Micro-cell sites coming to Paso Robles

Micro-cell antennae are being planned in busy areas around Paso Robles to handle the increasing demands of cell service. Last week at the planning commission, we approved two small mirco-cell sites for Vina Robles. I’m looking forward to new proposals for sites around the Mid-State Fair, where demand is high, as fairgoers try to record …

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Large assisted living facility is much-debated project

For the second meeting in a row, the planning commission made a contentious split decision. The first was a meeting over personal cultivation of medical marijuana in December. This week, the commission was split over approving a large assisted living facility on S. River Road. The applicants originally submitted a three-story, 80,000-square-foot project. They asked for …

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Q&A with Hoot n Annie

Local food, wine and adventure blogger, and friend, Matt Browne interviewed me for a Q&A on his Hoot n Annie website. It was a lot of fun and I really appreciated it. Original post is here. This is a re-post: Q&A with Scott Brennan of Access Publishing I met Scott Brennan seven or eight years ago …

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Disappointing decision made on medical marijuana cultivation

A last-minute planning commission meeting was called by city staff on the Tuesday before Christmas. The city attorney, police chief and community development director asked our commission to rush to pass new rules prohibiting or restricting cultivation of medical marijuana for personal use in Paso Robles. The staff said it was important to rush the …

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New billiards hall approved for Paso Robles

Pool hall in Paso Robles

It was great to see a local entrepreneur bring his proposal for a new billiards hall to Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Planning Commission approved his request unanimously. He is planning on opening on the second floor of Art Bridge’s gun shop on Spring Street. The building was rebuilt after the 2003 San Simeon earthquake …

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City is right to address high building fees

–The Paso Robles City Council and Planning Commission held a joint workshop Saturday morning to discuss the high cost of city fees for home building. The city council chambers were filled with about 60 attendees, with more than a dozen participating in the discussion. The meeting was the result of a planning commission report on …

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Speaker at North County Newcomers Club

Jay Brown of the North County Newcomers Club invited me to come and speak at the club’s meeting on Sept. 2. It was held in the banquet room of the new Tooth and Nail Winery. I gave the 100+ members a presentation about the many upcoming projects in Paso Robles. I drew my presentation from …

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Firestone Walker Brewery expansion met opposition

A note for the record: At our last planning commission meeting, June 23, 2015, a proposed expansion of the Firestone Walker Brewery was approved, but not before some opposition from nearby business people. I was surprised to hear fellow business people criticize the brewery for how it operates. The opponents showed us several pictures of how the …

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