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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 »

Gordon Mullin Announces Candidacy for SLO City Council

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Gordon Mullin announces his candidacy for SLO City Council. “I want to take this opportunity today to announce my candidacy for a seat on the San Luis Obispo city council for 2014.

There are critical issues on the horizon that may adversely affect our city and I believe that I can assist the council in its deliberations.  I have a degree in Economics and I am a Financial Planner with friends, clients and deep roots into this community.

I have lived in San Luis for half my life and I love this town today as much as I did when I came here in 1952.  I hope that the voters of San Luis would give me the honor to serve on council so that I can work to insure that it remains Read More »

Mothers For Peace Demands Halt to Nuclear Power Plant Re-Licensing

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Mothers For Peace demands halt to nuclear power plant re-licensing. New information from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) showing that even a small nuclear reactor pool fire could render 9,400 square miles uninhabitable and displace 4.1 million Americans on a long-term basis are among the factors causing 34 environment organizations to file a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to hold off on additional reactor licensing.

In addition to the NRC's new data on risks, the groups also pointed out that the Commission has concluded spent reactor fuel could be transferred out of high-density storage fuels (where the fire risk is the greatest) in a cost-effective mann Read More »

Strong Northwest Winds and Near Critical Humidity Expected Today

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According to the National Weather Service, strong northwest to north winds and near critical humidity levels are expected today and into this evening.  A dry cold front is expected to push across the region today. North winds should increase today along the western Santa Ynez range toward Gaviota. As the front pushes southward, expect northwest to north winds to increase across all areas by this afternoon.

The strongest winds are expected to occur in the mountains of the Santa Barbara County south coast today through this evening as high pressure builds across the district. Gusts to 60 mph or higher will be possible below canyons of the Santa Ynez range near Montecito mainly l Read More »

Man Who Stole Cake Will Not Be Charged

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On February 8, at 11:47 p.m. a subject entered the Madonna Inn Coffee Shop and stole a chocolate cake from the display case. Security cameras captured the burglary and the owner of Madonna Inn, Connie Madonna-Pearce posted the security video on Facebook. She asked that anyone who recognizes the suspect to please call the Madonna Inn.  A Facebook user did recognize the suspect and called the Madonna Inn. The Facebook user identified the suspect as Shea Martin to Pearce-Madonna.

A San Luis Obispo Police Officer then obtained a recent county jail booking photo of Martin and compared it to the cake burglary video. The officer was able to positively identify Martin in the video and learned that Read More »

Police Chief Announced Retirement

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After a distinguished, 30-year law enforcement career, Police Chief Jeffrey V. Norton, who has led the Pismo Beach Police Department since 2009, has announced plans to retire, effective July 29th, 2014.

As Chief, Jeff Norton directed a staff of 34, including 23 sworn officers, managed a budget of more than $5 million, and retained the department’s nationally accredited status for 9 years.

When reflecting on his career Chief Norton said, “I will be forever thankful for the support the community has shown me and the police department.  At the end of the day, a police department can only be as effective as the strong community support it receives.  While Read More »

AMGEN Tour of California in Cambria and Pismo Beach

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The Amgen Tour of California will return to Sacramento, the Capital of California, for the start of the ninth edition of America’s largest cycling race announced AEG, presenter of the race.  The eight day stage race will return to a route traveling north-to-south from May 11-18, 2014 along more than 700 miles of scenic roads through some of California’s most ... Read More »

Rep. Lois Capps to Visit Local Business

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On Thursday, Rep. Lois Capps will visit Green Goods Company 111 South St. at 9:30, which sells eco-friendly building supplies. Part of a growing movement to act locally and build responsibly, Green Goods is the Central Coast’s only business dealing exclusively in green building supplies, design consultation and construction services. All Green Goods products and services help increase energy efficiency ... Read More »

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