News Briefs 12-1-2022

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.

December 1, 2022

Cambria Appoints New General Manager

The Cambria Community Services District has a familiar face in a new role as acting general manager. District Engineer, Ray Dienzo, was appointed to the position after John Weigold, IV submitted his resignation last month. 

Weigold submitted his letter of resignation on November 13 after getting engaged with plans to relocate in Santa Barbara. He thanked the board and staff for the “knowledge and experience” he gained while working with them. 

The letter also said, in part, “I am very grateful for the time I have spent on our team and the professional relationships I’ve built. It’s been a pleasure working for you, and I hope our paths will cross again in the future.

The CCSD Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of Dienzo.

Poly Incoming Class Most Diverse in its History

Cal Poly 2022 incoming class is again the most diverse in the university’s history. 

Following the official fall census count, the university confirmed the incoming class includes the highest-ever percentages of women (51.44%); students from partner high schools (20%); first-generation students (16.6%); Asian students (14.3%); and Hispanic/Latino students (24.48%). The class is extremely high-performing, with the GPA of the incoming class of first-time, first-year students being the highest in Cal Poly’s history. 

For the last five years, each incoming class has been the university’s most diverse ever. 

“This tremendous progress is the result of intentional and strategic work to make Cal Poly more reflective of the diversity of our state and more accessible to underrepresented students,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “This includes eliminating early-decision enrollment, creating more opportunities for students at Partner Schools to come to Cal Poly, starting and continuing to grow the Cal Poly Scholars program and, most recently, adjusting our College Based Fee to provide greater opportunity for first-generation and lower-income students.

“However, while Cal Poly is growing more diverse and we are better reflecting California, we still have more work to do.”

Admission to Cal Poly continues to be highly competitive. For Fall 2022, the university received more than 68,000 undergraduate applications, a new record high and up 3.5% from 2021. Over 5,100 first-time first-year students joined Cal Poly in the fall — the second-largest incoming class of such students in campus history.

Work on LOVR Continues 

County Public Works began planned asphalt pavement work on Los Osos Valley Road from Turri Road to the Los Osos Creek Bridge on Nov. 7 and expects to be complete by Dec. 9, weather permitting. 

Drivers should expect one-way traffic control and delays during major operations are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Los Osos Valley Road and South Bay Blvd. Motorists are advised to adjust their travel plans in consideration of the delays, especially during the morning commute. 

For questions about Los Osos Valley Road, call Jimmy Tomac, resident engineer at (805) 781-4476 or Evelyn Frederic, project manager at (805) 781-5399.

View Redistricting Hearing 

The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court hearing on the pending redistricting case against the County of San Luis Obispo previously scheduled for November 4, 2022, was continued to December 2, at 10:30 am in Dept. 5. 

On December 2, newly assigned Judge Craig van Rooyen will hear evidence on several motions and set future dates for hearings on this case. 

Judge Rita Federman, who had been the assigned judge on this case, recently recused herself from the matter, which resulted in the assignment of Judge van Rooyen.

The live hearing can be watched at http://bit.ly/3A4IkLF.

Changes to Human Relations Commission 

The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted changes to the Human Relations Commission’s purpose statement and bylaws recently to align with the City’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Major City Goals and Taskforce recommendations. 

Now, the Human Relations Commission is charged with designating diversity, equity and inclusion as a standing priority. Additionally, with accessibility and representation as key tenants of ensuring diverse, equitable and inclusive engagement, the Commission updated their bylaws to allow up to two of the seven members to be residents and registered voters outside of the City, but those two members must still live within SLO County or Cal Poly Campus and be registered to vote in SLO County.

Flu Shot Pop-Ups

The Public Health Department is hosting more pop-up vaccine clinics across San Luis Obispo County to help protect residents from influenza and COVID-19. These events were originally scheduled to end in mid-November but have been extended to accommodate strong interest from residents. These will be the last pop-up clinics for 2022.

12/2/2022 | San Luis Obispo – 

UCCE Auditorium (behind the Public Health Dept.)

Friday December 2, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, in San Luis Obispo

Updated COVID-19 boosters and flu shots for ages 5+, plus primary series for ages 5+

• 12/6/2022 | Cambria – 

    Santa Rosa Catholic Church

Tuesday, December 6, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

1174 Main Street in Cambria

Updated COVID-19 boosters and flu shots for ages 5+, plus primary series for ages 5+

High-dose flu vaccine will not be available at these events; adults age 65+ who wish to receive high-dose flu vaccine may schedule an appointment at a Public Health clinic by calling 805-781-5500.

Flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines are also available from pharmacies countywide. To schedule an appointment, contact your local pharmacy or health care provider, or visit VaccineFinder.org or MyTurn.ca.gov.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit slopublichealth.org/COVID19. Public health phone support is available at (805) 781-5500 Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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