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Fire Authority Funding

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Residents of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano received ballots more than a week ago regarding a proposed property assessment. If the assessment is approved, The Five Cities Fire Authority could get roughly $1 million in funding. According to Chief Mike Hubert, that money would help maintain the current personnel staffing. It would also go toward consolidating the dispatch center, replacing aging equipment and maintaining things like the ladder truck. The funds would come from an increase in property taxes. The ballots have to be mailed in by April 4. To pass, the measure needs support by 50% of property owners, plus one.

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Bank Robber Competent to Stand Trial

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Andrew Gilbertson, the Paso Robles man accused of robbing the Bank of America in San Luis Obispo last summer, competent to stand trial, according to the San Luis Obispo County Court. In October, Gilbertson, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He was arrested on July 24, the same day the bank on Santa Rosa Street was robbed. Police said Gilbertson wore a hat and glasses to disguise himself and handed the teller a note demanding money. He was spotted in Atascadero a few hours later. He is expected back in court next month to set a trial date.

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Pet Owners Be Warned of Poison Meatballs

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Pet owners are being warned of possibly tainted meatballs in a second San Francisco neighborhood.  Cooked meatballs laced with rat poison were found in the Twin Peaks neighborhood just days ago.  Now more meatballs have been discovered in the Outer Richmond District near La Playa and Cabrillo Streets.  ABC 7 says city Animal Care and Control officials don't yet know if the most recently discovered meat is tainted.  All of the meatballs have been sent to U.C. Davis for testing. 
 

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Sale of Golf Course Could Mean Lower Property Values

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If the sale of a local golf course goes through, the property value surrounding the course could go down.  The owners of the San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course in Bonsall could sell the property to a mitigation company, which in turn would sell the property as carbon credits.  That basically means the decades-old golf course would be returned to its natural state, and no more golf.  The course's owner Colt Vessels says the fate of the course hasn't been decided yet, but adds he understands that property values could go down roughly 20 percent.

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Events This Weekend

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There are a couple of events happening this weekend…one for homeowners, the other environmentalists. There’s an Inspired Home Expo happening at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds, where more than one hundred home and garden experts will gather offering their advice, services, and products from 10 to 5 Saturday and 10  to 4 Sunday. And ECOSLO is inviting everyone to its 12th annual Eco Summit this Sayurday from 9-3 at the Grange Hall on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. ECOSLO will present speakers to talk about environmental issues.

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SLO Firefighters Handled Fire Near Mariposa Trail

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SLO Firefighters quickly put out a fire which occurred near the Mariposa Trail not far from the Duvall Ranch Road. The fire burned a small area. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened. Fire investigators think the fire was arson caused. Firefighters responded to fire that burned near the Mariposa Trail in San Luis Obispo.

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Santa Barbara County Phone Scam

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn citizens that they are continuing to see a large number of residents who are becoming victims of a phone scam.  On February 19, about 25 people at the Sheriff’s Office Main Headquarters reported that they had been contacted directly by the Sheriff’s Office and warned that a warrant was out for their arrest because they did not show up for required jury duty. 

The caller then demanded the resident use a pre-paid credit card to clear the outstanding warrant.  The S.O. has had several hundred phone calls of this sort reported across Santa Barbara County the past several weeks. The Sheriff’s Office wants to cau Read More »

California Facing Worst Water Shortage in Modern History

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With California experiencing its worst water shortage crisis in modern history, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) joined with his Senate counterpart, pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Governor Jerry Brown to announce legislation to immediately help communities deal with the devastating dry conditions affecting our state and provide funding to increase local water supplies.

The legislation provides $687.4 million to support drought relief, including money for housing and food for workers directly impacted by the drought, bond funds for projects to help local communities more efficiently capture and manage water and funding for securing emergency drinking water supplies Read More »

Paso Robles Basin Water District Continues Positive Momentum

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The positive momentum of the Paso Robles Basin Water District continues. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a Legislative Platform Policy Statement for forming a water district to manage the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Supervisors Frank Mecham, Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill voted in favor.

The endorsement by the Board of Supervisors came shortly before a second victory at the Paso Robles City Council meeting, where members voted 4-0 to support PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity’s plan for a hybrid district. Councilmember Ed Steinbeck sat out of the City Council vote. PRAAGS and PRO Water Equity will now continue working with Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Ob Read More »

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