Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Local News

SLO County to Allocate Funds for Affordable Housing and Homeless Programs


San Luis Obispo County agrees to allocate $2.5 million for affordable housing and homeless programs.  In a lengthy hearing yesterday before the Board of Supervisors, homeless advocates and workers testify that the lack of affordable housing units is a significant issue. The county will receive nearly $800,000 of the community development block grants. Some of that money will help disadvantaged …

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Homeless Man Pleads No Contest to Burglary Charges


A homeless man pleads no contest to charges of commercial burglary in Morro Bay. 20-year-old Alec Stephenson was shot in the leg by a police officer.  That’s after he struck an officer with a 4-foot-long stick near Morro Rock. Earlier that day, Stephenson allegedly broke into a thrift store on Quintana Road. A witness said he heard Stephenson talking about …

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Lenny Jones Reaches Plea Bargain


As a result, the former Arroyo Grande citizen of the year will serve at least 14 years in prison. The real estate professional was accused of child molestation at a birthday party at his home one year ago. He’s one of several former Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year to end up in legal trouble.

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Discussions Continue This Week Over Farm Worker Housing


Discussion continue this week over controversy over the Nipomo farm workers housing. A Santa Maria grower wants to place about 112 strawberry pickers in seven homes on Mads Place in Nipomo.  Each 3 or 4-bedroom home would house 16 strawberry pickers. Neighbors are opposed to the density. The farmer says it’s no different than a college dormitory, but neighbors say …

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Judge Upholds Murder Charge Against Illegal Alien


A judge upholds a murder charge against an illegal alien who shot and killed a Cal Poly graduate as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last summer. 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot dead by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had entered the US illegally five times. Shortly before the shooting, Lopez-Sanchez was transported to San Francisco to face drug …

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Santa Maria Teachers Demonstrate at District Board Meeting


Last night, about 100 school teachers demonstrated at the school district’s board meeting. Negotiations in the Santa Maria school district are deadlocked. Union leaders say teachers want a pay raise of 12% over the next two years. The district is offering a four percent “ongoing raise.” A fact finding hearing has been scheduled for May 5th. Teacher plan to meet …

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Today in Sports


The Cal Poly Mustang baseball team loses to Cal 7-1. The Mustangs gave up 6 runs in the 4th inning because of a two-out error which allowed 5 unearned runs. The Mustangs fall to 19-12 for the season. The Cal Bears improve to 20-9. At Cuesta College, the women’s softball team split a double header with Moorpark. The Cougars won …

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SLO Police Cracking Down on Distracted Driving


The San Luis Obispo Police Department cracking down on it this month. Sergeant John Vilanti says they’re concerned about your safety. So be advised, this month, San Luis Obispo Police watching for distracted drivers. Good reason to improve your driving habits.

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Local Government Meetings


Tonight, the Atascadero City Council will revisit the municipal ordinance change on medical marijuana. They will also discuss a weed abatement program. They’ll discuss a sales tax measure and the general plan and housing element progress. Grover Breach City Council will discuss traffic calming. Morro Bay City council will discuss the harbor advisory board recommendation for the city to promote …

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Black Lives Matter Banner Back at Unitarian Church


The Black Lives Matter banner is back on the Unitarian Church in San Luis. Twice before, the banner has been removed. This time, the reverend Rod Richards says it’s secured with many bolts. The banner is now placed above another banner proclaiming, standing on the side of love. A public dedication of Black Lives Matter banner will be held May …

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