News Briefs 8-26-2021

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.

August 27, 2021

It Pays to Vaccinate for Cuesta Students

Cuesta College is offering $250 to all students fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinated students will also be entered into a drawing for a $5,000 scholarship.

To be eligible, Cuesta College students must be currently enrolled in any credit or non-credit class, CCAP dual enrollment, Continuing Education course, and Community Programs.

To receive a $250 gift card, students must bring proof of full vaccination and a valid photo ID in person to the San Luis Obispo campus or North County campus in Paso Robles. The drawing for the $5,000 scholarship will be announced at a later date.

“Being vaccinated is one of the most important things we all can do to help prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus,” said Dr. Jill Stearns, Cuesta College Superintendent / President. “It’s been exciting to see our students and employees back on campus, and I hope that these incentives urge those who are not yet vaccinated to protect themselves and keep our campus community safe.”

In partnership with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, walk-in mobile clinics for the free vaccine are available to students, employees, and the public on both Cuesta College campuses during the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Aug. 30 at the San Luis Obispo Campus from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in| 1400T by parking lot 5. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (first and second doses available)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the North County Campus in Paso Robles from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center behind the cafeteria. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (first and second doses available)

For more details about the Cuesta College Vaccine Challenge, including gift card pick-up locations and hours, visit

City Seeks Bids on Water Tank Repairs

The City of Morro Bay is looking for someone to make extensive repairs to some of its drinking water storage tanks; part of the City’s work to maintain the drinking water and fire hydrant systems.

The City called for bids to do extensive work on two of its steel tanks — one at the Blanca Street tank farm and the other on the Kings Avenue.

The tanks on Kings are where the town receives State Water and also blends that water with well water from the Morro Creek Basin. From there it is distributed to various other tanks scattered around town.

The engineer’s estimate for the work is between $2 million and $2.5 million. Bids are due at the end of business on Tuesday, Sept. 2 with a contract expected to be award soon after that.

The full scope of work is: furnishing and supplying labor, materials, tools, equipment, transportation, and services necessary to complete the subject project, which includes, not limited to, removing and recoating the interior paint system of steel tanks, spot repair and over-coating of exterior of steel tanks, replacement and installation of tank appurtenances and equipment.

New Roundabout Coming to SLO

A new project heralded to significantly improve traffic flow and safety in south San Luis Obispo is underway.

Crews began construction on a new roundabout at the intersection of Orcutt and Tank Farm roads. The project will include some temporary lane closures and detours over the next eight months, but when completed in Spring 2022, the roundabout will hopefully benefit the community in a variety of ways.

“Traffic at the Orcutt/Tank Farm intersection has significantly increased in recent years, particularly during the afternoon commute,” said Project Manager Jennifer Rice, a transportation planner/engineer with the City of San Luis Obispo. “The new roundabout will reduce traffic delays for drivers and vehicle emissions and improve public safety for all modes of transportation with the addition of dedicated crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Construction on the Orcutt/Tank Farm roundabout will be executed over five phases. Nearby Islay Hill Park will remain open during construction, however access to the parking lot will be limited during certain stages. This phased approach will reduce duration of the closures and detours, ease traffic disruption, and reduce the overall cost of the project compared to a non-phased approach.

Roundabouts are substantially safer and beneficial compared to other types of intersections because they reduce vehicle speeds through the intersection and eliminate the types of dangerous collisions that most often lead to serious injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Souza Engineering Contracting Inc. and Cannon construction management is working with the city and other project partners to ensure that temporary road closures and detours run as smoothly as possible.

For more information about the project, including ongoing updates and educational resources about roundabouts, visit

CSD Seeks Committee Members

The Los Osos Community Services District is looking for two qualified people to serve on its Utilities Advisory Committee, which is one of the more busy of the CSD’s committees.

“If you have experience in the water and/or drainage field and want to join a dynamic committee which is working on important issues facing our community, please consider submitting an application for consideration by the Board,” reads a notice form the CSD.

Submit applications in person at the LOCSD Office, 2122 9th St. Ste. 110, or email to: Mail applications to: LOCSD, P.O. Box 6064, Los Osos, CA 93412.

Interested persons can download the application at:

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