SLO County Roundup


The CHP has identified the driver killed in the Sunday crash on Oso Flaco Road as Julian Nicasio Paz, 24, of Santa Maria.

Nicasio Paz was traveling west along Oso Flaco Road just west of Highway 1 at 3:19 p.m. at high speed, the CHP confirmed Tuesday.

As he crossed a set of railroad tracks, his 1997 Ford F-150 went out of control, ran off the roadway and rolled several times.

“The driver did not appear to be restrained and was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled,” the CHP reported in a news release.

Paramedics found Nicasio Paz under his truck and resuscitated him before rushing him to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, where he later died, the CHP said.

“Alcohol appears to have played a factor in this collision,” the CHP said.

Investigators ask that anyone who might have witnessed the crash or who knows the driver call the CHP at 593-3300.

— Tad Weber

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Mass Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing at 2:45 p.m. July 14 to discuss proposed bus fare increases.

Proposed changes include charging Cal Poly students and faculty to ride the evening bus, which would drop the cost to $1 for the general public and to 50 cents for seniors.

However, daytime rates would increase by 25 cents to $1.50 and to 75 cents for seniors.

The public hearing will be in the Council Hearing Room at San Luis Obispo City Hall, 990 Palm St.

For information, call Transit Manager John Webster at 781-7121 or e-mail jwebster@slocity.org.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Grover Beach

Environmental activist Harvey Cohon will speak about expansion of the north and south marine sanctuaries to include San Luis Obispo Bay at tonight’s meeting of the South County Democratic Club.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center at 12th Street and Trouville Avenue.

Cohon is seeking support for protection of near oceans and extension of the Channel Islands and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries to incorporate San Luis Obispo Bay.

A retired teacher, Cohon has been a Central Coast Salmon Enhancement board member for 10 years; Marine Mammal Center member for five years; Pacific Wildlife Center member for seven years; and Coastal Sanctuary Alliance member for a year.

He works with the Democratic Party on various projects, including the organization’s booth at Thursday night Farmers Market.

— Bob Cuddy


The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Templeton.

If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please call Sharon Morem at 781-7937.