SLO County Roundup

North Coast

Stream bank erosion on the Big Sur River is adding power outages to the litany of traffic delays through Big Sur, according to Caltrans.

Because there are strict safety rules on how close the crane used to move the boulders that are to line the river embankment is allowed to come to overhead power lines, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will shut down electricity from Big Sur Lodge south to the Monterey/San Luis Obispo county line.

Those outages are expected to last from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks starting Monday. Businesses, homes, schools and other utility customers along the 45-mile stretch are being told they won’t have power.

One-way traffic control will be in effect.

Other Highway 1 projects between Cambria and Carmel include:

For details visit http://snipr.com/SLOroads or call the Big Sur highway hotline at (888) 836-0866.

— Kathe Tanner and Bert Etling


The would-be owner of a proposed medical marijuana clinic in Nipomo said he will go forward with his plans, despite opposition he faced at a community meeting Monday night.

“It’s only a recommendation,” Robert Brody of Los Angeles noted. “We can go forward” with the proposal to the county Planning and Building Department.

Brody is proposing the clinic in a 4,000-square-foot vacant warehouse and office building at 425B N. Frontage Road and Linden Lane off Highway 101. Brent Gross of Carmel owns the property.

More than 100 people and several media outlets showed up at a meeting of the South County Advisory Council to oppose the clinic.

Local attorney Guy Murray — who opposes the clinic — said objections include concerns over the size of the operation, fears it would attract unsavory people and worries that it would draw people from all over the county because there is no other medical marijuana clinic in the area.

Brody, a retired businessman, told The Tribune that he believes there are many people in the community who need the relief that medical marijuana can bring — people undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from glaucoma, for example.

He noted the alternative some doctors prescribe for relieving the same symptoms — a drug known as marinol that contains the same ingredients — costs $30 a pill.

Brody called the notion that medical marijuana dispensaries attract gangs “old wives’ tales.”

Bill Robeson of the Planning and Building Department said the proposal will be scheduled for a hearing before a planning department hearing officer, most likely in March or April.

That decision could be appealed to the county Board of Supervisors, Robeson said.

— Bob Cuddy