Marcia Torgerson

An Atascadero icon steps down. City Clerk Marcia Torgerson retires after 20 years of service to the community. Lara Christenson will step up from deputy city clerk to city clerk on march 6th. Torgerson was appointed as clerk in 1996. She has been re-elected since then. She coordinated the city hall annex project after the…

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Paddle Board

Atascadero City Council last night amends an ordinance governing watercraft on Atascadero Lake to include paddle boards. The council votes unanimously to approve the amendment allowing paddle boards on the lake. The vote was 4-0. Councilwoman Heather Moreno was absent at last night’s meeting because she has the flu.

WalMart

Atascadero city officials reacting to the abrupt announcement from Wal-Mart last Friday that they are not building a store in Atascadero. Mayor Tom O’Malley tells kprl the city is already looking at alternatives. The Atascadero city council will be having a strategic planning workshop at city hall this weekend. They’ll be looking for input from…

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Animal Shelter

The Atascadero city council approves a plan to pay the county just under $2 million dollars for their share of a new county animal shelter. Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi had some issues with the county’s proposal. She was concerned about the high cost per animal. Fonzi also talked about the construction cost per square foot, saying…

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Atascadero City Council

Atascadero City Council to meet tonight at the Rotunda. The council will consider an ordinance to prohibit wind surfing on Atascadero lake, but still allow paddle boats. The council is also expected to exchange Valentine cards with each other and with city staff.

WalMart

WalMart officials inform Atascadero city officials they are not going to follow through on plans to build a retail shopping center in Atascadero. The new WalMart store was projected to generate about $600 thousand dollars a year in tax revenue the city. WalMart is reportedly looking for a buyer for the land, but is pledging…

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Highway Reopens

Highway 41 reopened between Atascadero and Morro Bay over the weekend. For the next two weeks, one-way traffic control will be in effect from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm. That’s so crews can continue work on 41. The highway closed January 6th because of rock and mudslides near Cerro Alto.

Home Invasion Atascadero

Seven men were arrested early Saturday morning in Atascadero after a home invasion robbery on the 8400 block of San Gregorio Road. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call around 2:30 early Saturday morning. They stopped two vehicles leaving the area and took the suspects into custody. Atascadero Police say a large amount of cash and…

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