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October 2019 | Volume 4 | Issue 10
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County News

A Fresh Look for the County News

We're pleased to present you with an updated layout for our monthly public e-newsletter, which has new content with more details and information to keep you informed. Included in the this month's edition: 

  • An important Public Health message
  • A prediction about next year's budget
  • A new behind-the-scenes video series
  • Photos from around the County

If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know. 

Thank you, 
County Staff

Alarming Increase in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths 

Chart of Opioid and Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in SLO County 2015-2019The County Public Health Department has confirmed an alarming increase in deaths from fentanyl overdose in San Luis Obispo County. From May to October 2019, ten people have died in SLO County from toxic levels of fentanyl. This compares to two or fewer deaths per year since 2015.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin. It is used in the health care setting to provide pain relief for severely ill or injured patients, such as those with cancer or recovering from surgery. Fentanyl is also illegally manufactured and sold outside the health care setting.

This illegal fentanyl is sold as a powder or in other forms, including pills that look like prescription opioids. It is sometimes mixed with other drugs—including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine—with or without the user’s knowledge. Because fentanyl is so strong, a tiny amount can cause a person to stop breathing.
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We Could Face up to $5 million Budget Gap Next Year

County officials expect next fiscal year’s General Fund expenses to outpace incoming revenue by up to $5 million, based on current numbers and information. The County’s fiscal year 2020-21 financial forecast was presented to the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The financial forecast lays the groundwork for the County’s public budgeting process for the coming year. To develop the forecast, staff assumes that the County will continue current programs and services, with no increases in the current fiscal year or next fiscal year. The forecast also assumes that the State will provide revenue for programs and services it requires the County to provide. Slowed revenue growth was also factored in as a result of an economy that is not expanding as rapidly as in prior years. 

The next opportunity for the public to get involved in the County’s budget process will take place on Nov. 5, when the County Administrative Office will guide the Board in setting priorities, budget goals and policies, and provide a financial outlook for future years. 
Keep Reading
New YouTube Series | Episode 1

A Day In The Life of a County Park Ranger

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Park Ranger? Here's a new YouTube series that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what County employees do for our local communities. This first episode focuses on County Park Rangers at Lopez Lake Recreation Area. Enjoy!

Around the County in Photos...

See what's happening around the County of San Luis Obispo.
Click each image for more details.
Urban Search & Rescue team members from the SLO City Fire Department and CAL FIRE SLO recently trained on the peak wall at Bishop Peak.
Did you hear? Foster youth graduation rates in SLO County are nearly 20% higher than the state average. Congratulations to this year's graduates! 
San Luis Obispo County celebrated the first outbound flight between Las Vegas and San Luis Obispo on Oct. 17. 
The County earned a $55,000 grant to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries among teens. See what our Behavioral Health team will do with the funding. 
This month, the Sheriff's Office Women's Honor Farm Sewing Program donated hundreds of handmade items to Meade Canine Rescue.
Meet Muffin, our Adoptable Pet of the Month for October 2019. This mature calico kitty is seeking her next loving home.

Want More County News?

There is a lot more happening in County departments than we can fit in a single e-newsletter. We encourage you to browse the news section of our website for other important program updates and public announcements.

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