San Luis Obispo
Sixty-two people have applied to be the next fire chief in San Luis Obispo, according to city officials.
The application period closed Sept. 10. City officials are screening applicants and select candidates will then be invited to attend a comprehensive interview with City Manager Katie Lichtig and other city department heads in mid-October.
Lichtig said a new fire chief would likely be hired in November.
“I continue to have confidence that the recruitment process will result in the selection of someone who will have a great mix of technical and leadership skills along with commitment to service to the community,” Lichtig said of the applicant pool.
Former fire Chief John Callahan, 61, died of a heart attack Aug. 18. He had announced plans to retire in November, initiating the recruitment process.
Greg West, a retired assistant chief from the Los Angeles department and close friend of Callahan’s, is serving as the interim chief until the city hires a new chief.
— AnnMarie Cornejo Grover Beach
Facing opposition from numerous local residents, the Grover Beach City Council decided not to move forward with an idea to sell a city-owned parcel to develop low-cost housing.
The council instead asked staff to review other city-owned properties that could be sold to the Grover Beach Improvement Agency, the city’s redevelopment arm.
The parcel at issue is a drainage basin along The Pike and adjacent to Janet Avenue. City staffers said they received a petition signed by 158 residents of Golden West Gardens, a community in Grover Beach, opposing the development in part because they’re concerned it would reduce the basin’s water drainage capacity.
The next step would have been to initiate an engineering analysis of the drainage basin to determine if part of it would be suitable for building. The cost of the analysis was estimated at $7,000 to $12,000.
— Cynthia Lambert
More than two dozen local wineries, 10 restaurants, music and local art will be featured at today’s Wine Experiencia fundraiser for Mission San Miguel.
The mission, damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake, reopened its church in September 2009, but fundraisers continue to be held to cover the reconstruction costs.
Friends of Mission San Miguel invites the public for the festivities as well as a silent auction and guided tours of its museum from 2 to 6 p.m.
Attendees will also be welcomed into the mission’s Sacred Garden area, which organizers say has had limited public access. The mission’s friars will release their 2004 cabernet sauvignon.
Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.
Tickets are available at the mission gift shop at 367-3256, the Parish office at 467-2131 or at www.missionsanmiguel.org.
— Tonya Strickland