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SLO Transit’s Double Decker Out of Action

By Camas Frank ~

The crown jewel of the agency that runs the City’s bus network, SLO Transit’s  $844,000 double-decker bus, is out of action for the next eight months.

SLO Transit manager Gamaliel Anguiano, said the 14 ft. high vehicle has been sent to a special facility in Las Vegas, Nev. for retrofit after two feet were sheered off its top in an accident Jan. 25.

Anguiano said he didn’t know how much the repairs would cost but that First Transit Inc., the City’s contractor for “bus service solutions” will take care of the work under their insurance policy.

All of SLO Transit’s drivers are contracted through company and, as far as investigators have determined, Anguiano said, it was pure human error on the part of a driver used to another route and another vehicle when he made the turn to go under the railroad bridge on Highland Drive on the Cal Poly Campus. The bridge has a clearance of 12.5 feet. Continue reading SLO Transit’s Double Decker Out of Action

Rental Inspections Raise Opposition

By Camas Frank ~

Public information meetings are being held by City of SLO Community Development staff around the implementation of a residential rental inspection ordinance approved by the City Council back in May 2015.

Teresa Purrington, the new code enforcement supervisor tasked with building the program, and explaining it to landlords, has had her work cut out.  Some attendees at a January meeting held at the Ludwick Community Center came away with some diverse understandings of what it was she wanted to explain.

Passed by the Council in a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Dan Carpenter and Dan Rivoire dissenting. The stated aim of the ordinance is to address blighted neighborhoods and unsafe living conditions, mainly in student occupied rentals. To that end, Purrington said, staff has drawn up plans to prioritize properties with prior safety violations. However, tenant behavior could impact the inspection prioritization if there is a history of nuisance complaints at the property, but it is not the intent of the program, she said. There has been a long history of substandard add-on units only coming to light after complaints or most recently, electrical fires, she said. Continue reading Rental Inspections Raise Opposition

SLO Man Killed in Late Night Accident

The County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal pedestrian vs. vehicle collision Feb. 2, which involved a man running amok in the street at night.

At 12:29 a.m. Feb. 2, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a distraught male running from his residence on O’Connor Way in rural SLO.

“As deputies continued their response, the victim reportedly stepped in front of and was struck by an oncoming southbound vehicle on West Foothill Blvd.,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Perry. The victim, Austin Joseph Ryan, 23 who lives in the neighborhood, died at the scene.

The motorist, a 43-year-old Los Osos woman “is not suspected of impairment,” Perry said. An autopsy was to be performed including toxicology testing, which could take 4-6 weeks for results.

Poly’s P Institutionalized

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The ‘Poly P’ in January 2015, shortly before being closed for renovation.

Management of the long storied “Cal Poly P” on the hillside overlooking Campus has been fully transitioned to an Associated Student Union program to keep the initial up to spec.

The letter had been decommissioned since May 2015 over safety concerns on the steep trail leading up. In July 2015 the California Conservation Corps participated in the effort to stabilize the ascent. Cal Poly spokesman Jay Thompson said the CCC rerouted, “some 900 feet of trail and installed corrective measures at the base of the P, as well as erosion control and protection, and steps to improve access and movement around the 50- by-35-foot concrete structure.” Continue reading Poly’s P Institutionalized

SLO High Alum Honored Via Poly

cal poly students at calif capitolTwenty-one Cal Poly students including a SLO and a Paso Robles native were recognized on Feb. 1 for their accomplishments by California lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento.

If they hadn’t met him before, the group was also introduced to Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and introduced by him to the Assembly members.

Kenna Lewis, SLO High grad and current major in Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences was recognized for her title of 2015 California Champion at the tongue twisting titled California Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, which was held last spring. Continue reading SLO High Alum Honored Via Poly