Covid 19 Community Meeting Report

Attendees (via Zoom): 20th Congressional District, State Senate District 17, 30thAssembly District, Cal State Parks, US Forest Service, 5thDistrict Supervisor, Parks Management Company, Ventana Wilderness Alliance, Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Esalen Institute, Big Sur Fire, Big Sur CERT, and the Community Association of Big Sur  Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:• Kirk Gafill reports that County Health Director Moreno is not connecting the surge of new COVID cases to tourists or other members of the traveling public.• That there is a great challenge in preventing the spread of infection occurring among dense living conditions where masks, hand washing and social distancing is hard to maintain.• Business in the community still remains off by about 20% off historic summer norms and that hospitality is working under the constraint of limited seating.• Barring any roll backs by the state, its anticipated visitor volume to maintain at least through Labor Day. Big Sur Health Center:Butch Kronlund for Executive Director Sharen Carey, reportsfor the Big Sur Health Center:• There are currently 9 positive cases of COVID-19 with an additional 5 symptomatic patients waiting on test results.• The Health Center has performed 27 new COVID tests this week bringing the total to 304 tests. Test results are available in from 3 to 7 days. • The majority of symptomatic patients present themselveswith a sore throat and a fever. USFS, LPNF Monterey District Ranger Tim Short reports:• Good news regarding recent COVID-19 impacts to staffing, all personnel have cleared quarantine and are back to work. Currently no C-19 cases among Monterey District personnel.• Tim thanked Butch for spearheading the effort to get the Cal Trans message boards operational. (Butch added that thanks for his excellent idea and Colleen Courtney’s outreach (on behalf of Senator Monning) to Cal Trans, we have electric signage at 3 locations with the message, No Campfires, Strictly Enforced. In addition, Sarah Hardgrave on behalf of Supervisor Adams announced that Adams is deploying funds to rent an electric message board for the Nacimiento Road with the same message. She is also requesting that Supervisor Lopez participate by placing a duplicate sign with the same message on the eastern entry point at Fort Hunter Leggit.)• Dick Ravich enquired about the status of the Community Fuel Break Project. Tim reported that some of the fuel work has already been completed and that further work, specifically on the North Coast Ridge Road was slated to begin.• In context with general discussion around the impacts of visitation to the Coastside dispersed camping areas, Butch read excerpts from a letter he received from Big Sur Fire Captain Marcus Foster regarding observations from Saturday evenings campfire patrol:  Marcus reports that on Prewitt Ridge on Saturday night, there were as many as 300 vehicles and 1000 people, over crowding available dispersed camping locations. This resulted in visitors driving their vehicles into closed areas with brush and high grass.  The roads were in extremely poor condition due to overuse as well as people trying to access these locations in 2 wheeldrive vehicles. After physically extinguishing multiple fires and preventing many more from being lit, Marcus and Trey made their way down the Nacimiento Road where many more people were illegally camping on the side of the Road. On the Highway heading north, the Patrol stopped and handed out educational materials regarding the County Ordinance banning roadside camping until they ran out of brochures. Then they were paged out to an illegal campfire in fron of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and shortly thereafter they went south to the Los Burros Road to respond to yet another set of illegal campfires called in by a concerned resident.  Encountering belligerent defiance, the pair called for back up from the Sheriff’s Department. It was reported that Deputy Villasenor used his loudspeaker to restore order.• This report from Marcus spurred a deep discussion around what each elected representative is doing to address the overuse, illegal campfire and the roadside camping issue, Rick Aldinger posed the rhetorical question “Where are we going with this? Do we expect our volunteers out there with their safety at risk?”• Sarah offered that missing in the discussion is input and buy-in from both Cal Trans and The California Coastal Commission. Butch to reach out to both and urged each elected to do so as well.• Katie reported that Congressman Panetta has met with USFS Chief Christainsen and relayed the data sets provided by CABS of the overuse of the Coastside dispersed camping areas of the Monterey District. The Chief did not commit to more funding to address these problems but Panetta is committed to continue to engage and elevate our concerns.• Colleen added that Senator Monning is very concerned over these reports and instructed Colleen to reach out to CHP Commander Foster and Cal Trans regarding the message boards.• CERT Leader Martha Karstens suggested that the LPNF close the Monterey District due to fire danger. BSF Chief Harris agreed thatclosing the Forest was a good short termsolution to the problem of inability to enforce the fire restrictions.• In response, PMC CEO Nathan Koontz reminded everyone of the negative impact of closing the Forest will have on the other Public Lands.• BSF Chief Matt Harris offered that it is in the County’s power to add teeth to existing State and Federal regulations, syncing up language and fine structures across jurisdictions, simplifying the Agency and Public’s understanding of what constitutes illegal activity and the penalties for engaging in that activity.• Matt also offered: In light of the recent LAFCO report and the language contained within it regarding Big Sur Fire remaining volunteer, for the near term, there still exists alternatives that need to be explored as a greater community, which will undoubtedly help address the changing landscape of the entire Big Sur Coast, as it relates to public safety, response and enforcement.• District Ranger Tim Short has proposed a Visitor Use Management planning project for Fiscal Year 2021 as part of the Los Padres Forest program of work that is being considered by forest leadership.”• Butch reported that he met with Rob O’Keefe with the MCCVB and discussed specific messaging that would discourage the overuse issues on the South Coast as well as dispersed camping areas. MCCVB to use their social media tools to do so and encourage their counterparts in Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo Counties to do the same. • Dominic Dursa suggested that Big Sur partner with other rural areas being heavily impacted by this sort of problem (Marin, Sonoma Coast, Yosemite etc) to brainstorm and provide a uniform message.• Butch suggested that a joint letter from Jimmy, Bill, Mary and Robert to Caroline Biteta at Visit California could be impactful. Fifth District Supervisor. Sarah Hardgrave for Supervisor Mary Adams reports.• Sarah screen shared the County Health Department dashboard showing where the County is in terms of the metrics driving our operational status under COVID.• 3 of 10 metrics are in the red.  These are: 14 day cumulative COVID incidence per 100k residents=297, Percent of Nursing Facilities with no new COVID cases in last 14 days=44% and 7 day average positivity rate of those tested=11.3%• The Board of Supervisors passed an urgency ordinance requiring mask wearing in the unincorporated areas of the County, aligning with the local cities and the State of California. Ca. State Parks, Monterey District Superintendent Brent Marshall reports:• That the Forest Service and Parks worked continuously to address the arrival of COVID-19 at the shared housing located at the MAF.• Park Rangers have issued 130 citations for various activities this month.• Responded to 5 medical emergencies.• And an additional 3 Agency assists. Parks Management Company, Nathan Koontz reports:• PMC senior management is witnessing historic visitation numbers causing them to adapt on a weekly basis.• PMC is working to educate guests and visitors and policing without resorting to calling for law enforcement.• The company is focused on combating COVID-19 by increasing frequency of bathroom cleanings and trash pick-up.   Big Sur Fire, Chief Matt Harris reports:• Much of Matt’s comments were expressed during the dispersed camping discussion above.• Additionally, BSF continues to respond to the usual vehicle accident calls.• There remains 2 more weeks of new recruit training at which point the recruits will be paired with seasoned veterans on call outs. Community Emergency Response Team, Martha Karstens:• CERT is actively seeking grants to fund additional training for its volunteers. Ventana Wilderness Alliance, Rich Popchak reports:• Since the last stakeholder meeting there have been two Volunteer Wilderness Ranger patrols (Boronda Trail and Kirk Creek Trail to Vicente Flat). • These patrols resulted in 7 visitor contacts, 8 pounds of trash removed, 7 campsites cleaned, and 3 inappropriate sites removed. • Today marks the beginning of US Forest Service-funded contract crew work on Pine Ridge Trail. Seven hitches are scheduled between now and November. Each hitch will be a 12-person crew deployed for seven days.  Esalen Institute. Lacy Shannon:• Unable to attend. 30th Assembly District. Dominic Dursa for Assembly Member Robert Rivas.• Dominic announced that the Legislature is working on a $100 Billion relief package that has a fire mitigation component.  More on this next week.• In reference to the earlier discussion on meeting the visitation challenges Big Sur is experiencing, Dominic indicated that Assembly Member Rivas office has the ability to send out mass emails. He suggests that Agencies work together to craft a message.  17th State Senate District, Colleen Courtney for Senator Bill Monning reports:• Colleen made it very clear that the current problems with roadside camping and campfires is very concerning to Senator Monning. • And is looking to partner with Jimmy, Robert and Mary to see what other resources can be brought to bear on the situation. 20th Congressional District, Katie Moon and Phil Deppert on behalf of Congressman Jimmy Panetta.• Congressman Panetta is in Washington working on the next COVID-19 relief package.• He is also involved in the bi-partisan Replant Act that prioritizes a 10 year backlog of Forest restoration planting. Monterey County Sheriff Department, Deputy Villasenor:• Unable to attend.Community Association of Big Sur, Butch Kronlund. EDreports:• The Sunday morning illegal roadside camping sweep revealed 168 vehicles using Highway 1 turn outs, from Mal Paso Bridge to the SLO county line, to illegally camp.• In addition, in the first 4 miles of the Los Burros Road, 25 vehicles associated with illegal camping and campfires were documented.• Butch anticipates being able to share a new data collection tool at next Wednesday’s meeting for use in documenting overuse and measuring progress in mitigating that overuse. Post Meeting Update:• At the request of the stakeholder group, Cal Trans has activated the message boards at Rio Rd, 101 and 46 and Highway 1 and 46 to read: No Campfires / Strictly Enforced• Supervisor Adams and Lopez have designated funding to support similar message Boards at either end of the Nacimiento Road leading to the USFS camping areas.• At CABS request, SEE MONTEREY is using its social media apparatus to get the message below out: August marks the beginning of peak fire season in California. Please remember to not start campfires in un-designated areas, leave no trace and DO NOT camp illegally. Let’s protect the land, residents and majesty of Big Sur. Thanks to all for the swift response!

Branch Fire

6 pm — BranchFire making new run blowing out to the east on the left flank with a wind shift felt here at CaliforniaValley as well as a new run near the head to the south on the right flank.

A wildfire in the Soda Lake area of the California Valley went from 3 acres to 1500 acres in about two hours. Highway 58 is now closed. Ongoing structure threats and pushing into BLM land. VLAT requested.

Offshore Wind Project

From Jimmy Panetta’s Office:

Dear Community Member, The administration is seeking public input as it considers opportunities for offshore wind development off the central coast of California.  You can submit your public comments to the California Energy Commission (CEC) at this link.  This public comment period ends September 30, 2020. Tips for submitting effective comments can be found here.

About the Opportunity for Offshore Wind Development:California is committed to a rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the State’s economy and has established long-term policies to reduce most of the greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector by 2045.  Developing a diverse portfolio of renewable resources is a key component of California’s approach to building a reliable and cost-effective low-carbon energy system.To this end, in October 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a call for Information and Nominations (Call) for three areas off the California coast, two of which are offshore the Central Coast: Morro Bay Call Area and Diablo Canyon Call Area.  Both Call Areas, however, were assessed as incompatible with wind energy development by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), as both areas are heavily utilized by multiple DoD components for critical activities. In August 2019, I joined my colleague Congressman Salud Carbajal in convening a meeting with senior officials from the DoD, BOEM, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sanctuaries, and the State of California.  This group has held subsequent meetings to discuss alternative Call Areas.  The group has identified potential areas that include portions of the Morro Bay Call Area as well as an area to the north and to the south of the Morro Bay Call Area. A description and map of these areas is available on the BOEM website.  The group has also discussed an approximately 90 square mile area within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary adjacent to the Morro Bay Call Area.  The area is labeled “Discussion Area” on the map to facilitate stakeholder input and public input. Any call area must go through a very lengthy authorization process before construction can begin, and feedback is solicited to ensure any final proposal includes the perspective of all relevant stakeholders.

Public CommentThe State of California and BOEM have initiated a process to receive input on potential offshore wind development.  Consistent with public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, the State and BOEM will conduct remote public outreach meetings.  In addition to receiving public comment during the public workshops, the CEC will collect written comments in the California Offshore Renewable Energy Docket until September 30, 2020. CEC is encouraging use of its electronic commenting system.  When you enter the system, please enter your contact information and a comment title describing the subject of your comment(s).  Comments may be included in the “Comment Text” box or attached in a downloadable, searchable Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf) file. Maximum file size is 10 MB.Written comments may be submitted by email or US Mail.  Include the docket number, 17- MISC-01, and Offshore Renewable Energy in the subject line and email or mail to:

California Energy Commission
Docket Unit, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 17-MISC-01
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Visual SimulationsMy office has received visual simulation panoramas and, in partnership with State Parks, has installed these displays at the Big Sur Multi-Agency Facility (MAF).  The visual displays will remain installed at the Big Sur MAF until at least August 1, 2020.  There are three visual displays posted outside, and the rest are inside the building in the conference center.The visuals show simulations at fifteen, seventeen, and twenty miles from shore from two viewpoints in Big Sur at different times of day.  I urge you to safely visit the displays to better understand the visual impacts of wind development off the Central Coast.To visit the Big Sur MAF, please navigate to the following address: Multi-Agency Facility, Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur, CA 93920.  Traveling South from Carmel to San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, the MAF is the first left turn after the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park entrance.  The Big Sur MAF is open from 9:00AM-4:00PM daily.I look forward to continuing to engage with you during and after the public comment period and will ensure your views are taken into consideration as I work with federal agencies to move forward on an offshore wind development proposal that works for our communities. Sincerely,

Jimmy Panetta
United States Representative
20th Congressional District, California

Please note that due to House of Representatives information security policies, emails sent to this email account are unable to be monitored.Washington, D.C. Office
212 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2861
Fax: (202) 225-6791Salinas Office
142 W Alisal St.
Room E116
Salinas, CA 93901
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 429-1976

My hope is to write a more in-depth article about this next month which will also provide links to obtain more information if one chooses. Personally, I have some concerns about why CA is pursuing this option, rather than encouraging solar.

It is the height of irony that this project is proposed for an area off the coast of the only remaining coastal area in the State of California that has never had commercial power to this day. Most of us have provided our own solar power. This off-shore wind project will use an undetermined amount of fossil fuel just create it in the first place. Further, insufficient data is available regarding the harm it may cause to marine mammals and other migratory species.

Here is a link to the Offshore Power presentation from the BSMAAC meeting.  The video is on Mary Adams Facebook page:

The presentation and discussion afterward starts at -2:54:16 and ends at -1:23:29.

A big thank you to Dick Ravich for sending me the link and time stamps.

Photo Sunday, 7/26/20

Tomorrow is Rock Knocker’s 80th birthday. He is a Leo and an extravert, so celebrations are his thing … unfortunately, COVID-19 has made this darn near impossible, except for a special meal planned around his favorites. This is where we would have gone for breakfast, and will, hopefully, next year. Happy Birthday, R!

Fire in Palo Corona, probably now controlled

Incident: 00363 Type: Report of Fire Location: Sr1 / Rio Rd Loc Desc: NB 1 AT RIO RD Lat/Lon: 36.539340 -121.910241 Detail Information8:11 PM6[21] [Appended, 20:11:09] [1] HOUSE ON FIRE8:09 PM5[18] [Appended, 20:09:33] [1] BLACK SMOKE SEEN BEHIND CVS8:08 PM4[12] [Appended, 20:09:30] [5] [Appended, 20:09:13] [1] TRANS TO CDF MTY8:07 PM3[11] [Appended, 20:09:30] [4] RP SEES BLK and GRY SMOKE and FLAMES8:05 PM2[3] TRANS MTY COM8:05 PM1[2] FLAMES SEEN, HUGE PLUME OF SMOKE

Here is a photo by Jason Olcese:

Photo by Jason Olcese

Covid-19 Community Meeting

COVID-19 Community Response Group Meeting NotesJuly 22, 2020
Attendees (via Zoom):
20thCongressional District, State Senate District 17, 30thAssembly District, Cal State Parks, US Forest Service, 5thDistrict Supervisor, Parks Management Company, Ventana Wilderness Alliance, Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Esalen Institute, Big Sur Fire, Big Sur CERT, and the Community Association of Big Sur 
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:·      Kirk Gafill reports that Big Sur businesses are in crisis management mode as it relates to addressing the challenges brought about by COVID-19.·     2/3 of California is on the State watchlist, with uncertainty around messages emanating from Sacramento and Monterey County regarding metrics for continued business operations.·     Sacramento has decreed that local public schools will begin the academic year “distance learning”. This will have an impact on working parents.·     Currently visitation numbers are down 20-25%.·     In a positive outcome of the pandemic, Diana Ballantyne reports tobacco sales are off 80% at Fernwood.  Big Sur Health Center:Executive Director Sharen Carey reports for the Big Sur Health Center:·     There are currently 8 positive cases of COVID-19.·     BSHC has conducted 277 tests, 141 tests in July.·     Sharen is urging community members to wear masks, practice excellent hand washing hygiene, social distance and don’t panic if you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19.  ·     When an employee tests positive, the employer is required to notify ALL employees that there has been a positive person identified, but the employer must also protect the identity of the person who tested positive. ·     The employer is also required to notify those who meet the threshold for close contact time with that employee to undergo testing and quarantine.·     In a small community like Big Sur, these twin responsibilities are very difficult to successfully accomplish.·      Under these circumstances, the person who tests positive is understandably stressed and those who may have come in contact with that person may feel apprehensive and even angry. Please keep in mind that a person who tests positive is not at fault. They deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding.  Big Sur has always gone beyond the norm to help neighbors in a crisis. This is no different.  We need to get through this by sticking together.USFS, LPNF Monterey District, Fin Eifert sitting in for Ranger Tim Short:·     With 28 employees in isolation due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, Fin reports that there has been a high level of communication and cooperation between State and Federal partners as well as shared learning between the Agencies. Every action that is taken is done so with an abundance of caution.·     Shared housing is being evaluated.·     Butch described an encounter with the team covering the quarantined crews. There were no masks evident and of course, in a crew truck, social distancing is impossible.  Others on the South Coast reported the same behavior, leading Butch to ask, “if these men get sick, who is covering for them, and how are you going to change this culture around masks?”·     Fin replied that he is acting immediately to address this problem.·     He went on to say he is thankful for being able to work with all those on the call and in the community.  Fifth District Supervisor. Sarah Hardgrave for Supervisor Mary Adams reports.·     Was unable to attend. Ca. State Parks, Monterey District, Big Sur Sector Superintendent Marcos Ortega reports:·      He, Katie, Phil and Butch installed the visual displays of the proposed wind turbineprojectoffshore of Big Sur at the MAF. 3 representative photos are located outside on the South East corner of the building with an array of different perspective photos located inside the MAF conference Room and available for community members to view from 9am to 4pm daily. There is also information posted on how to make public comments.  These turbines will be visible from our shoreline. The time to comment is now!·     Brent Marshall, Tim Short and Marcos are working closely together on the repercussions of COVID-19 and employees in shared quarters at the MAF.·     State Park Rangers are reporting unprecedented road side parking levels and working on traffic management solutions along with Agency partners.·     Marcos, Butch, Nate and Brian from PMC met earlier in the week to discuss contingency plans for sudden closures due to State mandates. Some additional signage may be employed alerting the public that Pfeiffer Beach is closed may be employed as a pilot project, to relieve congestion at the top of Sycamore Canyon Rd.·     Kirk expressed thanks for all the interagency cooperation and also asked for an explanation for maintain the Park Day Use parking at 50% capacity and continuing to keep the Day Use lot at JP Burns closed. Marcos explained that doing so makes it harder for the public to over crowd an area, violating social distance guidelines.  These policies are undergoing continual evaluation.·     Marco went on to cite the terrific job the State Parks staff is doing in dealing with this unprecedented time. All on the call acknowledged the challenges and expressed appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the Public and the Big Sur community.
Parks Management Company, Nathan Koontz reports:·     So far, no PMC employees have tested positive for COVID-19.·     Concurred with all on the call that the challenges USFS and Parks are experiencing are issues they are dealing with as well.·     Senior Management team are currently circulating to all PMC managed sites to evaluate Staff and protocols.·     Offered that if anyone sees something not right with Staff or Operations to get in touch with him or Butch who has a direct line. Big Sur Fire, Chief Matt Harris reports:·      Unable to attend.  Community Emergency Response Team, Martha Karstens:.·     14 member refresher training was held. Wonderful class with an exceptional Instructor.   Ventana Wilderness Alliance, Rich Popchak reports:·     Terrace Creek and Pine Ridge trails: Since the last call, there have been 3 outings involving 10 volunteers and 3 contractors (horse packers). The work was in preparation for the eventual reopening of the corridor to visitors (when it is safe to do so). ·     The purpose of two of the outings was to make the Terrace Creek Trail safe for pack stock to support contract trail crews (ACE). They will begin work on the Pine Ridge Trail on July 29.  ·     The third outing involved 8 volunteers. They packed in the components of two wilderness toilets which were assembled and installed at Sykes Camp. ·     A Volunteer Wilderness Ranger completed a patrol of the Silver Peak Wilderness. ·     Since the last report, volunteers donated 189.5 hours of service, made 34 visitor contacts (26 in the Silver Peak and 8 on Coast Ridge Road) and packed out 15 pounds of trash. 
Esalen Institute. Lacy Shannon:·     Unable to attend.
30thAssembly District. Dominic Dursa for Assembly Member Robert Rivas.·      Assembly Member Rivas office continues to work on EDD cases for constituents.·      As of now, there is no extension of the Federal $600 per week supplement to EDD.
17thState Senate District, Colleen Courtney for Senator Bill Monning reports:·     Senator Monnings Office is working on a recent influx of EDD cases involving Big Sur residents.·     Legislature will be back in session next Monday in Sacramento.·     The Legislature and the Governor have come to an agreement on a Budget that features: $5.7 Billion in response to C-19, $85.6 million to Cal-Fire and $50 million for community power resiliency (wildfire prevention programs).·     The Budget notably did not cut funding for programs addressing Aging, Community based services, In home support services, Cal Work and Medical Optimal Services. 20thCongressional District, Katie Moon and Phil Deppert on behalf of Congressman Jimmy Panetta.·     Great American Outdoors Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Panetta, passed the House. May be a source of funding for local USFS lands.·     An analysis shows that in the 20thCongressional District, 6,621 businesses received PPP affecting the jobs of 82,000 people.·     Katie reported on the Wind Turbine visual installation at MAF and will issue a notification regarding public comment details on Thursday 7/23/20.
Monterey County Sheriff Department, Deputy Villasenor:·     Jesse calling in on his day off that illegal camping over the July 4thperiod was extreme.·     He reported that there is a general warning circulating among law enforcement to be extra careful due to concerns over social unrest. Officers in the County are doubling up.  Here on the Coast, all the Agencies with a law enforcement component provide mutual Aid to one another.·     During discussion around parking on the Highway issues, Jesse noted a distinct difference in Travelers who are just passing through and those willing to pay a Day Use fee and commit to a Big sur experience.
Community Association of Big Sur, Butch Kronlund. ED:·     Efforts to gather data on impacts of illegal activities (Roadside camping, illegal campfires) continue. CABS is working on creating an interactive application that will simplify the data collection process. ·     Illegal camping along Highway 1 from Mal Paso Bridge to the SLO County line, Saturday night, shows a total of 115 car, truck, trailer, van and RV campers.

Notice to Big Sur Community from Big Sur Health Center

The Big Sur Health Center is committed to keeping the Big Sur community safe, especially during these challenging times with the COVID-19 crisis.
Now that the virus has been identified in Big Sur, we have received several reports of unkind behavior when someone has become infected. It is natural to feel some anxiety, but there is no need for panic.
It has been reported that employees are angry that the employer won’t reveal who the positive person is and they are afraid they might have been infected. This is a natural reaction when facing the unknown that holds such significant consequences.
At the health center, we have stressed to each concerned person that the businesses are taking all recommended precautions and following appropriate protocols to ensure everyone’s safety.
We are asking the business community to help us disseminate this information and help quell the panic that seems to be growing. We know you are required to send a notice to all employees as soon as someone has been identified as positive and we would like to suggest that the notice include the following:
1) Acknowledge that you are required to send a notice to ALL employees whether or not they are at risk for close contact.
2) State that you are REQUIRED to withhold the name of the infected person to protect their privacy.
3) Advise that all persons that meet the threshold for close contact have been identified, sent for testing, and told they must quarantine.  If you were NOT notified that you are a contact, you most likely are not at risk and do not need to be concerned.
4) Include some statement emphasizing that the positive person is not at fault. Contacts should be advised to adhere to the policy of protecting privacy. The infected person is already stressed with their own uncertain outcome and deserve to be treated with respect, kindness and understanding.  
Big Sur has always risen to the occasion during a crisis and gone way beyond the call of duty to help neighbors.  This should be no different.  We are in this together.

Fire in See Canyon, SLO

2:15 pm — it looks like the two tankers and AA were able to get a handle on it fast. Not contained, but not running away from them.

From chp website:

Detail Information
1:31 PM15[33] [Notification] [CHP]-CORDS LL ETA 10 [Shared]
1:28 PM14[32] [Notification] [CHP]-1039 CORDS WILL RECALL W/ ETA [Shared]
12:30 PM8[19] [Appended, 12:31:54] [2] TRANS CAL FIRE
12:30 PM7[18] [Appended, 12:31:54] [1] CAN SEE SMOKE OVER THE HILL
12:28 PM6[15] [Appended, 12:28:49] [2] TRANS CAL FIRE