Third of four ‘Talks on the Block’ held at Atascadero Lake Pavilion
–The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce held the third in its series of four “Talk on the Block events Tuesday evening at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion. About 40 people included the event, including Mayor Heather Moreno, and city council members heather Newsom and Roberta Fonzi.
City staff was represented by Fire Chief Casey Bryson, Police Chief Jerel Haley and City Manager Rochelle Rickard. Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore was absent because he had to attend the Atascadero Planning Commission Meeting.
The questions and comments included a remark from a local physician. He said, “I’ve lived in the city for 33 years. Recently, we called the city to complain about a pot-hole on our street. It was fixed within eight hours.” The crowd applauded.
Former city Councilman Jerry Clay told the crowd Atascadero is a great place to live and that people need to stand up for Atascadero.
Other comments included questions about vaping and tobacco use among minors. Police Chief Jerel Haley explained that the state changed the laws on tobacco use among minors. He says, “Currently if we see a 13-year-old walking down the street smoking a cigarette, there’s nothing we can do. We’re working on our own local ordinance to address that behavior and vaping in public places.”
The Chamber of Commerce will host one final “Talk on the Block” Thursday evening between 6-7 at Monterey Road Elementary School.
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