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Paso Robles Newsletter for August 15-31, 2019

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

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Paid Parking Launched August 14

Pay stations have been installed downtown and paid parking began on August 14.

The paid parking program, and employee permit program, were designed to support small local business while encouraging more residents to come downtown Monday-Friday from 9AM-6PM. FAQs

The first two hours of parking are free, drivers must enter their license plate number to receive free parking. 
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    Current Public Safety Measures

    In addition to regular operations, the Paso Robles Police Department, Fire Department and Building Department have public safety efforts underway, including:

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    Groundwater Sustainability Plan

    The City of Paso Robles Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is pleased to announce that the Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan has been completed and is available for public review and comment.  This Plan will ensure that the Paso Robles Subbasin achieves sustainability by 2040. The Final Plan must be submitted to the State by January 2020.  The Plan has been developed by four GSAs over the past year, with significant public outreach and public input. The Draft Plan can be found at:

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    Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    City Council adopted a Short-Term Rental Ordinance and Resolution that allows but limits the number of home-share and vacation rentals in the City; institutes requirements for vacation rental owners to pay transient occupancy taxes, obtain business licenses, abide by occupancy limits and parking requirements, and comply with “Good Neighbor” guidelines. It also establishes a complaint hotline to address neighborhood concerns, and requires Council to review the status of the industry in one year and two years from now and specifies that the ordinance will expire if not modified or replaced in three years. Adopted ordinance and resolution

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    Public Hearing: Noise Ordinance

    The City of Paso Robles Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on August 27, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to consider making a recommendation to the City Council regarding an update to the General Plan Noise Element and proposed Noise Ordinance. This will be the fourth time the Planning Commission will meet on the noise element after a series of public workshops which were held during the last year.  More details

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    City Council Meeting Highlights

    The Paso Robles City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chamber at 1000 Spring Street.

    A brief overview of the items discussed is posted here the day after each meeting you can subscribe to email updates here and see all agendas here

    City of Paso Robles Employment Opportunities

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    Fire Prevention Specialist

    This position reviews fire detection and suppression systems to ensure compliance with appropriate standards; acts as a resource to others regarding Fire Department requirements; and performs field inspections and public education. Requires in-depth knowledge of applicable building and fire codes and the ability to effectively apply code requirements.

    Application Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2019
    Apply here

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    Parks Maintenance Specialist I/II 

    The Parks Maintenance Specialist performs a variety of semi-skilled work in the construction, modification, maintenance, repair and operation of City infrastructure,
    including trails, open space and trees. Weekend shifts may be required. A link to the full job description and online application is available here.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Tentative Interview Date: Monday, September 9, 2019 

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    Police Officer (Lateral/Entry Level/Academy Graduate)

    In cooperation with the community, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work to provide for the safety of the public.
    Application Deadline: Continuous
    Apply here

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    Police Officer Recruit

    Performs non-sworn duties within the Police Department and attends a P.O.S.T. Certified Basic Academy, which is approximately 6 months in length. Upon graduation and award of the Academy Basic Certificate, candidates may be appointed and sworn-in as a Police Officer.
    Application Deadline: Continuous
    Apply here

    Apply and find additional information for all available positions here! Questions? Email or call (805) 227-7234.

    Upcoming City Meetings, Forums, & Workshops

    Development Review Committee Meeting
    August 19, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
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    City Council Meeting
    August 20, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber
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    Development Review Committee Meeting
    August 26, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
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    Planning Commission Meeting - Noise Element and Ordinance
    August 27, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber
    The City of Paso Robles Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on August 27, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. to consider making a recommendation to the City Council regarding an update to the General Plan Noise Element and proposed Noise Ordinance. This will be the fourth time the Planning Commission will meet after a series of public workshops which were held during the last year.
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    Recreation Events & Classes 

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    The Art of Soy Candle Making

    Learn to create beautiful hand-poured and decorated natural vegetable soy candles during this class. Melt the wax, create colors, choose fragrances and select the right wick for your candle and container. You'll have a chance to personalize your creations by decorating your candle containers as well.  Thursday, August 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the Centennial Park Kitchen.  $20 + $15 supply fee payable in class.  Make an additional candle for $8.  Register here


    Workshop Mamas: Mandala Dot Art

    Dot art is fun and easy even for beginners. During this two hour workshop you'll paint a rock and an 8 x 10 canvas with your own unique design. The Workshop Mamas will teach painting techniques to inspire new projects. All materials provided.  Tuesday, August 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Centennial Park White Oak Room.  $35 + $10 supply fee payable in class.  Register here

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    Self-Hypnosis:  Learn to Master Your Mind

    You will learn what hypnosis is (and what it isn't), how and why hypnosis works and the difference between a hypnosis session with a certified hypnotist and self-hypnosis. This class will help you to learn the process of self-hypnosis. You will experience hypnosis as a group. When you leave, you will have all the skills, knowledge and processes to perform self-hypnosis.  Wednesday, August 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the Centennial Park White Oak Room.  $25.  Register here

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    Paper Crafts & Book Making

    Join local author and artist Beryl Reichenberg to make two books: one about summer fun and the other about the beach.  Plenty of colorful papers, cutouts and craft material will be provided.  Children under 6 should bring an adult to help them with cutting.  Adults craft for free when accompanied by a child. Tuesday, August 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Centennial Park White Oak Room.  $5.  Register here


    Library Events & News

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    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    Wednesday, August 21, 7:00-8:00 pm
    This month, the Paso Robles City Library’s Book Group discusses The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera. For ages 16+.

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    Tabletop Game Day—Cosmic Encounter

    Saturday, August 24, 1:00-4:00 pm
    In Cosmic Encounter, each player is the leader of an alien race attempting to build a galactic empire by establishing colonies in other players’ planetary systems. Using force, cunning and diplomacy, players vie to establish colonies on five planets outside their home system.  Join the fun and see which aliens are victorious! For ages 16+.

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    August’s Maker Monday: Calming Bottles

    Monday, August 26, 4:00-5:00 pm
    Learn how to make a calming bottle with an outer space twist. Each participant will create his or her own galaxy in a bottle to take home! When school or homework gets too intense, take a break and relax with your calming cosmic bottle. For ages 7-12.

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    Large-Group Story Time

    Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 am
    Large Group Story Time has been designed especially for preschool and daycare groups. Held the last Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am, the program includes songs, stories, and motor skill development exercises and runs about 40 minutes. Groups must come with a ratio of one adult for every eight children. Space is limited. Registration is required. Multiple groups will be accepted until room capacity is reached. For more information, contact Melissa Bailey, 805-237-3870. For ages 3-6.

    Did you know that Library programs are always FREE?

    Community Events

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    Concerts in the Park

    Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for this staple summer occasion. Enjoy the sounds of country, blues, rock, and other genres from local bands.

    Wine available for purchase onsite from J. Lohr., and proceeds benefit the REC Foundation. Details 

    August 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Joy Bonner Band (funky rock, R&B)

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    Paso Robles Distillery Trail Weekend

    Each distillery on the Paso Robles and SLO distillery trails will be hosting an open house along with food options available August 16-18. We will also be releasing our collectable copper card: $40, gets a complimentary tasting flight at each distillery on the trail! With a social media scavenger hunt and trail maps to be stamped, there will be lots of options for giveaways and prizes! Come celebrate our local spirits! Details

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    All Paso Robles Events

    Brimming with good taste yet always down to earth, Paso Robles is rich in history against a backdrop of vineyards, olive orchards, farms, and ranches that inspire its local culture. 

    There are events nearly every day of the week in Paso Robles, to celebrate wine, beer, spirits, cider, food, history and more. Take a look and follow your bliss.  

    For a complete list of community events,  click here. 

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