SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Judge Charles Crandall has moved back the deadline by two weeks for rancher Dan De Vaul to clear out facilities on his property.

Crandall ruled Wednesday that De Vaul will have until Sept. 3 to make sure people living in mobile homes, sheds, garden sheds, tents, RVs, the dairy and a stucco barn are out.

The judge initially gave a deadline of Aug. 20.

Crandall also ruled against an argument from De Vaul to move up the time to reconsider the July 2 ruling to clear the homeless from the structures on his property and cease collecting money from residents. The motion to reconsider the ruling is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

De Vaul’s lawyer John Belsher has cited “inconsistencies” in Crandall’s ruling — including use of the term “rent” that De Vaul collects; rather, Belsher says, the $300 per month his client charges is “a program fee that includes meals, transportation, substance abuse support, recreation, vocational activities and shelter.”

The tenants also have supported De Vaul in declarations, and the ruling could put them out on the streets and in the creeks, Belsher said.

The county has argued there are health and safety violations on the property, which triggered Crandall’s decision.

— Nick Wilson

Paso Robles

The Paso Robles Main Street Association again received its accreditation from the National Main Street Program for its work to revitalize downtown.

It’s the 10th year the local association has been accredited, executive director Norma Moye said. The national group began its accreditation process in 2000.

Preserving historic buildings, according to www.preservationnation.org, is part of the evaluation criteria set by the National Trust Main Street Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group.

Campaigns to strengthen the local economy and protecting historic buildings were part of the local group’s accomplishments to earn the accreditation.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

The 26th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 at 28 locations around San Luis Obispo County, according to ECOSLO.

The cleanup is the state’s largest volunteer event and largest single effort to remove the debris that has accumulated on California’s beaches and inland shorelines over the past year.

It brings tens of thousands of volunteers out annually statewide to protect marine wildlife and habitat that can be badly damaged by marine debris, ECOSLO wrote in a news release.

This year, organizers are launching a “BYO (Bring Your Own) campaign” designed to encourage volunteers to help decrease the ecological footprint of the cleanup itself.

Volunteers are encouraged to turn out to their favorite cleanup location with their own bucket or reusable bag, gloves and reusable water bottle, so that they won’t have to use the disposable items that the Coastal Commission supplies.

“Coastal Cleanup Day has been incredibly successful at removing trash from our beaches and waterways, but in order to achieve this success, the Coastal Commission has had to provide hundreds of thousands of single-use, disposable items for our volunteers to use,” said Eben Schwartz, statewide director of Coastal Cleanup Day.

“It’s time for the cleanup to make every effort to become a zero-waste event,” he said.

More than 80,000 volunteers participated in the 2009 cleanup, an all-time record and a 60 percent increase in volunteers since 2007.

They removed more than 1.3 million pounds of debris from California’s shorelines.

Plastic debris makes up close to 80 percent of the trash removed, and single-use disposable plastic goods account for almost all of that.

The commission has teamed with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to expand the cleanup this year along rivers and throughout the watersheds of the Sierra Nevada.

Last year, 3,500 volunteers removed 130 tons of trash from Sierra rivers and streams.

The Coastal Commission also runs a year-round beach cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach. When a group adopts a beach, they commit to cleaning it three times each year (school groups are required to clean up only once per year).

For more information, go to www.coastforyou.org.

— Bob Cuddy