SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss the draft and environmental review of the city’s Housing Element Update.

Proposals include better managing the city’s affordable housing fund, since more developers are requesting funds for the program because of the downturn in sales in the economy.

The update also suggests amending the city’s General Plan to designate 46 acres attached to the former General Hospital in the hills above Johnson Avenue as a “special design area” suitable for housing development.

When proposals have come before the city in the past to annex and develop any of the property in those hills, there has been an outcry from neighbors.

City staff recommends the commission review the draft and the proposed environmental report known as a negative declaration and adopt a resolution recommending their approval to the City Council.

— Sally Connell

North County

Area middle school students collected six boxes of food and more than $400 for Loaves & Fishes, a local charity group, in October at the Smash Out Hunger event.

The students donated canned food items and cash in exchange for a chance to help smash a Volvo.

The car was donated by Paso Robles Auto Wrecking and was towed to and from the site by Ace Towing. Paso Robles’ Highlands Church also participated.

Students could take one swing at the car for $1 donation or three cans donated, with many students donating more than the minimum for more swings, organizers said.

Such fundraisers help Loaves & Fishes, director Jackie Sebro said, because demand for aid has increased 10 to 20 percent with the recession.

Cold cereal, tomato sauce, canned spaghetti sauce, canned potatoes, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, dry pasta, canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter, tuna and soup are among the supplies the group needs most.

Those wishing to donate or volunteer can call 238-4742 or visit 2650 Spring St., Paso Robles.

— Tonya Strickland

San Miguel

Parade entries, craft booths and food vendors have until Dec. 15 to be part of the eighth annual San Miguel Electric Light Parade.

Scheduled for Dec. 19, the parade showcases floats and other lighted entries starting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown San Miguel. Craft and food booths open at 2 p.m. next to the fire station, according to the San Miguel Resource Connection.

Children are invited to meet Santa at the Christmas party held in the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade.

To sign up, visit www.discoversanmiguel.com or call Mary Kalvans at 610-6747 for more information.

— Tonya Strickland