News Briefs: May 20, 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.

May 24, 2021

LOCSD Water Report

The Los Osos Community Service District water system service area customers will receive the Consumer Confidence Report for the 2020 calendar year with their water bills in the months of May and June. The report provides information about water quality from laboratory analyses during the year. The agency tests the drinking water quality for many constituents as required by state and federal regulations.

Los Osos relies on groundwater wells for drinking water. Some of the characteristics of groundwater is that it has naturally occurring hardness, higher concentrations of dissolved solids, and dissolved gasses. The state refers to constituents in water as contaminants. This doesn’t mean your water poses a health risk. The State sets maximum contaminant levels for different constituents in drinking water. There are primary and secondary constituents. The primary constituents address public health and the secondary constituents address aesthetics like odor, taste, and appearance.

View the report online at Readers with questions are asked to contact Margaret Falkner at 805-528-9376.

Senior Meals Program Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the “Meals that Connect” program that distributes food to homebound seniors and others in Morro Bay and Cayucos.
Volunteer kitchen help is needed from 8:30-10 a.m. weekdays to help package meals for delivery. Delivery drivers are also needed and they work from 10-noon weekdays.

The program normally helps seniors and the disabled in need, but during the coronavirus pandemic includes many more seniors who can’t venture out for fear of contracting the virus, which has been especially hard on the elderly and the medically frail.

If you’d like to help out, call Kat Cater at (805) 772-4422.

Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Public Meeting

The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel (DCDEP) will hold a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. The group is slated to discuss spent nuclear fuel management, PG&E’s application to obtain a Coastal Development Permit (CDP), which is required to perform decommissioning activities in a coastal zone, and receive an update on decommissioning planning. The meeting will also include introductions of two new panel members.

Dr. Peter Lam, administrative judge emeritus of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and member of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, will participate in the discussion on spent fuel management.

PG&E representatives will give an overview of the CDP application submitted to the County of San Luis Obispo on March 24. SLO County representatives will also discuss the CDP application and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process that are required for the decommissioning of Diablo Canyon.

Readers can directly submit questions to the panel and offer live public comment and input on decommissioning planning, including future plans for the DCPP site and surrounding lands. In addition to the live webinar, the meeting will be broadcast on SLOSPAN and local access Channel 21. The public can register to attend the meeting here:

History Center Seeking New Board Members

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County will hold its annual board of directors’ election this month to fill a few vacant seats. Anyone with an interest in local history and the available time to join the 15-member board is invited to inquire about the position. Successful candidates will be seated prior to their annual meeting in late June.

“Over nearly seven decades as an organization, we’ve been very fortunate in having talented individuals step up to volunteer for board service,” said John Ashbaugh, board president for the History Center. “We’re seeking new people with a variety of skills and stations in life, from all over the County, who share an interest in learning and talking about local history.”

Ashbaugh added that the organization is also seeking members to join the organization, which is easily done through the website . As a membership-based non-profit, the broad base of members and volunteers work together to achieve the organizations mission: To promote the understanding and appreciation of San Luis Obispo County’s historical and cultural heritage.

For more information, prospective board members should contact Ashbaugh at 805-550-7713, or email him at

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