San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall has ruled that the Sierra Club is entitled to recover legal fees incurred from successfully challenging California State Parks on land-use policies at Oceano Dunes.
The Sierra Club sued in support of policies that govern the operation of off-road vehicles at the dunes. The fee amount will be determined at a future hearing.
In 2009, State Parks joined with the off-road enthusiasts group Friends of Oceano Dunes when it sued the county in an attempt to nullify provisions of the local coastal plan that bar off-road vehicles from a parcel of county-owned land in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.
The Sierra Club intervened to argue that the plan was not pre-empted. State Parks and the off-roaders later asked that the case be dismissed.
On Feb. 15, Crandall ordered State Parks to reimburse the Sierra Club for its legal fees because the court recognized that the Sierra Club’s involvement in the case conferred a significant public benefit.
— David Sneed
Race course coordinators and security helpers are among the volunteer positions open to San Luis Obispo County residents seeking to help with the Amgen Tour of California’s fifth stage in Paso Robles on May 19.
Those interested can sign up by registering at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
The volunteer form, located under the “Tour” tab on the website, lets users rank their top three preferences. More than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year’s race, organizers said. Volunteers must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult.
The sixth annual Tour of California, a stage race like the Tour de France, will take eight days to travel through the state. Cyclists will begin the race at Lake Tahoe on May 15 and finish in Thousand Oaks on May 22.
Altogether, the tour will cover more than 800 miles. The 144-mile Stage 5 stretches from Seaside to Paso Robles — the longest route in the race. It enters the county from Highway 1 through Cambria, goes into wine country on Highway 46 West and finishes in downtown Paso Robles.
Stage 5 positions include:
Course marshals to keep the route clear of pedestrians, spectators and cars. They also provide race information to spectators.
Media volunteers to help distribute press credentials at a check-in area. They also help at the media office, run errands and assist with general questions and office setup.
Security to work alongside main tour security staff. They control public access to the course as well as in the hospitality, awards, green room and press conference areas.
Volunteer check-in helpers to assist with event setup, check-in and registration.
— Tonya Strickland
Six fireworks stands will be authorized to sell “safe and sane” fireworks in Arroyo Grande, according to the Five Cities Fire Authority.
Applications are now available at 140 Traffic Way in Arroyo Grande. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline for filing an application is April 15.
The number of days to sell fireworks has been extended in Arroyo Grande. Sales will start at noon on June 28 and continue through noon on July 5. “Safe and sane” fireworks can be discharged from noon on July 3 through midnight on July 5.
— Cynthia Lamber