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San Luis Obispo Police Department

Two adults and a teenage boy were in custody Wednesday facing charges of human trafficking and conspiracy in San Luis Obispo County.

King City's former police chief accepted a plea deal Wednesday, pleading no contest to embezzlement and obstructing a peace officer by lying to investigators—both misdemeanor counts.

A Monterey County Jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on felony charges against 50-year-old Dominic Baldiviez, so the deal was offered to avoid a re-trial, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo.

US Coast Guard

UPDATE - Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 3:06 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said Thursday afternoon that there was likely miscommunication Wednesday with Santa Barbara County Fire regarding the source of an oil slick off the coast near Goleta.

The USCG said samples were being sent to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut for testing to help determine a source.

UPDATE - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:38 p.m.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The Haggen grocery store chain is facing criticism for its recent string of layoffs involving full-time food and general merchandise clerks, including several developmentally disabled employees on the Central Coast.

'BOTSO' (2014)

The family of a well-known music teacher on the Central Coast is planning a memorial service for next month.

Dr. Wachtang 'Botso' Korisheli was a musician, sculptor, and teacher to many. He founded the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony in 1965 and several of his students have become world-class musicians.

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

A large solar farm proposed for agriculture land near the line between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties can now move forward following a deal over environmental issues. Construction on the California Flats Solar Project is set to break ground later this year.

Flickr member Jim G

State water officials are concerned our historic drought could be killing millions of trees throughout California.

Central Coast cities are doing what they can to keep our urban forests as healthy as possible. 

Finding a parking space in downtown Santa Barbara just got easier. 

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Science, technology, engineering and math are all school subjects typically geared toward boys, and represent careers fields dominated by men. But, there’s an effort taking place on the Central Coast to tutor adolescent girls in this so-called ‘STEM’ curriculum. 

City of Pismo Beach

One of the candidates running for the 3rd District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor seat is dropping out of the race. 

Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

The number of police officers patrolling neighborhoods surrounding Cal Poly will increase in the coming months under a new agreement between the City of San Luis Obispo and the University.

UC system increases minimum wage to $15 an hour

Jul 22, 2015
Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

The University of California system is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the course of three years. 

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is approved to reopen after nearly 20 years of sitting idle. The Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend $55 million in order to get the plant back into working order. 

State of California

From the moment Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps announced her plans to retire at the end of this term, candidates looking to fill her spot began to announce their intentions to run. 

North County Farmers Market Association

Over the past decade or so, Californians—and to a big extent, those of us along the Central Coast—are moving toward artisanal foods and beverages as people long for products made closer to home with recognizable ingredients and minimal processing.