San Luis Obispo County

Grand Jury Report Says San Luis Obispo County Behind in Efforts to Conserve Energy

Jun 25, 2015
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A San Luis Obispo County grand jury report released this week says the county is currently behind in its efforts to conserve energy at its facilities.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires all cities and counties to develop specific plans to reduce energy consumption.

In response to this, San Luis Obispo County crafted its Energy Wise Plan in 2011.

Included in the plan was a promise to reduce energy consumption by 15% in county facilities by 2020.

The grand jury report states that the county has struggled to meet these goals.

The report also finds an energy manager position has been vacant for three years and the county lacks the adequate software to monitor the consumption at its approximately 200 facilities.

Updated 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, June 24:  The Park Hill fire that burned 1,791 acres just east of Santa Margarita is now  fully contained.  PG&E crews continue to repair burned poles and lines in the area.  Cal Fire says the cost of fighting this fire is $3.5 million. 

Avila Pier closes in anticipation of necessary repairs

Jun 23, 2015

    

San Luis Obispo County piers are getting much needed repairs this summer.  The Avila Pier was closed to the public last week due to safety concerns.

UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted, fire mostly contained

Jun 22, 2015

The Park Hill fire that burned 1800 acres just east of Santa Margarita this weekend is 60 percent contained.

CAL FIRE crews are battling the largest wildfire to hit the Central Coast this year. At more than 1200 acres, the Park Hill fire near Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County was just 15 percent contained as of Sunday morning. 

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday morning the county's budget for the coming 2015/2016 fiscal year, totaling $562.1 million.

Health and human services and public education make up about 60 percent of the total budget, according to Whitney Szentesi with the county's Administrative Office.

About $2.1 million of the budget will go to a variety of community programs, including homeless services and programs to drive economic development and foster the arts.

Citrus Research Board

San Luis Obispo County is stepping up efforts to trap and track a pest that threatens the area's multi-million dollar citrus industry. 

Join Brian Reynolds with the San Luis Obispo County Library for a discussion of Bruce Lee, martial arts, elections and voting with new San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong.

Central Coast residents concerned with protecting the area's coastal live oak trees are joining forces in the coming days to stop the spread of a serious disease. Sudden Oak Death (SOD) has been a problem in California for years, but now scientists have tools to track—and possibly slow—its spread.

Volunteers play a crucial role in this process, according to Lauren Brown, a trainer with the 2015 Spring SOD Blitz, a campaign aimed at mapping the location and status of trees throughout the state.

Jessica Paterson

    

Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R- San luis Obispo) will represent California on three committees-- one national, and two regional. 

He was appointed Friday by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D- San Diego) to help formulate policies on economic development, transportation, energy  and the environment.

Achadjian said he believes he was selected to serve on these committees because of his commitment to the issues represented.

He said his role will be to address the needs of our state while working with those representing others.

Flickr member Diana Parkhouse

San Luis Obispo County's housing market is among the hottest in the nation according to a new list published by Realtor.com and highlighted through ConsumerAffairs.

The rankings are based on home demand and speed of sale in the county's largest 200 markets. San Luis Obispo County landed at No. 13 behind Santa Cruz (No. 12) and just in front of Ventura County (No. 14).

Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

Flickr member Fried Dough

Crops in San Luis Obispo County are dropping in value, likely a result of the ongoing drought according to statistics released Tuesday.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture says 2014's overall values dropped by two percent, year over year.

“Despite challenging drought and unusual weather during 2014, agriculture in San Luis Obispo County remains strong and is well in reach of achieving, in the near future, the $1 billion milestone in overall value”, said Ag Commissioner Martin Settevendemie.

Chris Meagher, Rep. Lois Capps

Just a day after announcing her planned retirement in 2016, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) visited San Luis Obispo County Thursday to meet with health officials about climate change.

A local nutrition program called Women, Infants, Children (WIC) is working climate change into its model. The WIC program gives vouchers for food and educates participants on healthy options.

Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

GUESTS:

Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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