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Homeless Services Center to be Built

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Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County announced yesterday it has agreed with Condor Enterprises LLC. to buy 9.7 acres of land on Prado Road to build a Homeless Services Center. The deal is part of a joint agreement between CAPSLO and the Regional Transit Authority to use 6.5 acres of the land for a transit maintenance facility. The new homeless center will replace the Prado Day Center and the Maxine Lewis Memorial Night Shelter, and will start being built in late 2015.

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FedEx and Silverado Stages Being Sued for Bus Accident

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Silverado Stages, a San Luis Obispo-based charter bus company, and FedEx are being sued by Miles Hill, a survivor of the crash caused by a FedEx truck hitting a tour bus full of students last month. Hill is suing for negligence, claiming that the bus didn’t have a proper escape method and the FedEx driver negligently crossed the middle of the road. Hill is requesting compensation for medical treatment and damages. The crash killed ten people, as the bus was filled with students ready to visit Humboldt State University.

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Third Candidate Entered Race for District Attorney

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A third candidate has entered the SLO County District Attorney race as a write-in. Defense attorney Paul Phillips entered the race because he feels that both candidates are just business-as-usual and that being the one candidate outside the DA’s office gives him a fresh perspective. Phillips believes that both candidates would have difficulty in running the office because Covello lacks the endorsements of those underneath him at the DA’s office, while Dan Dow doesn’t have the experience needed.

Phillips also views both candidates’ hard line stance on crime to be creating a bigger need for plea bargains and alternate sentences, which increases prison populations. He p Read More »

Two Fires Along Central Coast Yesterday

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Two fires happened on the Central Coast yesterday. Firefighters spent the night containing an eight-acre fire at Blue Heron Drive and Ana Bay Road in Avila Beach.  People were evacuated. The fire was caused by a tree blown down by high winds into a PG&E power line above the Avila Beach Golf Resort. The second fire was a Santa Maria house fire that killed one of two dogs inside at around 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Alvin and Curryer. The fire was out less than an hour later and contained to the first floor. Crews remained on scene Wednesday afternoon to clean up and investigate. The dogs were the only ones present at the time of the fire. The dog that survived is being cared for by animal control Read More »

Coach Charged With Sex Crimes

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A Santa Ynez youth coach is being charged with sex crimes against a child. Forty-two-year-old Jose Diaz was arrested Tuesday in Solvang for having sexual relations with a teenager when she was 14 and 15 years old. Diaz has been coaching with the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) girl's league for 18 years, leading detectives to be worried about the possibility of more victims.  If you have information which may assist detectives in this case and/or help identify any additional victims, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Tip-Line at 805-681-4171. 

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SLO City Council Votes Down Ban on Outdoor Marijuana Grows

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The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 to reject an ordinance banning outdoor medical marijuana grows. The proposed ordinance also banned mobile medical marijuana operations and allowed for indoor grows that were inside 50 square feet of space. About 50 people spoke in public comment for over three hours, with an overwhelming majority against the ordinance.

The ordinance was brought before the council after neighbors complained of a large outdoor grow operation near Leff and Nipomo Street causing a constant stench of weed, higher traffic, and fear of crime. The neighbors also said that a nearby daycare center was shut down because of the weed smell. The growers eventually removed the pl Read More »

Santa Barbara City College Student Arrested for Sexual Assault

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A Santa Barbara City College student was arrested for sexually assaulting two high school students in Isla Vista. Twenty-eight-year-old Isla Vista resident Deon Kitt is being charged with rape by force and/or fear and two counts of rape of an intoxicated or drugged victim. The victims are 17 and 18 years old.  Kitt is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail on $400,000 bail. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who has information on these sexual assaults or any others involving Kitt, to call 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171. 

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Two Fires in Avila Beach

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Two fires occurred yesterday around 5:45 p.m. in Avila Beach. The first fire was at Ana Bay Road, and the second was in the area of Avila Beach Drive and Cave Landing Road. The Ana Bay Road fire was contained to 10 acres, while the Cave Landing fire was restricted to a quarter of an acre. Power lines were down, and the cause of the fires is being investigated.

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Central Coast Cities React to Prayer Ruling

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Central Coast cities are reacting to Monday's Supreme Court ruling that prayer before city council meetings are constitutional. The Court said the prayers don't violate the separation of church and state if they are ceremonial and don't spread a religious faith. The Pismo Beach City Council voted to stop prayer before its meetings a couple of weeks ago after it was sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Pismo Mayor Shelly Higginbotham says the Supreme Court ruling will not change the council’s decision. Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino applauded the decision, telling KSBY that they’re not trying to convert anyone and it puts everyone in a great state of mind. The Freedom Fro Read More »

National Foster Care Month

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This month is National Foster Care Month and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is launching a volunteer recruitment campaign called “I am for the child” to support foster children. CASA hopes to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and to recruit volunteers for CASA. There are over 100 abused and neglected children on CASA's priority wait list. These children anticipate being matched with a community volunteer who will advocate for their rights while pursuing a safe a permanent home. For more information visit www.sbcasa.org or contact Outreach Coordinator Tara Gross at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2595 or email Read More »

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