News Briefs 11-17-2022

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.

November 23, 2022

Deadline Approaching for Lighted Boat Parade

The Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade takes place on Saturday December 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Morro Bay Embarcadero.  Be dazzled as the fishing, leisure and yachting community take to the water in decorated boats with dazzling lights and holiday cheer. 

For boat entry forms and skipper information go to and look for the “download” section on the right-hand side.  Information is also available at the Morro Bay Harbor Office 1275 Embarcadero 805-772-6254. The application deadline is Friday, November 30th by 4:30 pm and the entry fee is $30.

Boats will be judged and cash prizes are $500 for first, $350 for second, and $150 for third.

For more information, contact Nancy at 805-235-3733 or

Roadwork Continues on LOVR

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department continues asphalt-paving work on Los Osos Valley Road from Turri Road to the Los Osos Bridge. Work is expected to be completed by November 22. Expect one-way traffic control and delays of up to 10 minutes during major operations Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This roadwork is part of a year-long asphalt-paving project on roads throughout the county expected to be complete in fall 2023.

For the safety of the public and the workers, traffic will be reduced to one-way controls with flaggers and pilot cars.

City of SLO Dolls out Funds

The City of San Luis Obispo earmarked $300,000 in grants to 21 community programs in 2022-23. Many of the selected programs impact residents, advocates and volunteers throughout the county.

The list of recipients includes CASA, Boys & Girls Club, GALA Pride and Diversity, Hospice of SLO County, Leadership SLO and RACE Matters SLO.

This Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant program is designed to uplift and support local projects, programs, or initiatives that contribute to making San Luis Obispo a more welcoming, inclusive, equitable, and safe place for everyone. The City’s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion manages the program.

Grant applications were accepted over the summer and then went through a rigorous review process with the City’s Human Relations Commission, an advisory body that recommends to Council policies on matters concerning social issues affecting the residents of the City. 

Santa Margarita Water System Vandalized

As if the drought wasn’t enough, the work of vandals resulted in a huge water loss. 

On November 7, the San Luis Obispo County Service Area 23 – Santa Margarita water system operator discovered a break-in at the Santa Margarita water storage facility. 

The storage facility fence was vandalized and the lock accessing one of the water storage tanks was cut providing access to the drinking water supply. 

“Because it is unknown whether perpetrators tampered with the water,” County officials said in a news release, “as a precautionary measure, the tank was taken out of service and is being drained. It held about 100,000 gallons of water at the time of the incident.”

There is a second water tank at the site, so water service to Santa Margarita residents were not disrupted.

The State Water Resources Control Board, San Luis Obispo County Health Department, and the Sheriff’s Department were notified of the incident. The County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department is asking reads to contact the Sheriff’s Department at

(805) 781-4550 if they have any information regarding this incident. 

SLO Transit Route Change

Readers who use SLO Transit should be aware that bus Route 2A has changed in a reported effort to provide better future access to businesses, residences, and nonprofit services on Prado Road.   

A project is underway to relocate the “Prado at Elks” stop to the north side of the street at 40 Prado Road. Currently the stop is across the street. A new stop will also be added on South Higuera near the intersection of Higuera and Margarita to provide more service for passengers. Buses will now stop at the “Higuera at South” stop 20 minutes after the hour.

Route 2A now travels south on South Higuera, past Elks Lane, serves the Higuera at Margarita stop, continues down South Higuera, turns right onto Prado Road, serves the Prado at Elks stop, continues to Prado Road, turns right onto Elks Lane until reaching the intersection of Elks Lane and South Higuera, then travels right again onto South Higuera.

SLO Transit bus riders can contact Transit Dispatch at (805) 541-2877 or go to, or the SLO Transit app, for current service status prior to planning their trip.  

Take the Senior Needs Survey

The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, also known as the Area Agency on Aging, is conducting a “Needs Assessment Survey” for SLO County seniors. It can be filled out at by November 30.

The data collected will be sent to state and federal agencies that provide monies for local goods and services. The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. 

The survey asks questions about current needs, the help you are currently receiving, and possible future needs. It covers such areas as care for a family member, employment, meals, understanding Medicare, affordable housing, legal affairs, home maintenance, transportation, and so on.

For more information, call 1-800-510-2020. 

Send your news, community and business briefs to Be sure to include the who, what, why, where and when information along with a contact person.

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