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Seniors -
Free 'Limo Service'

Hey, senior, need a ride? That’s the question the city of Morro Bay and the Morro Bay Lions Club are asking people through the city website and a lot of outreach venues around town.

The city says it is exploring the concept of providing a volunteer-operated "limo service”" for seniors who no longer drive. You don’t drive much or at all? Then weigh in and tell them you are interested by saying so in a needs assessment survey.
The service would be door to door and provide transportation for shopping, medical appointments, local events, government meetings, etc., the city's announcement  states. Non-driving seniors would schedule the service by calling 24 hours ahead. The service would be funded by donations, contributions, grants, etc. Initially the service is envisioned to operate two to three days a week and expand as needed.

The proposed service will not supplant existing services such as MB Transit, the Trolley, RTA or Ride-On.” But will be an invaluable addition to them, the Lions Club and other promoters say.

The city encourages interested residents to complete the survey online or pick up a hard copy containing the survey at Morro Bay City Hall by today, Oct. 1, if possible.
City Council member Noah Smukler, who is helping to promote the transportation plan, said “the ‘Limo’ idea started in 2009 when the recession, and resulting cuts to the State transit funding, forced the City to change our very popular ‘Dial-a-Ride’ (door to door) program to a ‘Flex-Fixed Route’ system.” He said the current program has MB Transit buses available on three fixed routes covering most of Morro Bay with the ability for riders to pick up at scheduled times/stops or hail a ride at a safe stopping point anywhere along the route. The program offers a “Flex/Call-a-Ride” option from the fixed route within three quarters of a mile of the route and an advanced call, he added.

Smukler said seed funding has been provided by extra transit funds from the City but no funds have been spent as we pursue more community input via the survey.

Jack McCurdy

 Taste and Odor in Water Being Combatted

by Jack McCurdy

The main source of Morro Bay’s water—the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA), which gets state water and distributes it to local cities like Morro Bay—has installed a new powdered activated carbon (PAC) dosing system that is designed to remove organic compounds in water, which can cause unpleasant taste and odor in water used to drink, wash or irrigate.   Read More

City of Morro Bay Rejects Dynegy Wave Energy Project

by Jack McCurdy

In a letter drafted by Morro Bay City Council member Christine Johnson, the Council has unanimously opposed a proposal by Dynegy, the owner of the defunct power plant here, to build two big wave energy fields in the ocean, one right in front of Morro Rock and the entrance to Morro Bay Estuary and harbor.

The Council said in the letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that is was "opposing Dynegy's Preliminary Permit applications" to FERC for its proposed Point Estero and Estero Bay Wave Parks (which some Council members thought should be called fields, instead of parks). Read More

Soupabration 2014

Love soup? Wine? Chocolate? Beer? At the annual soup celebration fundraiser for Pacific Wildlife Care, sample fourteen amazing soups created by fourteen chefs. Decide if you agree with the winner chosen by celebrity judges. Chef demonstrations, silent and live auctions, and the Pacific Wildlife Care Animal Ambassadors--up close and personal. Come and bring your friends

November 2, noon to 4:30 pm, Morro Bay Community Center. Have a great time while supporting Central Coast wildlife. $45 to taste food, $60 to taste wine, beer and food. For a preview of Soupabration, check out this video.

Tickets available online: Soupabration.org

For more about the work we do at Pacific Wildlife Care, click below to read this month's article, "Ancient Technique Allows 21st-Century Hawk to Soar."  Read More

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Image by Marlin Harms from This Month's Great Shots Section

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