SLO County Roundup

Central Coast

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have hooked up to a Homeland Security database that screens the immigration status of arrestees.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the two counties started using the program Tuesday.

Under the program, ICE says arrestees’ fingerprints will be checked against a Homeland Security database. The agency will be notified if someone has an immigration history.

ICE says it will focus on arrestees who have prior convictions for violent crimes and major drug offenses.

The program, which is known as Secure Communities, has already been implemented in four other California counties.

ICE says it plans to roll out the program nationwide by 2013.

— Associated Press

SLO County

The county Public Health Department has scheduled three additional H1N1 vaccination clinics for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The clinics, scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be open to all county residents. They are slated for the following locations: 

Two San Luis Obispo County men have died from complications related to the virus, health officials have said. Both men reportedly had underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk once they contracted the virus.

For more information on the clinics, visit http://tinyurl.com/h1n1slocounty or call the 24-hour health information line at 788-2903.

— Stephen Curran San Luis Obispo

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, will meet with business and community leaders this morning as part of a weeklong “economic recovery tour.”

Capps will speak from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

She will discuss Congress and President Obama’s efforts to get the economy back on track, and hear from local business experts about what additional measures they would like to see enacted to help the local economy.

Capps will be joined by a representative of the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

Following her speech, Capps will tour the Wineman Hotel project at 849 Higuera St. The hotel is one of the biggest commercial projects undertaken in San Luis Obispo in recent years and, according to Capps’ office, “a local economic success story.”

Capps represents San Luis Obispo and coastal parts of the county.

— Bob Cuddy


A three-day battle in May 1968, said to have been one of the most intense of the Vietnam War, will be the subject of a talk today.

Greg Sanders, a lieutenant at the time, was one of about 900 infantry troops who, with a handful of Special Forces personnel and the biggest airpower support for any engagement of the war, held off 5,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars while the Kham Duc Special Forces Camp was evacuated.

Sanders said a high-risk battle plan in the wake of the Tet Offensive produced more U.S. missing-in-action service members than any other battle in the war.

Now a land-use and environmental attorney and president of the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors, Sanders has written a book about the battle and his experiences as a member of the Americal 23rd Infantry.

The book, “Bait,” is set for publication soon.

The public talk begins at 7 p.m. during the first part of a meeting of American Legion Post No. 432 in its clubhouse in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

Refreshments will be served following Sanders’ presentation during the first half of the legion post’s monthly meeting.

— Tribune staff report