6/9/20

Today Penny and I went to Walmart and I did some shopping. While I was there, I noticed a line of cars at In & Out. Between the number of cars and the speed the cars were moving at, I think it would take at least 45 minutes to get your order from the time you got in the line. As it was, I had to stand about 15 minutes in line to get into Walmart and another 15 minutes in line to check out. Besides getting to go for a ride Penny got two runs so she was happy.

County health officials reported three new cases of COVID-19 on today, bringing the county’s total to 302 confirmed cases as of. Five people are hospitalized, including three patients who are in the ICU. Twenty-four people are recovering at home and 272 people have recovered. San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

The health department reports that a total of 12,685 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far at both the public health lab and at private labs. Free coronavirus tests are currently available in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo. Tests will also be available on Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11, at the ECHO parking lot in Atascadero. Appointments are required at all locations. Call 1-888-634-1123 to make an appointment.

As of today, Paso Robles has a total of 122 cases, Atascadero has 40, Nipomo has 31, Arroyo Grande has 24, San Luis Obispo has 22, Templeton has ten, Pismo Beach and San Miguel each have nine cases, and Morro Bay has seven. Eleven inmates at the California Men’s Colony have also tested positive for coronavirus. Another 17 cases are in communities with fewer than five cases and the health department is not disclosing those locations.

Paso Robles has had three times as many cases as any other community in San Luis Obispo County. At a Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said the high number of cases was connected to the migrant farmworker community and that the health department is working with employers to encourage testing and ensure farmworkers have safe quarantine housing.

The state of California will allow bars to reopen on Friday in counties that meet the criteria to enter phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan. Also, the state will permit the reopening of other types of businesses, including wineries, breweries, gyms, movie theaters, zoos, museums, campgrounds, cardrooms, and racetracks. Night clubs and concert venues are among the businesses that still will not be permitted to reopen.

Since California issued a shelter-in-place order, bars have been allowed to serve take-out food and drinks. Sit-down drinking had not been permitted, though under recently relaxed rules, patrons have been allowed to consume drinks at bars that serve dine-in food.

In some areas of California, bars have also reopened in violation of state rules.

When the remaining bars receive approval to reopen, they will need to follow similar rules as restaurants, including six-foot social distancing between tables and adhering to a maximum occupancy.

Armed business owners in Arroyo Grande sparked a fiery debate this weekend.

The owners say they were just trying to keep the peace during last week’s protest in the Five Cities area, but many people did not see it that way.

Dozens of people have taken to Facebook and Yelp to share their concern over the display on the roofs of The Pit Martial Arts and Fitness and Grand Barbers; some writing messages like: “Shame on you for attempted intimidation…” and “You will forever be known as a right-wing racist organization.”

For The Pit owner, John Hackleman, he says the decision to put armed men on the roof came after rumors started circulating about Friday’s protest in Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach.

“What I heard from a lot of people was that it was going to be a friendly protest disguised with a lot of people that are going to bused in from out of town, like L.A., Fresno, valley area,” Hackleman explained. “I heard there was a very good chance it was going to violent.”

Hackleman says he never intended for the decision to be a statement on Black Lives Matter or against the protest.

“It didn’t get in the picture at all. [The plan was], we’re going to defend ourselves, our community, our gym — that’s all we want to do,” Hackleman said.

From the roof of The Pit, Hackleman says he was able to walkie-talkie men on other roofs watching out for their street. The protest route, however, never actually came all the way down East Grand Avenue, according to city officials.

“We realize now that might have been intimidating for some people; we never wanted that to happen, and I am sorry it did intimidate good people,” Hackleman said.

For some in the community, the apology is not enough, and some are still left wondering if it’s legal.

City leaders say the business owners’ actions fall under second amendment rights.

“While that behavior may be legal, it may not be right for Arroyo Grande,” said Caren Ray Russom, Mayor of Arroyo Grande. “So, I hope that’s the lesson that comes from this: what’s legal isn’t always right for the situation.”

Mayor Ray Russom says she is disappointed it took away from the main message of the protest.

“What I hope comes out of this moving forward is a continued refocus on the issue of the time — which is social justice issues and the issues that have been brought forward with the Black Lives Matter movement,” she explained.

The uproar shows how self-righteous and entitled liberals are. It is fine for them to express their First Amendment rights with protests and riots which also intimidate people, but it is not alright for business owners to exercise their Second Amendment right to protect their business and livelihood. In this area there have been looting and vandalism during some of the protests and in other areas there has been major looting and rioting along with destruction of property. I wonder if the armed people protecting their businesses had not been there and there was looting and destruction of property how many of these people who are complaining would step up and offer to pay for the damage. This is just another example of liberals calling good evil and evil good.

“Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions, and more!” is the motto of the California Conservation Corp (CCC)

Whether they are living in dorms at a CCC residential center or commuting to work at a non-residential center each day, Corpsmembers start their days early and work hard.

At residential centers, Corpsmembers are responsible for cleaning their rooms and making their beds daily. Breakfast may be served before the sun comes up, and time is provided to pack a bag lunch to take and eat on the project site.

All Corpsmembers, residential and non-residential, line up for roll call at their center before departing for the day’s project with their crews in vans or larger vehicles. In the CCC, crews will travel up to an hour or so to reach a project site.

At the project site, there are “tailgate sessions” to talk about safety and learn more about the work the Corpsmembers will be doing. The project work is often very challenging but offers opportunities to learn and develop new skills.

Crews return to the center in the late afternoon. Non-residential Corpsmembers then attend class, either working on high school diplomas or advancing their education through CCC Core Training classes.

Residential Corpsmembers have dinner in the center’s dining hall after returning to the center, then attend class. Corpsmembers are free to spend the evenings as they please when class is over but must keep in mind that the next day starts bright and early.

The California Conservation Corps operates 17 wildland firefighting hand crews at nine centers. The CCC partners with CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management to provide hand crews to fight wildland fires throughout the state.

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Published by mpfitch

I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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