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SLO City Council Approves Building Hotel on Monterey Street


The San Luis Obispo City Council has voted to approve the building of a hotel on Monterey Street. The 102 room structure will sit behind Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub. The vote was 3-2 with Mayor Jan Marx and Councilman Dan Carpenter dissenting. The council did direct the applicants to make some changes, including those involving parking and landscaping.

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Homemade Incendiary Device Found Next to Home in Santa Maria


Santa Maria police were called Tuesday morning to the 300 block of East Grant Street where they discovered a homemade incendiary device next to a home. One suspect was arrested for throwing it there. He is 34-year-old Chad Ramos, who was in a fight with his girlfriend. The device didn’t go off because the fuse went out before it could ...

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Cuesta College Hosts Symposium on Building Media Skills Into Career


Cuesta College’s Business and Entrepreneurship Center and Journalism Department present “Entrepreneurship & Media; Turn Your Passion Into a Profession,” a symposium on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus in room 5401. “This free seminar is for students and community members who are interested in turning their media skills into ...

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SLO Police Chief Under Fire for Travel Expenses


San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell is under fire for travel expenses. He spent nearly 48 days traveling last year, including trips to study the homeless problem and trips involving the California Police Chief’s Association. On one of his trips, he charged the city for meals he bought for his family members so he is paying that cost of ...

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Man Gives Himself Up Peacefully After Standoff


A man in Grover Beach gave himself up to police after five hours while holding them at bay with large kitchen knife. He apparently was causing a disturbance in front of his home on the 600 block of Trouville Avenue. Police responded, blocked off the street and attempted to negotiate with the man. He wasn’t arrested but was taken to ...

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UCSB Conference for Potential Students


Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students looked forward to college years and careers at a UC Santa Barbara conference. The Early Academic Outreach Program’s “Education, Leadership, Career Conference” for 11th graders featured speakers, mini-mentoring sessions, panel discussions on educational pathways, career aspirations, internships that lead to professional opportunities and other topics. About 65 students from Righetti, Santa Maria ...

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Honey Oil Lab Catches Fire


The Atascadero Police Department and Fire Department responded to 8850 El Camino Real for a report of a structure fire Friday night.  Upon their arrival at the location, they found the fire had been extinguished by the resident’s and was contained to the kitchen area. Upon further investigation it was determined the fire was caused by an illegal Honey Oil ...

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Woman Caught Allegedly Selling Meth in Templeton


On Thursday at approximately 1:30 deputies responded to a call of suspicious circumstances in front of Tree Man Nursery located at 2630 Ramada Dr. in Templeton. It was reported that a female in front of the location was selling narcotics from her vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies contacted 45-year-old Lisa Stemper of Templeton. During the investigation, deputies discovered over two ounces ...

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Train Hits and Kills Woman Talking on Her Cell Phone


A Goleta woman who was talking on her cell phone was hit by a freight train and killed on Saturday morning. Suzanne Worsham, 49, walked into the path of the train near the Goleta Amtrak station about 11:15. The train was going about 60 miles per hour and the train’s horn sounded several times before the collision. The Santa Barbara ...

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Federal Regulators Issue Violation Against Diablo Canyon Power Plant


Federal regulators have issued a violation against California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant because its emergency plan failed for eight years to include instructions required for boats and ships within 10 miles of the seaside reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in documents Thursday the company removed the instructions without permission in November 2005, which decreased the emergency plan’s effectiveness. ...

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