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2018 February PASO Magazine

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RELAY FOR LIFE OF NORTH

RELAY FOR LIFE OF NORTH COUNTY NEW DATE: MAY 5 & 6, NEW LOCATION: ATASCADERO! By Millie Drum Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. The North County community will gather for one day and one night with fellowship, activities, ceremonies and one goal in mind – to find a cure for cancer. This year’s 24-Hour Relay at the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero will begin on Saturday, May 5, at 8 a.m. and conclude at 8 a.m. the next day. For over 20 years, hundreds of North County residents have given their generous support of time and fundraising efforts of Relay for Life. For seasoned Relay team captains, plans are underway for team member recruiting and fundraising events. For those new to Relay, visit relayforlife.org/northcounty for information on forming or joining a team and fundraising through events, donations and sponsorships. The American Cancer Society gives team captains and members and opportunity to coordinate their fundraising effort online with a personal home page. The ceremonies throughout the event honor survivors, caregivers and everyone who is helping them through their cancer journey. To symbolize the harsh reality that cancer never sleeps, a walker from every team must be present on the track for 24 hours. The event includes ceremonies, the Survivor’s Breakfast and dinner for participants on Saturday, team and family activities and the camaraderie among everyone who has been touched by cancer. After the opening ceremony, cancer survivors walk the first lap united in their victory. At dusk, the luminaria ceremony offers solemn reflection for our survivors and to remember those we’ve lost. The candle lit luminaria bags with names of those we honor line the way for walkers; symbolizing the path of hope. For team registration, corporate or individual sponsorships and donations, and to purchase a luminaria, visit relayforlife.org/northcounty. For general information, visit cancer.org or call 800-ACS-2345. TEMPLETON from page 23 Community IMPACT Award Dinner The Templeton Chamber of Commerce will honor local community members and businesses for what they give to the Templeton community with its IMPACT Awards Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. at Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main St. The chamber will honor locals as Citizen of the Year, Public Safety Person of the Year, Student Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Award. To purchase tickets, go to the the Chamber’s website, Templeton- Chamber.com. THS Play: “My Fair Lady” Templeton High School Drama Department will present its spring show, “My Fair Lady,” March 15 to 24 at the Performing Arts Center. The musical will include a live orchestra. For more info, call 805-591-4770 or to go BrownPaperTickets.com to purchase tickets. 24 PASO Magazine, February 2018

PERSPECTIVE from page 22 Pacific Gas & Electric wants to shutter the plant by 2025, but the state public utilities commission (PUC) has decided to wait to decide whether to approve or deny that request. The PUC’s decision not to decide has all sorts of delicious rumor and scandal potential; first, PG&E’s alleged long intimacy with the PUC alarms a lot of folks who simply want nuclear power to go away. That supposed intimacy should have made it easy to approve PG&E’s closure date, but perhaps the board doesn’t want to appear quite so anti-statist as county and state government officials scramble to make up the lost revenue. Equally disturbing to anti-nuke activists is the quiet resurgence of interest in nuclear power, even among environmentalists who think greenhouse gases are more of a problem than possible nuclear plant accidents or where to bury spent fuel. Are they afraid Diablo Canyon might not close before the political tide turns back in favor of nuclear power? More likely, the delay was driven by problems with PG&E’s proposed $85-million tax windfall settlement with San Luis Obispo county schools and cities. Administrative law judge Peter Allen ruled the utility can’t simply pass that sum along to ratepayers, which means trouble for company bosses who have to explain why shareholder dividends tanked. PG&E won’t say whether they’ll appeal that decision. Pot Petition: Nobody lost any time blazing up after January 1; the first farmer’s market of 2018 in San Luis Obispo smelled like a skunk farm. Still, stoners wielding new political might showed up at shopping centers hawking petitions to overturn a county decision to cap the number of pot growing permits. Then suddenly, lead organizer Sean Donahoe dropped the petition effort, apparently after talks with county officials who were reportedly willing to open up the permit process, at least temporarily, until state licensing rules are laid out clearly. Supervisors initially seemed against California’s brave new world of legalized cannabis, until conservative leaning chair, John Peschong, announced the board was working on an informal letter approval process that growers can present to state licensing officials, when that happens. Peschong even hinted that another 40 permits may be in the pipeline. Once again cognitive dissonance passes on a one-tozero vote. February 2018, PASO Magazine 25

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