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Day of Hope Fundraiser Was a Success

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The 3rd annual “Day of Hope” fundraiser a success in Santa Maria. More than 500 volunteers lined the streets of Santa Maria, Orcutt and Nipomo. They sold newspapers for $1 each to raise money for the Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria. It will take a few weeks to total yesterday’s fundraising efforts, but organizers expect this year surpassed …

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Today in Sports

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The Cal Poly baseball team preparing for tomorrow’s game at Hawaii. Long road trip for the Mustangs today. The Cuesta baseball team plays this afternoon at Moorpark Cuesta softball hosts Santa Barbara City College In high school baseball St Joseph plays at Atascadero In softball, Arroyo Grande plays at Atascadero Each game begins at 4:30 this afternoon. In the NBA, …

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SLO County to Allocate Funds for Affordable Housing and Homeless Programs

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San Luis Obispo County agrees to allocate $2.5 million for affordable housing and homeless programs.  In a lengthy hearing yesterday before the Board of Supervisors, homeless advocates and workers testify that the lack of affordable housing units is a significant issue. The county will receive nearly $800,000 of the community development block grants. Some of that money will help disadvantaged …

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Homeless Man Pleads No Contest to Burglary Charges

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A homeless man pleads no contest to charges of commercial burglary in Morro Bay. 20-year-old Alec Stephenson was shot in the leg by a police officer.  That’s after he struck an officer with a 4-foot-long stick near Morro Rock. Earlier that day, Stephenson allegedly broke into a thrift store on Quintana Road. A witness said he heard Stephenson talking about …

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Lenny Jones Reaches Plea Bargain

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As a result, the former Arroyo Grande citizen of the year will serve at least 14 years in prison. The real estate professional was accused of child molestation at a birthday party at his home one year ago. He’s one of several former Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year to end up in legal trouble.

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Discussions Continue This Week Over Farm Worker Housing

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Discussion continue this week over controversy over the Nipomo farm workers housing. A Santa Maria grower wants to place about 112 strawberry pickers in seven homes on Mads Place in Nipomo.  Each 3 or 4-bedroom home would house 16 strawberry pickers. Neighbors are opposed to the density. The farmer says it’s no different than a college dormitory, but neighbors say …

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Judge Upholds Murder Charge Against Illegal Alien

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A judge upholds a murder charge against an illegal alien who shot and killed a Cal Poly graduate as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last summer. 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot dead by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had entered the US illegally five times. Shortly before the shooting, Lopez-Sanchez was transported to San Francisco to face drug …

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Santa Maria Teachers Demonstrate at District Board Meeting

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Last night, about 100 school teachers demonstrated at the school district’s board meeting. Negotiations in the Santa Maria school district are deadlocked. Union leaders say teachers want a pay raise of 12% over the next two years. The district is offering a four percent “ongoing raise.” A fact finding hearing has been scheduled for May 5th. Teacher plan to meet …

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Today in Sports

Baseball

The Cal Poly Mustang baseball team loses to Cal 7-1. The Mustangs gave up 6 runs in the 4th inning because of a two-out error which allowed 5 unearned runs. The Mustangs fall to 19-12 for the season. The Cal Bears improve to 20-9. At Cuesta College, the women’s softball team split a double header with Moorpark. The Cougars won …

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