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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.