San Luis Obispo County
Sixty-two people have applied to be the next fire chief in San Luis Obispo, and city leaders said Friday they likely will make a decision in November.
The position opened up when Chief John Callahan died Aug. 18 of a heart attack. He had been planning to retire in November.
Greg West, a retired assistant chief from the Los Angeles Fire Department and a close friend of Callahan’s, is serving as interim acting chief.
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The application period for the permanent job closed Sept. 10. The city is screening applicants, and select candidates will be invited to a comprehensive interview with City Manager Katie Lichtig and other city department heads in mid-October.
“I continue to have confidence that the recruitment process will result in the selection of someone who will have a great mix of technical and leadership skills along with commitment to service to the community,” Lichtig said.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
San Luis Obispo
The Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be in San Luis Obispo on Friday to help veterans learn about and receive benefits and services they have earned.
The DAV will be at the Veterans Memorial building, 801 Grand Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Help from the mobile service office is free to all veterans and members of their families.
“So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know ... and so many changes from one year to the next, “the DAV said in a news release encouraging veterans to stop by.
For more information, call Paul Varela at 310- 477-2539.
— Bob Cuddy
San Luis Obispo County
Central Coast residents who have been turned down for health coverage because of pre-existing conditions are now able to apply for coverage under a “pre-existing condition insurance pool,” according to Rep. Lois Capps, D-San Luis Obispo.
“Thanks to the passage of health care reform, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny children under age 19 coverage based on a pre-existing condition,” Capps wrote in a news release.
“In 2014 that protection extends to all consumers. In the meantime, the new pre-existing condition insurance pool will be a bridge to provide an option for those who have been denied coverage,” she wrote.
“Insurance plans in the new high-risk pool will be available at a lower cost than in California’s current and much smaller program,” Capps wrote.
Capps is urging those interested in applying to submit their name, mailing address, phone number and email address to PCIP@mrmib.ca.gov. Applicants will be alerted when forms become available. Applications will also be posted at www.mrmib.ca.gov/.
In order to qualify, an individual must document that he or she has been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition in the past 12 months, and has been without insurance for the past six months, Capps wrote.
The state of California, she wrote, is expected to receive $761 million to operate its high-risk pool between now and 2014.
Although California currently operates its own state high-risk pool, resources have been limited, allowing the state pool to serve no more than 7,100 subscribers per month.
With the federal money available under the Affordable Care Act, California will be able to serve more individuals and reduce premiums significantly, Capps wrote.
— Bob Cuddy
The Five Cities Fire Authority is sponsoring a blood drive to benefit the United Blood Bank on Monday from 1 to 7 p.m. It will be held at the Headquarters Station, 140 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande. For more information, contact Capt. Paul Quinlan at 473-5490.
— Cynthia Lambert