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Paso Robles Newsletter for December 15-31, 2018

You can see at a glance what is going on in our community; opportunities for public input; and upcoming meetings, public forums, and events. 

News and Important Dates

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Photo by SLO Tribune

City Council Welcomes New Member

Maria Garcia was sworn in as a Paso Robles City Councilmember on Tuesday, December 5, 2018, along with reelected Mayor Steve Martin and reelected Councilmember John Hamon. Ms. Garcia is the third woman elected to City Council in the history of Paso Robles and the first woman elected since 1984. 

Front page extra: changes coming!

Community Meetings to Discuss Changing to District Elections

Driven by a legal challenge, the City is transitioning from the current at-large system of electing the City Council to a by-district election model. Your input is needed to help draft boundary maps for the new districts. A public hearing is scheduled for December 18, 2018 during the regular City Council meeting. More details here

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Sherwood Park Master Plan Options

After multiple rounds of community meetings to gather input and ideas, the project designer has drafted two sets of plans for the Sherwood Park area and we invite you to tell us what you think.

View plans and submit feedback here

Results will be shared with City Council and posted on the Sherwood Park Area Master Plan page. 

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Downtown Parking Survey 

If your business or employees are participating in the Downtown Paso Robles Employee Permit Parking Pilot Program, we want your feedback! 

Take the survey

We will share the results of this survey with City Council and post it on the Downtown Parking page

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

For the first time since 2009 the City is updating its bikeway master plan and adding a pedestrian element  to integrate “complete streets” for all modes of transportation, including cars, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians for all levels of mobility. Resident outreach began in 2017 and included 6 public meetings. The Planning Commission has reviewed the plan twice and is recommending City Council adopt the plan on December 18, 2018 at its regular meeting. View plan here

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Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Daily News

PRHS Crimson Being Honored

Paso Robles City Council will honor the staff of Paso Robles High School's Crimson Newsmagazine for being named #1 newsmagazine and #2 website at the 2018 High School Journalism Conference.

The presentation will take place on December 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Full story here

Important Business News

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Take the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Survey 

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is seeking input on local economic development initiatives and goals. 

Take the Economic Development Survey here

Upcoming City Meetings, Forums, & Workshops

City Council Meeting
December 18, 2018, 6:30 PM @ City Hall / Library Conference Room
Agenda here

City Offices and Library Closed for Christmas and New Year's Day
December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019, All Day @ All City Offices and the City Library

Happy Holidays!

Recreation Classes & Events

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Holiday Hospitality at Centennial Park

Join Recreation Services for seasonal holiday treats, coffee and conversation in the Centennial Park main lobby from 9 am-6 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018 and Friday, December 21, 2018.  While you’re visiting, pick-up a winter/spring Recreation Guide or purchase a recreation gift certificate for that special someone on your list.  

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Make a Succulent Holiday Tree

Add lush local succulents to a moss tree form to create this stunning holiday centerpiece.  Everything is included to complete the project. 

This beautiful creation is perfect for your holiday table or as a hostess gift. 

Tuesday, December 18 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Centennial Park.  $15 + $55 supply fee.  Register Here.

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Concerts in the Park Call for Talent

The City of Paso Robles is seeking musical talent for the 2019 Concerts in the Park season.  This highly popular family-friendly concert series attracted over 25,000 attendees in the summer of 2018.  These free shows feature a wide variety of local and regional musical entertainment performing in the Paso Robles City Park gazebo. Musicians interested in consideration for the 2019 season must submit a press kit by Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Library Events

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All About Elephant Seals! 

What do you know about elephant seals? Did you know that they can dive for up to 30 minutes at a time? Did you know that elephant seal pups gain 10 pounds per day during their first four weeks of life? Did you know that you can observe elephant seals on our local coastline near San Simeon? The Paso Robles City Library is pleased to invite you to a family-friendly presentation on December 15 10:30-11:30 am. Registration is not required for this event. 

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Happy Jólabókaflóð!

Celebrate the December 24th Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð with a bookmark craft and a new book!

Monday, December 24, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Children’s Library at 1000 Spring Street while supplies last.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

Bring your stuffed animal to the Children’s Library, Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM to drop them off for their Library sleepover. Pick them up Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:30 AM and see what kinds of mischief they got into overnight! Limited to first 30 children. Registration required. Go to:

Regular Reports

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Social Media Sentiment Report

The City of Paso Robles tracks social media sentiment across 30+ public Facebook and Twitter profiles. 2018 topics of interest include cultural affairs and events, education and the local economy.  

Social Media Sentiment Report - 2018 Year End 
Social Media Sentiment Report  - November 2018
Social Media Sentiment Report  - October 2018

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Downtown Ambassador Report

The Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association (Main Street) provides Downtown Ambassador Karyl Lammers as a host to residents and visitors to our downtown. Karyl offers information on "Everything Downtown" including directions, recommendations, event information and referrals for relocating your home or business to Paso Robles. You can read her monthly reports here.

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Visitors Center Report

The City contracts with the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce to provide hospitality to visitors to our area in the form of a full service visitors center downtown. The Paso Robles Visitors Center is located at 1225 Park Street and provides local information, directions, recommendations and business referrals along with business and residential relocation services and information. You can view the Visitor Center quarterly reports here.   

Upcoming Community Events 

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Victorian Teddy Bear Tea

Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Paso Robles Park Ballroom
1232 Park Street, Suite #200
$8 for Children, $20 for Adults

Come enjoy music, storytelling, gingerbread cookie decorating, candy canes, pictures to color, and door prizes. Seating is limited. Ticket info.  

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Country Farm and Craft Market

Every Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Near Downtown City Park, 11th and Park Streets

Join your friends, neighbors and visitors at the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles for this weekly event filled with small town charm. Arts, crafts, produce and more sold by SLO County farmers and craftspeople. 

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Tuesday Farmer's Market

Every Tuesday
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Near Downtown City Park, 11th and Park Streets

Get fresh local produce and artisan foods in Downtown Paso Robles every Tuesday from 3-6. Get a wider variety of foods not found in the supermarket. Know where it comes from. Talk to the farmer who actually grew it, picked it, and brought it to you!  

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New Year's Eve Events

Ring in the new year in a unique way this year! 

You can take your pick from an exciting and eclectic mix of New Year's Eve events in Paso Robles this year, with themes that range from Cabaret to Havana to DJs to the Paso Wine Man Band and more.

See all events here

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Art After Dark

Saturday, January 5, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine Street

Studios on the Park celebrates Art After Dark Paso, a fun tradition of art, wine, and live music-filled evenings at the start of every month! Celebrate the opening of Common Ground 2019 with Alta Colina wines and a live performance by Erin Inglish. Free. Wine for $8/glass. 

Need more info? 

If you'd like information on a specific item, event or issue that isn't listed here, please send an email to or call 805.237.3888. 

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