Atascadero city council received a flood of emails and phone calls after a call to action was announced by protect Atascadero. Amanda Hawkins encouraging people to call the city council after the ribbons and flags she and others in her group put up at the police station were taken down by city officials.
The response to Amanda Hawkins’ plea was shared last night at Atascadero city council. Mayor Heather Moreno responded to the phone calls, emails and calls-in to the city council meeting. She said it’s great to see so many people supporting the police in Atascadero.
Rather than defunding the police, the Atascadero city council is increasing funding to the police department, which is one way to show support for the police. City manager Rachelle Rickard says city facilities are starting to open up. The city manager also talked last night about new business in Atascadero. A number of news businesses opened in the city including Bramble Pie company on Entrada, Mia Winery and Tasting Room on Traffic Way, Poisoned Apple Cider and Craft Tavern on El Camino, and Colony Mashed Brewing on El Camino.
Rachelle says the Atascadero chamber of commerce is doing a promotion to encourage people to shop local. Contact the Atascadero chamber of commerce for more information. Also, Rachelle says the city will reopen the Colony community center June 25th.
And next week, during Farmers Market, there will be a ribbon cutting celebration for the new La Plaza shopping and business center between El Camino Real and the 101 freeway. It’s right across the sunken gardens from the rotunda. That’s from 5 – 6:30 Wednesday afternoon, June 16th during Farmers Market at the sunken gardens in Atascadero. More on that event news week.