Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Local News

Superintendent of SLO County Schools Julian Crocker’s education report:


There seems to be an increasing support for “Universal Preschool” for all 3 and 4 years children as a major strategy for improving the “school readiness” for all children.  We’ve talked before about making   this early effort at closing the achievement gap between children in poverty, English Language learners and Foster Children and other children through high quality preschool programs.  The key to the success of this strategy of Universal Preschool is the quality of the program.  Today I will briefly describe six characteristics of a high-quality preschool program. These are the characteristics that parents should look for when choosing a preschool as well as what should govern the program for providers, public or private.


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Second Suspect Arrested in Burglary Investigation


The Morro Bay Police Department has arrested a second suspect in the burglary of a local eatery. The Dutchman Seafood Restaurant on the 700 block of the Embarcadero was burglarized last May in the early morning hours at which time a safe containing several thousand dollars was reported to have been taken. Both suspects had previously been contacted as investigators worked to solve this case.

On November 5, MBPD Detectives arrested Phong Thanh Tran for his part in the burglary of the Dutchman Seafood Restaurant. An ongoing investigation has led to the arrest of a second subject, Euerardo Rodriguez Lozano, 47 years, an ex-employee of the business, for his part in planning the burglary, and receiving proceeds from the burglary after the fact. Lozano was booked in SLO County Jail

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Annual Fire Department Toy Drive December 6th in Atascadero


The public is invited to join the volunteer paid-call-firefighters of the San Luis Obispo County Morro-Toro Fire Station at their annual open house/toy drive Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Morro-Toro Fire Station is located at 15325 Highway 41, Atascadero.  The open house is in support of CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Firefighter’s Benevolent Association Operation Santa Claus toy drive.

Operation Santa Claus provides toys to children who are under the care and protection of San Luis Obispo County Child Protective Services.  Please join the firefighters of Station #14 – Morro-Toro and support the toy drive with a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Heather Thurston at (209) 559-

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Driver Warning for Busy Travel Weekend


The extended Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. This raises the risk of a potentially serious or even deadly traffic collision. As families and friends gather for the holiday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wants to encourage travelers to always buckle up, avoid driving distracted, obey the posted speed limit, and never drink and drive.

“Something as simple as buckling up before your trip can save your life and avoid turning a non-injury collision into a tragedy,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Thanksgiving is a Maximum Enforcement Period for the CHP. The Thanksgiving holiday reporting period begins Wednesday, November 26, at 6 p.m. and runs through S

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CALFIRE Reminds Public of Fire Danger


With Thanksgiving just days away, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire is reminding residents about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of food, fun and festivities; but this time of year is also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with cooking fires, CAL FIRE would like to offer the following tips:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Someone walking by is less likely to bump them and it prevents a curious child from pulling them over.
  • Food preparation and cooking should always be sup

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Public Outreach Campaign for Water Quality



Various Central Coast communities (associated with the Central Coast Partners For Clean Water) have embarked on a public education/outreach campaign that targets priority water quality issues. On November 24th the participating communities kicked-off  the “SLO Scoops Poop” campaign. “SLO Scoops Poop” is a county-wide campaign to protect public health, our local waterways, and our beautiful Central Coast landscape. Our mission is simple…to get dog owners to pick up after their dogs every stinkin’ time! Every time you’re walking your dogs on trails, through local parks, or your neighborhoods remember to pick up your dog’s poop and dispose of it properly. This also includes accumulated dog poop in your yards.

When dog and other pet waste is left o

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Arrest Made for Alleged Rape and Terrorist Threats



On Tuesday November 18, the victim of a brutal rape responded to the Pismo Beach Police Department to report the crime, which had occurred at The Tides Motel (2121 Price St., Pismo Beach) earlier that morning.  The victim did not know the suspect but provided a detailed description of the suspect and his clothing.  Based on leads developed during the investigation, a possible suspect was identified and tracked to Motel 6 (1625 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo), where he had checked in on 11-21-14.  The suspect was arrested at the Motel 6 location and a search warrant for his room and vehicle were served, leading to the recovery of key evidence in the sexual assault and the recovery of suspected stolen property from unrelated crimes.  The suspect was booked at San Lu

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Recount Requested for Pismo Beach Mayoral Race


The County Clerk-Recorder received a request for recount in the Pismo Beach Mayoral contest last week. The manual tallying of votes for the recount will begin at 8:30 a.m. this morning, November 24 at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office located at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. It is estimated that the recount will take 2 days to complete. The notice of the recount has been posted and sent to each candidate in the contest as required by law.

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Buddhist Monks Holding a Walk, Fast, and Vigil to Close Diablo Canyon Power Plant


Several Buddhist monks will be holding a walk, fast, and vigil to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.  The public is invited to join them as they lead a Peace Walk on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 30th, from San Luis Mission to the gates of Diablo Canyon.  Meet at the Mission Plaza at 9am. On December 1st, the monks will begin a week’s vigil and fast that will culminate the following Sunday, December 7th.  The first vigil will be near the gates of Diablo in Avila, 8:30am-4:30pm, December 1, 2, 3.  The second vigil will take place on the lawn of the County Courthouse in San Luis Obispo (across from the Fremont Theater), 8:30am-4:30pm, December 5, 6. San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a local organization which works to promote peace and to abandon nuclear energy a

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Arroyo Grande City Council Had Busy Night



Busy night for A.G.’s City Council last night. Arroyo Grande’s City Manager Steve Adams resigned and in a closed door session, the City Council put him on paid administrative leave until his replacement can be found. Dozens of people packed Council Chambers last night, as members called a special meeting for independent investigators to present their findings. Investigators from the Sintra Group, a private investigation group from Oxnard. Say they found no evidence there was an inappropriate relationship between City Manager Steve Adams and his subordinate, Community Development Director Teresa McClish on July 3, when police officers surprised the two after hours in City Hall. The investigators added that, while their investigation failed to turn up any wrong doi

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