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Central Coast community mourning death of SLOStringer

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner confirmed the victim of a fatal car crash Tuesday morning as 30-year-old Matthew Frank, widely known as the SLO Stringer. Many didn’t know his personal identity but his breaking news coverage was followed by tens of thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents.

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Attacker In London Kills 4, Injures 40 Before Being Shot Dead Near Parliament

Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET In a midday attack near the U.K. Parliament building, an assailant killed three civilians and a police officer before being shot to death, British authorities say. At least 40 people were injured in the attack, which police describe as a terrorist incident. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said police believe they know, but aren't ready to release, the name of the man they believe was a single attacker. Rowley requested that journalists refrain from ...

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Matt Toevs

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner confirmed the victim of a fatal car crash Tuesday morning as 30-year-old Matthew Frank, widely known as the SLO Stringer. Many didn’t know his personal identity but his breaking news coverage was followed by tens of thousands of San Luis Obispo County residents. 

Hefty jackhammer takes down Big Sur bridge

Mar 20, 2017
Courtesy of CalTrans

Work continues this week on the demolition of Monterey County’s Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1. On Saturday, a CalTrans crew succeeded at bringing down the whole middle section of the bridge in one spectacular crash.

Local government roundup: 03/20/2017

Mar 20, 2017

In Central Coast local government this week, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors is slated to approve a $22.7 million dollar contract with Avila Construction for renovation to the county’s government center. The board will also look at creating a community choice power program - called the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority - within unincorporated areas of Monterey County. On the agenda is a public hearing on traffic in Carmel Valley and a resolution to change election dates for school and community colleges to the same as statewide general elections. 

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On Thursday, a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jury found two writers from CalCoastNews guilty of defaming a Central Coast hazardous waste contractor in a 2012 article published on the site.

Theft is San Luis Obispo's number one crime

Mar 17, 2017

San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell released Friday crime statistics for 2016.

There was a seven percent reduction in violent crime in San Luis Obispo last year. But property crimes have spiked. A whopping 673 police reports were about thefts. And the percentage of thefts from cars increased by 52 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Paso Robles Groundwater Management Plan

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) - passed into law in 2014 - for the first time requires organized management of the state's underground reservoirs of fresh water. It provides a framework for creating new governing agencies to do so,  and requires those agencies to create, maintain and enforce sustainable management plans.

Tall Ship Jeanie Johnston in port
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The famine ship Jeanie Johnston was built in  1848 In Quebec as a freighter. She made 16 trans-Atlantic passages carrying more than 2,500 passengers. The ship is revered in the annals of the Irish Potato famine, as not one life was lost throughout her career—while many famine ships lost more than 30 percent of her manifest to disease, lack of fresh water, rotton food and more. Today, a recreated (2003), and fully seaworthy Jeannie Johnston graces the Liffy River in downtown Dublin, Ireland.

Proposed rules for pesticide use near schools diluted

Mar 16, 2017
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This week the state released revisions to its rules for pesticide use near schools, and the revisions are not what many residents in the Salinas Valley were hoping for. In December, hundreds of Salinas parents, health workers and educators attended a four-hour hearing to urge the state’s pesticide regulator to change the rules. 

At its March 21 meeting, the San Luis Obispo City Council will look at options regarding the Rental Housing Inspection Program. Last week, the council voted to repeal the mandatory program. On Monday the city manager’s office announced a petition to repeal and replace it has qualified for an upcoming election. 

CalTrans

CalTrans sent engineers out Wednesday to evaluate how to completely demolish the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, after a wrecking ball failed to break through the bridge Monday. 

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