SLO County Roundup

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The Board of Supervisors has taken more than $2 million from a developer performance bond to pay for improvements at a failed South County subdivision.

Supervisors on Tuesday directed that $2,029,481 be used on improvements to Maria Vista Estates, west of Hutton Road and Vista del Rio in Nipomo. The project is owned by Maria Vista Estates, a California general partnership, which is the debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Close to 80 homes were planned on two tracts. Seven were “finalled,” permits were issued for 33, and 36 applications were submitted and placed on hold.

The bond money will complete public improvements and repair existing improvements that have failed.

Failures include the Hutton Road southbound left turn lane, the first 600 feet of Vista del Rio, and drainage basin repairs and minor interior road repairs where utilities were dug up and replaced.

Completions include drainage basin fencing, storm drain system cleaning and repair, possible utility installation, sidewalk construction, driveway apron construction, curb ramp construction, and construction of other minor items, according to the Planning and Building Department.

“With the appropriation of the performance bonds proceeds, Public Works will be able to finish the tract improvements,” Kami Griffin of the planning department wrote in an e-mail to the Tribune.

— Bob Cuddy

South County

Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as Tree City USA communities for their commitment to urban forestry for the 28th and 26th year, respectively.

Both cities are planning events for today to recognize the award. In Arroyo Grande, the city Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is inviting the public to participate in a tree-planting ceremony with children from the city’s Children in Motion and Play and Learn programs.

Free seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The celebration will start at 2:45 p.m. at the Elm Street Park at 1221 Ash St. For more information, call 473-5474.

In Grover Beach, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County will co-host a celebration at the Ramona Garden Park Center at 993 Ramona Ave.

The event, from 3 to 5 p.m., will include arts and crafts, planting demonstrations and educational outreach.

For more information on the celebration, call 473-4580. For more on the Tree City USA program, go to www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

— Cynthia Lambert

Cuesta College

Cuesta College will host an event that provides information to middle and high school-age girls about college.

The Latina Leadership Network event Saturday in Room 5401 on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will include discussion about college and related topics.

Also on the agenda are workshops and talks on potential careers, financial aid, leadership qualities and personal relationships.

Those interested should call 591-6321 to register.

— Nick Wilson