Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Local News

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


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%


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


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


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

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Burglary Suspects Apprehended Soon After Robbery


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

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Deputy Sheriff’s Association Makes Donation to Food Bank Coalition


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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Multiple Construction Projects on Roads Through March


Beginning from December through March; multiple construction projects will be occurring near the South City limits, primarily; Los Osos Valley Road, Calle Joaquin and South Higuera Streets. The scope of these projects includes pipeline replacement, asphalt base repairs, sewer utility work and the L.O.V.R. Interchange widening at Hwy 101. Please see attached works chedule for timelines, weather permitting.

Traffic may be affected in these areas due to lane closures, flagging and delays. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes during this time. If this area cannot be avoided, drivers are encouraged to drive cautiously in construction zones and watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction personnel.

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Mountain Lion Sighting in San Luis Obispo


Yesterday at approximately 4:00 p.m. a resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of Los Cerros Drive in San Luis Obispo. The mountain lion appears to have been scared away by the reporting party’s dog. The mountain lion was last seen making its way toward the Bishop’s Peak Natural Reserve.

While mountain lion attacks on people are very rare, the City of San Luis Obispo reminds residents and hikers to be cautious when encountering these animals.  .

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Today Marks Open Burn Season


Today marks the start of the 2014-2015 open burn season in San Luis Obispo County. The burn season, which typically runs through the end of April, allows the burning of residential yard trimmings in backyards and agricultural waste.  Open burn season normally closes at the end of April when local fire agencies typically predict an increasing risk of wildfires from drying brush and grass.

All burning requires a permit from the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).  Until further notice, burn permits from CAL FIRE are not required.

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Farm Equipment Vandalized


On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Rural Crimes unit investigated a reported vandalism to farm equipment in the 1800 block of West Main Street, Santa Maria, Ca.  The equipment belongs to OSR Enterprises out of Santa Maria. The investigation revealed numerous pieces of farm equipment were targeted for vandalism.  The equipment consisted of three celery harvesting machines and two tractors.  The damage to the harvesting machines consisted of flattened tires, cut conveyor belts, cut electrical wires, cut water hoses, and broken off hydraulic levers.  This damage rendered these machines inoperable. The damage to the tractors resulted in flattened tires, cut electrical lines, and a damaged hitch.  One of the tractors was set in motion, where it drove over se

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