Healthy Communities Earns Green Award

Healthy Communities, a subcommittee of HEALSLO, the County obesity prevention coalition, was awarded a Green Community Partner Award by the Central Coast Green Building Council in 2015 for its contribution to making sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation. Healthy Communities consists of County staff and numerous community partners (some of whom are in …

Public Health Responds to State Measles Outbreak

The County spent time preparing for a measles outbreak in 2015 after the California Department of Public Health declared a measles outbreak in the state of California. The outbreak resulted in 131 measles cases in 12 California counties plus another 25 cases in six other states, Mexico and Canada. Although there were no measles cases reported …

Protecting Consumers and Businesses

The County of San Luis Obispo Weights and Measures program serves the community by safeguarding measurement accuracy and assuring confidence and integrity in the marketplace. The Weights and Measures program promotes fair and equitable practices that benefit the consumer and assures fairness for the merchant when products, such as groceries and gasoline, are sold by …

County Fire Response in 2015

The County of San Luis Obispo Fire Department responds to emergencies and other requests for assistance, plans for and takes action to prevent emergencies and to reduce their impact, coordinates regional emergency response efforts, and educates the communities we serve. CAL FIRE a California state agency, functions as the County Fire Department under a contract …

High Performance CPR Saves Lives

Editor’s Note: Names in the following article have been omitted for privacy reasons. One night in October 2015, the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department (SLOFD) and San Luis Ambulance (SLA) responded to a 9-1-1 call for a man who had suffered a life-threatening heart attack. The man’s wife had recently taken Hands-Only cardiopulmonary resuscitation …

Housing-First Method Benefits Community

The County of San Luis Obispo took an innovative approach to helping homeless individuals get permanent housing in 2015. The County partnered with Transitions Mental Health Association to launch 50Now, a program that uses a housing-first approach to address chronic homelessness. Housing-first programs provide permanent housing with intensive supportive services to stabilize individuals and families …

First-time Criminals Get Second Chance

Many County departments successfully work to reduce recurring crime in San Luis Obispo County, but one innovative program strategically helps first-time misdemeanor offenders avoid the criminal justice system entirely. In 2015, the District Attorney’s Office referred 880 offenders to the program, 72 percent of which enrolled in the program. Of those who enrolled in the …