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City of Paso Robles Hosts Series of Public Forums

Paso Talks, a new series of public forums designed to engage residents about core issues facing our community, debuted on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Throughout the month, Paso Talks will address a series of issues including, growth and traffic, water, public safety/disaster preparedness, tourism, a vision for the library, the city’s financial status and future.

Each workshop will include a presentation, led by City staff and community experts in each respective field, to address the key facts residents of Paso Robles need to know. Following each presentation, a question and answer session encourages attendees to ask questions and participate in the dialogue.

“The goal of Paso Talks is to inform our residents about these key issues, clarify any possible misperceptions, and to hear what they think,” said Tom Frutchey, city manager. “We’ve also invited candidates running for the upcoming November election to participate. Paso Talks provides Roblans an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges we face as a community, the City’s ongoing efforts, and goals we’re working toward as your local public servants.”

Paso Robles residents are invited to mark their calendar and participate in Paso Talks throughout the month of September.

Paso Talks September Schedule:

  • Monday, September 17 – Water
    Experts: Dick McKinley, Director of Public Works and Christopher Alakel, Water/Streets Manager
    Location: City Council Chamber
    Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Wednesday, September 19 – Tourism
    Expert: Danna Stroud, Executive Director of Travel Paso; John Arnold, Board Member for Travel Paso, Visit SLO CAL and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce; and a leadership representative from the Paso Robles wine industry
    Location: La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, 206 Alexa Court
    Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Wednesday, September 26 – City Finances and Financial Future
    Experts: Marlaine Sanders; Administrative Services Director; Ryan Cornell, Finance Manager; Jim Cogan, Assistant City Manager; and Tom Frutchey, City Manager
    location: City Council Chamber
    Time: 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Thursday, September 27 – Vision for Library, Recreation, and Parks
    Experts: Julie Dahlen, Community Services Director, Angelica Fortin, City Librarian; Lynda Plescia; Recreation Services Manager; and Freda Berman, Maintenance Superintendent
    Location: Public Safety Center – EOC Main, 900 Park Street
    Time: 6:30 – 8 pm

For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 805.237.3888 or

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