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Grover Beach

Grover Beach City Hall will be closed from Tuesday through Friday this week, in part because of City Council-approved furloughs.

The council in July approved closing City Hall and staff furloughs for 13 days during the 2010-11 fiscal year to reduce personnel costs by 5 percent.

City Manager Bob Perrault estimated earlier this year that the staffing reductions would save $185,000.

City Hall will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the furlough program and closed Thursday and Friday as part of its usual holiday schedule, Perrault said.

None of the office closures involves public safety services.

City Hall, 154 S. Eighth St., will be open Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The offices will also be closed Dec. 31 in connection with the New Year’s Day holiday.

Future closures as part of the furlough program are Jan. 14, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 13 and June 3.

— Cynthia Lambert

Central Coast

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that promotes universal hearing screening for newborns that is related to a similar proposal introduced last year in the House by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

If signed into law, it would reauthorize a program that Capps says has led to more than 93 percent of newborns being screened.

The reauthorization, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, “strengthens language to ensure that newborns and infants identified with hearing loss receive the follow-up services to help lessen and even prevent delays in cognitive and language development,” according to an announcement last week from Capps’ office.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department was awarded a $10,500 grant from DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to assist with San Luis Obispo’s firefighter training program.

The money will be used to conduct an on-site driver training class for fire engineers and truck company personnel on the department’s new tiller ladder truck.

“Without this class, the number of trained personnel available to operate the aerial ladder would be limited, therefore putting it out of service and making it unavailable for use during city emergencies and mutual aid requests,” Fire Department Chief Charlie Hines said.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Templeton

Jan. 20 is the last day the public can declare their interest in running for a seat on the Templeton Area Advisory Group.

The election will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 3 at the Templeton Community Services District boardroom, 206 Fifth St.

There are three open seats on the seven-member board. Two alternate spots are also available. Each carries a two-year term.

An advisory council is a panel of residents in an unincorporated town that meets regularly to take public comment and advise its county supervisor and planning commissioner on land-use issues.

— Tonya Strickland

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