On Friday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will attend the ribbon cutting and open house for the new San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau Office.
Capps will speak and present a flag to the Honor Guard. The flag, which will be flown at the new office, was raised over the U.S. Capitol. State Sen. Bill Monning, State Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian, and other officials will also be in attendance.
“Our agricultural community is one of the main drivers of the Central Coast economy, and the San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau plays an important role in advocating for our farmers and ranchers,” Capps said. “I am looking forward to the ribbon cutting and celebrating the new office that will become the home for the Farm Bureau.”
Capps will also tour the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department and laboratory, which is in the process of being renovated. She will accompany Dr. Penny Borenstein, director of the SLO County Public Health Department, and Dr. James Beebe, the lab director of the department, on the tour. The lab is currently being updated and refurbished thanks to $330,000 in federal funds secured by Capps in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The laboratory is one of the few in the area that can test for bioterrorism, and also often conducts environmental testing, ocean monitoring, and shellfish testing. “The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department’s laboratory is able to play a key role in testing for bioterrorism, emerging diseases, and environmental monitoring, keeping Central Coast residents safe,” Capps said. “It’s wonderful to see a thriving scientific environment here at home and this lab serves an important public service. I am pleased we were able to secure federal funding to update this facility, and I look forward to visiting once again.”