Jehovah’s Witnesses received a unanimous go-ahead Thursday from the county Planning Commission to build a church and pastor’s residence in Templeton.
The permit, which has conditions attached regarding landscaping, lighting, distance from neighbors and other issues, will allow the Templeton congregation to construct a 4,400-square-foot religious center and, later, a 1,140-square-foot parsonage and garage.
The buildings will be built on an empty lot at the northwest corner of Bennett Way and Vineyard Drive in Templeton. There are two other churches nearby, as well as a small shopping center anchored by a Trader Joe’s market.
There will be parking spaces for 52 vehicles. Ken Wilson, speaking for the congregation, said the church expects approximately 50 cars for each of two services Sunday and 15 at Tuesday and Thursday night services.Nobody spoke in opposition to the project.
— Bob Cuddy
Health care advocate Walter Heath, a proponent of single-payer health care, will be the guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the South County Democrats.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th Street and Trouville Avenue. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Heath will provide an insider’s view of the state of the single-payer health care movement and “how political activism is being made more accessible to greater numbers of people,” according to a news release from the group.
Heath will explore such questions as what the current political landscape is in California for achieving publicly financed health care and how conditions have changed in a way that will enable political action.
Because of new information surrounding the health care issue, Heath will set aside half his time for questions.
— Bob Cuddy
First 5 San Luis Obispo County and Early Learning For All of San Luis Obispo County are inviting nominations for their first annual Hands On Hero awards.
The organizations, which advocate for children in their early years, will recognize “unsung heroes in our county who work with great passion and dedication to improve the lives of our youngest children,” according to First 5 Executive Director Susan Hughes.
“Hands on Heroes work tirelessly, overcome adversity and everyday challenges, and are seldom acknowledged for their work,” Hughes wrote in a news release.
“They could be aides in the classroom, janitors, teachers, family advocates, health workers, or volunteers in programs that benefit our youngest residents in San Luis Obispo County. They are champions for children,” she wrote.
The awards will go to “heroes” in five categories:
Children’s Health: Individuals who work to improve the health of children, whether by treatment, prevention, assessment, education, intervention or coordination.
Family Strengthening: Individuals who work to support the healthy development of relationships between children and their families and/or other primary caregivers.
Early Development: Individuals who work to support the social, educational and/or emotional development of children.
Early Care and Education: Individuals who teach in a center-based program.
Early Care and Education: Individuals who teach in a family child care program.
Nominees must work in San Luis Obispo County serving children prenatal to age 5 and their families.
Nomination forms are available in English and Spanish at www.first5slo.org or www.earlylearningforall.org or by calling First 5 at 781-4058.
Nominations are due to the First 5 office, 3220 S. Higuera St., by 5 p.m. March 9.
The five winners will be announced during Children’s Day in the Plaza at Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, on April 9. All five will be honored at the first annual Hands on Heroes awards dinner May 9.
— Tribune staff report