News Briefs

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

July 30, 2021

Opinions Needed

Los Osos residents, let your voice be heard on two issues that could impact your daily routine.

The draft CEQA document for the South Bay Bridge replacement project is online at bit.ly/2V2zU5x. The 30-day review and comment period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration began on July 7 and ends on August 6.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on the last day of the review period and should be addressed to: Monica Stillman, Environmental

Specialist, mjstillman@co.slo.ca.us, County Government Center, Room 206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments is developing the 2023 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

The RTP provides a vision for the future growth and development of the SLO region through the year 2045, and they need our input to inform it!

This plan will help shape quality of life and the environment over decades to come.

Share your input on key regional transportation topics. For each survey you take, you’ll be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card! Take the surveys at https://slocog.org/engage

State Parks Association Needs Sales Clerk

Looking for a part-time job that’ll take you to some of the nicest spots in SLO County?

The Central Coast State Parks Association, the non-profit, educational group that works with and supports the local State Parks, has openings for a retail sales associate, to work at its five retail shops in the local State Park District.

“The ideal candidate will be creative, detail-oriented, tech-savvy, and have excellent interpersonal skills,” reads the online job notice. “You must be capable of effectively communicating with people of all ages and backgrounds, and highly motivated to find ways of increasing the profitability of our retail stores.”

The job is 16-32 hours a week and you’ll have to be able to bounce around between the various retail stores in SLO County.

State Parks has a training program you’ll have to take to familiarize yourself with all the local offerings so you can provide accurate information. They want you to be able to create displays and merchandising. You’ll have to be able to run a cash register and do basic record keeping, and be able to assist with the association’s special events and activities when needed. Reliable transportation is an apparent necessity.

The pay starts at $13.50 an hour and you must be able to work 8-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, holidays and weekends. They offer 12 paid sick days a year and five, paid vacation days, which start to accrue after 90 days.

Email a cover letter and resume to: ed@centralcoastparks.org. Phone calls not accepted. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the job is open until filled.

Jimmy Paulding Meet and Greet

Local supporters of Jimmy Paulding, candidate for District 4 County Supervisor, are hosting a meet and greet in Los Osos on Monday, August 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at South Bay Community Center.

“I’m running for Supervisor to focus on South County needs, but right now our entire county suffers from a lack of vision and leadership on the Board of Supervisors,” Jimmy said in a news release. “I want to bring good governance to the whole county.”

The event gives North Coast residents a chance to meet Jimmy and share their ideas for the future of SLO County.
“Even though I live outside of Jimmy’s district, I’m eager to support his campaign since the decisions made by the Board of Supervisors affect everyone in our county,” said Pandora Nash-Karner, an organizer of the event. “Jimmy is a great listener, and he has so many great ideas. We need him on the Board of Supervisors.”

SLO County’s 4th Supervisorial District includes the South County communities of Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, and Oceano.
“We have a really fun evening lined up,” said Nash-Karner. “There will be refreshments, a raffle, and homemade beanies. Stop by and see why people across the county are excited to get Jimmy elected”

The South Bay Community Center is located at 2180 Palisades Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Changes in Parking Fees in SLO

There is good news and bad news when it comes to parking fees in Downtown SLO.
Some rates are going up, but others are going down, said Parking Program Manager Gaven Hussey in a news release
• The maximum daily cost for parking in parking structures was cut in half, from about $12 to $6.
• The hourly rate for street parking metered areas has gone up by 25 cents an hour.
• Street parking enforcement hours are expanding on July 19. Rather than ending at 6 p.m., three hours have been tacked on and enforcement will end at 9 p.m.
Where does the money go? More parking related projects are in the works. There is a new parking structure planned for Palm and Nipomo streets and a new parking app to help folks find street parking on the books. Plans also include increasing the safety of the downtown parking programs and expand the presence of safety and enforcement personnel in and around the parking structures.
“The city gave up parking revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic to help support local businesses, operating at a loss for more than a year,” Hussey said. That revenue loss came in the form of two hours of free parking on Saturdays and Sundays, more than 100 spaces converted to outdoor parklets and curbside pick up for shops and restaurants and delaying the current new fees for a year.

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