SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Lilly Ledbetter, whose lawsuit led to legislation creating equal pay for equal work for women, will speak at the Dr. Margaret Mehring memorial event Thursday, set from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Creekside Mobile Home Park Community Center, 3960 S. Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo.

Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Alabama in 1998 for alleged sexual discrimination over two decades. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court which, in a 5-4 decision penned by Justice Samuel Alito, ruled against her.

The court said she should have filed her complaint within 180 days of the offense. Ledbetter said she did not discover she was receiving less than her male counterparts until she was about to retire in 1998.

One of the first pieces of legislation President Barack Obama signed in January in effect voided that court decision. It is known as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay act.

Mehring was well known throughout San Luis Obispo County as a Democratic activist. She wrote the book “How to Win, a Democratic Grassroots Handbook.”

Mehring died in September 2008, and the event is to “honor her spirit, and celebrate her life,” according to organizers.

Tickets will be available at the door for $20. The price includes appetizers and one drink ticket. Additional drink tickets may be purchased separately.

Proceeds from the event will be used to establish a scholarship in Mehring’s name to financially help women attend the Democratic State Convention in 2010.

RSVP to Estelle Wall at 709-7278 or send an e-mail to go-dems@charter.net

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and other organizations concerned about hunger on the Central Coast are joining forces — and walking shoes — to coordinate the Hunger Walk to raise money for local food banks.

Six walks are planned for two Sundays in mid-October. Each person who signs up to walk and gathers sponsors can designate a local hunger-fighting agency as the recipient of 50 percent of the money in food credits at the Food Bank Coalition.

The walks will be held at:

To donate, support the Food Bank’s efforts or to support a specific walker visit http://sn.im/slofoodbank or call 238-4664.

Paso Robles

The acrylic collage paintings of Janice Pluma will be on display at the Paso Robles Public Library throughout October.

The Cal Poly graduate has lived in Paso Robles since 1989.

The public is invited to the free exhibit at 1000 Spring St., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Tonya Strickland