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Capps Leads Another Fight Against Offshore Drilling

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) has led yet another fight against an effort to expand offshore drilling in several sensitive areas nationwide, including the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The bill, H.R. 2, passed on a largely partisan vote, 226-191. Capps offered four amendments to the bill to protect public health and coastal economies, but all amendments were blocked from consideration, including debate or a vote, on the House floor. H.R. 2 is not new legislation. Instead, it is a repackaging of bills that have already been considered and passed on largely party lines by the House, and represents the fifth time in four years that the House has attempted to require new drilling leasing off the coasts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In addition, the bill includes numero Read More »

NRC Denies Dissent From Inspector That Says Diablo Canyon is Vulnerable to Earthquakes

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Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied a dissent by the former chief inspector at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, who said new seismic data show the plant may be vulnerable to earthquakes of greater magnitude than allowed by its license. On the same day, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. released a long-awaited seismic study that, like the NRC’s ruling, also claimed that Diablo Canyon is safe. Today, Friends of the Earth, joined by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Mothers for Peace and the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine whether the NRC and PG&E improperly worked together on a public relations strategy to counteract widespread news coverage of the inspector’s dissent. According to the Read More »

Former President of a Cal Poly Frat to Appear in Court on Drug Charges

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Twenty-two-year-old Gear McMillan, the former president of the Cal Poly fraternity at the center of an alleged armed robbery is scheduled to be arraigned in court today on charges of drug possession and sales. San Luis Obispo Police arrested him after an alleged attempted armed robbery at the fraternity house by five Cal Poly football players who have all pleaded not guilty.

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One Person Injured After Amtrak Train Collided With Big Rig

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One person is injured after an Amtrak train collided with a big rig carrying a load of potatoes in San Ardo yesterday afternoon. A sheriff’s spokesman says the driver of the truck didn’t notice the train coming as he was trying to cross the tracks at Sergeant Canyon and Dead Man’s Gulch Roads. The train engineer tried to stop but couldn’t and slammed into the truck, damaging the train and scattering thousands of potatoes. The truck driver wasn’t hurt, but one person on the train suffered minor injuries.

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Missing Man Found Alive But Dies Before He Could Be Rescued

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A man missing since Sunday night is found alive in a car crash in Big Sur but dies before he can be rescued. Fire officials say the 60-year-old Big Sur resident was driving up Pfeifer Ridge Road when his Jeep plummeted 300 feet off a cliff, trapping him inside. Rescue crews climbed down the cliff and found the wreckage Tuesday afternoon, and when they pulled the man out, he was still alive.  He died just moments later.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Jerry Brown Signs Bill for Water District

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Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2453, a bill introduced and shepherded through the Legislature by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.  AB 2453 will establish a hybrid governance structure for the to-be-formed Paso Robles Basin Water District as well as broaden the powers and authorities that the San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission (SLO LAFCO) may choose from when creating the Water District.

“Governor Brown’s signature on this legislation is the culmination of very lengthy discussions on how to manage the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.  It is only with leadership from the Board of Supervisors and the City of Paso Robles, that we were able to create a framework for the water district that will now go before the public through the LAFCO process,” said Read More »

Land Conservancy of SLO Has Closed Escrow of Pismo Preserve

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The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has officially closed escrow and taken ownership of the Pismo Preserve as of yesterday. In addition to raising an unprecedented $12.3 million in just over six months to purchase the property and make initial site improvements, The Land Conservancy has finalized all the paperwork and legal agreements required to permanently conserve the property for community benefit.

Eight million of the conservation funding was provided by the State Coastal Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Board, $3 million came from local and regional government agencies, and the remaining $1.3 million was donated by the community.  This broad-reaching financial support exemplifies the many diverse yet interconnected ways that land conservation benefi Read More »

Road Safety Tips

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We have a couple of road safety tips for you. Beginning today, a new bike safety law goes into effect. When you pass a cyclist, you’ll have to stay three feet from them or face a fine of anywhere from 35 to 200 dollars. Hit one and it may cost you a thousand dollars.

And there’s a child seat check happening tomorrow at Target in San Luis Obispo from 10 to 2. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to check your child’s car seat and make sure it’s properly installed.

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Rainwater Catching Training Course

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There is a two day rainwater catching training course going on starting today at the Ludwig community Center in San Luis. Classes are from 8-5. Participants will learn about rainwater harvesting, system designs, how to install the systems, how to sanitize the water, guidelines, and much more. The course will focus on the central and southern coast because of the drought.

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Domestic Violence Incident Results in Arrest

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Saturday at 2:18 p.m., Grover Beach Police Officers were dispatched to 1001 Pacific Blvd in Grover Beach for a report of a domestic violence incident occurring. Upon the officer’s arrival they determined that 36-year-old Nicolas J. Lopez of Grover Beach had already fled the scene on foot, but was responsible for choking and punching a woman multiple times causing injuries to her. Lopez was also responsible for vandalizing a residence and vehicle prior to the officer’s arrival.

Officers conducted a search of the area for Lopez and located him hiding in the bushes along Highway 1 near the Grover Beach Train Depot. Lopez was given multiple orders by the officers to surrender however he chose to resist the officers. A Taser device was deployed, but was not effective in bringi Read More »

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