SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A public auction of the Motel Inn, the historic property off Highway 101, has been postponed.

The auction was set for Thursday morning in the Osos Street lobby of the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse, but a representative from All-American Foreclosure Service in San Luis Obispo said it had been put on hold until May 7 at the lender’s request.

“The beneficiary (lender) has told us they don’t want to hold the sale today,” said Don Vaughn, owner of All-American Foreclosure Service, the firm handling the foreclosure auction.

Vaughn did not give an explanation for the postponement, other than to say that it could be for a variety of reasons. A spokesman for RealtyTrac, an online firm that provides information about foreclosures, said one reason could be that the lender continues to work with the borrower on a solution that would stop the foreclosure.

Motel owners John King and Rob Rossi bought the property in 2001 and had plans to renovate the structure at 2223 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. King and Rossi are now in default of more than $5 million owed on the property, according to documents filed last month with the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

In an interview with The Tribune last month, Rossi said he and King were trying to work out something to avoid the auction. The lender, United Commercial Bank, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

— Julie Lynem

Arroyo Grande

The freeway exit on southbound Highway 101 at Fair Oaks Avenue will be closed next week while Caltrans installs a metal guardrail.

The exit will be closed Monday through Friday. Electronic message boards will be posted to advise motorists of the closure.

Delays are not expected to last more than 10 minutes.

Metal guardrails will be installed in various locations along Highway 101 between Highway 166 and the Cuesta Grade.

C & W Construction Specialists Inc. of Ventura is the contractor for the $2 million project, which is expected to be finished this summer.

— Amy Dempsey

Paso Robles

The public is invited to a workshop Saturday to demonstrate how to convert lawns into food-producing gardens.

The free, hands-on planting workshop is planned for noon to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles.

Material from the first two workshops will be distributed so that participants can learn the steps, organizers said.

The group, Transition Town Paso Robles, already harvested some of its winter greens from the garden and donated them to the Loaves and Fishes charity in Paso Robles.

Workshop participants will plant shrubs such as sage, rosemary and lavender, as well as ground cover including Santa Barbara daisies and sweet alyssum that attract beneficial insects. They will also plant summer vegetables, including tomatoes, zucchini, bush beans and artichokes.

Attendees should bring garden gloves, shovels and a rake, if they have them; otherwise tools will be available.If participants have seeds or small vegetable plants to donate, call 221-5672 before bringing them.

— Tonya Strickland