Friday, March 27th, 2015

Local News

PG&E Reminds Customers of Fire Danger


As Californians approach the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds its customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the celebration of these occasions, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren’t followed while decorating.  Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers’ power bills. “Brightening our homes, businesses and communities with holiday lights is a great tradition, but we need everyone to be aware of their surroundings to avoid electric hazards and to prevent fires,” said Pat Mullen, PG&E’s local division director. “Our safety tips are simple to follow and help make sur

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Three Men Arrested in Connection With Stabbing


Three young males are in custody in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Old Town Goleta on November 21, 2014.  Early this morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives served a search and arrest warrant at a home in the 100 block of Orange Avenue in the City of Goleta.  The residence is located directly in front of where a male in his twenties was stabbed following an argument with a group of males whom he was not directly acquainted with.  19-year-old Mario Flores and 21-year-old Luis Gonzales-Guerrero, who both reside on the property, were taken into custody for their involvement in the crime.  Sheriff’s detectives also determined a third suspect involved in the stabbing, 20-year-old Bryan Ulloa, was already in custody at the Santa Barbara County jail on an un

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Memorial Vigil in San Luis Obispo


Memorial vigil in SLO. With the winter solstice days away, a memorial vigil was held at sundown Thursday to remember the homeless individuals who died in SLO County during the past year.

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Santa Barbara County Aims to Find Homes for Animals


SB County campaign aims to find animals homes for the holidays. SB County Animal Services is providing deep discounts on adoption fees this holiday season to entice residents to give the many animals living in shelters permanent homes before the new year.

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PG&E’s Building Recognized for Green Design


Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) newest building in San Luis Obispo has been recognized for its innovative green design by the U.S. Green Building Council’s California Central Coast Chapter (USGBC).

The recognition was announced following the USGBC’s 2014 Green Awards Gala in Santa Barbara. At the gathering, PG&E and its architect RRM Design Group received the LEED Parade-Energy Efficiency Award, and honorable mention in the award category of Green New Construction, for incorporating environmentally sustainable and energy efficient designs in the construction of the new facility. The 10,000 square foot office building, located on Kendall Road, will support the utility’s operations at Diablo Canyon Power Pla

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Three Military Service Medals to be Presented


On Thursday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) will present three military service medals earned by fallen Vietnam Navy sailor Jim Kerr from San Luis Obispo and his family. Jim died in a Vietnam War shipwreck in the South China Sea in 1969. Fred Kerr, Jim’s brother, will accept the posthumously awarded medals on behalf of his brother and their family. Capps will present Fred with two medals awarded to Jim – the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. She will also present two Gold Star Lapels – a recognition given to family members—awarded to Fred Kerr and to their mother Fern, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day of this year.

“I am honored to be presenting these long overdue medals to the Kerr family,” Capps said. “Jim Kerr bravely served ou

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Atascadero Police Will Conduct DUI Checkpoint


Atascadero Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 19th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the

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Local Groups File to Appeal NRC Ruling


San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has joined with Friends of the Earth, the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), to file an appeal to the NRC to obtain unredacted emails between Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Internal emails show that the NRC and PG&E may have worked together to counteract widespread news coverage about the seismic dangers at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Numerous media outlets reported that the former senior NRC inspector at the Diablo Canyon plant had warned superiors that new seismic data indicated that the two nuclear reactors have been operating outside of the provisions of their licenses and may not be safe from previously unknown earthquake

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Cuesta College Board of Trustees Swears in New Representative


On December 10, 2014, the Cuesta College Board of Trustees swore in Pete Sysak as the District 4 representative. Sysak was elected to the Board in the November 4, 2014, general election. He replaces Charlotte Alexander and will serve a four year term representing the city of Arroyo Grande and the unincorporated communities of Oceano and Nipomo. “I am looking forward to helping with the continued success of our students,” said Trustee Sysak. “Accreditation will always be a high priority, along with the bond and developing future opportunities in the South County.” Sysak served as the Police Chief and Director of Public Safety at Cuesta College for 17 years (1991-2007), past president of the Cuesta College Management Senate, and past chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Cr

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Telephone Scam in Grover Beach Area


The Grover Beach Police Department is alerting members of the public and in particular the local business community to a telephone scam being conducted in the local area. The Grover Beach Police Department has recently taken two crime reports regarding a male caller contacting local businesses claiming to be a representative of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The male caller then demands immediate payment for an “outstanding balance” on the businesses electric accounts. The male caller demands payment via pre-paid credit cards that he requests the business operator to purchase. The male caller threatens the business operator with an immediate interruption of electrical service if the payment is not received.
We want to remind the public that PG&E does not have repres

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