SLO County Roundup


Services district directors Thursday put off further review of plans to do geological testing on a Cambria beach until after the state Coastal Commission has a chance to consider the Army Corps of Engineers’ claim that it does not need to prepare an environmental assessment.

The commission is tentatively due to review April 15 in Ventura the Army Corps’ 17-page “Coastal Consistency Determination” dated Dec. 21.

As a federally funded program, it’s subject to the National Environmental Policy Act. If no local permits are involved, then neither are California Environmental Quality Act requirements, according to Tom Luster, a commission staff member.

Cambria Community Services District directors originally called a special meeting Jan. 5 to consider filing a notice of exemption from CEQA with the county for the testing.

The district on Jan. 14 filed with the county a proposed “negative declaration,” the lowest of three levels of environmental reviews.

Adoption of that report is expected to be considered at the next district board meeting April 22.

The $733,000 tests are designed to find out if enough seawater could be pulled from under the shoreline to supply a planned desalination plant.

— Kathe Tanner and Bert Etling

San Luis Obispo

A Los Angeles woman has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to fraud committed against local banks, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Tanya Rochelle Forsyth, 48, entered her plea Thursday and is due back in court for a trial-setting conference April 15.

Forsyth was arrested Jan. 5 by Morro Bay police on suspicion of fraudulently requesting $5,000 in cash from Chase Bank using a prepaid card without funds available on it, according to police.

Forsyth has denied wrongdoing, saying she was trying to “get a cash advance” and that her mother had cancer, according to a search warrant filed by police.

— Nick Wilson

Pismo Beach

A special meeting is scheduled today to discuss the idea of adding a dog park to some open space the city owns along Shell Beach Road.

The Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. It will continue the discussion at a special meeting with the City Council on April 6 at 4 p.m.

The 1-acre property is located between Shell Beach Road and Highway 101, across the street from Beachcomber Drive.

There is a parking lot with eight spots but no shade and no restrooms, though water lines are available.

There are no cost estimates, nor has any city money been budgeted toward a possible dog park, Pismo Beach Planning Manager Carolyn Johnson said.

Members of the Five Cities Dog Park Association are paying close attention to the discussion and will assist the city as it moves forward, said President Cynthia Eklund.

“It looks like that would be an ideal location for several reasons,” including its accessible location and parking, she said.

For more information, go to http://ca-pismobeach.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=6686.

Both meetings will be held in council chambers at 760 Mattie Road.

— Cynthia Lambert