The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted new standards for short-term homestay rentals Tuesday night, allowing use of this type of rental within the city.
These are rentals occupied for less than 30 days. A major distinction between homestay rentals and vacation rentals is homestay rentals require the owner to prove they live there. Vacation rentals are still prohibited in neighborhoods for which they are not zoned.
The ordinance also requires one additional parking space, two rooms and that a responsible party must only be a 15 minute drive away.
Last year the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo took ownership of the 900-acre parcel of land now known as the Pismo Preserve and this year they hope to open it to the public.
The organization raised more than $12 million last year to buy the land and make improvements, plus it finalized all the paperwork to switch it over to public use. Executive Director, Kaila Dettman says the Pismo Preserve is the beginning of a larger, county-wide effort, the Heart and Soil campaign.
Representative Lois Capps was sworn in today in Washington D.C. as a member of the 114th Congress. The Congresswoman took an oath of office on the House floor and was sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner.
“It is an honor and privilege to represent the 24th Congressional District, and I look forward to continuing to represent the people and communities of the Central Coast in Washington D.C.,” Capps said. “There are a number of challenges facing our country and I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the important issues before us.”
The California Department of Motor Vehicles began accepting applications for undocumented driver licenses Friday.
Field offices on the Central Coast were busy with many people waiting outside the San Luis Obispo office.
Jessica Gonzalez is a spokesperson for the DMV and she says that the 170 field offices and the four driver licenses processing centers in California will experience a large influx of people in the coming weeks.
By noon Friday, the California DMV saw more than six thousand applicants and had nearly 95 hundred appointments booked across the state.
Local Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson authored eight senate bills this year that take effect Thursday. One of these aims to help prevent gun violence.
Senate Bill 505 requires law enforcement agencies to create policies encouraging officers to search California's database of gun purchases before conducting a 'welfare check.'
She says that this would have been helpful in the case of the Isla Vista killings in May, when roughly three weeks before the massacre, law enforcement visited Elliot Rodger to check on his well-being, but were not aware of firearms.
The Central Coast is seeing freezing temperatures this week, creating conditions that can be harmful to some plants.
To protect plants from extreme frost damages, water plants thoroughly. Todd Davidson is the owner of Sage Ecological Landscapes and Nursery in Los Osos. He says some people may think watering creates ice, but it's actually protecting plants.
27-year-old Margay Edwards posing with her car. Edwards' body was found in the Nevada desert on Sept. 25, 2014. Her car was found on Oct. 4, 2014 after the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. Air Unit made a fly-over search.
A man recovering from a shark attack on the Central Coast this weekend is out of the hospital Monday. Although this is the second shark attack this year in San Luis Obispo County, experts say they're still uncommon.
Even more uncommon are fatal attacks says Traci Larinto a Senior Environmental Specialist for the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife.