Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Highway 1 Closed Due to Mud Slides

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Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point in north coastal San Luis Obispo County (Mile Marker 72) to the Coast Gallery in Monterey County (Mile Marker 42) due to multiple rock/mud slides. Crews are on site assessing damage and initiating cleanup. Alternate routes into Big Sur and Ragged Point are Highways 68, 101 and 46. There is no estimated time of opening.

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Power Outage Warning With Big Storm

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With a major storm heading toward San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, PG&E is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to significant rainfall, potential flooding and high winds. PG&E crews are prepared and ready to respond to power outages as soon as weather conditions permit the safe restoration of power. PG&E routinely practices its preparedness and response to storms and other emergencies through company exercises and through drills with local first responders. The company also utilizes the latest technology to restore power more quickly and efficiently after a storm. This includes the use of storm outage prediction models, the installation of automated equipment that “self-heals” the electric grid as well as timely and accurate out Read More »

DUI Checkpoint Friday in SLO

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San Luis Obispo Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 12, 2014, in the city of San Luis Obispo.

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 course of the past three years, DUI collisions have cla Read More »

Pismo Beach PD Awarded Grant from California OTS

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Pismo Beach Police Department has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Pismo Beach Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.  “This funding is imperative towards our goal of reducing injury and death as a result of impaired driving in a continuing effort to keep our community safe.  It provides us the ability to fund programs that we would not be able to perform without the grant and demonstrates our relationship with the California Office of Traffic Safety is one of common goal Read More »

SLO City Council Voted to Override Decision Not to Build Near Airport

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The San Luis Obispo City Council voted four-to-one last night to override the Airport Land Use Commission’s recommendation not to build on land near the airport. The  Commission has a problem with too much development around the airport. The Airport Land Use Commission is concerned about noise and safety concerns for nearby developments. Part of the city’s proposed development would be as many as 1,600 homes. Although the city passed the override, they will still need to come to terms with the Airport Commission in order to move forward with their plans.

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant Safely Returned to 100%

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced that operators at Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely returned Unit 1 to 100 percent power after a planned outage.

During the planned outage, crews installed new electrical equipment and cleaned the plant’s intake tunnels, both of which are located on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

Unit 1 was taken off-line on Dec. 5.  Unit 2 is safely operating at 100 percent power.

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SLO Rated One of The Best College Towns in US

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According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, San Luis Obispo is one of the best college towns in the U.S. The article says the city’s access to the ocean, Thursday night farmer’s market, Bishop Peak, and Sunset Drive-in as reasons why SLO made the list coming in at number nine.

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Arroyo Grande Voted to End Invocations at City Council Meetings

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The Arroyo Grande City Council voted 3 to 2 last night to end invocations at city council meetings and replace them with a moment of silence. The vote came after public comments by members of Atheists United, San Luis Obispo (AU-SLO), a number of whom were residents of Arroyo Grande.
AU-SLO board member David Leidner told the council that they had a “golden opportunity to ensure fairness” by ending all invocations. “This is the best option not because it favors our interests or anyone else’s,” he said, “but because it does just the opposite. It is the most neutral and inclusive position to take.”

The city council’s reconsideration of their existing invocation policy was sparked by a request from AU-SLO to start giving invocations at Arroyo Grande city co Read More »

Burglary Suspects Apprehended Soon After Robbery

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On Sunday, December 7 at approximately 10:56PM, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a burglar alarm at Alliance Board Shop in the 1200 block of Park Street.

Officers arrived within one minute and discovered the glass broken out of the front door to the business. A PRPD canine team searched the building and found it unoccupied, as the suspects had fled prior to police arrival.

Officers reviewed surveillance video and determined that three unknown male suspects had forcibly entered the business by smashing out the glass front door. Once inside, the suspects stole a number of skateboards and clothing items, valued at over $1,400.00. The suspects had attempted to conceal their identities by wearing hooded sweatshirts and covering their faces with clothin Read More »

Deputy Sheriff’s Association Makes Donation to Food Bank Coalition

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The Deputy Sheriff’s Association is proud to make a $2,000 donation to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Their mission is to ensure that every person in the county has adequate access to nutritious food. They distribute more than 400,000 pounds of food every year.

What’s truly amazing is that for every dollar that’s donated, the Food Bank can turn that into $10 worth of food. So the DSA’s donation will actually be providing $20,000 worth of food!  Sheriff Ian Parkinson and members of the DSA were proud to present the check today to Wendy Lewis, the Chief Operations Officer of the Food Bank.

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