Laurel Lane Improvements

BY NICK WILSON

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October 16, 2018 05:58 PM

Parents and children heading to school or Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo’s Laurel Lane area will have safer streets to walk and bike on with the recent completion of safety improvements, according to city officials.

Wider sidewalks, reduced street crossing distances for pedestrians and new crosswalks designed with higher visibility for drivers are part of a $2.5 million upgrade — of which $2.1 million has already been spent, San Luis Obispo officials said.

2015 Traffic Safety Report ranked the intersection at Laurel and Southwood Drive among the most dangerous for vehicle collisions with pedestrians on city-maintained streets. In a 2016 report, no Laurel Lane intersections rose to the same level of concern.

More than 180 people cross Laurel Lane every day, including children and parents making their way to and from Sinsheimer Elementary School and Sinsheimer Park, as well as seniors and those using the community garden and local marketplace.

The completed street improvements included widening the sidewalk at two intersections: Laurel Lane and Augusta Street, and Laurel Lane and Southwood Drive.

Crews removed a driving lane in each direction of Laurel Lane, but added a center turn lane. About 30 on-street parking spaces were added as well, with more space available from the driving lane reductions.

 “These types of projects (going from four lanes to one in each direction) often result in reduced vehicle speeds along a corridor,” said Jennifer Rice, a city transportation planner and engineer. “The city will continue to monitor Laurel Lane over the next several months to see if this is the case.”

“If so,” she added, “the posted speed limit could be reduced as well (as allowed by the California Vehicle Code) further promoting a safe neighborhood corridor.”

Additional work included striping improvements for pedestrian enhancements to the crosswalk on Augusta Street and Sinsheimer Elementary, buffered bike lanes on Southwood Drive and shared lane markings on Augusta and Victoria streets. The project also included 557,879 square feet of sealing neighborhood streets, Rice said.

Only minor improvements remain, including replacing some signage, city officials said.

In June, the City Council approved the $2.5 million Laurel Lane Complete Streets and Roadway Maintenance Sealing project, with major funding coming from the Local Revenue Measure (Measure G).

The Laurel Lane project drew criticism from mayoral candidate T. Keith Gurnee, who believes the City Council should have allocated at least some of the money to dredging Laguna Lake instead. The council reallocated about $200,000 from its Laguna Lake dredging funding pot to spend on the Laurel Lane project.

But Mayor Heidi Harmon, who’s running for re-election, has defended the project. She identified multimodal transportation — including bicycling and walking — as a major city goal to help reduce vehicle traffic and carbon emissions from cars in alignment with the council’s 2035 working target for carbon neutrality, an overall goal to achieve a zero carbon footprint.

Nick Wilson: 805-781-7922@NickWilsonTrib

Grillin’ for Good!

San Luis Obispo, California, July 31, 2018 – For the eighth year in a row, a team of co-workers, friends, and neighbors, spent the day grilling tri-tip, buttering bread, and scooping beans all in an effort to raise money to help provide access to clean water for those without. Under the campaign name of “Well Worth It” the team raised $9,000 that will go toward clean water projects in cities around the globe including Mozambique, Niger, and Bangladesh. In addition to funding clean water projects, this unique fundraiser also provided donated BBQ dinners to 75 local families and veterans.

Through a partnership with CAPSLO and the Vets Center, Well Worth It supporters were able to buy a dinner for themselves as well as donate dinners to a local family or veteran. Since the Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ began, more than 375 dinners have been donated.

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness and funds to provide access to clean water to men, women, and children around the globe who lack access to clean drinking water. To date, the team and community have raised more than $118,000 in funds and have built over 20 wells in villages throughout Africa and Asia.

Cannon would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s BBQ. Individuals volunteered their time and businesses throughout SLO County contributed goods and services to this global and local cause. In particular, the Drive-Thru BBQ was made possible in part by Popolo Catering for beans at cost, Grocery Outlet of SLO for discounted salad, CRS for printing services, and countless local companies who purchased dinners for their employees.

The Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ is an annual event hosted by Cannon, a multidiscipline engineering firm located in San Luis Obispo. Contact Cannon if you’d like to join our future events, volunteer, or wish to make a donation directly to the cause. Let us know and we can sign you up!

To see some of the completed wells funded through the Well Worth It Campaign, please check out our website here.

Cannon Merges with a SoCal Engineering and Survey Company

Irvine, CA – Cannon Corporation, a full-service engineering consulting firm, announced that it has merged with PENCO Engineering (PENCO), a civil engineering, land development, planning, and surveying firm with offices in Irvine and Corona, California. Founded in 1988 by George Jurica in Santa Ana, California, PENCO has worked on an array of projects for important clients like Disney, Irvine Company and Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

With this merger, the company expands their ability to serve more clients in Southern California.  They have offices in eight locations including Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Corona, Irvine, Ontario, Santa Barbara, California and Issaquah, Washington.

When asked about the recent merger, Cannon’s president Michael Cannon shared, “PENCO Engineering has provided reliable solutions to clients in development and public infrastructure for 30 years. When combined with Cannon’s four decades of serving clients in transportation, land development, water and wastewater, energy and industrial sectors, Cannon’s ability to provide Reliable Responsive Solutions continues to expand throughout California and the western United States.”

Find out more about the offerings by both Cannon and PENCO by visiting their respective websites: CannonCorp.us and PencoENG.com

Grilling Tri-tip for Water Wells

San Luis Obispo, California, July 7, 2018 – Once again, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign – a charitable effort to build clean water projects for villages around the world – is grilling up tri-tip dinners to raise funds to build new water wells for those in need. This is Cannon’s eighth annual “Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ” and is a greatly anticipated event every year. The Drive-Thru BBQ takes place on July 31, 2018 at 1050 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo and runs from 4:00-6:00pm.

By purchasing a $45 ticket, participants not only provide clean water to a developing community, but they also receive a whole barbequed tri-tip, beans, bread, and salad to feed 4-5 people. Fortunately, you don’t have to live or work in SLO to participate in the fun; deliveries are available from Paso Robles to Santa Maria—just let us know when you make your purchase!

If barbecue isn’t your thing, but helping others is, we are partnering with CAPSLO and the Vets Center to donate dinners to local families and veterans in need. When purchasing a dinner, just let us know and we’ll take care of the rest. In the past, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign has provided dinners to more than 225 local families and veterans. That means your donations have benefited both the local community and our global neighbors!

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010 as a proactive response to learning about the global water crisis. As engineers, planners, and surveyors, we thrive on finding solutions to problems, and Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign is our platform to raise awareness and funds to provide clean drinkable water to some of the world’s poorest communities. To date, the Campaign has raised more than $118,000 in funds and has built over 24 wells in places throughout Africa and Asia.

Care to volunteer or wish to make a donation directly to the cause? Let us know and we can sign you up!

Tickets can be purchased any number of ways: online at https://cannoncorp.us/drive-thru-bbq/ , calling 805.544.7407, or via email [email protected]. Any questions or comments can be directed to Liz Moody.

Cannon and Blues Baseball

June 26th, 2018, San Luis Obispo–Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign was honored as the charitable partner for local San Luis Obispo baseball team, the Blues, in a blowout 12-1 game against the MSBL All-Stars. Cannon’s Ron Giovannelli threw the first pitch of the evening, starting off the night for the victorious Blues, while spreading the Well Worth It message, and advertising the upcoming Drive-Thru BBQ.

Cannon’s annual Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ raises money to build clean water wells in developing countries, and is a highly anticipated, sell-out event year after year. Included in the BBQ dinner for 4-6 people is: one whole-trimmed tri-tip, beans, garlic-bread, salad, and the knowledge that your support helps people in developing countries have long-term access to clean water.

Since 2010, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign, with the help of our amazing community, has raised over $116,000 to build more than 20 wells in places like Uganda and Nigeria. If you would like to be involved in this effort and would like information about how you can help this cause, email Liz Moody at [email protected], or if you would like to purchase a ticket to the July 31st BBQ event at Cannon for yourself, or as a donation, click this link.

Thank you for your continued support!

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