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Bill Requires California Fire Marshall to Review Oil Pipelines Yearly


Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Oct. 8 that requires the California Fire Marshall to review oil pipeline conditions every year, not every five years as required by more lax federal regulations. Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline performed an inspection of its Line 901 about two weeks before May 19’s Refugio oil spill. But it was too little, too …

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Resurfacing of State Route 1


A two-day project to resurface State Route 1 from San Julian Road to the El Jaro Creek Bridge will begin on Monday, Oct. 12. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control from 8 am until 4 pm and can expect delays not to exceed 20 minutes. Motorists traveling in both directions of US Highway 101 may use State Route 246 …

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Second Annual Promise Day Coming up at Cuesta College


Cuesta College’s 2nd Annual Promise Day is coming up on October 23 on the SLO Campus. The event is for local high school seniors to come onto campus and learn about academic programs and financial aid, including the Cuesta Promise (which provides a fee-free first year to all local high school grads). Last year, the inaugural event proved very popular …

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Update on SLO Police Officer Busted for Suspected DUI


Here’s an update on the SLO police officer who got busted for a suspected DUI recently. Officer Travis Morris is still on paid administrative leave. No charges have yet been filed against him. On September 9, Morris was issued a misdemeanor citation after being stopped by another police officer near the corner of Marsh and Garden Streets. He was off …

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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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