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December 2020 LOCSD ENEWS Online


Letter to the County Board of Supervisors

On December 15, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors will consider the adoption of three important items that will shape the future of Los Osos. Those are the Los Osos Community Plan update (LOCP), the Growth Management Ordinance and the Resource Summary Report. The Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors approved sending a letter to the Board of Supervisors to express concerns with the water resources section of the LOCP. The primary concern is how the County has interpreted elements in the Los Osos Basin Plan and applied those interpretations into the LOCP. Please follow the link below to view the letter.

Los Osos CSD Comment Letter to Board of Supervisors


Interested in learning more about land issues affecting Los Osos?

The Los Osos Community Advisory Council (LOCAC) is the voice of the community for all land use issues affecting Los Osos. We are an 11 member volunteer group that advises the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, the County Planning Commission, and County staff on land use planning, trees & landscaping, traffic and circulation and other important issues that affect Los Osos. LOCAC is also a voice for protecting Morro Bay and the sensitive environment surrounding our community.  Their next meeing is December 10, 2020. For more information about LOCAC please see their website at

"Light Up" Los Osos - Christmas Decorating Contest
Light Up Los Osos Advertisement, Logo bear

 The Los Osos / Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce invites our residents and businesses to get in the holiday spirit and "Light Up" Los Osos by decorating their homes and/or businesses for Christmas. The Chambers goal is to have a fun and safe way to engage our community this year and what better way to decorate your home for your neighbors to see? Head over to the Chambers event page for full details and make sure to RSVP and email the Chamber if you are entering the contest!

Holiday Safety Tips - From CalFIRE

Each year during the holiday season fires injure 2,000 people in the U.S. and cause over $500 million dollars in damage. By following these holiday safety tips you can help keep your family and home firesafe this holiday season:

Candles are beautiful, popular, and dangerous. Do not leave burning candles unattended, or place them near flammable materials. Make sure they are in a secure place where children and pets won’t knock them over. Put candles in a non-tip candleholder before you light them. Make sure all candles are extinguished before you leave the home or office, and before going to bed. The most common area of origin for candle fires is the bedroom, then living rooms, bathrooms and the kitchen.

Make sure that all indoor and outdoor holiday lights bear the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Throw away any set with cracked lights, frayed cords, or loose or damaged sockets. Don’t overload electrical outlets or run extension cords under carpets, across doorways, or near heaters. Be sure extension cords aren’t pinched behind or under furniture, and unplug all decorative lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

Never run extension cords across lawns, driveways, or traffic areas. Power for all outdoor lighting should be supplied by permanent weatherproof wiring installed by a professional electrician.

During the holidays much time is spent cooking, so it’s critical to take precautions in the kitchen. Be sure to keep pot handles and electrical appliance cords out of the reach of children. Put a lid on a pot or pan to extinguish a food or grease fire, and in the event of an oven fire, turn off the heat and close the oven door.

Before using your fireplace, have your chimney inspected by a professional for proper installation, cracks, blockages (bird nests), leaks, or creosote build up. Creosote is a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, accumulates in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if not removed. Be sure to open the flue for adequate ventilation when using the fireplace. Always use a fire screen, and burn only material appropriate for fireplaces. Never burn trash or paper in a fireplace. Burning paper can float up your chimney and onto your roof or onto your neighbors’ roof and can cause a fire. Remove ashes from the fireplace in a metal container and store them somewhere outside your home.

Be Prepared!
Test all smoke detectors in the house to make sure that they are in proper working order, and be sure to install fresh batteries every six months. Be sure that all family members know how to call the fire department, and make an escape plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

Why Some Plastics Aren't Recyclable

From our friends at IWMA - We receive a lot of concerns about why some #1 and #2 plastics aren’t recyclable, so here is more information! We will be detailing different items each time, so keep an eye out for future posts!

First up — plastic bags and film, which are plastic #2 or #4. No plastic bag or film is allowed in your blue curbside bin - EVEN if they have all recyclable items inside of them, they will go straight to the landfill. Why? Because plastic film and bags get tangled in the community recycling machinery (second photo shows this).

Plastic film and bags include chip packaging, plastic shopping bags, film covering meats, sometimes covering veggies, saran wrap, plastic liners from cereal boxes, produce bags, Ziploc-type bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic cover wrapping on a case of water bottles, plastic shipping envelopes, bread bags.

ARGUMENT: Can’t you bring them to stores that have a plastic bag / film drop off? Yes. You can. Have you ever called them and asked their corporate office what they do with them? How do they recycle them? The truth is, no one has been able to find the answer out — and a CA bill requiring stores to obtain these recycling areas was not renewed. When in doubt, throw it out. I know that’s not what people want or expect to hear, but it’s better than contaminating the recycling line, right?

Upcoming Meetings for December 2020 and January 2021

LOCSD is also continuing with their monthly Board, Utilities Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meetings. 

Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, members of the Board of Directors, staff and public may participate in this meeting via teleconference and/or electronically.

Until this order is lifted, all LOCSD meetings will be held via Zoom. Information for each meeting and how to get connected is available on the Agenda for each meeting which can be found on the LOCSD

Website which is posted a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting time.

Our upcoming meetings are:
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting - December 15, 2020 @ 5:30PM

Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting - December 16, 2020 @ 5:30PM            

Finance Advisory Committee Meeting - January 04, 2021 @ 5:30PM

Board of Directors Meeting - January 07, 2021 @ 6PM

Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting - January 20, 2021 @5:30PM                                                    

The LOCSD Boardroom will NOT be open for accessing the meetings until State direction is given and meetings can occur. For more information about the upcoming meetings for LOCSD, please go to our website, or click here

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

 The Offices will be closed on  December 24th and 25th, and January 1st. If you have a water emergency on any of those days, please call our afterhours service line at 714-836-0933.


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