News Briefs 2-23-2023

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.

February 23, 2023

Farewell Event for City Manager

The public is invited to a farewell open house honoring Morro Bay City Manager Scott Collins who will be leaving after five years of service. 

The reception takes place on Friday, February 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way. Light refreshments and drinks will be served as officials wish Collins well in his future endeavors as the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo aa well as reflect on his positive impact on the City of Morro Bay. 

Take the County Health Survey

Tell local leaders what your community needs to be healthy. County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and community partners are working on the next iteration of SLO County’s Community Health Assessment. 

The countywide every-five-years health survey asks community members for their experiences with issues like quality of life, availability of services, physical and mental health, and more. Community members may receive an invitation to participate in the survey through a postcard in the mail or through social media. 

The survey is for people 18 and older who live in SLO County. All responses are confidential and will not be connected to names, addresses or phone numbers. Also, you can skip any question that makes you uncomfortable, according to the County.

After completing the survey, there is an opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of four gift cards valued at $100.

Take the 15-minute Community Health Survey at

Deadline to take the survey is Friday, March 31 and results will be released sometime in the summer online at

To learn more about results from the previous Community Health Assessment, go to

Clean Up Week in March 

It’s time for spring-cleaning. Mission Country Disposal conducts Clean Up Week March 6 – 10 for customers to get rid of stuff they no longer need. Remember that clown painting you did in college?

Set out up to six bags, 32 gallon capacity size, each not to exceed 75 pounds and 4 feet in length. Place your garbage on the curb no later than 6 a.m. on your regular garbage collection day. Be sure to not block your containers because automated trucks are used. 

Should you have metal, electrical or bulky items, call Mission Country Disposal at 805-543-0875 to schedule pick up. Special pricing for these items varies by city and are limited to two like items. Readers must call no later than Friday, March 3 to schedule the pickup of the these items such as televisions, couches and small appliances. They will not be picked up unless you call.

Clean Up Week is a community service provided free to single-family residential garbage customers.

Poly College Corps Program Taking Applications

Cal Poly’s #CaliforniansForAll College Corps is accepting applications now through March 17 from Cal Poly students interested in joining its 2023-24 program.

Cal Poly’s 2022-23 program consists of 175 fellows who partner with a wide range of local and regional organizations to provide much-needed service work. The organizations include Community Climate Solutions, SLO Climate Coalition, Ecologistics, San Luis Coastal Unified School District and City Farm SLO, among others.

Locally, College Corps fellows contributed to storm cleanup efforts in January by assisting residents in need in Los Osos. 

Cal Poly is one of more than 40 institutions to participate in the statewide program, now in its inaugural year. The university serves as the lead institution for the Coastal California Civic Leadership Consortium, which also consists of CSU Long Beach, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College.

#CaliforniansForAll College Corps is hosting informational sessions for interested students through Feb. 28. For additional details and to apply to be a 2023-24 College Corps fellow, go to

Morro Bay Museum Fire Scare

The Morro Bay Museum of Natural History temporarily closed on Wednesday, Feb. 15 following a report by employees of smoke in the building. The Morro Bay Fire Department investigated what was believed to be an electrical fire. No injuries to people or property were reported. 

Los Osos CSD Meetings

The Los Osos Community Services District LOCSD continues their regularly scheduled board, Utilities Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee, Emergency Services Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meetings. 

Information for each meeting and how to get connected is available on the Agenda for each meeting. Agendas can be found at, which is posted a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting time.

Upcoming Meetings: 

• Finance Advisory Committee Meeting – February 27, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

• Board of Directors Meeting Open Session – March 2, 2023 at 6 p.m.

• Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting – March 15, 2023 at 5:30 p.m 

• Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting – March 21, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.

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