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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 12, 2021

Keep Up Heart Care

Dignity Hospitals of the Central Coast recognize American Heart Month and the importance of cardiac health, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.
Adopting healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease, exercising regularly, maintaining routine cardiac screenings, eating heart-healthy foods, and alleviating stress can make a great impact on your overall heart health.
“This pandemic has been incredibly stressful for many, and has deterred some individuals from seeking out proper health care, including cardiac care,” said Scott Robertson, MD, chief medical officer, Dignity Health Central Coast. “We want to emphasize the importance of maintaining health screenings, including diabetes, blood pressure, and appropriate heart screenings. We encourage community members to take the initiative to get the proper care and make these important screenings a priority.”
Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals encourage community members to maintain important care such as routine screenings and visiting your physician regularly.

Get Active in SLO

The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted the City’s first Active Transportation Plan, a comprehensive collection of policies, programs and infrastructure recommendations that aim to increase the number of people bicycling and walking.
What’s the goal? By improving sustainable transportation such as walking and bicycling, the City can reduce vehicle use and related greenhouse gas emissions. This in turn will place the City on a stronger path to meeting its goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2035. 
“From improving bikeways and intersections to making a walk more interesting and enjoyable with public art and parklets, the Active Transportation Plan provides a series of actions to make bicycling and walking easier, cheaper, and safer for everyone in our community,” said Adam Fukushima, active transportation manager.
Beginning in the summer of 2021, community members will start to see the first improvements from the plan, which include a protected bike lane on Marsh Street downtown and improvements for walking such as new curb ramps and high-visibility crosswalks. 
Outreach for the Active Transportation Plan was a comprehensive effort, spanning nearly three years and engaging hundreds of community members at neighborhood pop-up events, the Active Transportation Committee meetings, public workshops, through surveys, interactive online tools, and other activities. 
The Active Transportation Plan is in line with the Sustainable Transportation Major City Goal identified in the 2019-21 Financial Plan as well as both the City’s General Plan and Climate Action Plan for Community Recovery. 
To learn more, visit 

Property Tax Exemption Deadline

Homeowners, disabled veterans, and eligible non-profit organizations may file Property Tax exemptions.
The Homeowner’s Exemption exempts up to $7,000 in taxable value of a property if the claim is timely filed or postmarked by February 16, 2021 and up to $5,600 if filed late (postmarked by December 10, 2021). If you received your Homeowner’s Exemption last year, and you still own and occupy the same property this year, you do not need to file again. Your exemption automatically remains in place.
The Disabled Veteran’s Exemption is available to exempt taxable value of a property owned by a veteran who is 100% disabled due to service-related illness or injury. The exemption could be up to $221,304 if timely filed or postmarked by February 16, 2021, and up to $213,927 if filed late (postmarked by December 10, 2021).
To be eligible for either of the above exemptions this year, claimants must have owned and occupied the property as their principal place of residence as of 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2021. County Assessor Tom J. Bordonaro, Jr. office or visit the website for eligibility requirements and claim forms.
Certain non-profit organizations may be eligible for an exemption from property tax if they were using the property for exempt purposes on January 1, 2021. For the full exemption, the organization must file or postmark their claim for Church, Religious, or Welfare Exemption by February 16, 2021. Claimants may be eligible for 90% of the exemption if the claim is postmarked by December 31, 2021.
The Assessor’s main office is located in Room D-360 of the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey Street, in San Luis Obispo. They can be reached at (805) 781-5643. There is a branch office in Atascadero at 6565 Capistrano Ave. Information is available on the website at

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