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.

October 23, 2020

Reserve Firefighters Sought

Are you sick of being stuck at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic response?
Cal Fire Sta. 15 in Los Osos is offering an opportunity to get out of the house, become part of a life-saving essential service, and contribute to your community all at once.

The station is seeking applicants for its reserve firefighter program with the deadline to apply set for 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.
Applicants must be available for physical fitness testing and oral interviews on Nov. 21-22.
Those interested in this ground floor entrance into the fire service can pick up an application at the station house, 2315 Bayview Heights Dr., Los Osos. Call (805) 528-1053 with questions.

Support for Addis

Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have endorsed Dawn Addis for State Assembly District 35 as have Bruce Gibson, San Luis Obispo County’s District 2 Supervisor and Joan Hartmann, Santa Barbara County’s District 3 Supervisor. The district spans San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties.

Supervisor Hartmann praised Dawn Addis saying, “As a City Councilmember, Dawn has been a champion for the environment, workforce housing, economic vitality, and our public schools.” Hartmann confidently predicts that, “Dawn will bring the same dynamic leadership to the State Assembly, and make sure the Central Coast’s voice is heard in Sacramento.”
Agreeing with Hartmann, Supervisor Bruce Gibson remarked, “I wholeheartedly support Dawn as our next Assemblymember. She’s shown how much she cares about our county and our region in her work to engage people in the crucial social issues of our time. She’s been a problem-solver on the Morro Bay City Council and worked tirelessly to better the lives of our communities’ children.

She’s the representative we need now in these challenging times.”
Addis has received endorsements by community leaders, city officials, and civic organizations from throughout Assembly District 35. A complete list of her supporters can be found at

Oktoberfest and Car Show Canceled

The Los Osos Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos announced that the 42nd Annual Oktoberfest and Car Show have been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

“This was not an easy decision,” said Oktoberfest Committee Chairman Steve Vinson. “We know how much the community looks forward to the music, costumes, contests and beer. Rest assured, we will be back in 2021.”
Usually held on the last Sunday each October, Oktoberfest is the largest annual community event in Los Osos.

Drug Take Back Day

There will be a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24 from10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the California Highway Patrol Parking Lot, 675 California Blvd, San Luis Obispo.

This year’s Take Back Day will be a free, no-contact drive-through following COVID19 Public Health safety measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

The SLO County Opioid Safety Coalition, in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol, works to facilitate the safe disposal of medications while at the same time offering an anonymous, safe way for residents to drop off their prescription drugs. The organization has collected close to 2,000 lbs through Take Back Days locally since 2016.

Nationally, drug overdoses have spiked roughly 18% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, located at the University of Baltimore.
Items accepted at Drug Take Back Day include prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, medication ointments and lotions, inhalers, and liquid medication in leak-proof containers. Items not accepted are needles / sharps, thermometers, aerosol cans, medical waste, personal care products, and hydrogen peroxide. Free disposal is available year round at all SLO County pharmacies. Contact your local pharmacy for more information.
For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Rhoads, (805) 781-1195;

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