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Construction underway on facility that turns food scraps into electricity

The future of garbage disposal - and energy production - was on display Tuesday morning at the San Luis Garbage Company facility on San Luis Obispo’s Old Santa Fe Road. It was the official groundbreaking for a new project called an anaerobic digester plant.

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Ivanka Trump To Be An Official White House Employee Covered By Ethics Rules

The White House says President Trump has a new special assistant on his staff — his daughter Ivanka. The announcement comes a week after the president's oldest daughter moved into her own office in the West Wing to work on women's issues. Her shift from an informal adviser at the White House to an unpaid government employee is small but important. She was already applying for security clearance, had access to classified information and was meeting with world leaders. But she did not have to...

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Phillippa Bisou is the board president of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network, or SBTAN. Friday on the UC Santa Barbara campus, SBTAN is hosting a Transgender Day of Visibility celebration. 

Five percent tuition hike coming for Cal Poly, CSU schools

Mar 22, 2017
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The trustees of the California State University system--comprised of 23 universities including Cal Poly and CSU Channel Islands--voted Wednesday to raise tuition five percent despite strong opposition from students. 

Los Osos Groundwater Basin 2015 Annual Report

San Luis Obispo county officials will hold a public hearing on the topic of groundwater basin management after a recent vote provoked allegations of Brown Act violations.

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 Liffey River in downtown Dublin, Ireland.

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