SLO County Roundup

San Simeon

One-way traffic control is expected next week on a busy, 1.5-mile section of Highway 1 from the Hearst Castle entrance south to Little Pico Creek Bridge in San Simeon. Crews are to grind down and repave the road’s surface.

Two days of grinding is scheduled to begin Monday, and paving will follow. Roadwork is expected to be completed July 23.

During work hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

Souza Construction of San Luis Obispo is the contractor for the $405,000 project, which is being done during the height of the summer tourist season.

— Kathe Tanner

SLO County

Four finalists, including two in-house, will interview Friday morning with the county Board of Supervisors for the job of director of the Planning and Building Department.

The job became vacant in June 2009, when Vic Holanda resigned. Kami Griffin has been acting director.

Griffin is a finalist, as is Chuck Stevenson, manager of the county’s Long Range Planning Division.

The others are Greg Fuz, planning director for the city of Pleasant Hill in the Bay Area; and Jason Giffen, land use chief for San Diego County.

The salary will be negotiated. The range is $125,500 to $152,500.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson said an announcement Friday is unlikely. Even if the board makes a choice, which is not a certainty, it will have to negotiate a contract.

Nonetheless, “we’re on the back end of recruitment,” said Ken Tasseff of the Human Resources Department, who has been working with the Board of Supervisors in the hiring process.

The closed-door Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The Roberts family of San Luis Obispo joined first lady Michelle Obama and other luminaries at a Washington, D.C., event highlighting a health care reform provision barring co-payments for preventive-care doctor visits, according to an announcement from Rep. Lois Capps.

At the George Washington University event, Maggie Roberts told how a well-baby exam for her son, John, at their local pediatrician’s office led to early detection of neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that often develops in infants, Capps, D-Santa Barbara, announced.

The regulations will require new insurance plans to cover evidence-based preventive screenings and eliminate cost sharing for such services.

Depending on age and health risks, the types of services available without a deductible, co-payment or co-insurance would include blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol tests; many cancer screenings; routine vaccines for diseases such as measles, polio or meningitis; flu and pneumonia shots; counseling, screening and vaccines for healthy pregnancies; and regular well-baby and well-child visits, from birth to age 21.

Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, also attended the event.

— Bob Cuddy


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