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Santa Maria School District Gets New Superintendent

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The Santa Maria-Bonita School District names a new superintendent. The school board announcing at their meeting Wednesday that Luke Ontiveros will take over for Phil Alvarado, who retired last year after nearly four decades with the district. Ontiveros is a Santa Maria native.  He earned his teaching credential from Cal Poly. Ontiveros is a descendant of Pacifico Ontiveros who developed …

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Downtown Fridays Starts Tonight

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Downtown Friday’s kicks off tonight in Santa Maria. A farmers market, live bands and dozens of vendors to be on hand at the Santa Maria town center tonight and every Friday from 5-8 through October.  Kids can enjoy a bounce house and arts and crafts. Adults can enjoy a beer and wine tent.

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Today in Sports

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The Cal Poly baseball team opens a three game series tonight in Hawaii.  Coach Larry Lee says it’s a challenging series for the Mustangs because they have to take a bus to LA, fly five hours to Hawaii, play three games, then fly back.  With the loss in time Sunday night, the players will be back at 5:00 am Monday …

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Nipomo Farmers Abandon Plan to House Workers

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The plan to locate more than 100 strawberry pickers in a residential neighborhood in Nipomo is abandoned by growers Greg and Donna France. The controversial plan by the Santa Maria growers abandoned after a suspected arson and continued threats to the project site.  The Frances bought seven homes in a Nipomo residential neighborhood. They planned to put 16 pickers in …

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Railspur Discussions Continue Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission continues discussion of the Santa Maria Oil Refinery expansion to accommodate more rail transport of crude oil. Protestors came from all over California to tell planning commissioners about so-called bomb trains and reasons why the Santa Maria refinery should not be allowed to accommodate more oil trains. Currently, the oil is shipped …

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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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