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Why Mission San Miguel chopped down some olive trees

Mission San Miguel recently removed olive trees from its parking lot.
Mission San Miguel recently removed olive trees from its parking lot.

Olive trees were recently removed from the parking lot at Mission San Miguel.

They have long been a hazard for cars backing out of parking spaces and were not part of the original orchards. They were planted in the 1940s.

Two large pines in the inside garden also were removed due to danger of falling.

School board

The San Miguel School District Board meets this evening in the library at Lillian Larsen School, 1601 L St.

Open session begins at 6:30 p.m. Public hearings will be held on the 2017-18 budget and the Local Control Accountability Plan. The agenda is available on the school website:

Advisory council

The San Miguel Advisory Council will hold annual elections at the regular meeting on June 28 at the Community Building behind the library. Voting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The candidates for three open seats are incumbents Michael Sanders and Sharon Brower and first-time candidate Gavino Villa, who owns Paso Bamboo on North River Road and apartment buildings in San Miguel.

The council is advisory to the county Board of Supervisors and the Planning Department.

Pizza update

Mission Pizza is under new ownership as Manny’s Pizza, 1425 Mission St. Call 805-467-2300.

Remembering Tom Vaughn

Longtime San Miguel businessman Tom Vaughn passed away on June 9 following a major stroke. A celebration of life will be held on June 24 at 3 p.m. at Steinbeck Vineyards, 5940 Union Road, Paso Robles.

General manager resigns

Darrell Gentry has resigned as general manager of the San Miguel CSD. Fire Chief Rob Robertson will act as interim general manager until a replacement is found.

Pool is open

The San Miguel pool is open during construction but hours are dependent on availability of a life guard.

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Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.