Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Local News

Teachers Rallied for Salary Increase at Board Meeting


Teachers rallied for a bigger salary increase Tuesday night at the Lucia Mar Unified School District board meeting. They were there to protest the ongoing contract dispute. The district said it’s offering a two percent salary increase, but teachers want ten percent. Members also say their salaries are lower than surrounding districts and they want the school board to settle their contract and avoid a strike. The two sides are scheduled to meet with a neutral arbitrator on February 27th.

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Peaceful End to Standoff in Santa Maria


A man holding police at bay during a four hour standoff in Santa Maria was taken into custody peacefully about 9 last night. The suspect was wanted for a domestic violence warrant. SWAT was called out. Police fired tear gas into a mobile home near La Brea and A Street. The suspect surrendered and was taken to jail.

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SB District Attorney Announces Guilty Verdicts in Human Trafficking Trial


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the guilty verdicts in the first Human Trafficking jury trial in Santa Barbara County.  Defendant Brannon Lawrence Pitcher was found guilty, as charged, of two counts of human trafficking of a minor, as well as the Special Allegation that defendant used force, fear, fraud, deceit, and violence while trafficking the minor victim in Count 1.  Defendant was also found guilty of one misdemeanor count of possession of methamphetamine and 73 counts of disobeying a court order.

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Lois Capps Applauds Decision by US Department of Interior


Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) is applauding the decision by the U.S. Department of Interior to prohibit any new offshore oil or gas lease sales in the Northern California, Central California, and Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Areas by excluding these areas from the draft proposed 2017-2022 OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program. In July, Capps led a letter from members of the California Con

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Journey of Hope Event Will Discuss Stigma of Mental Health in Military


The sixth annual Journey of Hope event will feature Keynote Speaker Carol Graham discussing the stigma that surrounds mental health in the military.

Journey of Hope, an inspiring and educational mental wellness forum, will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, CA. This is a free event, open to the public and reservations are not required.

Carol is the wife of retired Major General Mark A. Graham, U.S. Army. Carol will discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in the military and her powerful personal story; after losing two sons–one to suicide and one in combat–she and her husband channel

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City of SLO Developing Biannual Financial Plan


The City of San Luis Obispo is in the process of developing the 2015-2017 biannual financial plan.  A key component of the process is soliciting community input into the priorities for the upcoming two fiscal years.
Following extensive community outreach, including advice from all of the City’s advisory bodies, nearly 800 survey responses from the City’s “Community Budget Bulletin,” and input from  approximately 400 attendees at the January 13, 2015, Community Forum, the Council met all day on Saturday, January 24, 2015, to set goals for 2015-17.

In a constrained fiscal environment and multiple competing requests, the City Council’s goals emphasize open space protection and maintenance, multi-modal transportation, and housing.  The City Council also recogn

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Stabbing Near Isla Vista


On Saturday at approximately 2:45 AM, a UCPD lieutenant on patrol in the area of Sueno Road and Camino Del Sur observed an apparent fight in progress, occurring in front of a fraternity in the 6700 block of Sueno Rd near Isla Vista.  As he approached the location, the UCPD lieutenant noticed four subjects who were covered in blood and fleeing the scene. These subjects were detained and SBSO deputies arrived in the area to assist in handling the situation. During the ensuing investigation, Sheriff’s deputies located a stabbing victim at the fraternity.  The victim, a twenty-one year old UCSB student, had stab wounds to his chest and head. The victim was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Sheriff’s deputies and UCPD officers determine

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Man Arrested For Alleged Possession of Child Pornography


On January 6, 2015, Paso Robles Police Detectives received information from a reliable source that Steven Lindhorst of Paso Robles was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. Detectives started an investigation and obtained a search warrant to analyze the contents of Lindhorst’s computer. With the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab numerous digital images of suspected child pornography were discovered on his computer. Some of the images and videos appeared to have been manufactured by Lindhorst.

This additional information lead to a second search warrant for Lindhorst’s residence where a second computer hard drive was located. This second hard drive was also analyzed leading to the discovery of additional suspected

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Emergency Water Supply Project Has Begun Producing Potable Water


The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has announced that its Emergency Water Supply (EWS) project has begun producing potable water for CCSD customers. Production started shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, less than a year after the CCSD Board initiated the design, engineering and construction of the EWS project.

Treated water from the EWS is now being injected into the San Simeon Creek aquifer, where it will recharge the wells that supply most of Cambria’s drinking water.

This milestone comes after an approximately two-month start-up period following completion of the facility last November. During this time, the CCSD commissioned and tested the EWS, as well as submitting an operations, monitoring and maintenance plan (OMMP) and other documents re

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Four Veterans to Graduate from SLO County Veterans Treatment Court


On Monday January 26th in San Luis Obispo Superior Court Department 10 at 2pm, four veterans will be graduating San Luis Obispo County Veterans Treatment Court. This is the second group of veterans to complete the program since its inception in June of 2013 and will feature the courts first female graduate. The veterans have spent the last 12-18 months working with treatment specialist, county staff, mentors and coming before the court every other week to accomplish this mission.

Veterans Treatment Courts were first started in Buffalo, New York in 2008 and have since spread across the country.  San Luis Obispo’s court is one of 16 in the state. The courts are designed to address the growing number of veterans entering the criminal justice system as a result of traumatic e

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