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Paso Robles Newsletter for September 1-15, 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 Update

Residents and merchants have reported that there is a large increase in the amount of parking available downtown since the launch of paid parking on August 14.

The paid parking program applies Monday-Friday from 9AM-6PM.
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The first two hours of parking are free, drivers must enter their license plate number in one of the 34 kiosks downtown or in the WayToPark app to receive free parking. Download app

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    Spring Street Parking Lot Repair

    Repairs are under way at the parking lot at the southwest  corner of 13th and Spring Street. Repairs include: replacing old asphalt, replacing invasive trees, refurbishing landscaping and irrigation, replacing cracked and lifted medians, and bringing the accessible parking spaces and path up to current standards. Drainage upgrades are also included to help protect the new pavement from water damage. Estimated completion date of November, weather permitting. 

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    City Projects Update

    Current Public Works project updates include:
    • Spring St. pipeline from 24th to 36th Streets
    • Slurry seal schedule
    • Union Rd. repairs along Barney Schwartz Park
    • Parking lot improvements
    You can see the full City Projects Update for July/August 2019 here

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    Library Study Center Celebrates New and Improved Services

    The Library Study Center at 3600 Oak Street celebrated its Grand Reopening on August 19. Thanks to many generous donors, new features include: 
    • Now Open Monday - Friday
    • Now a Fully-Circulating Children’s Library
    • Now Issuing Library Cards

    Read the press release.

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    Economic Development Update

    The City's Community Development Department recently reported out on projects under way including:

    • Housing
    • Traffic circulation
    • Economic Development
    • Hotels & tourism growth
    • New businesses & permits
    See the full report here
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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. {Note the September 3 meeting has been moved to September 5.}

    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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    Water Maintenance Specialist I/II (Multiple open positions) 

    Under direct or general supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled work in the installation, modification, maintenance, repair and operation of City infrastructure. Incumbents assist/perform routine maintenance of water supply, collection and distribution systems equipment; performs other related work as required. Apply here.

    Application deadline: Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Tentative Interview Date: Friday, October 18, 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

    Holiday - City Hall, Library and City Offices Closed
    September 2, 2019, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
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    Development Review Committee Meeting
    September 2, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
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    City Council Meeting - RESCHEDULED to September 5, 2019
    September 3, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber
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    Paso Robles Youth Commission Advisory Committee Meeting
    September 4, 2019, 2:30 PM @ Centennial Park White Oak Room
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    City Council Meeting
    September 5, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber
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    Senior Citizen Advisory Commission Meeting
    September 9, 2019, 1:30 PM @ Senior Center
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    Development Review Committee Meeting
    September 9, 2019, 3:30 PM @ City Hall Large Conference Room
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    Paso Robles Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting
    September 9, 2019, 4:00 PM @ Centennial Park, Live Oak Room
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    Planning Commission Meeting
    September 10, 2019, 6:30 PM @ City Council Chamber
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    Library Board Meeting
    September 12, 2019, 9:00 AM @ City Council Chamber
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    Recreation Events & Classes 

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    Body Movement: Journey Through Story & Music

    This class is a magical journey through storytelling and music through pretend play. On their journey, your child will use their imagination to become various animals through movement and sound. We will explore nature using our imaginations, transforming into growing plants and swaying trees. We will also move our bodies to positive motivating music that focuses on growth, perseverance and feelings. This class is taught by elementary educator and certified positive discipline instructor Stormy Capalare.  Wednesdays, September 4-25, 5:30-6:15 PM, $40/$35 sibling. Register

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    CaliKids Gymnastics & Fitness 

    Your child will love these Calikids Beginning Gymnastics & Tumbling (ages 3-6Y) and Minute to Win It Fitness Olympics (ages 7-11Y) classes.  Gymnastics focuses on building strength and improving balance, agility, flexibility and coordination in a positive non-competitive environment.  Minute to Win It class is a unique action packed adventure featuring 60 second fitness challenges using everyday household objects.  Thursdays, 4:40-5:25 PM or 5:30-6:15 PM, $59/15% sibling discount. Register

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    Holiday Paint & Cocoa Party: Fall Pumpkins

    Create pumpkin art on canvas using chalk and oil pastels while listening to seasonal music and sipping cocoa.  Individual or family rates.  All ages class for ages 4Y+.  Under 8 with parent help.  Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7 PM, $10 + $15 material fee. Additional family member $5 + $15 material fee.  Centennial Park Acorn Room. Register


    Library Events & News

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    Calling All Artists!

    Proposals for 2020 now being accepted
    Applications to display your art in the Library are available in the library and here. Proposals should include a completed application along with photographs or other representation of the work to be displayed. The deadline to apply is September 10, 2019

    For more information or to have an application mailed to you, contact Don at 805-237-3870 or

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    Every Child Ready to Read: Parent Education Classes

    Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 6-7 PM 
    Adults in a child’s life can learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills at home. Teaching parents and caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children, from birth to age five, is the basis of 4-week course. Designed for adults to attend with or without their children. Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information, contact Melissa Bailey, 805-237-3870.

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    Getting Started in Journaling

    Boosting your health in a creative way

    Saturday, September 14, 10:30 AM - 1 PM
    Learn the hows and whys of journaling, including instruction on how to get started, what to include in a journal, and techniques of journaling including bullet journaling, led by well-known local English instructor Aaron Cantrell. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

    Did you know that Library programs are always FREE?

    Community Events

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    Firestone Walker Beer Garden BBQ

    Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 1:00 PM
    Firestone Walker Taproom Patio, 1400 Ramanda Dr.

    Join us on the Paso Robles Taproom’s recently renovated patio for our summer BBQ! No reservations needed, family friendly. Details

    BBQ Plates  |  Live Music  |  Beer Specials

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    Art After Dark

    Saturday, August 3 , 2019, 6 PM - 9 PM
    Downtown Paso Robles

    Free Art Walk - First Saturday of Every Month - Rain or Shine. Participating venues include EathTones Gallery, PArk Street Gallery, Marlow Studios, Studios on the Park and Laure Carlisle Art Studio & Gallery. In addition to art, venues will feature live music, local adult beverages, raffles and more. Details and map

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    Taste of Downtown & Arte de Tiza

    Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11 AM–4 PM

    Sample food from Paso Robles restaurants and wineries and “take a taste of downtown” that you won’t forget. Simultaneously, the Downtown Park transforms into an artistic palette of colorful beauty as chalk artists of all ages converge on the city park to showcase their talents. Details

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    Whale Rock Music Festival

    Saturday & Sunday, September 14-15, 2019, 1-8 PM
    Castoro Cellars, 1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton

    Join fellow music fans for two days of wine-loving, peace & jammin’ in the vines. Festival lineup includes Toots & the Maytals, Beats Antique, Xavier Rudd, California Honeydrops, Lil Smokies and so many more!! Art, Yoga, Crafts, Kids Activities, Silent Disco, Craft Beer, Cider, Wine, Local Grub! Details

    For a complete list of community events,  click here. 

    Regular City Reports

    Other News

    PRPD Honorees
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    PRPD Retirees Honored

    On August 20th, the Paso Robles Police Department and City Council honored five recent retirees for their outstanding service to the department and community:

    - Officer David Torres for his 29 years of service
    - Officer Joe Ramirez for his 28 years of service
    - Officer Robert Rogers for his 27 years of service
    - Sgt. David Opheim for his 14 years of service
    - Records Clerk Kris Tognazzini for her 21 years of service

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    New Deputy City Clerk Sworn In

    On August 22nd, the Paso Robles City Manager's Office welcomed the City's new Deputy City Clerk, Melissa Martin. Melissa has worked for the City since September of 2016, where she began as a temporary employee then hired as a full time Utility Billing Clerk in 2017. Melissa is originally from Upstate New York and has lived in Paso Robles since 1998. She is excited to take on this new role and is looking forward to serving the community as Deputy City Clerk.

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    New Records Clerk Sworn In

    On August 28th, the Paso Robles Police Department welcomed its newest Records Clerk, Denise Cameron, to the team.  Denise joins Record Clerk Andrea Fletes, Records Cadet Sandy Heiskill and Records/Dispatch Supervisor Mary Sponhaltz to the Records Management team. Denise is originally from San Jose and moved to Paso Robles in 2012, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. Welcome to the PRPD family!

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