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The county Board of Supervisors has approved a $485 million budget for the coming fiscal year, an increase of 5 percent, or $25 million over last year.

Supervisors approved an additional 48 positions, bringing the total number of county employees to 2,602. About 21 of those workers were added during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The budget anticipates challenging fiscal times ahead.

“The bottom line is that business as usual isn’t going to cut it anymore,” said Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox. “It’s a pretty simple dynamic: The money coming in isn’t keeping up with the money going out.”

—Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The National Council on Aging has awarded the Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach a $40,000 “Models of Significant Service” grant.

The grant is intended to support adults older than 55 who want to take leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. More than 200 organizations applied for the grant, and Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach was one of 12 receiving the awards.

According to a Cal Poly news release, the Continuing Education and University Outreach will use the grant money to begin establishing the Center for Nonprofit Organizational Advancement. It will provide training and educational opportunities for adults older than 55 who want to work with local nonprofit groups.

For more information, visit www.continuing-ed.calpoly.edu or call 756-2053.

—Anna Tong

Cayucos

About four miles of oceanfront state land west of Highway 1 and just north of Cayucos will likely be officially named Estero Bluffs State Park, but the decision must be finalized at the state level.

Many who turned out at a recent public meeting hosted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in Cayucos were members of the Cayucos Land Conservancy, according to Nick Franco, superintendent of the State Parks’ district that includes the coastal property.

The state agency proposed classifying the area as a state park, rather than a state reserve, Franco said.

“The conservation easement protects it like a reserve,” Franco said, but the park designation allows people to continue riding bikes or walking their leashed dogs on the informal trails south of San Geronimo Creek.

—Kathe Tanner

Los Osos

County Supervisor Bruce Gibson’s office hours for today have been canceled.

His routine office hours at the Sea Pines Lodge in Los Osos will resume July 12 from 4 to 5 p.m.

For more information about District 2 office hours, call 781-4338.

—Sona Patel

Paso Robles

The Great Americana Festival and Parade is set for this weekend in Paso Robles.

The festival, a salute to patriotism and the country’s rural roots, begins Friday with a 7:30 p.m. showing of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

A donation of $10 includes admission, popcorn and soda. Tickets may be purchased at the Paso Robles Main Street office.

A parade at 10 a.m. starts Saturday with retired Army Lt. Col. Chuck Miller as marshal.

Festivities continue in City Park with an apple pie-eating contest, clowns, a chili cook-off and food.

For more information, call 238-4103.

—P. Kim Bui

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