Today, the Board of Supervisors of San Luis Obispo County (SLO County) California commends the heroism of one of its residents who has taken extraordinary actions in the face of the current tragic fire ravaged state of California. SLO County Supervisor, Dave Johnson, said, “We are all so proud of you, Mr. Landis. You and your wife’s heroic actions have saved many lives and also helped create a more peaceful fire situation. You have made a lasting difference and we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts, sir.”
On June 10, 2020, a vehicle-pedestrian collision took place in Grover Beach, California that resulted in the death of a child and put the lives of three others in critical condition. A dozen were injured, and the entire incident was captured on video. After this incident, the State of California and County of San Luis Obispo began a joint effort to reduce collisions on Highway 1, which serves as a vital transportation link for the County and its residents. The County’s Department of Public Works, in partnership with the California Highway Patrol, has worked with the State to implement improvements to the Highway 1 corridor and the County’s roadways. The improvements include installing new pavement markings, installing right-turn-on-red beacons,
The staff at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services (OCES) is commended for their heroic actions on June 12, 2018, in response to the series of devastating floods the Central Coast was experiencing. “Our firefighters and EMTs were called to rescue people stranded in their homes and hoped to save others from being trapped,” said Larry Kamer, Chief of OCES. “They worked without pause, even though they were being asked to perform multiple tasks at the same time, going from house to house and from flatbed truck to flatbed truck. They are a credit to their agency and their community, and we’re proud to have them in San Luis Obispo County.”
With the first informational meeting, supervisors begin the redistricting process.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — On Tuesday, July 20 at 9 a.m., the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors conducted its regularly scheduled meeting.
Deputy Nick Dreyfus, Deputy Clifford Pacas, Detective Blake Bursiaga, Sergeant Michael Smiley, Officer Isaac Clocherty, and Officer Timothy Maxwell were recognized for their courageous acts on June 10 and 11, 2020. The motion to grant the commendation was approved 5-0, and the audience gave a standing ovation.
- Nick Dreyfus and Clifford Pacas of the SLO County Sheriff’s Office (center left) meet members of the Sheriff’s Office Administration.
- The motion to grant the commendation was approved 5-0, and the audience gave a standing ovation.
The consent agenda was adopted with a 5-0 vote after public discussion.
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The Board then heard a resolution declaring July 18-24 to be Probation Services Week in San Luis Obispo County. The resolution emphasized the importance of these programs, which not only provide an alternative to imprisonment but also ensure public safety.
After that, the Board honored Dayna Ravalin for her retirement after 35 years of public health service in San Luis Obispo County.
Eddy Moore, the Fire Chief, provided an overview of county fire activity in 2020 as well as a seasonal forecast for 2021. With the number of flames increasing year after year, several thousand acres have already been authorized for controlled burns to reduce the amount of fuel accessible for fires during fire season. These acres are being held in reserve until it is safe to conduct the controlled fire. The intensity and speed of the fires that will occur in 2021 will be increased due to the many years of drought. Fuel moisture levels are very low and a month and a half ahead of where they should be, indicating that the fuels are primed for ignite and that the next fire season will be a worry.
The Board next heard from SLO’s 2020 annual agricultural statistics, which showed a 7 percent rise in vegetable crops but a 16 percent decline in field crops. Avocados rose in value owing to increasing yields, while strawberries remained the most popular crop, broccoli remained the most popular export, and strawberries remained the most popular crop.
Following that, the Board held two hearings about unpaid street light repair costs and weed eradication payments by homeowners, with the intention of having those fines applied to those owners’ County property tax bills. Both sessions were adjourned due to a lack of public participation.
With nothing to report, the Board proceeded into private session before returning to address the day’s last item, the hearing to examine information on the 2021 Count Redistricting. The purpose of this first meeting was to provide information on redistricting and to get public input on communities of interest.
Redistricting Partners gave the presentation. Redistricting is required by state law every 10 years to guarantee that districts are equally divided. The goal of redistricting is to guarantee that each person in a county is assigned to a district with a population that is about equivalent to their own, so that each member has sufficient representation with their supervisor. Another goal of redistricting is to offer residents a chance to voice their opinions on any communities of interest that they have identified and want to be recognized.
The redistricting process will involve four hearings and a fifth hearing to vote on and approve the final plan. The purpose of the first hearing at this meeting is to provide information to the public and to let them know how and when they may participate. There will be proposals developed by the public and supervisor feedback at the next meeting in front of the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 26. The third and fourth sessions, scheduled for Nov. 19 and Nov. 30, will focus on possible maps, which will be made public seven days before to the meeting. On Dec. 14, during the fifth meeting, members will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not the proposal for the final map should be approved. This last hearing will not be an opportunity to debate or amend the map.
The sole item on the agenda that allowed for remote public comment was the redistricting, and a translation was available for any Spanish speakers who wanted to make a remark. Many people expressed their desire for the districts to stay as they are, while others wanted to emphasize the importance of Latino communities and their demand for respect.
The Board made no move on the issue since this was just a brief meeting, and the next Board of Supervisors meeting will be place on Tuesday, August 11 at 9 a.m., with the agenda accessible on the district’s website, slocounty.ca.gov.
SLO County Sheriff’s Deputy Clifford Pacas, Arroyo Grande Police Sergeant Michael Smiley, Kings County Sheriff’s Detective Blake Bursiaga, and SLO County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Dreyfus are seen in the front row, from left to right. San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, back row
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