SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Crews will put the final touches tonight on the $580,062 construction project in downtown San Luis Obispo to replace old water and sewer mains and resurface some heavily traveled roads.

The work, done in four phases, started in June. The last of the paving will be done at the intersection of Broad and Marsh streets from 11 tonight to 7 a.m. Thursday.

During those hours, Marsh Street will be closed from Broad and Nipomo streets, and a detour will reroute drivers traveling south on Broad Street.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

SLO County

The county District Attorney’s Office was awarded a new state grant that will continue to fund its Elder Abuse Advocacy and Outreach Project at $125,000 annually for the next five years.

The project has existed since 2000 and was created in response to crimes against seniors, who make up more than 14 percent of the county’s population.

The project provides specialized crisis and support services to seniors who are victims of crime as well as a variety of programs that focus on elder abuse awareness and prevention of senior crime.

Since 2000, the project has helped more than 3,000 senior crime victims and their families cope with physical, emotional and financial damages of crime.

In addition officials have conducted more than 250 community awareness programs for seniors and training sessions for services agencies, community groups and first responders.

For more information, call 1-866-781-5821.

— Nick Wilson

The county’s Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board is looking for new members.

In particular, the board is seeking people who are affected by drug and alcohol issues, such as family members, veterans, homeless services providers and representatives of medical communities. It also is looking for people who can communicate with Spanish speakers.

Volunteers should expect to spend four hours a month at the task, according to county officials.

For applications and more information, go to www.slodas.org and click on the advisory board, or call 781-4759.

— Bob Cuddy