SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The former San Luis Obispo Superior Court clerk accused of illegal use of court information was sentenced Wednesday to serve 75 days in County Jail and placed on probation for two years, according to lawyers involved with the case.

Juvenal Marin, 24, of Santa Maria had entered a plea of no-contest to a charge of removing public records after an undercover detective said Marin sold him court information in a San Luis Obispo parking garage.

Prosecutors dropped an initial charge of unauthorized computer access against Marin.

Marin was arrested Sept. 3 after a three-month investigation into his alleged sale of court information, Sheriff’s Department officials said.

— Tribune staff report

Cal Poly The California State University board of trustees will begin the search next month for a new president to succeed retiring President Warren J. Baker, who has led the university since 1979.

The first and only public meeting of the search committee for the next president will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the Cal Poly University Union.

The purpose of the initial meeting is to discuss the role of the committee, set the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review descriptions of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any business related to the search process.

The committee — including members of the CSU board of trustees and Cal Poly faculty, student and staff members — will work over the next several months reviewing applications and conducting interviews.

The finalists are expected to make visits to the campus in the spring with a new president anticipated to be selected by the CSU board of trustees in late May or early June.

Baker announced his retirement Dec. 7.

— Nick Wilson

North County

A local youth foundation was one of the top recipients for grant funding by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The Equine Alliance Youth Foundation, located five miles east of Paso Robles, received $4,000 in a sweep of funding distributed by the national humane organization.

The Equine Alliance is a program for kids and teens with special needs and at-risk backgrounds. It works with horses that have been rescued from livestock auctions en route to slaughter.

The group rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for 70 to160 horses, ponies, mules, burros and miniature horses each year, according to its grant application.

It will use the money to buy hay feed for the animals. Representatives for the organization say feed costs are increasing at the same time more animals are coming in as their original owners can’t afford to keep them.

The ASPCA awarded more than $540,000 in grants to groups across the country in 2009, spokeswoman Emily Brand said.

— Tonya Strickland