News Briefs 3-23-2023

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.

March 26, 2023

March Storms Recovery Information 

The County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services has posted recovery information for the public on their website for those in need of assistance following the recent storms.

This includes how to re-enter your home if you experienced damage, cleanup and recovery resources, and information regarding financial assistance. As a reminder for those who experienced water intrusion in their home:

• Wearing protective clothing, check your home for any hazards or structural damage.

• Look above for any tree or electrical hazards.

• Check for any gas leaks.

• Document damages and contact your insurance company.

• Dry out your home as quickly as possible to reduce mold.

• Remove debris.

• Remove damaged drywall and flooring.

• Assess submerged appliances.

There is a location on for the public to report any damages sustained to homes, which will help determine the amount of damage to the county. This information will be used to pursue recovery funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) known as Individual Assistance.

Addis Appointed to Ocean Protection Council

Assemblymember Dawn Addis (D-Morro Bay) was recently appointed to the Ocean Protection Council by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood).

The Ocean Protection Council was created by the California Ocean Protection Act (Senate Bill 1319), authored by former Senate pro Tempore John Burton (D-San Francisco) in 2004. The mission of the council is to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

“Protecting our state’s ocean and coastal resources is an obligation of each generation of Californians,” Addis said. “I’m honored and thankful that Speaker Rendon has appointed me to this council to ensure that California prepares for and reduces the dramatic impacts of climate change on our oceans and coast.”

The council consists of the secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, the secretary for Environmental Protection, the chair of the State Lands Commission, and two members of the public appointed by the Governor. 

Elected in 2022, Addis represents 200 miles of California central coastline, from the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County border in the south to the eastern coast area of Santa Cruz County in the north.

Spring Kittens and Puppies at Woods

As many prepare for spring break vacations, Woods Humane Society is preparing for a flood of spring kittens and puppies in need of shelter by hosting a Spring Shelter Break adoption promotion from through April 2. All adoption fees will be reduced to $50 (plus license fees for dogs and puppies) to encourage adoptions and help make space for the hundreds of animals it expects to take in over the coming months.

“As temperatures warm, unaltered dogs and cats begin reproducing, which results in a deluge of young animals in need of food, shelter and medical care,” said Woods Interim CEO Emily L’Heureux. “From April through December, we will take in around 800 kittens or more, many of whom are newly born, sick and in need of round-the-clock care.”

All animals have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed, and treated for parasites. Adoptions also include a voluntary 30 days of pet insurance and a free wellness exam at a local vet clinic.

Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero and is open to the public daily from 12-5 p.m., with adoption hours from 12-4 p.m. For more information about Woods, visit or call (805) 543-9316.

Tax Help at Los Osos Library

Need help doing your taxes? The Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave, offers free tax preparation assistance with United Way – Sundays March 26, April 2, April 16. No income limits are imposed, but fees may apply depending on the schedule prepared. No appointment is needed. 

All library programs follow current California and County of San Luis Obispo health guidelines. They can be reached at 805-528-1862.

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