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Orcutt Teachers Asking for Raise


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


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


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


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


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


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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Laguna Lake is Filling Up


Water is returning to Laguna Lake.  The dry lake bed is now mostly inundated by the recent rainfall.  A small island still emerges from Laguna Lake.  Some neighbors are calling it “Isla Island in Laguna Lake.”

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County Supervisors Developing Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance


By this time next year, it’s likely the recreational use of marijuana will be legal in California.  Voters will vote on an initiative in November.  Currently polls show a majority of voters approve of legalization.  Yesterday, San Luis Obispo County Supervisors directed staff to develop an ordinance for cultivation like those in other California counties. Among those to speak before …

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Residents Asking SLO City Council to Ban Sale of “One Use” Water Bottles


Residents are asking San Luis Obispo City Council to discuss a ban on the sale of “one use” plastic water bottles on city property.  They want the city to install more “hydration stations” so people can refill reusable containers rather than buy new bottles.  The council will hold a study session on the issue.

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Diablo Canyon Power Plant Being Evaluated


State Senator Bill Monning of Carmel has introduced legislation that would require PG&E to do an assessment of the economic impacts if the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant were to shut down, either temporarily or permanently. More than 1400 people work at Diablo.  PG&E is the largest property taxpayer in the county. In 2014…the company paid 25 million dollars in taxes. …

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