SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Personnel files of departed employees, expired permits to carry concealed weapons, jail inmate grievance forms and scores of other documents are being destroyed as part of the Sheriff’s Department purge of old records.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn described the cleanup as routine and “nothing new.”

The purged records are “obsolete, and there is no persuasive rationale for (their) retention,” Sheriff Pat Hedges wrote in a report to the Board of Supervisors.

The county has had a records destruction policy since 1991, and it adheres to the state government code.

Among the records to be destroyed:

Megan’s Law requests to view logs prepared prior to Jan. 1, 2008; injury and accident reports prepared prior to Jan. 1, 2005; documents related to citizen complaints resulting in an internal affairs investigation that was completed prior to Jan. 1, 2005; routine video monitoring recorded prior to Jan. 1, 2009; and recorded radio and telephone communications more than 100 days old.

— Bob Cuddy

Paso Robles

Ground was broken Wednesday for a Paso Robles facility designed to better prepare students for school.

The $1.3 million Paso Robles First 5 Early Education Center will serve those families who live near Georgia Brown Elementary School. The facility will include two playgrounds and four moveable buildings that will provide services to children aged six weeks to 5 years.

The First 5 California program was created by Proposition 10, a 1998 voter initiative funded by adding a 50-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold in the state. While the primary goal of the program is to improve the ability of families, schools and communities to prepare children to enter school, it also helps with health services and child care. First 5 programs are targeted toward schools, such as Georgia Brown, that have recorded low testing scores.

A ceremony was held at 36th and Oak streets, the site of the future facility in Paso Robles. The project is expected to be completed Aug. 31.

— Pat Pemberton

Cuesta College

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will be the featured speakers at a forum today at Cuesta College to discuss the pivotal issues facing California’s community colleges.

The presentation will include a brief introduction by Cuesta College interim President Gil Stork, a message from Scott and O’Connell and a panel discussion.

Henry Ramos, member of the Community Colleges Board of Governors, will participate in the panel discussion.

The forum is open to members of the public from 11 a.m. to noon in room 5401 on the San Luis Obispo campus.

— AnnMarie Cornejo