SLO County Roundup

South County

Caltrans this week started installing solar-powered flashing beacons along Highway 101 to warn drivers of cross traffic from one mile north of Los Berros Road to one mile south of Valley Road.

Two of the beacons will be placed in the northbound direction and one in the southbound direction.

The work will take place on the shoulder of the highway; no lane closures are expected. The $50,000 project is slated to be completed by the end of July by Lee Wilson Electric of Arroyo Grande.

Caltrans is also continuing with plans to install a median barrier along 4.6 miles of Highway 101 from the Los Berros Road undercrossing to the Traffic Way exit in an effort to prevent broadside collisions.

The barrier would restrict left-hand turns at El Campo Road, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery and at three other cross-over locations.

— Cynthia Lambert


Marching band enthusiasts can watch some of the nation’s finest drum corps in action today in Atascadero.

Brass Along the Central Coast will feature three professional drum corps from California — Pacific Crest of Diamond Bar, Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara and the Velvet Knights of Pasadena — as well as Revolution from San Antonio, Texas. The two-hour event is part of a tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.

Brass Along the Central Coast kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Atascadero High School’s Memorial Bowl, 1 High School Hill in Atascadero.

Santa Clara Vanguard will also conduct a student clinic at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 to $20 in advance or $20 to $25 at the gate.

For more information, visit www.dci.org or www.scvanguard.org.

— Sarah Linn

Morro Bay

Rob Livick is the city’s new public services director.

Livick was appointed to fill the position in an interim capacity in February, replacing former director Bruce Ambo. Livick will assume his duties as permanent director July 1.

He has worked for the city since May 2007 when he was hired as city engineer. He has also held positions with the city and county of San Luis Obispo and in Washington state, as well as two private-sector firms.

— David Sneed

SLO County

Seniors will soon receive a brochure telling them about improved benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries as a result of the new health care reform law passed earlier this year and correcting misinformation that has been spread widely.

“From closing the Medicare Part D doughnut hole to eliminating co-payments on preventive screenings, seniors throughout the south and central coasts will soon begin to enjoy the benefits of health care reform,” said Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

“Sadly,” Capps added, “seniors have been the target of so much misinformation about this legislation. I am glad the Secretary of Health and Human Services is taking the opportunity to set the record straight on the many ways the new health care reform law will benefit seniors.”

About 4.5 million brochures are being sent to seniors in California.

The brochure is available at www.medicare.gov /Publications/Pubs/pdf/ 11467.pdf, and in Spanish, www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/ 11467_S.pdf.

— Bob Cuddy

Atascadero People who wish to remove tattoos or are considering getting them are invited to a talk about a local laser removal program at the Atascadero Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Speaker Janet Allenspach, program coordinator of The Liberty Tattoo Removal Program, will discuss some of the issues attached to tattoos.

The San Luis Obispo-based nonprofit helps remove prison and gang tattoos for free. The talk will also include a 13-minute showing of “Erasing the Past, Building the Future,” featuring seven ex-gang members.

Space is limited. For more information, call 461-6162.

— Tonya Strickland