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Atascadero's Eagle Ranch project moving forward

After a four-year hiatus, momentum on the proposed Eagle Ranch project just south of Atascadero is once again picking up. On Thursday evening, March 30, the Atascadero city council and planning commission are holding a joint meeting to take public comment on the mega development project.

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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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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.

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. 

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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. 

The 2017 San Luis Obispo Film Festival starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday. Actor Josh Brolin, who grew up on a ranch in Templeton, will receive the festival’s top award on Saturday.

Film Festival Director Wendy Eidson said the festival tends to stay away from specific themes, but many of the films this year feature music or politics.

Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan rejected once again

Mar 14, 2017
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Opponents of the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project celebrated Tuesday after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted three to one to deny the company’s appeal. 

San Francisco's hospitality industry generates tons of reusable materials, furnishings and more that are shared with the non-profit community
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  Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises.

Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more. Items that otherwise might have headed to the landfill.

Local government roundup: 03/13/2017

Mar 13, 2017
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On local government agendas this week, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will continue the hearing that began Monday morning on the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project appeal. A handful of supporters spoke in favor of the oil company’s plan to build a rail spur to its Nipomo Mesa refinery; dozens of speakers stated their opposition to the project. The Board will resume hearing public comment on Tuesday morning.

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180 people gathered Saturday to honor three inductees into San Luis Obispo County’s Women’s Wall of Fame, local women celebrated as impressive and effective county leaders. The annual awards are sponsored by the County Commission on the Status of Women and the South Bay Women's Network.

Photo by Oleg Nanchinkin

This season the San Luis Obispo Symphony is auditioning five candidates for the position of music director. Marisa Waddell will speak with each one through May 2017. In this conversation, she chats with conductor David Handel about his vision and ideas for the Symphony, and with David Hamilton, the chairman of the search committee.

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