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Industrial hemp allowed to stay in San Luis Obispo County

Hemp production won’t be banned in San Luis Obispo County. The Board of Supervisors had been considering an urgency ordinance that would put a moratorium on industrial hemp.

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FACT CHECK: Trump, Illegal Immigration And Crime

Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET After days of damaging news stories about an administration policy that separated immigrant families at the Southern border, President Trump tried to change the narrative Friday. He spoke up for grieving family members who have lost loved ones at the hands of people in the country illegally. Trump has frequently pointed to sympathetic crime victims to justify his get-tough policies at the Southern border. But experts say the president's rhetoric overstates the threat...

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Voluntary rationing hits Goleta

Mar 13, 2014
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Residents of Goleta are being asked to voluntarily curb water usage by 20 percent as the city is now officially in a declared drought emergency. Goleta is one of the last major cities in Santa Barbara County to declare such an emergency.

Mandatory rationing could be put into place sometime in August or September depending on whether the region gets any more significant rainfall and to what degree voluntary rationing is embraced.

Warmest winter on record for Central Coast

Mar 13, 2014
NOAA

The Central Coast is in the midst of its warmest winter on record according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

From December through January, most of California saw record heat that shattered 119-year-old readings by more than four degrees.

Only the North Coast and portions of the Sierra Nevada didn't break those numbers, but those areas still recorded much above average readings.

By contrast, the eastern half of the nation—and specifically the Midwest—saw reading far below average.

A Santa Maria couple is facing felony child endangerment charges, accused of leaving their four-year-old daughter in a car while they gambled at the Chumash Casino.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the girl was left to sleep in the vehicle on Tuesday around noon, but woke up and began wondering around the parking lot.

The department says 28-year-old Petra Zaragoza and 23-year-old Bulmaro Reyes are being held at the Santa Barbara Jail. Child Welfare Services placed the girl into protective custody.

Settlement reached in Paso Robles Police quota case

Mar 13, 2014
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A settlement was reached Thursday afternoon in the lawsuit against the Paso Robles Police Department regarding quotas for handing out traffic tickets. The two sides agreed to settle shortly after opening statements were introduced in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

Long-time Paso Robles officer John Tatro filed the suit saying he faced monthly reviews based on his performance compared to citation statistics.

KCBX reached out to the Paso Robles City Attorney and the firm representing Tatro, but neither have released any details regarding the plea.

Work continues on entrance to Santa Barbara Harbor

Mar 11, 2014
Flickr member Damian Gadal

A major cruise ship will have to bypass Santa Barbara this week because sand is blocking the harbor entrance. The Sapphire Princess was scheduled to arrive Wednesday morning and send its tenders into the harbor full of tourists.

Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman says the sand is a result of the recent stormy weather and a longer-than-usual period without dredging.

Red Flag Warning for Wednesday

Mar 11, 2014

Warm, dry windy weather is prompting a late-winter red flag warning along much of the Central Coast.

Santa Lucia winds (Santa Ana conditions in the LA region) will create a strong offshore push through Thursday morning.

Sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph are expected in the mountains of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, with red flag conditions expected during the peak period of Wednesday morning through Wednesday afternoon.

Drought Emergency declared by SLO County Supervisors

Mar 11, 2014
Randol White

An official "drought emergency" has been declared by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday's vote was unanimous. 

The declaration could make the application process for federal aid easier for farmers, ranchers, and other water-dependent individuals.

District Three Supervisor Adam Hill says, while the vote was a formality, it does signal an on-going effort by the supervisors to tackle this problem.

Arroyo Grande Fire

Arroyo Grande Police are investigating whether texting is to blame for a roll-over accident Wednesday afternoon that injured a local teenager.

A witness says the car flipped several times after leaving the roadway near Arroyo Grande High School where the 17-year-old boy is a student.

Five Cities Fire Battalion Chief Riki Heath was driving on Fair Oaks Avenue when he came upon the scene, just moments after the crash happened.

Near-riot conditions this weekend in Isla Vista

Mar 10, 2014
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says deputies were facing a near-riot situation in Isla Vista this weekend. More than 1000 people were in the street at one point on Saturday night, according to the department.

Deputies say the crowd began to grow around a crime scene where a visitor to Isla Vista was stabbed. That victim, a 20-year-old from Rhode Island, was last listed in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital. A Lompoc resident, 18-year-old Kuriyan Summers-Dickinson, is charged with attempted murder.

Paso Robles turn 125 on Tuesday

Mar 10, 2014
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A big Happy Birthday to Paso Robles which officially celebrates 125 years of being a city on Tuesday afternoon.

The anniversary festivities run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the downtown City Park, but road closures begin at 2:00. Tuesday's activities are part of a year-long celebration for the city.

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