Mo Co Budget approved

The part we might be most concerned with is this: “Also Monday, the board agreed to back a proposal from board chairman John Phillips to devote $1.4 million in transient occupancy tax revenue to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. They also directed the organization to conduct a range of economic development initiatives, including a Big Sur tourism study and shuttle, and promotion of county destinations such as the Salinas Valley and River Road wine corridor, Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio, the Pinnacles National Monument, and more.” From Monterey Herald

Road Construction between Ragged Point & San Carpoforo to begin Monday

Today’s Date:  Thursday, June 6, 2019

District:            05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and SantaCruz Counties

Contact:           Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone:              (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189



SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans will begin preliminary geotechnical work on a project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Monday, June 10.

This emergency project located between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and the Ragged Point Inn. (For those who know, it is at the Polar Star) It will result in intermittent lane closures through July 2019.

A temporary traffic signal will be activated by August allowing traffic to move in each direction 24/7until project completion.

Roadwork will take place Monday through Thursday from 6 am until 6 pm and from 6 am until 2 pmon Fridays.  Electronic message boards will alert travelers about this roadwork.

The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA.  It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at:        

Forest Fire Lookout Project – Chew’s Ridge, 6/6/19


Project Description

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest, in partnership with the Forest Fire Lookout Association, will be exploring the possibility of activating the Chews Ridge Lookout and staffing it with local volunteers in order to provide firefighters with early fire detection, as well as other assistance to the National Forest.  In many circumstances, catching a fire when it is still young can prevent it from becoming large and destructive.  This project gives volunteers the opportunity to help improve fire safety in Monterey County rural areas, the Ventana Wilderness, and the Los Padres National Forest.

To read about this project in detail, see: