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10:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Argument in favor of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

Credit SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

On November 4, 2014, voters in the city of San Luis Obispo will decide whether they want to extend a half-cent sales tax for another eight years.

The "general purpose" tax was originally passed in 2006 as Measure Y. This year’s version is known as Measure G, and does come with some changes.

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6:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Lompoc Police Officer arrested on domestic violence charges

An off-duty Lompoc Police Officer was arrested this past weekend on domestic violence charges, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill was booked into the County Jail for violating section 273.5 of the California Penal Code. He was released the same day after posting $25,000 bail.

Hill was taken into custody Sunday morning at his home in Vandenberg Village after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call.

6:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

2015 Amgen Tour of California to showcase Santa Barbara, Pismo and Avila Beaches

Amgen riders take off from the Pismo Pier during the 2014 race.
Credit Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and Santa Barbara are three of the host cities chosen to represent the state during the Amgen Tour of California next May.

The host cities were announced Monday for what will mark the tenth year of America's largest cycling race.

Stage 5 has participants starting in Santa Barbara and riding to Santa Clarita. Both cities have hosted the event six times.

Stage 4 will take the riders from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach—a rather short distance for a stage that's not a designated time trial.

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Santa Barbara County
5:33 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Methodist Minister to be judged this week for presiding over gay son's wedding

A prayer vigil held Wednesday in Isla Vista for Pastor Frank Schaefer in advance of his United Methodist Church Judicial Council hearing later this week.
Credit Stand with Pastor Frank: Support Equality Facebook Page

A local minister who has been at the center of a gay rights controversy within the United Methodist Church will have his day in court later this week.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was defrocked late last year as punishment for presiding over his gay son's marriage ceremony. He was a pastor in Pennsylvania at the time.

Earlier this year, the church reversed that decision and reassigned Schaefer to a congregation in Isla Vista. Now, the church is having the issue decided by its version of the Supreme Court, known as the Global Judicial Council.

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Water Issues and Drought
7:09 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Approaches differ on clearing out dry lakes during record drought

The shallow end of San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake as it was drying out earlier this year.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

With record drought conditions on the Central Coast, several neighborhood lakes have either dried up or are nearly dry. One of the most visible is San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake, where neighbors are pushing the city to dig a deeper lakebed. It's a process already underway up the road in Atascadero.

There is heavy equipment in the bottom of the 27- acre, Atascadero Lake, removing soil and transferring it to trucks. This process of dredging to deepen the lake, can improve its overall health.

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4:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Register to vote: Deadline is today in California

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

Monday, October 20, 2014 is the final day to register to vote in the November 4 Midterm Elections.

In California, you can register online through the Secretary of State's website.

State law also stipulates that your voter registration application must be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days prior to Election Day.


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Science & Technology
1:29 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WATCH: Reusable 'space plane' successfully lands at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The X-37B following a successful landing on the runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday, October 17, 2014.
Credit 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

UPDATE: Friday, October 17, 2014:

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 3 (OTV-3), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, landed Friday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The military said it touched own at 9:24 a.m.

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6:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Expensive fight over anti-fracking Measure P in Santa Barbara County

Oil wells in nearby Kern County, where the fracking process is currently used.
Credit Flickr member ben klocek

The latest campaign finance figures from the California Secretary of State's office and the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder show the battle over fracking is a costly one on the Central Coast. And, the contributors footing most of the bill are big oil companies.

This November's Measure P is designed to ban the use of high-intensity oil extraction methods—including fracking, acidizing, and steam injection—by future oil and gas projects on unincorporated Santa Barbara County land.

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Pets & Animals
2:39 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Deadly dog virus surging in Santa Barbara County

Credit ASPCA

A virus that is deadly for dogs is becoming a growing problem in the Santa Maria area this October.

Stacy Silva with Santa Barbara County Animal Services says the parvovirus often peaks in the fall, but this year's outbreak seems to be larger and more widespread. Dogs infected with the virus are showing up throughout the Santa Maria valley from the far north end at Priesker Park to the southern reaches in Orcutt.

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Santa Barbara County
5:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Visiting UCSB Scholar killed while taking pictures on coastal train trestle

An Amtrak Surfliner passes over a railroad trestle along the Gaviota Coast. Saturday's incident involved the Amtrak Coast Starlight on it's way from Seattle to San Diego.
Credit Flickr member Glenn Beltz

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office identified the victim Wednesday morning who was fatally injured by an Amtrak train this past Saturday while taking pictures on the Gaviota Coast.

The victim is 26-year-old Mingyue Yuan, a Chinese visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara. The Chinese Consulate and the University helped to notify next of kin in China.

In addition to Yuan, two others were also injured in the incident. The group had walked onto a railroad trestle near Refugio Beach to take pictures of the sunset.

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Water Issues and Drought
4:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local group files lawsuit against Cambria's emergency water project

The San Luis Obispo County Village of Cambria relies solely on local wells for the district's water supply.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

A group hoping to change the course of a water project in the Cambria area is taking their argument to court. LandWatch of San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit this week against the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) in the county's Superior Court.

Deborah Sivas is with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic, a pro-bono student law group that is representing LandWatch. She says the group wants the district to follow the proper environmental review for a project of this scope, and to consider financial aspects as well.

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2:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Technologies old and new combine for Cal Poly photography exhibit

Part of the Photography Now exhibit at Cal Poly's University Art Gallery
Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly University is hosting its first Art Galley of the new school year, "Photography now" , which exhibits modern photography with a vintage twist and highlights the work of nine San Jose State photographers, most of whom attended galleries opening.

The artwork is a mix of old photography that dates back to the infancy days of before the civil war to more modern images that we're used to today.

Jeff van Kleek, the gallery coordinator for the University Art Gallery describes the show:

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6:37 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Diablo Safety Committee considers plant's cooling system, water concerns

PG&E's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on the San Luis Obispo County coast.
Credit Flickr member Tracey Adams

The Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee is scheduled to conclude its two days of public meetings in Avila Beach on Wednesday, starting with a tour of the power plant itself.

A big topic on the agenda for this round of public comment was the committee's position on the nuclear power plant's cooling methods. Members heard hours of public comment Tuesday afternoon, including a presentation by Bill Powers, an engineering consultant with Friends of the Earth. 

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5:47 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New bikes on the way for 200 Central Coast foster care kids

Employees of CoastHills Credit Union working on a bike destined for a local foster kid.
Credit Scott Coe, Coast Hills Credit Union

Two hundred foster kids living on the Central Coast will soon have new bicycles, thanks to a project connected to the upcoming Make a Difference Day.

Teams of CoastHills Credit Union employees assembled the new bikes inside the historic Edwards Barn in Nipomo on Columbus Day. The workers came from throughout the Central Coast, from Santa Cruz to Ventura Counties. The company used the holiday as a day to organize its Bikes for Kids effort.

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Santa Barbara County
10:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Student skydiver experiences parachute malfunction in Santa Barbara

A student skydiver is being treated for injuries Monday evening at the Cottage Hospital Trauma Center in Santa Barbara. The Lompoc Fire Department says the man experienced a "hard landing."

Rescuers had to hike this morning to reach the injured man near the Lompoc Penitentiary Prison Farm.

The Lompoc Fire Department said the skydiver experienced a malfunction during the dive and had to use the reserve shoot to complete his landing. Sky Dive Santa Barbara says the student jumped with an experienced instructor and they were both equipped with their own parachutes.

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