SLO County Roundup


A proposal to rework selection and representation on the North Coast Advisory Council is scheduled for discussion Thursday.

An earlier meeting to discuss the same issues was cancelled because of a power outage.

The council has slots for 24 members — eight geographical district and four interest groups (Latino, environmental, business and agriculture), plus alternate representatives for every seat.

At times, the council has found it difficult to fill slots, so a proposal has been made to reduce the number of positions to nine regular members and three alternates, for a total of 12 positions.

“We’re not trying to limit representation, we’re trying to broaden representation,” council Chairman Amanda Rice said. “The idea is to allow people who would like to volunteer a better opportunity to do so.”

In the last election, she said, there were five candidates running in one district and only one in another.

The proposal would retain three districts: Cambria (with up to seven representatives), San Simeon and one for the rural area outside the communities.

The proposal also tries to make it easier for voters to participate, as votes cast in recent elections have been few.

No permanent modifications would be made before the council’s Feb. 17 meeting.

The council has no decision-making authority. According to its Web site, northcoastadvisorycouncil.org, it provides a forum for citizen education, involvement and discussion on issues that pertain to the North Coast area. It offers recommendations to county staff and 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Rabobank, 1070 Main St., Cambria.

— Tribune staff report

San Luis Obispo

Four people were arrested recently on suspicion of buying alcohol for minors.

Officers with the Cal Poly Police Department and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control operated a sting in which a juvenile was used as a decoy.

The minor would ask adults entering liquor or convenience stores if they would purchase the alcoholic beverages. Forty-six adults were contacted, with four allegedly agreeing to the purchase.

Of those four, three agreed to make the purchase, and one was arrested for allegedly being a minor in possession of a false identification card.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum fine of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service.

Authorities did not identify the people arrested.

— Tad Weber

Paso Robles

Thursday’s regular meeting of the Paso Robles Airport Advisory Committee has been cancelled.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 25 at the airport terminal, 4900 Wing Way. The deadline to submit input items for the next meeting is Feb. 15.

The city committee serves as an advisory group to the City Council on aeronautical activities, proposed uses and safety of operations of the airport, located off Highway 46 East, according to wwwprcity.com.

— Tonya Strickland