Good neighbors: CALPIA, CMC help sheriff after laundry fire

By Lt. Robert Furster, PIO

The act of a good neighbor by the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) and the California Men’s Colony (CMC) continues to bring rewards and good will.

CALPIA and CMF came to the aid of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office after a laundry fire.

It started over the Veteran’s Day weekend last year when an extensive fire in the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s County Jail Honor Farm’s laundry facility destroyed their ability to process inmate laundry.

CMC Warden Elvin Valenzuela, Laundry Superintendent Larry Persons, and PIA Administrator Victor Garcia met with San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s representatives as a community gesture to offer assistance with their laundry needs.

The meeting resulted in CMC’s PIA laundry facility providing emergency laundry services to the County Jail, and as a good neighbor gesture CALPIA volunteered to process all the laundry and linen that could be salvaged at no charge to the County due to the emergency situation. The following day, all of the salvaged laundry was delivered clean, folded, and separated into like items, which proved to be beyond their expectations.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s County Jail operation is located a short distance from CMC, which allowed a fast response to their needs.  A temporary contract was signed for CALPIA to provide laundry services at CMC.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has conveyed their appreciation for the services provided in their time of need.  They have been providing additional laundry, which will be processed and delivered in a timely manner to avoid disruptions to their operations.

The California Men’s Colony and the Prison Industry Authority are looking forward to providing laundry service to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s County Jail Honor Farm beyond the temporary contract.  CMC strives to be a good neighbor in time of need.

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