SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A 2-year-old girl reported missing from Tucson, Ariz., three months ago was found in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, authorities report.

The girl’s mother, Adellyn Sewell, 27, was taken into custody on a felony warrant charging her with custodial interference. She remained in County Jail on Friday, according the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Web site.

The girl’s father, who has sole custody of the child, expected her mother to return the child to him on Nov. 14. The child was in good health and with her mother, who reportedly has family in the area, when found, according to the Tucson Police Department.

— Bert Etling

Cal Poly

The university has appointed a new director of its Multicultural Engineering Program.

In his new position as MEP director, Jose Millán aims to boost participation and retention of under-represented groups in engineering “by linking the pre-college and university programs.”

Millán said university students can serve as positive role models for high school students, encouraging them to excel in their academics and increase their desire to pursue a post-secondary education, he said.

The focus of Cal Poly MEP, which serves 300 students on campus, is on students and youth whose potential is high but whose economic and social circumstances hinder their ability to compete and succeed in college.

Millán earned his master’s degree in education from Cal Poly in 2006, with a specialization in counseling and guidance. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, with a concentration in productions management, from Cal Poly.

— Nick Wilson

San Luis Obispo

The City Council has reduced the fee for planting a tree at the Laguna Lake Commemorative Tree Grove from $2,080 to $410.

The prior fee included planting a tree and five years of maintenance.

After hearing concerns about the fee being too high for the general public, the council on Feb. 2 lowered the fee to $410, which includes planting a tree and a commemorative plaque.

— Amy Dempsey

Pismo Beach

The Association of Amputee Surfers will hold a clinic starting at 8 a.m. today in Pismo Beach.

The non-profit organization last year worked with more than 100 disabled veterans and participants, teaching them adaptive surfing and other skills.

So far, nine participants and 28 volunteers have signed up for today’s event, according to Ampsurf’s Web site. The organization has also started holding monthly clinics; five more are schedule to be held at Pismo Beach this year.

To learn more or to sign up for a clinic, visit www.ampsurf.org.

— Cynthia Lambert