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Lawmakers Consider Speeding Up $1 Billion In Water Spending


California lawmakers are considering a plan to speed up more than $1 billion in water spending as the drought persists. The state Senate plans to vote on the bills this afternoon after committees in both chambers take it up. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced the fast-tracked water legislation last week. They’re offering more than $100 …

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Santa Cruz Supervisors Vote To Ban Commercial Pot Cultivation


Commercial pot growers are no longer welcome in Santa Cruz County.  The 3-2 vote by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors came after three-and-a-half hours of public comment on the divisive topic Tuesday night.  The normally pot-friendly community opted to shut down commercial growing operations in an effort to change its reputation and dissuade more growers from flocking to …

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Deputy Fatally Shoots Suspect Who’s Accused Of Deadly Shooting


A suspect accused of a deadly shooting is now dead in a deputy-involved shooting in the Westmont area of Los Angeles.  Sheriff’s officials say a suspect shot at deputies and they returned fire, killing the man around 1:30 this morning at South Vermont Avenue and West 102nd Street.  The suspect is accused of shooting a woman to death 45 minutes …

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Paso Robles Bookkeeper Arrested on Suspicion of Embezzling


A Paso Robles bookkeeper was arrested last week on suspicion of embezzling at least $700,000 from a local manufacturing business over a period of six years and possibly embezzling money from the North County youth sports nonprofit where she was treasurer for about seven years. Investigators say they are still looking into whether the nonprofit suffered any losses. 56 year …

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Teachers Rally for Reasonable Pay


Since July 2014, Five Cities-area teachers of the Lucia Mar Unified School District have been working without contracts, after unsuccessful negotiations with the School Board to receive 10 percent raises. Last month The District offered the teachers a two percent raise, but Union officials say the ten percent they had ask for would make average salaries competitive with nearby districts. …

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Lawsuit Filed Against School District For Allegedly Using Cancer-Causing Chemicals


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is being slammed with a lawsuit over alleged illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals in school buildings.  The suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles federal court by a group of parents and residents.  They claim the district is violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the elementary, middle and high …

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Man Tried To Kidnap Girl Outside Elementary School


Police are on the hunt for a man who tried kidnapping a young girl outside an elementary school.  Witnesses say a man in his 40s tried to take a seven-year-old girl from Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach yesterday.  The little girl screamed and tried to get teachers to come help and he ran off through the parking lot.  The …

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Man Arrested After Son Injured by Homemade Explosive


Trevor Harris of Grover Beach is currently behind bars this morning. Authorities say he was arrested yesterday, after his 13 year old son was injured by a homemade pyrotechnic device. Deputies responded to a call on Canet Road in rural Morro Bay and found that the victim had built the illegal homemade device with the consent and assistance from his …

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Town Hall Meetings on Public Safety


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is hoping to hear from community members about public safety Monday. He is holding a series of town hall meetings across the county. He says it gives people in the community the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns. Monday night’s meeting is scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 at Mission San Miguel.

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Santa Barbara County Resident Monitored For Ebola Virus


Health officials are monitoring a Los Angeles-area patient for possible Ebola virus contraction.  Officials say a Santa Barbara County resident may have been in contact with the virus while overseas and is now undergoing a 21-day screening program.  Officials have not released the identity of the patient.

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