Groundwater Basin Measures Expected to Fail


The votes are not official, but preliminary results indicate voters soundly reject the Paso Robles Groundwater District. Measure A needed a two-thirds majority to implement a parcel tax to fund the water district. Only 22% voted for the tax. On measure B, 74% voted against formation of the water district. The results are preliminary, but decisive. Paso Robles Groundwater Basin …

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Operation Matador Lead to 16 Gang Arrests


Operation matador led to the arrest of sixteen MS-13 gang members last week. Another 40 people were detained in the raids. Most of them were handed over to ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The notoriously violent drug trafficking ring is based in El Salvador. Santa Maria officials suspect they were trying to establish a foothold in Santa Maria, …

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Pickleball Comes to Santa Maria


Pickleball arrives in Santa Maria. The sport is a smaller version of tennis, played on a badminton court with a hard paddle and a wiffle ball. The Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department will begin offering classes so you can learn to play pickleball. Those classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thrusday mornings at the Edwards Community Center on …

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Today in Sports


The Cal Poly women’s basketball team beats Cal State Northridge 72-51 in the first round of the Big West tournament.  The Mustangs advance to the next round to take on Long Beach State at six this evening. The men’s basketball team opens play at the Big West Tournament tomorrow.  They’ll take on UC Irvine, the tallest team in college basketball.  …

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Power Outage in Nipomo Caused by Storm


Today on the Central Coast, a respite from the storm. Yesterday, the wind blew down trees up and down the Central Coast, knocking down power lines and scattering tree limbs and other debris. The downed power lines resulted in a power outage in Nipomo. Are you prepared for emergencies like power outages? The 5th Annual Preparedness Expo is Saturday brought …

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Last Day to Mail Ballot on Groundwater Basin Measures


Today is the last day to mail off a ballot in the election for a Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. Some 6,000 ballots were mailed out. There are two issues. Measure A would create a tax to fund the water district. Measure B would actually create the district. Those mail in ballots need to be put in the mail today to …

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Capps to Tour Morro Bay National Estuary


Today, Congresswoman Lois Capps will tour the Morro Bay National Estuary. The Estuary celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Tonight, Capps will attend the Morro Bay City Council Meeting.

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Paso Robles Concerned About Sheltering Homeless


In Paso Robles, the city is concerned about sheltering nearly 100 homeless people who were living in tents in the Salinas River Bed.  After the recent rains, the water level is rising.  Many of their campsites will be flooded. Paso Cares is working with police and city officials to evacuate the homeless living in the Salinas River Bed. Police officers …

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Unemployment in San Luis Obispo Drops


Unemployment in San Luis Obispo County drops to 4.4% in January. That’s down from 5.3% one year ago. That 4.4% rate is also below the rate of 5.8% for the state and 5.3% for the nation. San Mateo County reports the lowest January jobless rate at 3.1%. Colusa County had the highest unemployment at 22%

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Atascadero Teen Arraigned for Making Threats on Elementary School


An Atascadero teenager arraigned yesterday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court in connection with threats at San Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero. 18-year-old Bret Stephen Landon is accused of leaving threats at the school, which prompted the officials to close the school for several weeks. He faces 30 felony charges. Landen pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. A …

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