District Attorney Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election


District Attorney Gerry Shea announced today his intention not to seek re-election for the term of office that will commence on January 6, 2015.   Shea became a Deputy District Attorney with the office in 1977, was elected District Attorney In June of 1998, and was re-elected in 2002, 2006, and 2010.   Shea said, "It is, and has been, ...

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Arroyo Grande Forms Tourism Business Improvement District


The City of Arroyo Grande serves as a unique tourist destination on California’s Central Coast. In an effort to promote its distinctive characteristics, strengthen its businesses, and attract a share of the millions of annual tourists looking for places to visit in California, Arroyo Grande officials formed a tourism business improvement district.   This marks the first occasion that Arroyo ...

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Paso Robles Police Respond To Gang Shooting


Sunday at about 1230 am, the Paso Robles Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls of shots being fired in the 2800 block of Oak St.. Officers arrived in the area and found that a parked vehicle and a residence had been struck by several shots. The apparent target of the shooting, a 21 year old male, told Officers that ...

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55 Year Old Man Accused Of Robbing Wells Fargo Bank


A 55-year-old Arroyo Grande man, Arthur McClay Watkins was arrested over the weekend, accused of robbing A Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Maria. Watkins, who is a father of two and is a board certified family and marriage therapist practicing out of the Five Cities area. The case is now in the hands of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's ...

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Traffic Safety Grant Awarded To SLO Sheriff’s Office


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $226,309 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety  for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways.  The grant received by San Luis Obispo County will aid in the county’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and quality of life. The grant will assist in ...

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Robbery At Smart And Final In Paso Robles


On November 14, at approximately 6:37p.m., Paso Robles Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to Smart and Final, 2121 Spring Street, regarding a robbery which had just occurred.   A store clerk reported that two adult males had entered the store and attempted to steal a 20 pack of beer. The store clerk confronted the two men as they exited ...

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Capps Weighs In On Affordable Care Act


Rep. Lois Capps has voted to allow people to stay on their current healthcare plans throughout 2014. Recent cancellations of health plans by insurance companies as result of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in over one million persons in California losing access to their plans. While many consumers are finding better and more affordable plans through Covered California, the ...

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Crocker’s Corner: Dr. Julian Crocker Superintendent Of County Schools


We know that when parents read to their children at young ages, or just listen to them sound out words or begin to put sounds to combinations of letters, it helps that child master the complex skill of reading and gain confidence. We could call this “home-based literacy”. However, some parents are hesitant to do this possibly for fear of ...

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Computer Scammers Taking a New Route


A south county woman recently received a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft who says he needed to conduct a scan of her computer to look for viruses. To do that, the caller says he needed remote access to log in to her computer. Once these scammers have access to the computer they can install malicious software, steal ...

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Atascadero City Fire Department to Receive $1 Million


The Atascadero City Fire Department recently learned that it will receive more than $1 million from the estate of a longtime supporter of the department. Bertha Shultz, a resident of Atascadero for many years, had a special connection to the members of the Atascadero City Fire Department and felt that her Trust could do a great deal for the community ...

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