Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the guilty verdicts in the first Human Trafficking jury trial in Santa Barbara County. Defendant Brannon Lawrence Pitcher was found guilty, as charged, of two counts of human trafficking of a minor, as well as the Special Allegation that defendant used force, fear, fraud, deceit, and violence while trafficking the minor victim in Count 1. Defendant was also found guilty of one misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine and 73 counts of disobeying a court order.Read More »
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) is applauding the decision by the U.S. Department of Interior to prohibit any new offshore oil or gas lease sales in the Northern California, Central California, and Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Areas by excluding these areas from the draft proposed 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. In July, Capps led a letter from members of the California ConRead More »
The sixth annual Journey of Hope event will feature Keynote Speaker Carol Graham discussing the stigma that surrounds mental health in the military.
Journey of Hope, an inspiring and educational mental wellness forum, will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, CA. This is a free event, open to the public and reservations are not required.
Carol is the wife of retired Major General Mark A. Graham, U.S. Army. Carol will discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in the military and her powerful personal story; after losing two sons–one to suicide and one in combat–she and her husband channelRead More »
The City of San Luis Obispo is in the process of developing the 2015-2017 biannual financial plan. A key component of the process is soliciting community input into the priorities for the upcoming two fiscal years.
Following extensive community outreach, including advice from all of the City’s advisory bodies, nearly 800 survey responses from the City’s “Community Budget Bulletin,” and input from approximately 400 attendees at the January 13, 2015, Community Forum, the Council met all day on Saturday, January 24, 2015, to set goals for 2015-17.
In a constrained fiscal environment and multiple competing requests, the City Council’s goals emphasize open space protection and maintenance, multi-modal transportation, and housing. The City Council also recognRead More »
On Saturday at approximately 2:45 AM, a UCPD lieutenant on patrol in the area of Sueno Road and Camino Del Sur observed an apparent fight in progress, occurring in front of a fraternity in the 6700 block of Sueno Rd near Isla Vista. As he approached the location, the UCPD lieutenant noticed four subjects who were covered in blood and fleeing the scene. These subjects were detained and SBSO deputies arrived in the area to assist in handling the situation. During the ensuing investigation, Sheriff’s deputies located a stabbing victim at the fraternity. The victim, a twenty-one year old UCSB student, had stab wounds to his chest and head. The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Sheriff’s deputies and UCPD officers determineRead More »
On January 6, 2015, Paso Robles Police Detectives received information from a reliable source that Steven Lindhorst of Paso Robles was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. Detectives started an investigation and obtained a search warrant to analyze the contents of Lindhorst’s computer. With the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab numerous digital images of suspected child pornography were discovered on his computer. Some of the images and videos appeared to have been manufactured by Lindhorst.
This additional information lead to a second search warrant for Lindhorst’s residence where a second computer hard drive was located. This second hard drive was also analyzed leading to the discovery of additional suspectedRead More »
The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has announced that its Emergency Water Supply (EWS) project has begun producing potable water for CCSD customers. Production started shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, less than a year after the CCSD Board initiated the design, engineering and construction of the EWS project.
Treated water from the EWS is now being injected into the San Simeon Creek aquifer, where it will recharge the wells that supply most of Cambria’s drinking water.
This milestone comes after an approximately two-month start-up period following completion of the facility last November. During this time, the CCSD commissioned and tested the EWS, as well as submitting an operations, monitoring and maintenance plan (OMMP) and other documents reRead More »
On Monday January 26th in San Luis Obispo Superior Court Department 10 at 2pm, four veterans will be graduating San Luis Obispo County Veterans Treatment Court. This is the second group of veterans to complete the program since its inception in June of 2013 and will feature the courts first female graduate. The veterans have spent the last 12-18 months working with treatment specialist, county staff, mentors and coming before the court every other week to accomplish this mission.
Veterans Treatment Courts were first started in Buffalo, New York in 2008 and have since spread across the country. San Luis Obispo’s court is one of 16 in the state. The courts are designed to address the growing number of veterans entering the criminal justice system as a result of traumatic eRead More »
The franchisee working to bring in a McDonalds restaurant into Los Osos has thrown in the towel. With much controversy the fast food giant in 2013 sought to occupy the long vacant Bank of America in Los Osos wanting to do a drive-thru. Opposition was strong but the Los Osos Community Advisory Board narrowly supported the project and the Board of Supervisors gave it a 4 to 1 OK last April. Mitigation requirements were strong as well and the eatery was denied a 24 hour license to operate. After approval McDonalds did nothing with their permit and now will no longer pursue the deal. Another potential McDonalds across from the SLO airport is still under consideration. With its stock down, McDonald’s Corporation ended 2014 with its worst performance in 30 years. (Courtesy of Sierra2tRead More »
Community members and students of San Luis Obispo residents concerned about the future of California communities will board buses on February 7 and head north to Governor Jerry Brown’s hometown, Oakland, to walk in the March for Real Climate Leadership. The members of SLO Clean Water Action and others will join thousands of people from all walks of life across California to call on Governor Brown to stop fracking and other extreme energy extraction in the state, stand up to big oil and move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. Organizers expect the event to be the largest march in California’s history focusing on climate change issues, including fracking.Read More »