The Grover Beach branch of the county Superior Court will stay open in spite of an anticipated budget crunch, Presiding Judge Charles Crandall announced Friday.
The decision to keep the office open was made after meetings with South County leaders, police chiefs and city managers. They concluded that the closure would not be in the best interest of the community. Other solutions to ongoing budget shortfalls must be found, Crandall said.
The branch at 214 S. 16th St. administers certain legal cases in the South County. In addition to the budget shortfall, the office suffers from staffing shortages and dilapidated conditions.
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“The court has carefully studied the issue and determined that closure at this time would result in an unfair burden on South County residents and businesses,” Crandall said. “The court’s first priority is improving access to justice, not making it more difficult.”
— David Sneed
Arroyo Grande’s building and engineering offices will be closed Monday to allow staff in the city’s Community Development Department to move into new digs at 300 E. Branch St.
Field inspections will occur as scheduled and phone calls will be sent to voice mail and regularly checked by staff, who will return them as soon as possible, according to a news release from Teresa McClish, community development director.
Building and engineering staff will be available to handle urgent matters by appointment. The closure began Friday as the move started.
New hours of operation for the Building and Engineering divisions will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 300 E. Branch St.
The Community Development-Planning Division hours will remain from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 214 E. Branch St.
— Cynthia Lambert
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County organizations have received a pair of federal grants — one to combat teen pregnancy, the other for a clean-and-sober program.
The grants, announced Friday by Rep. Lois Capps, D-San Luis Obispo, are among four public health grants going to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health received $370,000 for its clean-and-sober drug court.
The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County received $426,507 for its teen pregnancy prevention program.
In addition, Santa Barbara County’s Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services received grants for its clean-and-sober and family treatment drug courts.
“As a nurse,” Capps wrote in a news release, “public health has always been so important to me, and I know that this funding will go a long way in helping to keep the innovative substance abuse and teen pregnancy prevention programs in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.”
— Bob Cuddy