SLO County Roundup


Donations of sleeping bags are being sought by the El Camino Homeless Organization in Atascadero to provide warmth for people who may be sleeping outside at night.

The organization issues sleeping bags to people who need them if the shelter in Atascadero is full, if someone isn’t allowed into the shelter based on its rules of conduct or a criminal background check, or if someone is choosing to sleep outside in temperatures that have dipped below freezing, according to organizers.

Anyone wishing to donate sleeping bags may drop them off at the shelter between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., said Charlotte Byrne, a board member with the nonprofit group.

The center is located at 6370 Atascadero Ave. near the Atascadero High School football stadium.

— Nick Wilson

Grover Beach

Grover Beach could become the next community in San Luis Obispo County to have rules regulating the use of vacation rentals.

The City Council has directed city staff to draft an ordinance regulating vacation rentals — normally defined as residential units rented for 30 days or less — that will be considered first by the city’s Planning Commission.

The commission in January decided that vacation rentals should be regulated, but suggested the process should be kept as simple as possible and that planning staff should be able to issue permits.

The council directed that vacation rentals be allowed in all residential areas of the city.

As of January, the city’s Administrative Services department reported that 18 units paid a transient occupancy tax for their vacation rentals, all through property management companies.

There could be other homeowners renting their properties without paying the bed tax, city officials said at the time.

— Cynthia Lambert

Cal Poly

The Mustang Daily, Cal Poly’s student-published daily newspaper, earned two Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker honors, according to university officials.

The awards were announced at the annual National College Media Convention held in Louisville, Ky., in October.

For the second time in four years, the newspaper’s website, www.mustangdaily.net, received the honor in the large-school newspaper category.

In the advertising category, the Mustang Daily received the honor for best media kit/rate card.

Andrew Santos-Johnson, a 2010 Cal Poly Art and Design graduate, designed the media kit. Also in advertising, the Mustang Daily placed second and third for best display ad, and received honorable mentions for best house ad and for best special section.

For additional information about the contest and its winners, visit http://sn.im/acpwinners.

— Nick Wilson