Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Local News

Asian Citrus Psyllids Found in SLO


Insect trappers from the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture have found more adult Asian Citrus Psyllids in a residential neighborhood in northern San Luis Obispo. Three adult Psyllids were found on a single property located very close to the original site in the northern part of the city of San Luis Obispo. Asian Citrus Psyllid is an insect that could spread Huanglongbing, also called citrus greening disease, a plant disease that is fatal to all types of citrus trees. A single citrus tree infected with Huanglongbing was found in a Los Angeles County backyard in 2012. To date no additional detections of the disease in California have occurred. The disease does not affect human or animal health and citrus fruit is safe for human consumption. Regulations restricting the m

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Critical Shortage of Precinct Workers for General Election


The County Clerk-Recorder’s office is experiencing a critical shortage of precinct workers for the November 4th General Election. The shortage is most prevalent in Cambria, Paso Robles and the 5 cities area. San Luis Obispo County employs approximately 1,000 precinct workers each election to work at the polls on Election Day and without a fully staffed precinct, voters could experience longer lines and delays in voting. Precinct workers must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter in California or a lawful permanent resident of the United States. While the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. half day shifts are also available.

The Clerk-Recorder staff goes to a tremendous amount of work to conduct an election, but without precinct workers to

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Train Victim Identified


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the victim who was fatally injured by a train on October 11, 2014 at just before 6 p.m. at the Union Pacific railroad trestle at Vista Point.  The victim is 26-year-old Mingyue Yuan, a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara.  The Chinese Consulate and the University of California Santa Barbara assisted the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office in making a next of kin notification in China.

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Woman That Was Killed in Lompoc is Identified


The woman who was shot and killed at a residence in Lompoc Monday night has been identified as 37-year-old Rebecca Maxine Yap. She was allegedly shot by 64-year-old Clay Martin Burt Murray, who was at the home on the 300 block of N. Daisy Street when police arrived. Yap was still conscious but died at a hospital later on. Yap identified the shooter as Murray before she died. Murray was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of murder.

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Voter Registration Deadline is Approaching


As preparations for the General Election continue, voters are reminded that Monday, October 20, 2014 is the last day to register to vote. Voters who have moved or changed their name must complete a new voter registration. Voter registrations must be postmarked or received in the County Clerk-Recorder’s office by October 20th for voters to be eligible to vote on November 4th. Voters can also now use the California online voter registration system available at to register to vote up until midnight on October 20th. Any voter registering by this deadline will receive a postcard with their polling place location. They will not receive the sample ballot booklet issued by the County or the state voter guide, however both of these publications are available on the respecti

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Highway 41 Closures Next Week


Highway 41 will be fully closed in both directions from the Highway 46 East/Highway 41 Interchange in Cholame to State Route 33 in Kings County on Wednesday, October 22 from 8 am to 6 pm for highway maintenance work which will include mowing, shoulder repair, sweeping, pavement crack sealing and delineation repairs. Motorists may use the following detours during this one-day project: motorists headed northbound will continue on Highway 46 East to State Route 33 to Highway 41; motorists headed southbound on Highway 41 will detour to State Route 33 to Highway 46 East; Kecks Road at Hwy. 46 East will be closed to all motorists during this road work. This detour will add an additional 27 miles/minutes to the regular commute for a total of a 50 mile detour.  Message boards have been acti

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Sex Offender Arrested for Parole Violation


On October 14 at approximately 8 o’clock, an alert citizen near Sinsheimer Elementary School noticed a suspicious male walking in front of the school. The citizen recognized the subject as Robert Menendez who is a PC 290, registered sex offender. This citizen printed a photo of Menendez on the Megan’s Law Website and confirmed the subject was in fact Menendez. The San Luis Obispo Police Department and State Parole Office were notified of Menendez’s whereabouts. He was last seen in the area of Augusta and Laurel Lane.

On October 13, 2014 Menendez failed to show up for his scheduled parole meeting in violation of his parole agreement. Detectives with the San Luis Obispo Police Department assisted Parole Agents in searching for Menendez. At approximately 2:30 pm Menendez wa

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Halloween Sailing Trip With ECOSLO


Join The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) for a fun sailing trip on Halloween.  Sail aboard the Chablis Riverboat stationed in Morro Bay from 6 to 8 pm on Halloween, October 31st (costumes are not required).

This event focuses on the State of the Oceans, and features speakers from The Surfrider Foundation, Clean Oceans Competition, and the Morro Bay fishing industry who will speak about sustainability of our local fishery. The speaker’s presentations will be followed by a Q&A. There will be plenty of time to mingle and to simply enjoy the sailing and the company of others.  ECOSLO will provide food and non-alcoholic drinks.  A no-host bar will have beer and wine available. ECOSLO has planned 6 events for the next year: each will address a different en

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Two Brush Fires Yesterday


At approximately 12:30 am on 10/13/14 the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department (SLOFD) responded to a report of 2 separate fires burning in the vegetation along the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way just North of Orcutt Rd.  The first 2 arriving Engine companies found a 500 sq.ft. area of vegetation burning, and another railroad maintenance debris pile burning a few hundred yards away.  As units were extinguishing those known locations, an additional set of fires were reported burning near Sinsheimer Stadium.  An 3rd Engine company responded and found 2 trash bins burning at separate locations within the complex.  As these locations were brought under control, a fourth location with 2 fires burning was found in the eucalyptus-lined creek that runs along the South side of the sc

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League of Women Voters Announce Board of Directors


The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County recently announced Officers and Board of Directors for the 2014 – 2015 program year.  Officers are: Marilee Hyman of Shell Beach, President, Sharon Kimball of Avila Beach, 1st Vice President, Vera Wallen of Cayucos, 2nd Vice President, Mary Beth Armstrong of Avila Beach, Treasurer, and Vallerie Steenson of San Luis Obispo, Secretary.  Members of the Board of Directors are: Alice Bunker of San Luis Obispo, Jean Chinnici of Cambria, Patti Dale of Morro Bay, and Carrie Pardo of Los Osos.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.  The League has been busy this fall with voter registration drives, candidate forums, and

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