City council discusses fire aid, Grand View eviction
–At Paso Robles City Council Tuesday night, Fire Chief Jonathon Stornetta talked about two city fire trucks that are on the fire lines in Northern California. One is involved in fighting the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. The other is stationed in Contra Costa County where there have been several serious fires.
The Grand View Apartment eviction was not on the city council agenda, but Stephanie Barclay and other advocates told the council about efforts to find housing for more than 200 people evicted by the Santa Barbara owners of the apartment building on Spring Street. The landlords electing to evict the tenants rather than make court-ordered improvements. City Manager Tom Frutchey shared with the council what measures the city is taking to help those still living at the apartments. After he completed his report, City Councilwoman Maria Elena Garcia translated his report into Spanish for the 20-30 Grand View Apartment residents who attended the meeting.
Mayor Steve Martin also honored city accountants Ryan Cornell and Catherine Piatti, who received national recognition for their work. The city accountants have been recognized by the state before, but not nationally. Public Works Director Dick McKinley said, “I’ve been doing this a long time. These people are really good!”