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Los Osos

A Pasadena man arrested Saturday in San Luis Obispo after allegedly abusing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of child abuse, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Lorenzo Solano Torres, 30, was left alone with the child at his girlfriend’s home on the 1600 block of 11th Street in Los Osos, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The mother returned home Saturday and reportedly found the child showing signs of severe trauma, deputies said.

Solano Torres is not the biological father of the child, officials said.

The toddler was later transferred out of the county for specialized care. His mother was not arrested.

— Nick Wilson

Cuesta College

The college is hosting its first Green Jobs Summit today from 7 a.m. to noon.

The event is free and will be held in Room 5401 at the Cuesta Student Center. It will feature presentations about green laws, regulations, funding opportunities and case studies.

Keynote speaker will be Debra Chaplan, director of special programs for the Building and Construction Trades Council of California. County Supervisor Adam Hill will also speak.

— David Sneed

Paso Robles

The city will update its forms and procedures with the California Environmental Quality Act, the City Council voted recently.

The decision makes for a shorter processing time among city staff when they fill out forms, post notices and weave through the state law that requires environmental reviews on parcels proposed for development.

Paso Robles adopted its first set of CEQA rules and procedures in November 1992, according to city documents. They have remained unchanged since.

That means they’re now out of date, city community development director Ron Whisenand said, but updating them won’t mean any changes to the law and what it requires of the city.

The Planning Commission reviewed the update in late August and unanimously recommended that the City Council approve it.

Commissioners asked if it would result in higher fees on development projects, and city staff said there are no fiscal impacts associated with the update.

— Tonya Strickland

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