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President Obama to Meet With Dictators of Southeast Nations

PHOENIX - APRIL 23:  Police officers watch as demonstrators hold hands during a protest against Arizona's new immigration law outside the Arizona state capitol building on April 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona. Critics say the new law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses against the Hispanic community.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Seven dictators are meeting with President Barrack Obama today and tomorrow in Rancho Mirage. They are the heads of state from the 10 countries in the Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations. Human rights groups are outraged that only three participating countries have elected leaders. The other seven are dictators.

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SLO Supervisors Receive Update on Budgets

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San Luis Obispo supervisors get an update tomorrow on state and county budgets. They’ll also get a report on department of planning and building priorities. That meeting gets underway at nine tomorrow morning at the County Government Center. Tomorrow, the Arroyo Grande planning commission will discuss a proposal for a 54-room hotel in The Village. San Luis Obispo City Council …

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Proposal for New Homes Around Vineyards Denied

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The proposal to build 82 homes surrounding the vineyards at Latetia Winery is denied by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. The vote to deny was 3-1.  Commissioner Jim Harrison cast the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Eric Meyer abstained. The developer is expected to appeal the decision to the full board of supervisors.

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Paso Robles Volunteers Providing Free Tax Service

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Again this year, volunteers in Paso Robles are providing free tax service for seniors and others who need help. Mike Cussen and Stan Marquis started the volunteer service several years ago.  Each is a retired CPA. They’re joined by many other volunteers who are trained to help others do their taxes. To get an appointment, call the Paso Robles Senior …

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Orcutt Teachers Asking for Raise

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Teachers in Orcutt want higher wages.  Wednesday night, dozens of teachers in the Orcutt educators association rallied for a pay increase.  The district and the OEA declaring an impass after six sessions of negotiations. They’ll next meet with a state appointed mediator to try to break the deadlock. The teachers say they earn less than a teacher with the same …

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Big Day for Santa Maria Girl Battling Cancer

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Another big day for 12-year-old Lexi Brown of Santa Maria, who is battling cancer for the second time in her life. Tomorrow, boxer “Terrible” Terry Norris is holding a cancer awareness fight workout and brunch for Lexi in North Hollywood.  Lexi has also received support from Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and rapper LL Cool J. She also …

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Valentines Day Across the Central Coast

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To many on the Central Coast, Valentines weekend means wine tasting. Some take escorted tour by the Wine Wrangler in Paso Robles or some other wine tour company. Others prefer to spend the afternoon at their favorite winery from the Edna Valley to Paso Robles. Special events are being held at wineries up and down the coast.  Graveyard Vineyards has …

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Coastal Commission to Dismiss Executive Director

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At the Morro Bay Community Center last night, a decisive vote by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners voting 7-5 in closed door session to dismiss Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester. The vote coming after more than six hours of public comments from environmental activists from throughout California. More than 500 showed up for the meeting. One commissioner commented about threats …

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Morro Bay City Council Will Not Limit Political Speech

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Back in January, the city attorney cautioned the council against allowing members of the public to make announcements about seeking political office.  That’s after a former council member announced plans to run for mayor. The council has decided to reopen that opportunity.

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Homeless Donation Meters

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Do you ever put money in a homeless meter? The donation stations were installed to reduce aggressive panhandling in San Luis and Santa Maria. Homeless meters installed in San Luis about two years ago have generated more than $13,000. In Santa Maria, four meters have generated about $18,000 over the last year.  The City of Santa Maria would like to …

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