Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Local News

SMPD New Headquarters Now Open


The Santa Maria Police Department celebrated their new headquarters yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The department opened their new 72,000 square foot building on West Betteravia Street. Included is a state of the art crime lab.

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Three Members of Brito Family Have Died in Crashes Over Last Year


Three members of the Brito family from Los Osos have been killed in crashes within the last year Tuesday 24-year-old Michael Brito was killed while crossing Los Osos Valley Road. He was hit by a driver who wasn’t charged. In October of 2014, Brito was injured in a crash on Highway 1 in Cayucos which killed two other members of …

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed Last Night


A local pedestrian was killed last night. It happened just before 9 p.m. on Los Osos Valley Road near Alexander Avenue. The victim was a 24-year-old man. He was hit by a driver going 45-miles-per-hour. Authorities say the driver was not at fault for the accident.

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Two Lanes Planned to be Paved


The contractor for Southern California Gas Company is planning to pave two lanes of South Higuera from the City limits to Bridge Street starting later this week. This is the final task associated with the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) project which started December 2014. Paving operations are anticipated to start on Wednesday morning at the City/County limit and proceed …

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SLO Transit Experiencing High Ridership


SLO Transit is experiencing much higher than usual ridership.  While the close of the 2014/15 fiscal year showed ridership down by less than 4% from the prior fiscal year (2013/14), which was also a record setting year; the 2015-16 Fiscal year for SLO Transit is seeing a robust recovery and record breaking ridership numbers. Month to date, ridership is up …

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Bicyclist Hit By Car After Running Stop Sign


Yesterday, just after noon, a bicyclist identified as 57-year-old Craig Buck was traveling southbound on Monte drive approaching Estrella drive. Buck, from Santa Barbara, cut the corner, driving on the wrong side of the roadway while failing to stop at a posted stop sign and entered the westbound lane of Estrella Drive.  A Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 88-year-old Albert Linquiti …

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Suicide Prevention Forum Scheduled For Thursday


The Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo County along with Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is pleased to invite the public to a Suicide Prevention Forum on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 11 am-1 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. at the LDS Church Building: 651 E. Foothill Blvd. in San Luis Obispo. The forum will feature a QPR Training …

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Haggen Looking to Sell Store Locations


Haggen is looking to sell some of its soon-to-be vacant stores in the Tri-Counties to Gelson’s Markets and Smart & Final pending bankruptcy court approval, the company announced yesterday. Gelson’s and Smart & Final got the first pick of 125-plus shuttering Haggen stores. The high-end Encino-based grocer Gelson’s signed an asset purchase agreement for eight stores in California. Commerce-based grocer …

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Unit 1 at Diablo Canyon Safely Shut Down for Maintenance


Unit 1 at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant is safely shut down to begin a refueling and maintenance outage that puts more than 2,500 skilled professionals to work and enhances economic development in the greater San Luis Obispo area. PG&E has brought in approximately 1,000 highly-skilled, temporary workers to assist the plant’s 1,500 full-time employees.  …

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New Proposed Regulations on Gas and Oil Pipelines


The federal body governing pipeline safety has proposed new regulations that would change how oil and gas pipelines are operated, inspected and maintained. The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration came out with a draft of new rules on Oct. 1 in response to an oil spill in 2010 that leaked close to a million gallons of …

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