Arroyo Grande

City of Arroyo Grande

A months-long investigation into Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill found misconduct. The inquiry was paid for by the city of Arroyo Grande and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Besides serving as mayor, Hill is the city's representative on the sanitation district's board of directors. 

Brush fire ignites on Nipomo Mesa

Jul 23, 2017
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A vegetation fire broke out Thursday afternoon on the Nipomo Mesa in San Luis Obispo County. 

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If you go less than a mile away from Camp Arroyo Grande, it’s like you’re in a different world.

It’s right near the Arroyo Grande Village and Highway 101. There’s lots of local businesses, gas stations. A busy street. 

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Residents of Arroyo Grande are facing major water cuts after the City Council unanimously declared a Stage I Water Shortage Emergency Tuesday night.

Low water levels at Lopez Lake, the city's primary source of water, is a big reason for the emergency declaration. Currently about 95 percent of the city's supply comes from Lopez, in an effort to protect the city's groundwater source from saltwater intrusion.

Members of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) voted to ratify a tentative agreement reached earlier this month with the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Bargaining between LMUTA and the District had come down to the wire, with teachers threatening to strike within days.

"This is welcome news and the District congratulates LMUTA and its members for bringing our lengthy negotiations process to conclusion," the District said in a statement.

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The City of Arroyo Grande will soon consider moving into Stage I drought conservation status according to Mayor Pro Tem Kristen Barneich. She said Wednesday night that staff is working on a proposal for the council to consider at an upcoming meeting.

Barneich said she believes the report will be recieved by council either at the next meeting on April 28, or the following meeting on May 12.

Tuesday night, the council approved new measures to help meet the governor's water reduction demands of 25 percent.

The man named Arroyo Grande's Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the local Chamber of Commerce is facing charges of kidnapping and child molestation.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Lawrence Jones—known as Lenny Jones—was arrested Monday following an investigation.

The department says two girls under the age of 14 were sexually molested while attending a birthday party at Jones' home in rural Arroyo Grande.

Deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying any other potential victims.

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Organizers from the Amgen Tour of California are planning to work with residents of Avila Beach, who will host the end of Stage 4 this coming May.

Stage 4 starts in Pismo Beach and ends in Avila Beach, two neighboring communities about six miles apart. But, the race will tack on an addition 100 miles to the route, taking riders into northern Santa Barbara County and through Arroyo Grande on the return trip.

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The group that built and maintained Arroyo Grande's Elm St. Dog Park says it no longer wants to be a part of that project.

The Five Cities Dog Park Association (FCDPA) says a long history of poor city relations, as well as troubles with some park users, simply became too much for the group to handle.

Jerry Bunin is a long-time FCDPA board member and says these troubles included occasions where people put shards of glass in a comment box at the park—glass those same people said they found mixed in with the wood chips that had been delivered by the city.

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A horse that got trapped in a hole Tuesday morning east of Arroyo Grande was eventually freed with the help of Cal Fire crews, a veterinarian and a neighbor.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo says the distress call came in around 10:30 a.m. While the hole was initially described as a sink hole, Battalion Chief  Paul Lee says he believes it was manmade. 

"In and around that hole was a lot of lumber," said Lee, adding that the horse was entangled in the two-by-fours and plywood. The animal was upset and was calmed down with the help of a veterinarian.

With close races in SLO Co., some ballots still need to be counted

Nov 11, 2014
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Ballot counters are taking a break Tuesday to observe Veteran's Day according to Julie Rodewald, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder.

  Although, midterm elections ended a week ago, determining new measures and elected officials, some races are still unsettled in San Luis Obispo County. 

Rodewald said provisional and mail-in ballots will determine tight races in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach Pismo Beach and Paso Robles.

The county will have reportable numbers Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his position in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an incident this past summer at City Hall.

Adams and a female employee were found after hours by police at the facility sparking controversy within the community.

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The Arroyo Grande City Council is expected to decide Tuesday night on whether to place the issue of becoming a charter city on the November ballot.

Several public hearings on this issue have been held in recent years by the council and an eleven member citizens advisory committee.

Supporters say the benefit of switching to charter status is to give residents and the city more control over local issues like elections and land use.

Those opposed, primarily labor unions, say charter cities can skirt the state's prevailing wage rule.

UPDATE: June 11, 2014:

The Arroyo Grande City Council approved many of the water-related recommendations presented by city staff at Tuesday night's meeting, including the increase in financial incentives for turf replacement and washing machine efficiency.

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Water rationing is scheduled to be a main topic of conversation at Tuesday night's Arroyo Grande City Council Meeting.

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A stretch of Los Berros Road in Arroyo Grande opened to traffic in both directions Tuesday evening around 5:30, after being shut down for most of the day as crews worked to clean up a semi-truck roll-over crash.

The problems started just before 9:00 a.m. on Los Berros between Falcon Crest and Century Lane. The driver was unable to negotiate the road's curves, according to Five Cities Fire. The cab portion of the semi came to rest on Los Berros with the two trailers twisted off into the brush almost 10 feet below the road surface.

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Fire  investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire Monday morning on Platino Lane in Arroyo Grande. Smoke from the hilltop blaze could be seen from as far away as Avila Beach, according to the Five Cities Fire Authority. 

The authority's public information officer Peter Klein said the fire may have started in a lower floor game room. The home's owner tried to initially put it out with a hose after being alerted by a smoke alarm.

A total of 7 people were in the home at the time of the fire, including small children. All made it out safely, said Klein.

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Arroyo Grande Police are investigating whether texting is to blame for a roll-over accident Wednesday afternoon that injured a local teenager.

A witness says the car flipped several times after leaving the roadway near Arroyo Grande High School where the 17-year-old boy is a student.

Five Cities Fire Battalion Chief Riki Heath was driving on Fair Oaks Avenue when he came upon the scene, just moments after the crash happened.