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Energy
5:16 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Santa Maria Refinery's controversial oil train project is topic of public forum

A train transporting oil through San Jose, one of the many municipalities that has expressed concern over the Phillips 66 rail project.
Credit Flickr member Drew Jacksich

A controversial plan to ship oil by train to the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery will be the topic of a public discussion Wednesday night in Grover Beach.

Key players from both sides of the issue are scheduled to attend. Representatives from Phillips 66, as well as the Oil Refinery Watch Group are expected to present their arguments for and against the rail project.

The forum is being organized by Karen Bright with the South County Democratic Club of San Luis Obispo County. Bright says this issue is important to many people in the area.

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Community
11:04 am
Tue March 31, 2015

César Chávez holiday brings wide range of ways to celebrate

César Chávez visits colegio César Chávez in 1974
Credit Wikipedia: Author - Movimiento

César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California, held annually on the leader's birthday. It was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2000. As a result, all state offices are closed, including the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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News
6:31 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Santa Ynez students mourn freshman classmate killed in traffic incident

The intersection of Highway 246 and Refugio Rd., adjacent to Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
Credit Google Maps - Street View

Students and faculty at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School were in mourning Friday after learning about the death of freshman student Carina Velazquez, killed during a traffic incident Thursday night.

A statement from the principal on the school's website Velazquez died late Thursday night as the result of injuries suffered when she was struck by a vehicle. She had been taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries.

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Education
5:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lucia Mar teachers authorize union to strike if negotiations with district fail

Supporters of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association picket for a salary increase.
Credit Change.org "Fairly pay our teachers" petition

The union representing teachers in the Lucia Mar School District now have authorization to initiate a strike, should negotiations reach that point.

The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) announced the support from teachers following voting on Friday.

The teachers are asking for an increase in wages to bring salaries closer to those of their colleagues working in neighboring districts, including San Luis Coastal and Santa Maria-Bonita. Lucia Mar School District leaders say they can't afford the level that's being proposed, and have made their own offer.

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Weather
6:43 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Record-breaking heat on the Central Coast expected to subside for the weekend

Adding to the seriousness of the drought along the Central Coast and throughout California are record-breaking temperatures this week.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's high of 91 degrees in Paso Robles broke a record set in 1988 by three degrees. San Luis Obispo's high at the airport and at Cal Poly hit 90, also breaking a record.

Santa Maria came in at 93 degrees yesterday afternoon and Santa Barbara hit 88, both very warm but not record breaking.

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Arts
5:59 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Santa Maria students connect with Mexican culture through music and dance

Righetti High School's 2014 Folklorico "Big Show" dancers
Credit Righetti High School

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28, 2015
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Ethel Pope Auditorium, 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, Calif.
  • Ticket information - (805) 937-2051, ext 2716 or 2502
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Central Coast
5:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Monterey County Food Bank sees 'overwhelming' support after arson fire

Video still from a surveillance camera, shows the fire underway.
Credit Salinas Police Department

The Food Bank for Monterey County is working to restore its services following last weekend's arson fire.

Officials say that they have seen a lot of community support in the wake of the incident.

Food Bank Executive Director Melissa Kendrick says her organization's programs should resume soon, and emergency food deliveries picked up again on Tuesday.

The organization's delivery truck fleet was destroyed and half of the facility's refrigeration storage was knocked out Saturday.

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Agriculture
2:43 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Gardening tips to help ease your Central Coast allergies

Credit Thomas Ogren

Thomas Ogren considers himself a life-long plant geek. He's been gardening since age five, and by age seven, he began grafting trees.

The San Luis Obispo resident continued with his passion for horticulture as a professor for more than 20 years.

When Orgen and his wife moved to the Central Coast, he says he wanted to make their yard allergy-friendly, to help with her allergies. His many years of research on that front eventually led to his new book The Allergy-Fighting Garden.

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Crime
6:12 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Guilty plea in King City Police Department corruption scandal, part of prosecution deal

The previous owner of a King City towing company will testify for the prosecution in the King City Police Department corruption case, after pleading guilty Tuesday in court. 50-year-old Brian Miller pleaded guilty to both bribery and grand theft charges.

The Monterey County District Attorney's Office has offered Miller a lenient sentence of probation in exchange for his truthful testimony during upcoming court cases, prosecutor Steve Somers told KCBX.

Business
5:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Possible changes on the way for restaurant and other concessions at Morro Bay State Park marina

The Bayside Cafe and other facilities managed in the Morro Bay State Park marina have been operating under a concessions contract that expired in 1993.
Credit Flickr member brian washburn

California State Parks and the City of Morro Bay's Harbor Advisory Board are considering plans for new development and management at the Morro Bay State Park marina.

The current facilities, including the Bayside Cafe, are operated through a concession contract that expired more than 20 years ago.

A meeting to collect public comment is scheduled for April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Morro Bay Veteran's Memorial Hall.

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Crime
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Video points to arson as cause of Food Bank of Monterey County fire

Monterey County's only food bank is struggling this week to distribute resources to those in need, following what investigators are now calling an arson fire.  Damage caused by the crime is far reaching.

The Salinas Fire Department said Monday it has video surveillance footage that confirms Saturday's fire was purposely set by an individual.

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Crime
3:53 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

King City moving closer to hiring new police chief

Credit City of King - KingCity.com

The King City Police Department is about a month away from announcing a new police chief, following more than a year of department turmoil.

City Manager Michael Powers confirms the hiring team is down to one candidate and that a background check is all that remains to be completed.

Back in February of last year, the department was hit hard when several officers and the then police chief Bruce Miller were arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

Several trials and a couple of sentencing dates are scheduled in the coming months for those accused in the case.

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People and Entertainment
3:50 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Rock legend David Crosby hits jogger with car in Santa Ynez

Singer-Song writer David Crosby seen on stage in September, 2012
Credit Flickr member Christopher Michel

The California Highway Patrol said Monday afternoon that an investigation was underway into a Sunday evening car crash that involved singer-songwriter David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame.

The CHP said 46-year-old Jose Jimenez was jogging on Baseline Avenue in Santa Ynez when he was hit just before 6:00 p.m. S

Sergeant Don Clotworthy with the CHP's Buellton office said Crosby, a Santa Ynez resident, was driving a 2015 Tesla sedan at the speed limit (55 mph) and was not driving under the influence of drugs nor alcohol.

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Health
3:36 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tests show Santa Barbara woman does not have the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus as seen under a microscope.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tests show a Santa Barbara County woman does not have Ebola, after coming down with a fever following a recent trip to Africa.

The woman was taken Sunday to a hospital in Los Angeles for testing. The trip required special equipment for the ambulance and all the health care workers involved.

Dr. Charity Dean,  Health Officer with the County's Public Health Department, says all appropriate steps were followed, even thought the woman was considered to be at low risk of having the disease.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

The 2016 General Election already heating up for SLO County candidates

The fate of Wild Cherry Canyon near Avila Beach is an election issue for District 3 candidates.
Credit Kara Woodruff

A political race in San Luis Obispo County is heating up well ahead of the 2016 General Election.

The District 3 Supervisor Seat, currently held by Adam Hill, has at least three people running for it, including the incumbent. The area includes the beach cities of Pismo and Grover, more than half of the City of San Luis Obispo, and the communities of Edna Valley and Avila. 

Supervisor Adam Hill has held the seat since 2008 and says he plans to be on the ballot in November 2016 for a third term.

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