” More information on the program, can be found online at eddieeagle.nra.org/.

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North County’s Most Wanted : Hendricks

Chad Eric Hendricks, 62, is wanted for violation of probation for unlawful possession of ammunition. Hendricks is White, 6-foot-0-inches tall, 195 pounds and his last known residence is in Santa Margarita. If you have information on his whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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    CalVet Tuition Fee waived for eligible veteran dependents

    SACRAMENTO — California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible veteran dependents. The CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus.

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    Local programs and agencies are looking for help

    COUNTY — Put your life experience to work with Senior Volunteer Services and Central Coast Community Volunteers. Join many seniors, age 50 and over, who are taking the time to help improve the lives of others. SVS and CCCV can match your talents and interests with community needs. Call SVS at 805-544-8740 for information on any of the following opportunities.

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    Smoke from Turkey Fire impacts North County

    COUNTY — Smoke from a fire in southern Monterey County made for a hazy Monday afternoon, Aug. 6, in North San Luis Obispo County. Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey reported battling a fire at about 1 p.m. near Parkfield. The fire was near Turkey Flat Road. By 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, the vegetation fire was 2,225 acres with no structures threatened and 60 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.

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    Work at Paul’s slide on Route 1 requires overnight closure

    MONTEREY COUNTY — Augmenting the existing retaining wall will require both directions of State Route 1 at Paul’s Slide to fully close overnight for three nights, starting on Sunday, Aug. 5. The highway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. Motorists and cyclists are advised to plan around these three emergency overnight hard closures. This roadwork should be completed by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 8. Paul’s Slide suffered major storm damage in January of 2017, losing part of its embankment including the southbound lane and closing for several months. Paul’s Slide remains active and continues to be monitored; it has currently been operating under a temporary traffic signal for the last 12 months and the signal will remain in place.

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    Fonzi: How a candidate sees the world matters

    My last article suggested asking local candidates about their “Vision” for Atascadero and specific types of questions you might ask them. A candidate’s worldview is equally important since how a person sees the world influences how they govern. One need look no farther than Santa Barbara to see bad government at work albeit for the best of intentions. A ban on plastic straws was passed, ostensibly to prevent marine life from ingesting micro-plastic pollutants and being injured. Who could be against that?

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    FDA issues voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Mondelēz International, Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. and have initiated voluntarily recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. Additional information about each specific recall is available on the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/. The FDA recommends people discard or return any recalled product to the store where it was purchased.

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    Council looks to extend mayor term

    ATASCADERO — The mayor of Atascadero just can’t get enough done in two years according to three City Council members and current mayor Tom O’Malley, who spoke on the subject during a meeting Tuesday. At the end of the discussion the Council voted unanimously to pose the question to voters on the November ballot as to whether or not they’d like to see the mayor’s term extended to four years. According to O’Malley, the Council originally would select a mayor and planning commission members by a majority vote, leading to the majority dominating the direction of the Council and the City as a whole. “We used to have much-polarized politics in Atascadero, much like you’d see at the Board of Supervisors and it tended to be ‘winner take all,’” O’Malley said. “We had pendulum swings often. We’d have a majority leaning in one direction for a few years then a majority leaning another direction for a few years and we were like a yo-yo. You’d see really very little progress on major, long-term projects.”

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    Missed the voter registration deadline? It’s not too late.

    ATASCADERO — In prior elections,voters who missed the 15-day close of registration deadline were not qualified to vote in an upcoming election. Today, new legislation allows voters who missed the May 21 deadline to complete a Conditional Voter Registration (or Same Day Registration) process and cast their ballots at the County Elections Office up to and including Election Day. All votes will be e counted after the elections official verifies the voter’s registration and confirms the voter has not yet voted elsewhere in the current election.

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Atascadero Holds first National Night Out

The City of Atascadero Police Department joined a national tradition on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with their first-ever Night Out event at Colony Park.Atascadero’s Night Out is part of an annual event dating to 1984, the community-building campaign aims to ‘promote neighborhood safety and police-community partnerships.’ Boy Scouts, members of the city’s police ‘explorer’ program, area nonprofits and businesses hosted booths at the first Night Out Event at Colony Park. (Photos by Rick Evans)


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