Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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PG&E Working Hard to Restore Power

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As a historic winter storm begins to subside in Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews continue to work around the clock to restore service for customers who have experienced storm-related outages this week. PG&E pledges to its customers that it will remain focused on its work until all power is restored throughout its service territory and life can return to normal. Strong winds, falling trees and major flooding have damaged electrical equipment throughout the company’s 70,000-mile service area. PG&E’s meteorologists reported that wind gusts reached 95 mph in some higher elevations and rainfall totals exceeded several inches in many locations. Since the storm hit Wednesday, Dec. 10, the utility has restored service to more tha

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SBCFD Responded to 78 Storm Related Calls

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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to 78 storm related calls for service throughout Santa Barbara County beginning at 6pm last night until approximately 3am today.  These calls included 33 calls for power lines down, 5 trees down, 15 flooding calls, 15 fire alarms, 4 structural problems, 2 fires, 2 flying debris related calls,  and 1 road issue.  There were no rescues related to the storm. According to the National Weather Service, rain total for San Marcos Pass was 4.89 inches as of 7am today.  At 9:55pm last night, the Santa Ynez weather station reported southeast winds at 37mph with gusts to 64mph. In anticipation of the storm, the SBCFD placed and three additional engines in service, and two overhead positions. The SBCFD continues to be in contact wit

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Highway 1 Closed Due to Mud Slides

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Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point in north coastal San Luis Obispo County (Mile Marker 72) to the Coast Gallery in Monterey County (Mile Marker 42) due to multiple rock/mud slides. Crews are on site assessing damage and initiating cleanup. Alternate routes into Big Sur and Ragged Point are Highways 68, 101 and 46. There is no estimated time of opening.

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Power Outage Warning With Big Storm

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With a major storm heading toward San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, PG&E is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to significant rainfall, potential flooding and high winds. PG&E crews are prepared and ready to respond to power outages as soon as weather conditions permit the safe restoration of power. PG&E routinely practices its preparedness and response to storms and other emergencies through company exercises and through drills with local first responders. The company also utilizes the latest technology to restore power more quickly and efficiently after a storm. This includes the use of storm outage prediction models, the installation of automated equipment that “self-heals” the electric grid as well as timely and accurate out

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DUI Checkpoint Friday in SLO

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San Luis Obispo Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 12, 2014, in the city of San Luis Obispo.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have cla

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Pismo Beach PD Awarded Grant from California OTS

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Pismo Beach Police Department has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Pismo Beach Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.  “This funding is imperative towards our goal of reducing injury and death as a result of impaired driving in a continuing effort to keep our community safe.  It provides us the ability to fund programs that we would not be able to perform without the grant and demonstrates our relationship with the California Office of Traffic Safety is one of common goal

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SLO City Council Voted to Override Decision Not to Build Near Airport

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The San Luis Obispo City Council voted four-to-one last night to override the Airport Land Use Commission’s recommendation not to build on land near the airport. The  Commission has a problem with too much development around the airport. The Airport Land Use Commission is concerned about noise and safety concerns for nearby developments. Part of the city’s proposed development would be as many as 1,600 homes. Although the city passed the override, they will still need to come to terms with the Airport Commission in order to move forward with their plans.

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant Safely Returned to 100%

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced that operators at Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely returned Unit 1 to 100 percent power after a planned outage.

During the planned outage, crews installed new electrical equipment and cleaned the plant’s intake tunnels, both of which are located on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

Unit 1 was taken off-line on Dec. 5.  Unit 2 is safely operating at 100 percent power.

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SLO Rated One of The Best College Towns in US

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According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, San Luis Obispo is one of the best college towns in the U.S. The article says the city’s access to the ocean, Thursday night farmer’s market, Bishop Peak, and Sunset Drive-in as reasons why SLO made the list coming in at number nine.

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Arroyo Grande Voted to End Invocations at City Council Meetings

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The Arroyo Grande City Council voted 3 to 2 last night to end invocations at city council meetings and replace them with a moment of silence. The vote came after public comments by members of Atheists United, San Luis Obispo (AU-SLO), a number of whom were residents of Arroyo Grande.
AU-SLO board member David Leidner told the council that they had a “golden opportunity to ensure fairness” by ending all invocations. “This is the best option not because it favors our interests or anyone else’s,” he said, “but because it does just the opposite. It is the most neutral and inclusive position to take.”

The city council’s reconsideration of their existing invocation policy was sparked by a request from AU-SLO to start giving invocations at Arroyo Grande city co

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