• Longtime library donor leaves final gift creating legacy

    Templeton Community Library Association received a gift of $865,000 from the estate of Margaret Anderson Radunich for their library building fund. Radunich was a longtime member and donor and her final bequeath brings the total of her contributions to the Templeton Community Library Association to over $1 Million.

  • The Wellness Kitchen receives grant from local church

    The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center was awarded the “Unitarian Community Outreach Offering” on Dec. 11 from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo (UU of SLO). For a nonprofit to apply for this grant, they must be invited by UU of SLO.

  • Pay property taxes by Dec. 10 to avoid penalties

    COUNTY — Jim Erb, the San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, reminds all County taxpayers that the delinquency date for the first installment of this year’s secured property tax bills is rapidly approaching. “California law requires that we add a 10 percent penalty if payments are not made by the delinquency date. Taxpayers have until Dec. 10 to make their payments,” said Erb.

  • Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade moved to Dec. 8

    The Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade will be moved to a new date of Dec. 8, due to high winds and rain predicted the day of the original parade. The assessment was a collective decision including Event Coordinator, City of Morro Bay Tourism, Harbor and the City of Morro Bay.

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Tamale’s return for Fourth Annual Festival

The City of Atascadero’s Fourth Annual Tamale Festival in the Sunken Gardens and in Downtown on Jan.19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Greyhound foundation begins to raise money for pool

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, which was founded in 1994 as a way to fund facilities and programs for Atascadero High School athletes, has taken on a new project as they have begun trying to raise money to potentially bring a new pool facility to Atascadero.

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Hundreds of laws went into effect Jan. 1

California Gov. Jerry Brown, in office until Jan. 7, signed more than 1,000 pieces of legislation over the last year and most went into effect as of Jan. 1, 2019. Diverse mandates that will be noticeable for Central Coast locals include things only parents might pay attention to, such as what children will be served as default menu options at family restaurants, but also more serious matters like age restrictions on who gets to buy their own shotgun or rifle.

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Bar plans to open in old Club Soda location

As explained in the report prepared by planning staff, the “proposed business would be a local bar with a rustic, western theme at the former location of Club Soda. Per ABC requirements, beer and wine, but not distilled spirits, can be sold for on or off-site consumption. Food service is not required. Minors will not be allowed to enter the premises.”

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Crimes in Atascadero for Dec. 24 - 30 include shoplifting, battery, possession of a firearm

Atascadero Police Department arrest logs published Jan. 04, 2019.

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Superintendent accepts a new assignment

ATASCADERO — Tom Butler is representing the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation/Lighthouse as their Community Star for the 2019 Dancing with Our Stars (DWOS). Tom comments, “I am so impressed by the commitment and service to the community by the Greyhound Foundation. I greatly appreciate the fact that the Greyhound Foundation realizes that the youth of today face true challenges and is willing to step up and provide real support that allows our youth to be successful.” The mission of the Greyhound Foundation is particularly important to Tom, who has the weighty responsibility of being the superintendent of the Atascadero Unified School District, a position he has held since 2015.

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ECHO receives $6,900 from St. James Episcopal Church fundraiser

ATASCADERO — El Camino Homeless Organization Homeless Shelter announced it has received a donation of $6,900 from the St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles. The donation was the result of a fundraiser held in November, the 10th annual Music for the Soul. “We are very grateful to receive this donation,” said Wendy Lewis, president and CEO of ECHO. “This will help us maximize our living space inside the shelter and provide even more resources to the people we serve.”

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Cal Poly float wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade

PASADENA — Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, celebrates this year’s parade theme, “The Melody of Life,” by paying homage to music as a language for all. It is the fourth time in 71 appearances that the Cal Poly float has featured a space-related design.

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Twin Cities Community Hospital names new CNO

Twin Cities Community Hospital has appointed Robert Cook as its new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Effective immediately, Cook assumes responsibility for all nursing and designated patient care functions within Twin Cities Community Hospital. He also oversees and coordinates the nursing units and their daily operations. Cook most recently served as Interim CNO at Twin Cities, and previously held the titles of Chief Quality Officer, Director of Clinical Quality and Risk Management and Director of Medical Surgical Services.

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Caltrans completes improvements on HWY 41 in SLO County due to SB 1 funds

COUNTY — Caltrans has completed the resurfacing of nearly nine lane miles of Highway 41 due to the funds from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “Highway 41 is heavily used as a major east-west route for commuters and tourists in northern San Luis Obispo County who frequent the beaches, campgrounds and tourist attractions along the Central Coast. This resurfacing project will ensure a smooth ride and safe commute for everyone,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

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    Libraries offer fine amnesty in January

    COUNTY — It’s time to pull out that long overdue library book because January is Fine Amnesty Month for County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries. Regardless of how overdue an item is, all County Library branches will waive all overdue fees, clearing the account for checkout of new materials. Fine forgiveness does not apply to fees charged for lost materials, however.

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    Commentary: Elections bring women into politics

    As winter descends upon us (admittedly rather gently in our so fortunate neck of the woods), and the rebirth of Spring is right around the corner, we should all pause to reflect on the many, many things that we should be grateful for. While we each have separate and different lives, we all enjoy the benefit of living on the Central Coast, where the scenic beauty is truly outstanding and many opportunities exist. From the romping Elephant Seals of San Simeon, the changing foliage of the trees in our wonderful new Three Bridges Park on Morro Road, and to the newly greening hills (we are blessed with rain this year), we have much to be thankful for.

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    County seeks public comment on inclusionary housing fees

    COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building is seeking public comment on amendments to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Fund. Under direction from the SLO County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Planning and Building has been working on a 3-year pilot program that would raise between $2 to $4 million per year in local funding for affordable housing. These funds will be awarded to non-profit developers to build affordable housing in the County. As part of the pilot program, the Board authorized the Department of Planning and Building to modify the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Fund. The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requires new housing developments to either include a percentage of affordable units or pay “in-lieu” fees into the County’s Affordable Housing Fund.

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    City of Atascadero’s Planning Commission and Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee application deadline extended

    ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero is currently seeking to fill two positions on the Planning Commission and two positions on the Citizen’s Sales Tax Oversight Committee. All applicants must be residents of the City of Atascadero. Completed applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s office until Friday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. Those interested in applying for either the Planning Commissions or the Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee (CSTOC) may obtain applications on the City’s website homepage at www.atascadero.org under the “Latest News” section; in person at City Hall located at 6500 Palma Avenue, Atascadero; or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 805-470-3400.

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    Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust invests in Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust awarded a grant of $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the agency’s school-based youth mentoring programs. With this $20,000 gift, their total contributions in support of the agency’s school-based mentoring programs amount to $140,000 since 2012. The school-based program pairs high school and college students with elementary students for weekly supervised group and individual activities taking place at elementary school sites. The program creates an exceptional bond between at-risk children and older students who have volunteered to support them. A group of carefully selected high school and college student mentors travel to their partner elementary school once each week for the entire school year.

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    Local 4-H Youth Program seeks volunteer camp director for Camp Wahoo!

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — 4-H in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is still looking for a volunteer camp director to coordinate the 2019 4-H summer camp, Camp Wahoo! Camp Wahoo! is expected to take place at Camp Yeager in Cambria from July 28 to 31. Camp Wahoo! 4-H summer camp is an experience that is fun for both youth and adults. Generally, a weeklong residential camp experience for Camp Wahoo! campers ages 9-13. The 4-H camp director would work closely with the 4-H Office to coordinate and put on the camp for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. It is scheduled to take place, but if a camp director position is not filled by Jan. 15, the camp will, unfortunately, need to be canceled for 2019.

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    YPNG rolls the dice for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County

    SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Young Professionals Networking Group (YPNG) presented Big Brothers Big Sisters with a $5,200 check from the proceeds of its annual Monte Carlo night. The Casino Royale themed event was held in the Venetian Room at the Madonna Inn. Tatiana Mendoza, former Big Brothers Big Sisters program director and YPNG treasurer says, “Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of our community partners, who we fundraise for through several events each year. This year Big Brothers Big Sisters was the beneficiary of our Monte Carlo event because we wanted to help the agency serve more children. We were able to fundraise enough to serve four match relationships for one year.”

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    More than $600M in funding approved for transportation infrastructure, rail and projects

    STATE — Caltrans announced Monday that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation projects, which includes $80 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts, and intelligent transportation systems, which are included in the performance requirements of SB 1, to improve transportation for all of our residents and visitors, no matter their mode of transportation,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

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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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