News Briefs 7-14-2022

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.

July 15, 2022

Candidates Needed for Local School Board 

With the upcoming November election, Evelyn Frame, San Luis Coastal Unified School District announced she will not run for re-election. Frame represents Trustee Area 2, the Monarch Grove area, ( see map blue area Candidates for this seat must live in Area 2.

“While it has been a privilege to serve on behalf of all students, staff, and community members, I will not have the time to effectively serve for another term,” Frame told Estero Bay News. “SLCUSD is fortunate to have amazing teachers, a caring and dedicated staff, and a supportive parent community. Our students deserve our continued efforts to ensure that we provide inspirational learning opportunities, rigor, and support for all. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served on behalf of our community.”

The filing timeline for the November 2022 election runs from July 18-August 12. Papers must be filed with the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. 

For more information about filing for office, contact the Clerk’s office at 805-781-5228 or visit the county website at:

SLO Parklets to Stay 

One of the only good things to come out of the pandemic is here to stay. The outdoor dinning parklets at a variety of restaurants in San Luis Obispo will continue.

The San Luis Obispo City Council made some decisions about a permanent parklet program at its first meeting in July and a new Outdoor Dining Guide outlining it all was created. Restaurants can choose to apply to keep or add a parklet in front of their businesses, with new activation requirements, design standards and a new fee structure that will offset the loss of parking revenue and the additional maintenance cost. 

Non-Profit organizations can host community-based parklets as well.  Adopting a permanent version of this ordinance means creating design standards and a new fee structure previously waived due to the COVID-19 emergency. The adopted Outdoor Dining Guide that incorporates Council’s changes will be posted on the City’s website soon, so keep your knives and forks at the ready. 

Poly Invests in Animal Health

Cal Poly Ventures, a donor-supported fund that invests in Cal Poly-founded and-affiliated startups, announced its investment in the $12 million Series A round of funding for Mazen Animal Health Inc.

Mazen Animal Health is focused on developing, delivering and commercializing novel biological vaccines and therapeutics. The firm’s orally delivered animal vaccines could revolutionize animal disease prevention.

Mazen’s cross-species platform has flexibility and could be used in swine, poultry, livestock, aquaculture, pets and wildlife — with the potential for vaccine solutions for a wide variety of diseases. It could expand the $5 billion global vaccine market while dramatically reducing losses. Mazen is focused on swine and companion animals, while expanding its portfolio to all market segments.

The vaccines are produced via recombinant protein production in corn. The technology platform leverages many years of breakthrough research and development led by John Howard, Mazen co-founder and world-leading expert in recombinant protein production in plants. Howard has been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly for nearly two decades and developed the technology on campus in the Cal Poly Tech Park with the support of dozens of faculty members and students.

By creating vaccines to be delivered orally with animal feed, Mazen Animal Health provides solutions to the challenges associated with injectable vaccines. The benefits include: increased production system return on investment — removing the economic thresholds that control today’s vaccination decisions; providing a safer method of vaccine administration for animals and workers; optimizing vaccine efficacy allowing for reduced antibiotic use; and providing vaccines with a global reach because of ambient temperature stability and ease of transport.

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