Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Local News

Alleged Assault Last Night in Downtown SLO


Early this morning just after 1 o’clock, 21-year-old Joshua Bradshaw was walking downtown with a group of friends. As the group approached the victim near Monterey and Chorro, suspect Joshua Bradshaw heard the victim saying a derogatory comment to one of the females who he was walking with. This comment upset Bradshaw and he allegedly punched the victim one time in the face with a closed fist. The victim sustained a fractured orbital and jaw. The victim was transported to Sierra Vista Hospital for further medical attention. Bradshaw was arrested and booked into county jail. He was charged with felony assault and violation of his probation. His bail was set at $50,000.00.

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Mid-State Fair Announces Entries for 2015 Theme Are Being Accepted


The California Mid-State Fair has announced that entries for the 2015 Theme are being accepted. “Building upon our success of previous years, we would like to embark on a journey with our mascot, Paso Pete and his trusty sidekick Sierra”, stated Fair CEO, Vivian Robertson. “Pete and Sierra are in search of a little Southern hospitality, complete with bayou adventures and explorations into the unique and spicy cuisine of the South.” From his first trip in 2009 into the jungle (Take a Ride of the Wild Side), Paso Pete has had the help of a creative tagline that encompasses the spirit of his outing. The theme aids the fair in creating fresh and fun programs and exhibits, while offering marketing and branding concepts.

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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Juvenile Hall Expansion


On Wednesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm, the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department will be holding a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Juvenile Hall Expansion project.  The ceremony will be held adjacent to the San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall on Highway 1 and Kansas Avenue in San Luis Obispo. The expansion project will add 20 single occupancy sleeping rooms, 3 classrooms, a mental health treatment office, 2 interview/counseling rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, staff bathrooms, male and female staff locker rooms, a training / conference room, and staff offices to the existing San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall. The total size of the expansion will be 23,416 square feet at a cost of about $20 million, $13 million of which will be paid for by

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Construction to Begin on LOVR Interchange


After years of planning, design work, and obtaining required funding, relief is on the horizon for motorists who use the busy Los Osos Valley Road/U.S.101 Interchange in San Luis Obispo. The city will begin construction on the Interchange on Monday, October 27, 2014. The City’s contractor, Granite Construction from Santa Barbara, will begin with some essential tree removal at the site, and construction of the bridge over the U.S. 101 will begin in November. “The City is excited to get started on this interchange reconstruction project that was initially proposed over a decade ago.  It will provide much-needed traffic relief for area drivers, as well as upgraded bike lanes and sidewalks” said consultant project manager Jason Bennecke. “A proactive communications plan is

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Measure P Opponents Voice Their Opinions


Citing the significant reduction in funding for public schools, loss of good paying jobs, and loss of $300 million a year in economic activity, an array of Hispanic community leaders and advocates announced their opposition to Measure P, including the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tom Lopez, President of TSL Consulting Engineers Inc., Diana Banales, former President, Santa Barbara Community Academy Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and Christie Ortiz, teacher at Santa Maria High School.

“Measure P is a flawed and costly initiative that is going to have a severe impact on the Latino community,” said Tom Lopez, President of TSL Consulting Engineers Inc. “The oil and gas industry offers Latinos high wages with benefits and a path to the middle class. In fact,

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Project to Adjust Power Lines to Temporarily Disrupt Traffic


A project to adjust the clearance of aerial power lines which cross over Hwy. 46 East will result in temporary traffic breaks from Jardine Road to Union Road on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 2 from 6 am until 9 am. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct three to four rolling stops with delays not to exceed ten minutes. Motorists using Branch Road, Jardine Road, Geneseo Road or driveways which intersect with Hwy. 46 East will be assisted by flaggers during these traffic breaks.

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Local Job Seekers Will Benefit From Upcoming Job Skills Training


More than 200 local job seekers and workers with barriers to employment will benefit from upcoming essential job skills training provided by Americas Job Centers of California (AJCC) serving San Luis Obispo. The job-seeking, and job-keeping skills training is being funded through a $20,000 grant awarded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) through its 2014 Economic Vitality Grant Program. The funds were presented by PG&E President Chris Johns today during a visit to the AJCC offices on Industrial Way in San Luis Obispo. “PG&E wants to help our communities have growing, thriving local economies. This year’s grant program continues our long, proud history of supporting the local organizations that are working hard to create jobs and provide career training,” sa

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Many Young Birds Being Rehabilitated at PWC


Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) is experiencing an overwhelming influx of starving juvenile Grebes at its Rehabilitation Center in Morro Bay, CA. As of today, 89 of these pelagic birds remain in PWC care.  The last week has seen the arrival of 128, not all of which have survived. Emergency calls for volunteers have gone out to bring in more help for these weak and hungry birds. Grebes breed in fresh water but overwinter on the Pacific Ocean, many of them in Morro Bay. These birds, noted for their amazing courtship dance together, do not survive on land. Their legs, developed for swimming and diving for food, are hinged the opposite of most birds and mammals, making it impossible for them to walk.

Therefore, when they arrive on our beaches, it is a clear sign that they are in tro

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Results From Tracer Study on Emergency Water Supply


The Cambria Community Services District today released results of the tracer study that was conducted to confirm the safe operation of the CCSD’s Emergency Water Supply (EWS) project.

The report measured the time taken for water injected near the CCSD’s San Simeon Creek well field to reach production wells that supply water to Cambria. It found that,

at the test rate of 454 gallons per minute injected into and withdrawn from the aquifer, the travel time was over two months to production well SS-1 and 57 days to a closer production well, SS-2.

The travel time to SS-2 (the closer well) was three days short of the time required for a Title 22 operating permit from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Based on these findings, the hydrogeologica

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Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of Marijuana Eradication Season


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the results of the 2014 marijuana eradication season.  For the past several months, the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the United States Forest Service and the California National Guard have been working together to locate and eradicate illegal marijuana grows in Santa Barbara County. This year, most of the illegal grows were discovered on National Forest land by Santa Barbara County Air Support with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Bureau.  In all, ten marijuana eradication operations were conducted resulting in the destruction and removal of 47,000 plants in 18 separate illegal marijuana gardens.  The destroyed plants are worth an estimated str

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