The “No Trespassing” signs and barbed wire that have turned people away from the Ontario Ridge hiking trail in the Avila Beach area are gone. The property owner has removed the "No Trespassing" signs from the Cave Landing Road entrance. San Luis Obispo County Parks officials say the owner also has to remove the fences blocking the public's right to the trail. The property is owned by local software developer. Parks officials say he has until the end of the week to take the fences down, or legal action will be taken.Read More »
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Firefighters are trying to figure out how a fire started at the California Mid-State Fair grounds or, if you like The Paso Robles Event Center. Firefighters got the call at around 9pm. When they arrived at the northeast corner of the event center, they found a maintenance building in flames. The fire was knocked down within about an hour. No injuries were reported.
The cause is under investigation.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
A Pioneer Valley High School teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student for the past four months. The man has been identified as 53-year-old Brian Thomas Hook from Orcutt. Hook is a social science teacher and basketball coachRead More »
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 »