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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.

April 23, 2021

LOCSD Meetings

The Los Osos Community Services District continues with their monthly Board, Utilities Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meetings.
Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, members of the Board of Directors, staff and public may participate in this meeting via teleconference and/or electronically.
Until this order is lifted, all LOCSD meetings will be held via Zoom. Information for each meeting and how to get connected is available on the agenda for each meeting, which can be found at The agenda is posted a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting time.
Upcoming Meetings
Finance Advisory Committee Meeting – May 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting Open Session – May 6 at 6 p.m. – Streamed live on the districts facebook page at
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting – May 18 t 5:30 p.m.
Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting – May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Emergency Services Advisory Committee Meeting – May 20 at 5:30 p.m.
The LOCSD Boardroom will not be open for accessing the meetings until State direction is given and meetings can occur. For more information about the upcoming meetings for LOCSD, go to

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and folks are asked to give the phone a break and focus on the road.
According to the 2020 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 75% of surveyed drivers listed “Distracted Driving because of Texting” as their biggest safety concern.
Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone for any reason, including hands-free.
If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over and park at a safe location. Drivers should silence their phones or put the phone out of reach, such as the glove box or trunk.

SLO Triathlon Cancelled

Avid competitive athletes will not experience an endorphin high in SLO this July. The 2021 SLO Triathlon has been canceled.
After months of assessing the impacts of COVID-19, the City’s Luis Parks and Recreation Department officially made the decision to cancel the traditional event due to limited time and resources to properly coordinate a safe and quality event.
“We want to thank the community for their continued support for the SLO Triathlon over the past 40 years,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Greg Avakian. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to hold the event for our community and supporters we know it is the best decision at this time. We look forward to coming together as a community for the event in 2022. The amount of preplanning and coordination that requires numerous City resources, organization with sponsors, and promotions takes months to effectively organize this annual event.”

PG&E Makes Clean Power Learderboard

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released its comprehensive assessment of more than 100 U.S. utilities’ clean power efforts. PG&E demonstrated significant progress, landing it on the 2021 Utility Transformation Leaderboard.
SEPA launched the Utility Transformation Challenge this year in recognition of the increased industry focus on carbon reduction. SEPA analyzed surveys from 135 utilities, representing more than 83 million customer accounts, or approximately 63% of all U.S. electric customer accounts.
“PG&E stands out due to its comprehensive efforts to transition to a carbon-free energy future, and most importantly, its results,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm. “The transformation to a clean and modern energy system involves much more than clean energy generation; it will require changes to almost every part of a utility’s business. We applaud PG&E for its progress, and recognize that much work remains. The world does not have the luxury of time on carbon reduction.”
The Utility Transformation Challenge evaluated utilities using a survey to assess their actions in four key areas: corporate leadership; clean energy resources; modern grid enablement; and aligned actions and engagement.
SEPA’s assessment found that utilities with strong commitments to carbon reduction have made the most progress in creating a modern, clean electric grid.
The Utility Transformation Profile report and executive summary are available at

Rent and Utility Relief Available

Renters and landlords have enough things to worry about, and past due rent/utilities shouldn’t be one of them.
If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.
Eligible renters can also receive help paying future rent, equal to 25% of their monthly amount to help them stay in their homes, and 100% of up to 12 months of unpaid or future utility bills.
Visit, for more details.

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