SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

About 100 gallons of sewage spilled into Stenner Creek in downtown San Luis Obispo early Tuesday morning.

A blocked sewer line near the CHP office at 675 California Blvd. caused sewage to overflow a manhole, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.

The sewage then flowed to a storm drain, and eventually reached Stenner Creek, which connects with San Luis Creek and flows to Avila Beach.

Workers placed sandbags around the original spill and vacuumed sewage from the storm drains along Highway 101 and Olive Street.

Of the 1,000 gallons that spilled, an estimated 100 gallons of sewage made it into the creek.

Warning signs have been posted at Avila Beach, and samples of ocean water will be analyzed to determine bacteria levels. The warning signs will remain posted until there is no health risk due to elevated bacteria levels.

The downtown portion of San Luis Creek was not affected by the spill, according to officials.

— Larissa Doust

South County

The county Planning Commission will hold a study session Thursday on a proposal to drill as many as 12 oil wells in the Huasna Valley east of Arroyo Grande.

The oil company Excelaron has applied for a conditional use permit to drill between four and 12 wells on the Mankins property south of Huasna Road. Oil produced by the project would be trucked to a refinery.

The project would include exploration and testing, production and cleanup and abandonment of a previous oil exploration effort on the site.

The purpose of the hearing is to give the public an opportunity to learn about the project and identify issues to be addressed by the project’s environmental documents.

Members of the Huasna Valley Association, which opposes the project, say they plan to have a strong showing at the hearing. It will be held in the supervisors’ chambers of the county government center. It is expected to be heard after the lunch break and last two or more hours.

— David Sneed


The public is invited to attend a general membership meeting of the Cayucos Land Conservancy at 7 p.m. today in the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall, 10 Cayucos Drive.

Attendees will be welcome to ask questions, raise issues, meet and mingle with the board members and learn about the conservancy’s past accomplishments and future plans for preserving natural areas surrounding Cayucos.

The conservancy also works with the California Department of Parks and Recreation on the Estero Bluffs and Harmony Headlands State Parks.

— Kathe Tanner

Paso Robles

Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee will hold mobile office hours today from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce building, 1225 Park St.

The hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary.

Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, and his staff will be available to help people work with state agencies, discuss concerns and help constituents become more involved in state government.

— Tonya Strickland