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Judge backs billion-dollar reduction to PG&E's cost estimate for closing Diablo Canyon

Hearings for Pacific Gas and Electric’s decommissioning plan for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant got underway Wednesday before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In a parallel case concerning PG&E’s request to raise customer rates to cover its nuclear decommissioning costs, a CPUC administrative law judge issued a proposed decision Thursday to deny PG&E’s multi-billion dollar cost estimate for closing Diablo Canyon, reducing it by $1.4 billion.

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Macron, Le Pen Expected To Advance To French Presidential Runoff

Emmanuel Macron, a centrist politician who's never held elective office, and Marine Le Pen, the far-right firebrand who wants to take France out of the European Union, are expected to advance to next month's run-off for the presidency of the country, according to projections based on early vote counts. Macron was estimated to have won 23.7 percent of the vote with Le Pen taking about 21.7 percent. Francois Fillon, the only establishment candidate among the front-runners, appeared tied for...

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Visitor numbers on the rise in Santa Barbara

Feb 24, 2014
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The amount of money spent at local lodging facilities in the City of Santa Barbara saw its largest increase in several years last month with a significant 23.8 percent bump. 

This year-over-year increase in visitor spending helped generate $991,834 in revenue for the city through its 12 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), the vast majority of which goes into the general fund. A smaller portion of the TOT is set aside for creek restoration and water quality improvements.

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Updated: Tuesday, 2/25 at 4:59 p.m. PST

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team is now part of the effort to look for evidence related to the rape and beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student.

After being treated Sunday at a Santa Barbara area hospital, the student went to recover with her family.

Significant rainstorm predicted for Central Coast

Feb 21, 2014
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Updated Monday, 2/24 at 1:52 p.m. PST:

The month of February could end much the way it started, with some badly-needed rainfall for California and the Central Coast. Unlike the last couple of rain events however, this time around the region could get hit with a major winter storm.

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  A Silicon Valley venture capitalist who believes California has become too large to manage received word Wednesday from Secretary of State Debra Bowen that he may begin circulating his voter petition to split up the state.

The proponent for the measure, Tim Draper, must collect signatures from eight percent of the state's registered voters by mid-July in order for his initiative to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. He launched his measure back in December.

NASA image shows drought's effect on Central Coast

Feb 19, 2014
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A new image from NASA helps put into perspective one component of California's exceptionally dry winter—its effect on the vegetation found in state's grasslands, farms, and forests.

Using a series of images captured through the latter half of January, NASA came up with a composite map highlighting areas of vegetation growth. The image was created by using a specialized sprectroradiometer to compare current plant health to the average for the same period over the past decade.

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Central Coast home prices shot up last month according to the latest report released by the number crunchers at San Diego-based DataQuick.

The San Luis Obispo County real estate market saw a strong year-over-year January with an increase in both the number of homes sold and the overall median sales price. A total of 261 properties were sold countywide during the first month of 2014, up 19.7 percent from the previous year. The median price of those homes also rose to $400,000, up 5.5 percent.

'Green Acres' star dies at Santa Barbara hospice

Feb 18, 2014

Actress Mary Grace Canfield, best known for her role as Ralph Monroe on the classic television sitcom Green Acres, died Saturday of lung cancer according to NPR and the Associated Press. Canfield was 89 years old.

Reports quoting her daughter, Montecito-based real estate agent Phoebe Alexiades, say Canfield died at a hospice located in Santa Barbara.

High surf hits Central Coast beaches

Feb 18, 2014
Greg Perry

Waves up to 11 feet are expected along the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County coastlines through Thursday night. The National Weather Service based in Oxnard has issued a high surf advisory for the west and northwest facing beaches along this stretch.

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Granddaughter of legendary country star Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr., Holly's album "The Highway" was named Top 10 of 2013 by People Magazine and includes the track "Giving Up", named in the top 50 songs of 2012 by NPR Music.

With a distinctly personal spin on common country music themes like love, loss and desire, The L.A. Times recently said of Williams "There’s still more of an indie-folk flavor to most of her songs, but now she’s making music that best fits the tales she has to spin, and if that takes her into rootsy country, or meaty rock a la the Band, so be it."

Randol White

February started with welcomed rainfall here on the Central Coast. The short-lived series of storms brought several inches of rain to some areas of California, yet much more is needed to help the state end its drought status.

The City of San Luis Obispo, while certainly feeling the effects of a record dry year, is in a relatively good position to handle the current situation. Water resources and systems put in place over the past decade or so are helping to push off mandatory rationing for the foreseeable future.

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