SLO County Roundup

North County

A 64-year-old Salinas man was killed in the single-vehicle accident Wednesday night at the San Luis Obispo-Kern counties line, according to the CHP.

The man, who won’t be identified until next of kin are notified, was headed east on Highway 46 when he drifted across the double-yellow line. The man then veered back into the eastbound lanes, overcorrected and zoomed back across the westbound lanes, authorities said.

His 1989 Chevrolet pickup ran down an embankment and rolled. The man, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the truck. The truck came to rest on top of him, the CHP said.

Passers-by administered CPR, but to no avail. The man was declared dead at the scene.

— Tribune staff

Paso Robles

After 25 years in Atascadero, the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center is relocating to Paso Robles this month.

Executive Director Jennifer Adams said the shelter found a larger location for the same rent that is better suited to the organization’s needs, allowing it to consolidate all services in one location.

The shelter provides a 24-hour crisis line, two emergency shelters for women and their children, advocacy, restraining order support and domestic violence counseling services in the North County.

Shelter offices will close today for the move, with the new headquarters opening Monday at 1030 Vine St.

The shelter’s 24-hour crisis line, 461-1338, and business phone numbers will remain the same during and after the move.

For more information on shelter services, visit www.NorthCountyWomensShelter.org.

— Tonya Strickland and Julia Hickey


The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appropriate $254,000 that had been set aside for purchase of a new library building.

Coupled with the backing of the county Board of Supervisors earlier Tuesday, the move gives efforts to expand the city’s library services a major boost.

Backers of the expansion, most notably the Atascadero Friends of the Library, hope to see the library leave its current 7,000-square-foot space on Morro Road and occupy two-thirds of an empty 20,000-square-foot office building at 6555 Capistrano Ave.

The new location is not only larger, but also would provide more parking and is closer to the city’s downtown core.

As part of the county’s involvement, county offices would occupy the remaining one-third of the space.

The Morro Road site would go on the market, and proceeds from the sale would apply to the move.

“The council has been supportive of the expansion efforts and even more so now that the library will be downtown,” Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney wrote in an e-mail to The Tribune.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

GreenReportCard.org has named Cal Poly a Campus Sustainability Leader for 2010 for its ongoing efforts in sustainable campus practices, according to university officials.

Cal Poly received a B-plus overall grade on the annual College Sustainability Report Card for the second year in a row.

It is the only California State University campus to earn the award this year.

The campus was graded on eight of nine possible categories.

It earned A’s in the following categories: administration, climate change and energy, green building, endowment transparency, student involvement and transportation. The university received a B for food and recycling and a C in the investment priorities category.

Larry Kelley, Cal Poly’s vice president for administration and finance, said the university is “grateful for the vigilance and dedication of our students, faculty and staff to support Cal Poly’s excellence in sustainability.”

— Nick Wilson