SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The newest candidate for San Luis Obispo mayor is Donald Hedrick, a welder who ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2006 and 2008 and was defeated both times by Mayor Dave Romero.

Hedrick became active in city politics after a project he opposed was approved at 3592 Broad St.

Romero, 81, announced in June that he will not run for the council in November. He would have been unable to seek the mayor’s seat again because of term limits. He could have sought one of two available four-year term council seats.

Councilman Allen Settle, who has served on the council for more than 30 years, is also subject to term limits and must seek the mayoral position if he runs in November.

Settle has not decided if he would run for mayor. Councilwoman Jan Marx announced in April that she will seek Romero’s seat.

Other contenders for the seat include former Councilman Paul Brown, who announced his intent to run Wednesday.

— AnnMarie Cornejo Paso Robles

The pre-event discounts for carnival rides and admission at the California Mid-State Fair will end Tuesday.

This year’s fair runs Wednesday through Aug. 1. Fair admission is free for children age 5 and younger.

Current offers for children and adults include discounts on:

• Carnival ride wristbands. A discounted carnival ride wristband coupon costs $20 at Central Coast Albertsons stores. The coupon can be redeemed any day during the fair and will allow one patron unlimited access to all carnival rides that day.

This discount ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

• Season passes. A season pass discount coupon is available for free at Food 4 Less locations in San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles.

The coupon gives $10 off a $45 adult season pass or $3 off a $18 child’s season pass for kids ages 6 to 12. The coupons are available until 5 p.m. Tuesday at Food 4 Less and must be redeemed by 6 p.m. that day when buying a season pass at the fair box office, 2198 Riverside Ave.

• Daily admission tickets. Discounted daily admission tickets will be sold before the fair begins at Central Coast Albertsons locations at the following prices:

Adult: $6 (regularly $8)

Children age 6 to 12: $4 (regularly $5)

Seniors age 62 and older: $5 (regularly $6).

This discount ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

— Tonya Strickland


Fifteen people were arrested Wednesday night after 11 sheriff’s deputies — assisted by two State Park rangers and an Animal Services officer — conducted a sweep of a homeless camp in Oceano.

The camp was at the end of Delta Street, near the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, department spokesman Rob Bryn said.

Many of the people were arrested between 6 and 9 p.m. on suspicion of misdemeanor crimes, including littering, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and cutting down or destroying trees growing on someone else’s land. One man was arrested on suspicion of having a deadly weapon, also a misdemeanor.

“We have seen a pattern of assaults and petty crime in the area that seemed related to persons associated with this encampment and serious trash issues that are impacting the environment of the adjacent dunes,” Cmdr. Ken Conway of the Sheriff’s Department’s south station, said in an announcement following the sweep.

Bryn said a crew of county inmates would clean up the area within the next 10 days.

— Cynthia Lambert


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.