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LWVSLO Supports Templeton Behavioral Health Facility

A Grand Jury report finds that mental health services in San Luis Obispo County are inadequate and calls for changes. Read a summary of the report here:

Meanwhile, in "Letters to the Editor" published in The Tribune and in New Times, the San Luis Obispo County League of Women Voters' board of directors announced its support of the proposed Behavioral Health hospital and related assisted living memory care facility for seniors in Templeton.

Louisiana-based Vizion Health LLC wants to build the 96-bed hospital along with a smaller senior facility at 1155 Las Tablas Road across from Twin Cities Community Hospital.

  • Here's an architectural rendering of a mental health hospital proposed for Templeton. COURTESY OF HOCHHAUSER BLATTER ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING

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Accessibility and Affordability of College

LWV SLOCo's Opening Meeting key speakers focused on the accessibility and affordability of highter education.. Dr. Gil Stork is well known to the San Luis Obispo community. Dr. Stork was selected to lead Cuesta College, on November 2, 2011, but he was no stranger to Cuesta; he served Cuesta for 40 years.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong began his tenure as Cal Poly's ninth president on Feb. 1, 2011, with a determination to enhance the university's Learn by Doing teaching approach. As a first-generation college graduate, he is particularly passionate about nurturing a campus climate that embraces inclusivity and diversity.

Cindy Marie Absey has been appointed Chair of the Higher Education Study Committee for the 2015 program year. Ms. Absey invited participation from the faculty and students of Cal Poly and Cuesta. Read about the latest assessment of California's higher education performance. The League of Women Voters California want to know: what can we do to bring back California's former standards of excellence? Join the study committee to shape the future!

Homeless Shelter Forum

LWVSLO Moderates Discussion about Homeless Center in SLO

Left to right are G. McIntosh, L. Weir, B. Thoma, and J. Spatafore

To a crowd that included "standing room only" attendees, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County moderated and co-hosted a public forum on a homeless center to be built at 40 Prado Road. Read more here:

The event was co-sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County, and the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County's Action for Healthy Communities. Funds for the videotaping were provided by the County Board of Supervisors' Community Project Grant funds. Read the full report.

"View the video complete with audience questions and answers."

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"Katcho" Achadjian, Donates Guide to CA Government

League President Marilee Hyman, left, presents the Guide to California Government to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Pam Ables at the County Office of Education. Also pictured: Administrative Manager Valerie Kraskey and League VP for Voter Service Vera Wallen. The purchase of these reference books was made possible by a generous donation to the League by State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.

Marilee Hyman, President of The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County expressed her gratitude on behalf of the League to "Katcho" Achadjian for his donation of the funds to make the Guide to California Government, a reference work produced by the California League, available to every high school in SLO County.

The County Library System announced that copies of the 15th edition of this five-star reference book are now available at all branches. Chris Barnickel, Director of Libraries, called the Guide a "valuable resource for the entire community".

Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter?

The League of Women Voters maintains a strong Facebook and Twitter presence," said Whitney Diaz, currently the Digital Brand Strategist at Verdin, speaking at the League of Women Voters Salon Series presentation. * Whitney Diaz receives League certificate from J. WenglikowskiMs. Diaz answered questions from the 22 participants attending the Saturday, March 1 Salon Series event at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Room of Union Bank. Ms. Diaz discussed how to harness the power of social media for yourself, your family, your favorite organization, or your business to build an engaging online community and maintain personal security and privacy.

Discussions among the participants indicated strong opinions about the positive and negative consequences of social media experiences. Ms. Diaz reported research conducted by the League of Women Voters showing social media users are active members of their communities. Social media users are considerably more likely than non-users to have:* Volunteered for a community organization (69% versus 49%);* Participated in a group related to a community issue (57% versus 43%); * Donated money to a charitable cause (89% versus 81%).

The Tribune selected Ms. Diaz last month as one of the Top 20 Under 40 in San Luis Obispo County. She met The Tribune's criteria: ". . . young women and men under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and commitment to community service." Discussing her approach to social media, Ms. Diaz explains, "Digital media can often be a scary prospect for some people, but it's my job to help clients overcome those fears, and make sure they or their brand is well-represented in the digital space."

View the slide presentation by media expert, Whitney Diaz here.

Mayor Tom O'Malley hosted the first-ever League-sponsored Meet Your Mayor event on Monday, October 28, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Atascadero City Hall.

Front Row: League Past Presidents Sharon Whitney and Sharon Winslow, Mayor Tom O'Malley, Current League President Marilee Hyman. Back Row: Attendee Dale Winslow and Atascadero City Councilwoman Heather Moreno.

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