Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Memorial Vigil in San Luis Obispo

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Man Arrested for Possession of Drugs and Fire Arm

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On 12-13-2014 at approximately 11:00am, Paso Robles Police Officers contacted 28 year old Fresno resident Stephan Alan Brewer in the 1000 block of Park St. in Paso Robles. During the contact, Brewer suddenly ran from officers. During the foot pursuit, Brewer reached into his pockets and threw an object onto the ground as he ran. That object was located and was found to be a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Brewer was apprehended a short distance later without further incident.

The PRPD Special Enforcement Team (SET) assisted in the foot pursuit, and then went to the motel where Brewer had been staying. Since Brewer was on felony probation out of Fresno and San Luis Obispo Counties, his room was subject to search. Upon searching the room, SET Detectives located 3.8 ounces of metha

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Thief Apprehended After WalMart Burglary

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On Saturday, December 13, at approximately 6:00PM, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a theft which had just occurred at the WalMart Store on Niblick Road.

The initial investigation revealed that a lone male adult suspect had entered the business and walked directly to the electronics area. Once there, the suspect placed two flat screen televisions and one computer in a shopping basket and walked towards the front exit of the business. The suspect then walked by the cash registers and as he walked out the front doors with the merchandise, an employee questioned him as to whether he had paid for the items. The suspect walked out of the business to a vehicle parked nearby, followed by two employees who continued to question him. The suspect placed the compute

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