SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department will buy 39 sets of personal protective equipment for structural firefighting with $61,776 received in January from the Assistance to Firefighters grant.

The city is matching about 10 percent of the grant at $6,864 to assist with the equipment purchase. The city council approved the city’s matching fund contribution, to come from the existing fire department budget, last week.

The city is also seeking a $23,000 grant to assist in funding annual medical examinations and immunizations for firefighters. Because of budget cuts, the current budget for the health exams is not enough to cover the costs. In the 2009-10 budget year, $32,000 was eliminated from the medical services budget.

— AnnMarie Cornejo Cal Poly

University President Warren Baker recently honored achievements at the 24th annual President’s Community Service Awards ceremony.

Several members of the campus community were recognized May 20 for their contributions to the quality of life in San Luis Obispo and their spirit of civic engagement.

University and city officials were in attendance to acknowledge the accomplishments of the following honorees:

• For Significant Faculty Contribution: David Gillette, Thomas Fowler, Lynne Slivovsky, Grace Yeh and Aydin Nazmi.

• For Significant Staff Contribution: Hunter Francis.

• For Outstanding Community Partner: Lauren Cross, executive director Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County; and the United Way Youth Board of San Luis Obispo County.

• For Greek Community Contribution: Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Omicron Pi.

• For Significant Student Contribution: Lauren Herrera, Cassidy Nicholls and the Cal Poly Lion Dance Team.

— Nick Wilson

South County

The South County Youth Coalition will use a $7,000 grant to help families and individuals become self-sufficient.

The grant, from the Opportunity Fund at the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, will allow the coalition to purchase uniforms or job-appropriate clothing and bus passes, help fund legal fees, pay for prescription medicines and prevent utility shutoff, according to Connie Scott, secretary of the coalition.

The grant was made possible through the support of the Helen and Ronald Dunin Memorial Endowment.

The youth coalition is located at 1086 Grand Ave. in Arroyo Grande. For more information, call 474-2105.

— Cynthia Lambert