SLO County Roundup

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San Luis Obispo County commuters can now dial 511 on their phones at any hour of the day to access a traveler information service providing information on real-time traffic and hazard conditions, bus trip planning, ridesharing and more.

The 511 program was recently launched by SLO Regional Rideshare, a division of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, and is financed by a Caltrans New Freedom Grant.

Users can dial 511 from any cellular or land-line phone at no additional charge other than the user’s regular phone carrier contract charges, or visit www.rideshare.org.

Live Spanish-speaking assistance will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Said to be the first small-urban and rural 511 program in the nation, Rideshare designed the system to reflect the needs of San Luis Obispo County travelers. To help promote the service, signs are to soon be posted on local highways.

— Julia Hickey


The public is invited to share concerns and ideas this week on a plan that would regulate growth and development in the rural North County community of Shandon.

The hearing, hosted by the county Planning and Building Department, is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Shandon Elementary School cafeteria, 301 South First St.

The plan maps out land use changes and rules about how homes, shopping, services and employment could be added to the area.

After Wednesday’s meeting, the document is scheduled to go before the county’s Planning Commission on Jan. 31 for a study session and return to the commission March 3 for consideration.

It will ultimately go before the Board of Supervisors at a date still to be determined.

To view the plan, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov. Printed copies are available at the Shandon Public Library, 240 East Centre St.; or at Room 200 at the county’s permit center, 967 Osos St. in San Luis Obispo.

Anyone with questions can contact county planner Jay Johnson at 781-4573 or jgjohnson@ co.slo.ca.us.

— Tonya Strickland


A public meeting to discuss the qualities and characteristics desired in a new superintendent to lead the Cayucos Elementary School District will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cayucos Elementary School gym.

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education is conducting the search.

The district runs one kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that currently has about 215 students and 14 teachers.

The district’s 2010-11 budget is about $2.3 million. An online survey for the superintendent search is available at www.cesdschool.net.

— AnnMarie Cornejo