SLO County Roundup

Arroyo Grande

All parking fines in Arroyo Grande will now cost an additional $3, as Arroyo Grande council members voted last week to increase fees to cover a new state-mandated surcharge.

Funds generated from the surcharge, which went into effect Dec. 7, will be used to pay for trial court operations.

The city last raised all parking fines by $10 in August 2009 to cover state and county surcharges, according to city administrators. That year, police issued 763 citations.

With the new increase, parking citations in Arroyo Grande range from $33 to $376 with the highest citation issued for those parking in a disabled spot without a placard.

The majority of the city’s fines are $33, police Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart said. The surcharge is set to expire July 1, 2013, unless extended by the state Legislature.

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted in November to increase that city’s parking fines by $3, which brings the total ticket price to $33.

— Cynthia Lambert


Templeton parent Phil Keohen was appointed Thursday to the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees.

He will serve on the five-member school board until 2012. Public interviews were held by the board during a special meeting Thursday to interview applicants and appoint a trustee.

Keohen is president of Templeton High School’s Athletic Boosters group, which helps fundraise for sports. Keohen took the seat left by outgoing board member Debbie Viborg.

— Tonya Strickland