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Paso Robles Newsletter for January 1-15, 2019

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

No matter what your areas of local interest, there is something here for you.  Just start scrolling.

News and Important Dates

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Paso Robles Community Calendar

Have you ever wished you could see ALL the Paso Robles events in one place? We partnered with the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street and the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance to create an honest-to-goodness hanging wall calendar! It lists all the great annual events, Chamber and Main Street mixer dates, recreation sign-up dates and so much more. Pick up your copy at the Chamber and Main Street offices. 

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The Year in Review 

As part of its civic engagement efforts, the City of Paso Robles tracked social media sentiment across more than 30 public Facebook and Twitter profiles in 2018. 

See what Roblans found important in 2018 and what they had to say on the matters. Read the report.  

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Celebrating the Legacy of MLK

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 please join your neighbors in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This free, annual community event is a chance to honor Dr. King by congregating and enjoying music, art and education. This year's event theme is "I Am...Because of His Legacy." The event kicks off with a March for Unity at noon, followed by a program. Details 

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Downtown Parking is Different 

Since December 1, 2018 certain public parking lots have "permit only" stalls for downtown employees to use as a way of freeing up on-street parking for customers. The permits are good for Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and the reserved spaces are open to the public outside of those hours. Mind the signs so you don't get a warning or citation. And many thanks to the downtown businesses who are participating!  Details

Front page extra: changes coming!

Designing District Boundaries for the Change to By-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. Details

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 Offices and Library Closed for New Year's Day
January 1, 2019, All Day @ All City Offices and the City Library
Happy New Year!

City Council Regular Meeting
January 3, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring
Regular meeting of the Paso Robles City Council - January 3, 2019

Development Review Committee Meeting
January 7, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
The DRC has the authority to make decisions on all applications for development review. The DRC also reviews and comments on all major development projects before such projects are scheduled for review and consideration by the Planning Commission or City Council for final action.

Planning Commission Meeting
January 8, 2019, 6:30 PM?-?7:30 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring

Paso Robles Youth Commission Advisory Committee Meeting
January 9, 2019, 2:30 PM?-?4:00 PM @ Centennial Park White Oak Room
The Paso Robles Youth Commission is a youth-led organization that seeks to provide opportunities and representation for youth through collaboration with local government in order to enrich the lives of the youth in our community.

Library Board Meeting
January 10, 2019, 9:00 AM?-?10:00 AM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission Meeting
January 14, 2019, 1:30 PM?-?2:30 PM

Development Review Committee Meeting
January 14, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
The DRC has the authority to make decisions on all applications for development review. The DRC also reviews and comments on all major development projects before such projects are scheduled for review and consideration by the Planning Commission or City Council for final action.

Paso Robles Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting
January 14, 2019, 4:00 PM?-?6:00 PM @ Centennial Park, Banquet Room B, 600 Nickerson Drive
The Paso Robles Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee seeks to partner with the community and provide opportunities for people to enrich their lives and increase their enjoyment and well-being through recreation and education while striving to protect the natural resource-based park system.

City Council Meeting
January 15, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber, 1000 Spring

Recreation Classes & Events

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Rec Dept Classes for January

Start 2019 off right by trying some of the great classes offered by our Recreation Department, including: Aqua Fit, Babies & Moms at the Barre, Baby Seals Infant Survival, Ballroom Dance, Basketball, Body in Balance for Active Aging, CaliKids Fitness (gymnastic and ninja warrior skills), Creative Me Time (mosaic stepping stone), Dance, Dog Training, Driver's Ed, Futsol, Karate, Line Dancing, Pickleball and more. Details 

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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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Family Game Day at the Library

On Friday, January 4, 2019 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM families are invited to spend time together playing board games in the Library Conference Room. We will provide the games and snacks; all you need to do is bring the family and have a fun afternoon enjoying each other.

Free tickets are required and are available at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes prior to the program.

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Symphony of the Vines

The Paso Robles City Library is pleased to invite the public to a performance by members of the Symphony of the Vines chamber orchestra on Saturday, January 12, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the Library Conference Room.
Cellists Barbara Hunter-Spencer and Hilary Clark will perform movements from J. S. Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello. 

Other Reports

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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 Downtown Ambassador 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.   

Brian Lewis

New Battalion Chief

The Emergency Services Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Lewis to Battalion Chief. Brian joined the Department of Emergency Services in July 2001 and his operational experiences include Acting Battalion Chief, Fire Captain/Paramedic, Firefighter/Paramedic, department training officer, Training Advisory Group member, Technical Rescue Team member, Hazardous Materials Team member and certified CSFM Fire Officer. Brian and his family reside in Paso Robles. 

Robbie Smith

New Fire Captain 

The Emergency Services Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Smith to Fire Captain/Paramedic. Robby joined the Department  in 2002 and has held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter-Paramedic,  and Acting Captain/Paramedic. Robby has been a paramedic since 2015, serves as a member of the North County Technical Rescue Team and oversees the department’s personal protective clothing program. Robby resides in Paso Robles with his wife and two children.

Upcoming Community Events 

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January is Restaurant Month! 

Indulge in SLO CAL Restaurant Month, starting January 1-31, 2019*! Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus of three courses at $30-$40 per person or other special offerings. 

We hope you join us for this exciting month celebrating some of the finest cuisines on the Central Coast! Details

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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. 

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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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Wine Speak

January 7-10, 2019
Various Venues

Wine Speak Paso Robles is a premier industry summit that brings sommeliers, wine industry leaders and hospitality professionals together for an intimate educational journey designed to advance collaboration, knowledge and performance throughout the wine industry. Details

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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!  

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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