SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

A Templeton man was arrested after police said he admitted to breaking into the same Paso Robles restaurant three times.

Mitchell Aaron Layne, 26, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation. He is also expected to face charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and possession of controlled substances in connection with the trio of alleged break-ins.

Officers responded Monday to the restaurant in the 600 block of 13th Street after a report that someone had forcibly entered the building and taken money from the register the night before.

They were called back to the restaurant Tuesday after employees reported the man had entered the business again before being chased away. No theft was reported.

During a follow-up investigation, officers determined the man had entered the business a third time and, according to video surveillance, was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. He did not take any property, police said.

Police refused to name the restaurant. But the only eatery on that block is La Mexicana.

Layne was arrested Thursday morning and, according to police, admitted his involvement in the alleged burglaries.

— Stephen Curran

Grover Beach

The city has partnered with PacificWest Energy Solutions, Inc. to finish a series of energy saving improvements to city facilities this year.

Grover Beach has received $516,000 in grants and low-interest loans from the California State Energy Commission, according to a news release from City Manager Bob Perrault.

Upcoming improvements include replacing the heating and air-conditioning systems, upgrading lighting fixtures, controls and traffic signals.

The upgrades would save 168,220 kilowatts of electricity, 1,695 therms of natural gas and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 129 metric tons annually — the equivalent to planting 3,308 trees and removing 24 automobiles from the road, Perrault said.

PacificWest helped the city put together a grant application to the Energy Commission for a $71,000 grant. The remaining $445,000 is a 1 percent interest rate loan. Debt service payments on the loan would be paid with cost savings from the improvements, Perrault said.

— Amy Dempsey

SLO County

The Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries hopes to receive $25,000 in donations, said Bob Alberti, the foundation’s president.

The foundation will use the funds to increase the number of after-hours access, staff size and support new programs such as wireless Internet at branches, public workshops and eBooks.

“We feel that the county is underserved because we can’t keep library branches open all the time,” Alberti said. “We hope people will be supportive of our campaign.”

With 11 members on the foundation’s board of directors, the group is not avoiding fundraising events but it does not have enough people or resources to host a successful fundraising event, according to Alberti.

“The campaign is important because not everyone in the county is able to access high-speed Internet. Even if they were, libraries offer more than what is available online,” he said.

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— Amy Dempsey