The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development.
Child abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum. Why does child abuse occur?
Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children. ACTION reports in San Luis Obispo County although there has been a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse from 2006 to 2012, the rate of cases was still higher than the state rate in 2012.
A crackdown by law enforcement will start Thursday night in the Isla Vista area in anticipation of this weekend's Deltopia celebrations.
Safety preparations are coming from several fronts. More than 200 officers from a variety of local agencies and university campuses statewide are involved with keeping the peace this weekend in Isla Vista.
San Luis Obispo city leaders are questioning whether the newly-opened skate park can continue operating as is, after some community complaints regarding after-hours use and trash.
Around nine o'clock on a Tuesday night, there are plenty of people of all ages at the park, mostly a cross section of the SLO community, but they're all males. Lines form throughout the park as skaters wait for their turns, holding their boards.
Local leaders are working to keep a small San Luis Obispo County fire station from closing later this week. Cal Fire Station No. 11 in Cayucos is seasonal, and scheduled to temporarily shut its doors on Friday as part of a money-saving measure.
During the winter months, the station is operated under a joint agreement funded by the local Fire Protection District (FPD). To save money, the FPD wants to close early.
Cal Fire will reopen the station in mid-April as part of the state's fire season staffing plan.
César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California, held annually on the leader's birthday. It was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2000. As a result, all state offices are closed, including the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project believes that every young person should be expected to perform one year of full-time service as a civic rite of passage. This Year of Service would connect them to something larger than themselves and raise the bar on what it means to be a citizen. Tune in at 2 for a discussion on launching the millennial generation and how the elders of our communities can help make it happen. Join the conversation with your call.
The City of San Luis Obispo is not taking any chances that St. Patrick's Day partiers could get out of hand Tuesday.
However, this year's celebration is expected to be more tame than in years past. Those celebrating in downtown San Luis Obispo will not be hearing the traditional Irish sounds from the Central Coast Pipes and Drums this year.
The group that has annually entertained crowded bars is taking this year off. The group's Pipe Major Paul Dunn said that they don't want to encourage the college student party atmosphere following this month's roof collapse.
More than 500 Cal Poly students, staff and faculty members turned out for a community forum Thursday to address, what is perceived by many to be, an out-of-control party culture connected to the university.
The forum was scheduled this week, following last Saturday morning's roof collapse incident during the annual St. Fratty's Day party. Several students were hurt during the collapse, but none seriously.