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Expert Urges Regulators to Shut Down Last Nuclear Plant

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A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

Michael Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon's lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant' Read More »

Early Warning System Test on Saturday

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  The full scale test of the San Luis Obispo County Early Warning System sirens took place Saturday. The sirens were activated twice to test the primary and backup controls for the system. During each test, all 131 sirens operated successfully and sounded for three minutes. During major emergencies, the sounding of the sirens in an indication that the Emergency Alert System has been activated and the public should to tune to a local radio or television station to receive emergency inform Read More »

Cambria Reports Water Usage Drop

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The Cambria Community Services District today reported water production totals for July 2014, showing another sharp drop in usage from prior years and historical averages.

Water production at CCSD wells during the month, normally the highest-usage time of the year, totaled 42.82 acre-feet. This was the lowest July total in CCSD records, which go back to 1988. It was also 44% below both the total for July 2013 and the historical average for the month.

This was the fourt Read More »

Diablo Canyon Power Plant Safely Returned to Full Power

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Operators at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely returned Unit 2 to full power on Thursday, August 21, following the completion of maintenance activities on backup diesel generators. The unit was safely taken off-line on August 14 to perform the work. Unit 1 continues to operate at full power.

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SLO Jury Returned Verdict in Favor of Rittger Family

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A San Luis Obispo jury returned a verdict of $6,709,300 in favor of the family of Tricia Rittger who was struck and killed in front of The Cliff’s Resort in November 2011.

Evidence presented during the trial showed The Cliff’s Resort failed to comply with the City of Pismo Beach’s permit requirements for parking lots on its property and failed to enforce its own employee parking policy, which would have prevented Mrs. Rittger from parking in the east lot and Read More »

Annual Early Warning System Test

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On Saturday, August 23, the County Office of Emergency Services will be conducting the Annual Early Warning System siren test in addition to a Reverse 911 test. The Reverse 9-1-1 system will be activated for all landline and registered cell phones located within the Emergency Planning Zone. The test will be conducted between 9am and noon and will help emergency officials verify the capabilities of the Reverse 911 system.  Following the Reverse 911 test, the Early Warning System s Read More »

Police Prepare for Labor Day

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From 12:01 AM Friday August 15, 2014 through Midnight Sunday August 17, 2014 officers representing 11 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 21 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  There were 23 DUI arrests during the same three day period in 2013. There were no DUI related traffic fatalities or injury collisions during this reporting period. Over the same period in 2013, there were two DUI related traffic fatalities and 2 persons injured in DU Read More »

Carlos Castaneda Named to USDA Committee

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Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that Carlos Castaneda from Castaneda and Sons in Arroyo Grande has been named to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The 25-member Committee meets up to two times per year to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry. Castaneda is also the President of the SLO County Farm Bureau. “Our Central Coast economy is driven by agriculture,&rdquo Read More »

Homicide Near Guadalupe Beach

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred just outside the entrance to Guadalupe Beach in the 6900 block of Main Street.  At approximately 6:50 a.m. yesterday morning, a group of field workers in the area discovered the body of a heavy-set Hispanic person, on the side of the road, face down in the dirt.  The men flagged down a passerby in a vehicle who then called 9-1-1 for help. The deseased has been identified at 37-year-old Read More »

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