Friday, August 28th, 2015


Measure P Opponents Voice Their Opinions


Citing the significant reduction in funding for public schools, loss of good paying jobs, and loss of $300 million a year in economic activity, an array of Hispanic community leaders and advocates announced their opposition to Measure P, including the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tom Lopez, President of TSL Consulting Engineers Inc., Diana Banales, former President, Santa Barbara Community Academy Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and Christie Ortiz, teacher at Santa Maria High School.

“Measure P is a flawed and costly initiative that is going to have a severe impact on the Latino community,” said Tom Lopez, President of TSL Consulting Engineers Inc. “The oil and gas industry offers Latinos high wages with benefits and a path to the middle class. In fact,

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Project to Adjust Power Lines to Temporarily Disrupt Traffic


A project to adjust the clearance of aerial power lines which cross over Hwy. 46 East will result in temporary traffic breaks from Jardine Road to Union Road on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 2 from 6 am until 9 am. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct three to four rolling stops with delays not to exceed ten minutes. Motorists using Branch Road, Jardine Road, Geneseo Road or driveways which intersect with Hwy. 46 East will be assisted by flaggers during these traffic breaks.

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Local Job Seekers Will Benefit From Upcoming Job Skills Training


More than 200 local job seekers and workers with barriers to employment will benefit from upcoming essential job skills training provided by Americas Job Centers of California (AJCC) serving San Luis Obispo. The job-seeking, and job-keeping skills training is being funded through a $20,000 grant awarded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) through its 2014 Economic Vitality Grant Program. The funds were presented by PG&E President Chris Johns today during a visit to the AJCC offices on Industrial Way in San Luis Obispo. “PG&E wants to help our communities have growing, thriving local economies. This year’s grant program continues our long, proud history of supporting the local organizations that are working hard to create jobs and provide career training,” sa

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Many Young Birds Being Rehabilitated at PWC


Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) is experiencing an overwhelming influx of starving juvenile Grebes at its Rehabilitation Center in Morro Bay, CA. As of today, 89 of these pelagic birds remain in PWC care.  The last week has seen the arrival of 128, not all of which have survived. Emergency calls for volunteers have gone out to bring in more help for these weak and hungry birds. Grebes breed in fresh water but overwinter on the Pacific Ocean, many of them in Morro Bay. These birds, noted for their amazing courtship dance together, do not survive on land. Their legs, developed for swimming and diving for food, are hinged the opposite of most birds and mammals, making it impossible for them to walk.

Therefore, when they arrive on our beaches, it is a clear sign that they are in tro

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Results From Tracer Study on Emergency Water Supply


The Cambria Community Services District today released results of the tracer study that was conducted to confirm the safe operation of the CCSD’s Emergency Water Supply (EWS) project.

The report measured the time taken for water injected near the CCSD’s San Simeon Creek well field to reach production wells that supply water to Cambria. It found that,

at the test rate of 454 gallons per minute injected into and withdrawn from the aquifer, the travel time was over two months to production well SS-1 and 57 days to a closer production well, SS-2.

The travel time to SS-2 (the closer well) was three days short of the time required for a Title 22 operating permit from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Based on these findings, the hydrogeologica

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Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of Marijuana Eradication Season


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the results of the 2014 marijuana eradication season.  For the past several months, the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the United States Forest Service and the California National Guard have been working together to locate and eradicate illegal marijuana grows in Santa Barbara County. This year, most of the illegal grows were discovered on National Forest land by Santa Barbara County Air Support with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Bureau.  In all, ten marijuana eradication operations were conducted resulting in the destruction and removal of 47,000 plants in 18 separate illegal marijuana gardens.  The destroyed plants are worth an estimated str

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Capps Will Tour Classrooms for Students With Special Needs


On Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will tour classrooms for students with special needs in the Lucia Mar Unified School District. “Ensuring our special needs students and their schools have the resources they need is vitally important to our young people’s successful future,” Capps said. “These students—and their teachers–are incredible individuals. I look forward to spending some time with them as they learn.”  The school district funds its special education program through a combination of federal, state, and local funding sources. The classrooms have historically served students with more significant special needs, and also include classes of 18 to 22-year-old adult learners. Capps will tour classes at Oceano Education Center and Arroyo Grande High School. Read More »

Domestic Distrubance in Lompoc


On Sunday, October 19, at 11:22 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Lompoc Sheriff’s substation responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Vandenberg Village.  The disturbance was reported by neighbors.  Sheriff’s deputies made contact with the resident, 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill, a Lompoc Police Officer, and his girlfriend.  Hill is a detective with the Lompoc Police Department and was off-duty at the time of the incident.  As a result of their investigation, the deputies determined that domestic violence had occurred and arrested Hill for assaulting his girlfriend during a fight inside the residence.

Hill was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for   Domestic Violence.   Later that day, he posted $25,000 bail and was released.

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Amgen Announcing Route for Next Year’s Event


Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California are announcing the route for next year’s event, as well as another big change for the professional cycling race. Here on the Central Coast, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara will all host either a start or finish line. Stage 4 of the race will begin in Pismo Beach and end in Avila Beach.  The 2015 race will see an unprecedented three days of professional cycling for women. Former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden will be fronting a team.  The women’s race will start in South Lake Tahoe on May 8th before heading to Sacramento for the main race kickoff on May 10th.  The host cities for the 10th anniversary of the eight-day event were announced at a news conference in Sacramento on Monday.

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California Alcoholic Beverage Control Announces Grants


The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced that it has awarded several mini-grants to over 20 local law enforcement agencies to help them combat underage drinking, alcohol-related crime and educate ABC licensees about alcoholic beverage laws in California through ABC’s IMPACT Program. Mini-grants ranging from $7,400 to $25,000 have been awarded to 23 local law enforcement agencies throughout California.

The grants were awarded by the ABC after it received funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Communities receiving the mini-grants are Elk Grove, Escondido, Eureka, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Merced,

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