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Atascadero

The Atascadero City Council now has through February to grant or deny the application for the second theater project downtown. The original deadline had been for Saturday.

The extension will give city officials time to look into other uses for the parcel that La Plaza Cinemas was proposing to occupy.

“We’re exploring other alternates with the city right now,” said La Plaza applicant Larry Wysong, who confirmed this week that he is part of undisclosed talks that have been going on for about two months.

He declined to comment on what the alternative uses could be, saying that negotiations are under wraps.

The public will likely have a chance to weigh in on alternative uses in early 2011 as the extension deadline nears, officials said.

Galaxy Theatres, approved before the La Plaza proposal was submitted, is now under construction in Colony Square off El Camino Real. Once slated to be open by the holidays, it is now hoping for a March opening. — Tonya Strickland

Pismo Beach

The Pismo Beach Police Department will retain its national accreditation status, thanks to the efforts of local law enforcement and public officials.

The department has been working toward that goal since obtaining its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies three years ago, police Cmdr. Jake Miller said.

According to Miller, re-accreditation requires compliance with 464 standards developed by law enforcement agencies across the country. Those standards cover everything from communications and records to equipment and evidence handling, he said.

In August, two commission assessors spent four days auditing Pismo Beach police, Miller said.

Police Chief Jeff Norton, Pismo Beach Mayor Ann Reiss and Pismo Beach City Manager Kevin Rice appeared Saturday before the commission, along with several police department staff members.

After interviewing police and city officials, the commission voted unanimously to award the department national accreditation status, Miller said. A public ceremony Jan. 1 will celebrate that achievement.

The Pismo Beach Police Department remains the smallest municipal agency in California to achieve full accredited status and retain it through reaccreditation, Miller said.

— Sarah Linn

Oceano

Friends of the Oceano Airport will hold a “Toys for Tots Fly-In” at the Oceano County Airport on Dec. 4.

Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy.

A barbecue lunch will be offered by Central Coast Smokers for $15. Oceano Fuel will offer a 25-cent discount per gallon; the company will donate 25 cents per gallon to Toys for Tots.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the airport on Air Park Drive, known to pilots as “L52.”

For more information, go to www.friendsofoceanoairport.com.

— Cynthia Lambert

Arroyo Grande

The Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for several awards presented every January at the organization’s installation dinner.

The awards include Citizen of the Year, given to a community member who has contributed to the city’s civic health; and the Ken Talley Award, given to an individual who has made a strong contribution to youth or youth character-building programs.

Nomination forms are available by calling the chamber at 489-1488; they should be returned by Dec. 15.

The awards will be presented at the chamber’s 50th annual dinner on Jan. 27.

— Cynthia Lambert

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