News Briefs 6-2-2022

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.

June 3, 2022

Marine Swap Meet, June 25

Looking for some interesting, marine-oriented decorating items, or some useful gear for your boat and fishing exploits? An upcoming swap meet just might be the place to look.

Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department is hosting another “Marine Swap Meet” set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 in the Triangle Lot next to the Maritime Museum (look for the big submarine).

Or maybe readers have some marine related stuff they’d like to sell? For vendor information, see: friendsofthembhd.org.

The swap meet is a fundraiser for the Friends group, a non-profit that raises money to support the Harbor Department, supplying safety gear and other needs of the Harbor Patrol and helping with maintenance projects.

Cannabis Lounges Approved in Grover

The Grover Beach City Council approved onsite cannabis consumption lounges at the city’s four cannabis retail businesses and temporary cannabis special events.

The locations are places to “consume medical and recreational cannabis for customers and are anticipated to provide additional sales opportunities for the retailers, which in turn would increase the City’s tax revenues that fund capital projects and citywide services,” a news release stated. 

To address concerns related to the potential impact of outdoor smoke on surrounding areas, City staff updated the proposed ordinance for outdoor consumption areas to require odor absorbing ventilation and exhaust systems to prevent any odor vapor or smoke from being detected outside the property boundaries, and to prohibit consumption areas from being visible from any public place or non-age restricted area.

“The City Council took great care in making this decision as the City continues to lead the way in creating a safe, thriving local commercial cannabis industry,” stated City Manager Matthew Bronson. “Enabling our businesses to provide safe consumption spaces for both local residents and visitors expands economic opportunities in Grover Beach and strengthens our revenue sources to better serve our community.”

Californians For All College Corp Kicks Off

Low-income students could graduate from college debt free. The Californians For All College Corps program is a new opportunity for thousands of college students to serve their communities in critical issue areas such as climate action, education, and food insecurity. 

Over the next two years, College Corps will engage 6,500 California undergraduates in service — roughly the size of the entire Peace Corps. This service and career development program will help build a diverse class of leaders set to transform California for the better. Students will receive $10,000 for completing a year of service performing valuable work in their communities. 

“As an institution that builds the workforce of tomorrow, Cuesta College understands that students are seeking employment that aligns with their attitudes and beliefs,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Jill Stearns. “The College Corps provides an early experience in the educational journey for students to explore positions with purpose and meaning. We are excited for students to have this opportunity to apply what they are studying and impart a significant positive impact on sustainability and our community.”

This groundbreaking program intends to unite Californians of all backgrounds in service and will create opportunities for AB 540 CA Dream Act students to serve their communities. 

“Students are graduating with crippling debt,” said Fryday. “This service and career development program helps create a debt-free college pathway while promoting service. If you are willing to serve your community and give back in a meaningful way, we are going to help you pay for college. This is a win-win-win: Helping to pay for college, gaining valuable work experience, and having a meaningful impact on your community.” 

Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Hancock Community College are among the schools in the program. Applications opened April 1, 2022. Students can learn more and apply by visiting www.cacollegecorps.com. 

Trees Could Delay traffic in SLO

Commuters take a few deep breaths and prepare to practice patience in San Luis Obispo this month. A month-long tree-trimming project on streets north of downtown San Luis Obispo will cause temporary traffic impacts.   

Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternative routes. Work zones will be delineated with traffic control devices and signboards. 

The following streets will be impacted:   

• Chorro Street (between Lincoln Avenue and Rougeot Place), north of downtown 

• Murray Avenue (between Santa Rosa Street and Broad Street): Commuters are asked to avoid Murray Avenue, from Santa Rosa to Broad Street, from June 6 through June 10 during this time. Murray Avenue residents and businesses will be directly notified in advance.   

• Foothill Boulevard (between Ferrini Road and Los Cerros Drive)    

The work is part of the City’s Urban Forest Services Program, which manages and maintains about 14,000 trees. To complete this work, the City partnered with West Coast Arborists, Inc.   

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