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Officials Investigate Cause of Fire

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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire on the 1400 block of Torro Creek Road near Morro Bay which partially destroyed a barn, a carport, and a nearby home. It happened early yesterday morning. The people inside the house got out of the home.

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Suspect in Custody for Killing Cyclist

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A suspect is in custody for allegedly running down and killing a bicyclist in Arroyo Grande yesterday morning on Los Berros Road. Michelle Hart from Arroyo Grande was arrested after she left the scene. The unidentified cyclist died of head injuries. Hart, who is 45, was booked into county jail and is facing felony DUI and hit and run charges.

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Phase II of Atascadero Lake Sediment Removal Project

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The City of Atascadero is very pleased to announce that work will begin on Phase II of the Atascadero Lake Sediment Removal Project on Monday, October 6th.  Residents will notice increased truck traffic, flagmen and intermittent road closures on Lakeview Drive and on Templeton Road during the project, and are asked to use caution. As a result of the ongoing drought, Atascadero Lake has completely dried up, and sediment that has been building up for decades is now exposed.  The sediment build-up has, in recent years, made the lake shallower, warmer and nitrogen rich, which has resulted in severely degraded water quality, along with periodic fish die-offs caused by algae blooms which consume oxygen. One benefit of the drought is that it provides the City with an opportunity to have Read More »

IRS Issued a Consumer Alert

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information.
The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

Such incidences have been reported in San Luis and Santa Barbara counties.

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PG&E to Host Community Open House

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will host a community open house at its Energy Education Center to share and discuss the results of its recent advanced seismic studies report concerning Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Thursday, October 2, 2014. Session One will occur from 2:30- 4:00 pm; Session Two from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the PG&E Energy Education Center, 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo.

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Missing Person Located and Taken to Hospital

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The search for a missing, at risk, Carpinteria resident has ended.  At approximately 6:10 last night an MTD bus driver called 911 when he recognized Sky Robison at the bus stop located at Carrillo and Chapala streets in the city of Santa Barbara.  Sheriff’s deputies responded and were assisted by the Santa Barbara Police Department. Robison was located and transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

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Jerry Brown Signs Legislation to Help Rising Costs at State Hospitals

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Governor Jerry Brown has signed two pieces of legislation by local Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian to reduce the violence in our state hospitals and help with rising costs at our state hospitals. One measure, Assembly Bill 1340, was a part of a two-year negotiation between hospital workers, patient advocates, and the administration. This bill will create Enhanced Treatment Programs at each state hospital to provide more individualized treatment to the patients that are most at risk for violence. According to the Department of State Hospitals, 92 percent of the patient population in the state hospital system last year was admitted as the result of a forensic commitment, some of which were violent in nature. “My legislation is critical in reducing the growing amount of violence that is Read More »

Sample Ballot Booklets Have Been Mailed

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The Sample Ballot Booklets for the November 4, 2014 General Election were mailed September 25 and will be arriving in mailboxes this week. The sample ballot booklet contains a copy of the ballot contests, candidate statements and measure information for contests on the voter’s ballot, the polling place location assigned to the voter and an application for a vote-by-mail ballot. This mailing will include voters who were registered as of September 5th and are not registered as permanent vote-by-mail voters. Voters with permanent vote-by-mail status and those residing in a vote-by-mail precinct will receive their local candidate and measure information along with their vote-by-mail ballot which will be mailed the week of October 6th. All households with registered voters will also be Read More »

C5 to Host a Workshop for Alternative Fuels

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The Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5) will host a Best Practices Workshop for Alternative Fuels on Thursday October 2nd  from  3:00pm to 5:00pm in the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Auditorium – 3433 Roberto Court in San Luis Obispo.

The free workshop will provide guidance and recommendations on developing and deploying electric, natural gas, and hydrogen infrastructure. Alternative fuel vehicles will be on display in the parking lot. Experts from Southern California Gas Co. and Revolution CNG will give presentations on natural gas, UCSB’s Alternative Fuel Coordinator will give presentations on hydrogen fueling infrastructure and C5’s Coordinator will give an update on the status of electric vehicle charging in San Luis Obispo County Read More »

Union Pacific Railroad Will be Closing Crossings in Atascadero Temporarily

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Union Pacific Railroad will be closing the railroad crossings at Chico, Curbaril, and Halcon Roads in Atascadero temporarily for maintenance.  The crossing closures will occur on October 6th and 7th on Halcon Road, October 8th and 9th on Curbaril Road, and October 13th and 14th on Chico Road.  Union Pacific Railroad is closing the crossings to perform maintenance on the track ties in connection with recent maintenance activities in the area.   Motorists will be provided with a detour route and will have full access to their homes during construction.
Motorists and residents should use caution and patience while the maintenance work is being performed.

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