City of Paso Robles Newsletter for March 1-15, 2021
Changes to Sewer Rates
At its regular meeting on February 16, City Council approved the changes to sewer rates and directed staff to commence the Proposition 218 notification, public hearing, and protest process for sewer rates for the next five years; and declare that a public hearing shall be held on April 20, 2021. View the staff report (PDF). View the discussion (YouTube).
Advisory Board Openings
City Council is inviting residents to apply for one of the 4 open seats on various City advisory committees:
If you’d like to learn more about being on a City advisory board, click here. The deadlines to apply vary and are included in the links above.
Street Maintenance Work 2021
The City of Paso Robles has scheduled its street maintenance repairs for 2021, using funds from the existing Supplemental Sales Tax passed in 2012. Construction on some west side streets and the Rambouillet and Nicklaus neighborhoods is set to begin this summer and to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting. (Road construction is done in the warmer months because of the materials used.) Details
Oak Park Openings
Wait lists opening soon for 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom Project-Based Voucher units for Oak Park 1 and 2 in Paso Robles. Apply online Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m. through Thursday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m. at www.haslo.org. Those who lack computer access can call America's Job Center at 805-286-8530 to schedule a time to use their computers. 3450 Broad St., #103, San Luis Obispo.
Roadway Safety Survey
The City is in the process of developing a Roadway Safety Plan. This plan will establish the framework and process for identifying and prioritizing transportation safety improvements. Please visit the website to learn about the effort and provide feedback.
The Paso Robles City Council held a community visioning and goal-setting workshop on February 20, in preparation for setting budget priorities for the next fiscal budget and to get a feel for what residents would like the City Council to focus on for the next 12-18 months. The results of the workshop will be presented at the March 2, 2021 City Council Regular Meeting. To view the session on YouTube and see the presentations, polls, and survey results, go to the City Council Goal Setting page.
Virtual Meetings Livestream
The next City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 PM. To listen live and view the presentations for this virtual meeting, go to the City's YouTube channel here. If you would like to call with public comment during either meeting, know the item number(s) you'd like to comment on and call 805-865-PASO (7276). You will be able to listen to the meeting while you wait. City Council agendas. Planning Commission agendas.
This week, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19. Assistance includes:
• Cash relief to lower-income Californians
• Increased aid to small businesses
• License renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic
• Additional resources for critical child care services
• Emergency financial aid for community college students
Next week SLO county will switch to a lottery-based vaccine appointment system that requires people to register for vaccine appointments only once. Health care workers, long-term care facility residents and employees and people age 65 and older can register online at RecoverSLO.org. The county will then electronically and randomly select a portion of those registered to fill appointment slots that week, based on vaccine allocation made available to the county. Appointments in Paso Robles may come available this week, register here.
15% of SLO County's population has now been fully vaccinated.
Beginning March 1, some local child care workers and K-12 teachers and staff working in-person will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccine in SLO County. Eligible workers in this sector will be contacted directly by their employer to schedule appointments when it is their turn.
Moderate Contact Sport Competitions to Resume on City's Public Fields
Youth and adult moderate contact sports competitions are able to resume on the city's public fields beginning Monday, March 1 following new restrictions and guidance from the California Public Health Department. Last week San Luis Obispo County’s COVID-19 case rate dropped below 14 cases per 100,000, the state’s threshold for allowing these types of activities to return.
For additional information including examples of sports with varying levels of contact and risk by tier please refer to the updated guidance HERE. To learn more about the city's public field usage or to reserve a field, please contact Cindy Duff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want San Luis Obispo County to Move to Red Tier? Get Tested for COVID-19
SLO County benefits when more people get tested from COVID-19. By increasing the number of tests conducted here, SLO County could move faster through the tiers of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
COVID-19 Testing Site Paso Robles Event Center - Frontier Pavilion
2198 Riverside Ave
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tests available Tuesday-Saturday from 7AM to 7PM.
Please register for an appointment ahead of time. If you need to register by phone, call 1-888-634-1123 or register online at emergencyslo.org/testing
Because of the dynamic nature of the changes being announced as California, SLO County and Paso Robles are working together to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and hasten the reopening of businesses. We have provided links below to business and resident resources, County Public Health updates, volunteer opportunities, and more.Details
Paso Robles continues to livestream audio and presentations from City Council and Planning Commission meetings. To listen live and view the presentations for these virtual meetings, go to the City's YouTube channel here. If you would like to call with public comment during either meeting, know the item number(s) you'd like to comment on and call 805-865-PASO (7276). You will be able to listen to the meeting while you wait. City Council agendas. Planning Commission agendas.
Recreation Events & Classes
Due to limited space, advance registration for all classes is strongly encouraged. Please contact Paso Robles Recreation Services at (805) 237-3988 or email@example.com.
Photography: Star Trails Workshop
Learn how to capture the beauty of the night sky as you shoot and process star trail images during this new evening photography class with local photographer Sharon West. This workshop includes an introductory meeting (virtual) on Thursday, March 11 from 7-8:00 p.m., an evening on location in-person shooting session on Saturday, March 13 from 6-9:30 p.m. and one photo processing session (virtual) on Monday, March 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 18+ (or younger with instructor permission). Saturday shooting location will be announced at the first class. $35 registration fee. Learn more and register here.
Mosaic Necklaces Craft at Home Kit
Create beautiful mosaic necklaces in minutes! Everything you’ll need to finish three one-of-a-kind mosaic necklaces is included in this craft at home kit from Creative Me Time. Each kit includes chains, beads, baubles, assorted shaped metal bezels, multi-colored glass, charms and step-by-step instructions. $10 registration fee (payable online) + $30 supply fee (payable at pick-up). These kits are available for curbside pick-up at Centennial Park on Monday, March 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. (advance registration required). This project is for children (ages 5+ with adult supervision) to adult. Learn more and register here.
Youth Evolution Soccer Academy
Help your child stay active and healthy while building their gross and fine motor skills with the Youth Evolution Soccer Academy. Three levels of instruction guarantee that your little player is challenged with age appropriate soccer skill development and conditioning drills during these classes designed to help young participants play, learn and grow. Fridays, March 12-April 9 on the Larry Moore Park soccer field. Level 1 (ages 3.5-5) 3:30-4:05 p.m., level 2 (ages 5-7) 4:10-5:05 p.m., level 3 (ages 7-11) 5:05-5:55 p.m. $100/5 classes. Learn more and register here.
Paint Party: A Hopeful Heart
Sip lemonade while painting and enjoying seasonal music during this art class for ages four to adult. This month we'll be painting a rainbow colored heart using acrylic on canvas. A rainbow traditionally symbolizes hope and of course the heart is a symbol of love. Our wish for you at the end of this colorful rainbow is a hopeful heart filled with peace, joy and love. Saturday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Centennial Park patio. $10 registration fee (payable online) + $15 supply fee (payable to the instructor at class). $5 registration discount for additional family members. Learn more and register here.
City Library Events & Classes
Macramé Plant Holder Craft Class
Registration Deadline: March 12 ZOOM Meetup: Thursday, March 25, 7-8PM In keeping with March’s theme of “Happy Out,” this month’s craft is an attractive macramé plant holder. This craft will appeal to intermediate crafters, but beginners who don’t mind a challenge will also enjoy creating this appealing plant holder. Space is limited. Library card required. Registration is required for all participants to get craft materials and information about ZOOM meetups. Ages 16+.
Children’s Library Virtual Fun on Facebook
Mondays: Pre-school Storytime (3-6yrs) with Miss Melissa, 10:00 am Tuesdays: Try It! (all ages) with Miss Melissa, 4:00 pm Wednesdays: Animal Tales Story Time & Craft* (1st-5th grades) with Miss Frances, Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. *Craft kits available for pick up starting the Monday before. Thursdays: Mother Goose on the Loose (0-18mos) with Miss Carrie, Thursdays 9:00 am Fridays: Toddler Story Time & Craft* (1-3yrs)with Miss Cappy, Fridays 10:00 am *Craft kits available for pick up starting the Wednesday before. All on Facebook Live!
The City is Hiring
Police Officer (Academy Grad/Entry Level)
Under general supervision and in cooperation with the community, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work to provide for the safety of the public, including: Patrols a designated area of the City in a radio-equipped car, motorcycle, or on foot, for the prevention of crime and enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; directs traffic; prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and illegal incidents observed; apprehends and arrests criminals; performs other related duties as required or assigned. This is an ongoing recruitment. Full details
Under general supervision, monitors and dispatches police and fire personnel; handles emergency calls and requests for assistance; receives and processes complaints; transmits critical data to appropriate personnel; maintains a variety of confidential records and reports; performs other related duties as required. This position will remain open until filled. Full details
Police Officer Recruit
This is a non-sworn, training level classification in the Police Department. Recruits do not have police officer powers or authority. Incumbents will assume non-sworn duties within the department and attend a P.O.S.T. Certified Academy through Allan Hancock College in Lompoc, CA, which starts July 19, 2021 and is approximately 6 months in length. The academy is intense and requires a high degree of discipline. Details
AARP-Tax Aide will be at the Senior Center Monday through Friday from February 1 through April 1 from 9 to 12 for drive up and drop off service only. There will not be any in-person tax preparation. No appointments will be taken. When you arrive, please stay in your car with your mask on. A Tax Aide representative will meet you at your car window, give you forms to prepare, and take all your 2020 tax documents. Please do not come unless you have all your tax documents. When your tax return is ready in 7 to 14 days, you will be called and asked to return to sign and pick it up. Please go to the Central Coast Free Tax website at ccfreetax.org for more information.
Eating for Mental and Physical Health
Are you feeling more anxious, stressed or depressed recently? Do you find yourself reaching for comfort foods just to ease some of the tension you feel? While comfort foods provide a coping mechanism for many, they can also increase rather than alleviate some of your anxiety and depressive emotions. SLO Food Bank has details on foods that improve mental health and boost immunity.
Translation Services Available
The City of Paso Robles is using a new translation service to help callers more quickly. The service allows City staff to easily connect to a third-party translation service via a conference call. The service has been in use by the Police Department for some time and will now be available to all departments when callers access the City’s information line at 805.227.7276. Read the Press Release o la Noticia de Prensa.
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