Saturday, January 22, 2022
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General "Open For Business" Slideshow



  • Our 6th Annual Tamale Festival will be held in Sunken Gardens and Downtown Atascadero this coming Saturday, January 15th, from 11AM until 7PM!
  • The festival this year will include over 20 tamale vendors from throughout California with a wide variety of tamales for purchase;
  • Entertainment will include Emcee Francisco Ramirez, along with Medina Light Show Designs, plus a wide variety of wonderful live music, Manuel Enrique & his horse, the Famous Dancing Horses, and the Folklorico El Padrecito Dancers!
  • Plenty of other vendors will offer merchandise, crafts, adult beverages and lots of great food selections!
  • We’ll have bounce houses, obstacle courses, bungee jumps, face painting, balloon animals, and a new Tamale Festival themed photo booth, with an adorable miniature donkey, “Waffles”!
  • Fun contests are back, with the very popular “Best Tamale Contest”, plus a “Tamale Eating Contest” and the “Chihuahua Costume & Pet Contest” too! 
  • And there will be fireworks!
  • Our Fire Chief makes the determination about allowing fireworks in the City, and then only if they are unlikely to pose a fire threat;
  • Since the Tamale Festival is held in the winter, and with the recent rainfall we’ve had, this is the perfect time to be able to have a fireworks display;
  • The City is very sensitive to the fact that some residents who live nearby may have loved ones or pets that may be affected by loud noises;
  • We have sent notification letters out to all nearby residential addresses, letting them know that the fireworks display will last for approximately 10-15 minutes between 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., and will be launched from the Fine Arts Academy Field at Olmeda between Traffic Way and West Mall;   
  • The Tamale Festival is free to attend, but don’t forget to bring your wallet to purchase plenty of delicious food, activities and merchandise;
  • Our amazing sponsors include Golden 1 Credit Union, Supervisor Debbie Arnold, Waste Management, CCPN, Mechanic’s Bank and Idlers Home! 

For more information on any City events, you can always visit our website at www.visitatascadero.comand click on events.


  • We have scheduled January 26th from 1-9pm for a City Council and Joing City Council/Planning Commission Special Meeting/Study Session;
  • This Special Joint Meeting will cover various items related to Community Development, such as Economic Development, Affordable Housing, and other topics, and then will be combined with a General Plan Scoping Meeting Study Session. 
  • This is expected to be a full, 8-hour session beginning at 1:00 p.m. and potentially going to 9:00 p.m. 
  • The first half of the meeting starting at 1:00 p.m. for the City Council will be about various Community Development issues, and the second half, beginning at about 5:30 or so, would be for the General Plan Scoping Session. 
  • Holding this portion of the meeting during the evening hours will allow for more public attendance as well.   
  • We would like to have the members of the Planning Commission attend, optionally for the first half of the day, but it will be important to have as many Planning Commissioners as possible attend for the 2nd half of the Joint Meeting in the evening.
  • We’ll plan to provide a break for or provide a working dinner - I’d expect at about 5-5:30pm.


  • Atascadero’s 2022 Burn Season for Fire Hazard Reduction opened on January 5th.
  • Each day, Burn Status is determined by the California Air Resources Board and our local weather conditions.
  • Before burning, residents must obtain the daily Burn Day status.
  • For Burn Day status, call (805) 461-5070 and select Option 8.
  • Residents should use burning as a last resort, and utilize their Green Waste container or Chicago Grade Landfill whenever possible.
  • Burn Regulations and more information can be found on our website.
  • Be aware that the Fire Dept will issue citations for violations.
  • If any questions, contact Atascadero Fire at (805) 461-5070, or visit our website at


  • Speaking of Fire Hazards, we’re very pleased to announce that the SLO County Fire Safe Council has awarded Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services with grant funding for a new Wildfire Consultation pilot program.
  • Initially, due to limited funding, only properties that are located in the High and Very High Fire Severity Zones on the West Side of Atascadero will be eligible to sign up for this free program;
  • Those property owners will be notified by mail with a flyer that urges them to sign up for the program before the end of February.
  • The property evaluation will include specific recommendations that the property owner can undertake to increase the survivability of their home in the event of a wildfire.
  • Fire personnel will come out and assess the property’s vegetation, clearance, structure materials, and will identify any hazards that are particular to that property and residence.
  • Feedback will be provided to the owner with a list of recommendations that will provide a focused approach in reducing fire hazards and home survivability in the event of a wildfire.
  • Anyone with questions about this new pilot program or wanting to know if their property is eligible is encouraged to call Fire & Emergency Services at 805-470-3300. 
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