Fire Departments Prepare for Fire Season


Today firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire and CAL FIRE/Monterey are increasing their staffing levels, fire engines, bull dozers, fire crews, helicopters and air tankers for this fire season. With a fourth year of drought and continuous record breaking temperature this winter, our wildland fire season …

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Santa Barbara Man Convicted of Cruelty to Animals


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that a jury in Santa Barbara convicted Eric Reveles, age 31, of one count of cruelty to an animal and one count of failure to care for animals, both misdemeanors.  Reveles will be sentenced on April 22, 2015.

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Unresponsive Woman Located in Paso Robles Park


Friday 61-year-old Joan Mello was located by Paso Robles Police Detectives in the 700 block of Gardenia Circle in the city of Paso Robles. She was located in a grove of trees off a nearby walking path, and was initially unresponsive. Paso Robles Emergency Services arrived and provided Mello with first aid before she was transported to Twin Cities Community …

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Auditor Finds Long Standing DA Practice Unauthorized


On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office received a final report issued by the County Auditor concluding that a long standing past practice of the District Attorney’s Office was unauthorized because it was not contained within a written labor agreement. Past practice has been to provide compensatory time off to Deputy District Attorneys in exchange for two-week periods …

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Three Candidates Running for Congressional Seat

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Three candidates are running for the 24th District congressional seat to be vacated by Lois Capps who has announced she’s not running for re-election next year.  Former Republican candidate Justin Fareed and Democratic Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider both announced they would run in the 2016 congressional election. San Luis Obispo farmer Bill Ostrander, a Democrat, previously announced he would …

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Gas Prices Projected to Decline


Motorists will be driving for joy when they learn GasBuddy is projecting that this summer’s gasoline prices will bring the most affordable summer months since at least 2005. While it may sound wild, GasBuddy projects that the summer driving season of 2015 (Memorial Day through Labor Day) will see the U.S. average price of gasoline come in around $2.35 per …

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Lucia Mar School District and Teachers Reach Agreement


It looks as though the Lucia Mar School District and its teachers have reached an agreement. Yesterday both parties held a bargaining session and announced they reached a tentative agreement.  The terms of the agreement will now go to the teachers for a ratification vote, and then to the Board of Education for final approval.   A ratification vote will be …

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Lois Capps Announces Her Final Term


Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24), who has represented the Central Coast in Congress since being sworn in on March 17, 1998, released a video statement yesterday announcing that this will be her final term in the House of Representatives and that she will retire at the conclusion of the 114th Congress. Thursday and Friday, Capps will embark on a districtwide tour of the …

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Men Found Guilty of First Degree Murder


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a jury in Santa Maria found David Murillo Maldonado, 57; Jason Michael Castillo, 31; Reyes Gonzales, Jr., 44; Santos Manuel Sauceda, 35; and Ramon David Maldonado, 39, all guilty of the first degree murder of Anthony Ibarra and the special circumstance of committing the murder during the commission of …

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