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San Luis Obispo

Tobacco use will be illegal starting Friday in any city-owned recreational areas, Mission Plaza or the Downtown Creek Walk.

The City Council approved the ordinance in December after hearing testimony and recommendations from the Parks and Recreations Commission, city staff and San Luis Obispo residents who supported the proposal. Their concerns were based on tobacco litter, young people smoking and secondhand smoke.

Individuals who disregard the ordinance will be cited.

The city is expected to consider another ordinance in March that would broaden the restriction to include other public outdoor areas like entryways, sidewalks and public events.

— Amy Dempsey

Carrizo Plain

The Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Committee will meet Saturday to discuss the monument’s management plan.

The Bureau of Land Management released the management plan and associated environmental documents Nov. 13. A public comment period will run from 2 to 3 p.m.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and will take place at the Carrisa Elementary School, two miles northwest of Soda Lake Road on Highway 58.

The advisory committee consists of nine appointed members who live in San Luis Obispo and Kern counties.

— David Sneed

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