New Interim City Manager For Morro Bay


Morro Bay has hired an interim city manager. Ed Kreins is scheduled to start the first week in February. Kreins was the city manager of Beverly Hills for 11 years before retiring. Since then, he's served as an interim city manager in communities across California, including Pismo Beach and Solvang. Morro Bay has been searching for an interim city manager …

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Free Tax Assistance by Cal Poly


Starting Saturday, Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business is providing free tax return assistance to individuals or families with incomes less than $50,000 a year. You can get help every Saturday through March 15. All returns are prepared by IRS-certified accounting seniors, and they're reviewed by certified professionals. They will be preparing forms including 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ, …

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Severe Water Restrictions in Morro Bay


A growing number of communities around the state are in danger of running out of water including here on the Central Coast. Morro Bay has announced what it calls "Severe Water Restrictions." Residents are now only allowed to water landscaping twice a week. The scheduled day for watering depends on street addresses. If you have an Odd number address, you …

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Cal Fire Needs More Firefighters


The spritz of rain we had yesterday hasn’t changed the fire danger in the county. Cal Fire officials say they are ramping up staff all over the state. Here In San Luis Obispo County, 67 firefighters are on duty during the peak of fire season. But, this winter 21 firefighters remained on staff when it normally wouldn't keep any. Cal …

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Transformer Sparks Power Outage


A transformer failure is to blame for knocking power out to about 900 Arroyo Grande residents yesterday just before noon. The failure also sparked a small fire at the top of the pole at t he intersection of Poplar and Juniper. Everything was back to normal for most of the affected residents by 12:30. 

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Woman Struck and Killed by Bullet Train


Caltrain is single-tracking through Redwood City while crews investigate the death of a woman struck by a baby bullet train this morning.  They say the adult female was struck and killed by Northbound train 305 about 6:15 a.m.   The train was moved to the San Carlos station, where all 200-passengers were allowed to get off and put on another train.  …

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Changes Coming to The Sewer System


The City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department will reveal major changes at its wastewater treatment plant later today. The department is working on improving the energy efficiency of the wastewater treatment plant as part of its Progressive Resource and Energy Partnership initiative. The city is working with PG&E to further the city's goal of being environmentally and fiscally responsible. …

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Hiking Trail Has Changes in Store


Major changes are happening at a popular hiking trail that crosses through Pismo and Avila Beaches. The Ontario Ridge, that some say has the most beautiful vistas in the county, has been closed to the public at two of its three access points, and hikers are left wondering where they can go. Pismo Beach city officials said they put up …

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Suspect in Murder Trial Pleads Not Guilty Due to Insanity


Mark Andrews, the Atascadero man who police say admitted to killing his neighbor last year, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in a San Luis Obispo courtroom earlier this week for the May 2013 murder. The victim was Colleen Barga-Milbury, a former Atascadero State Hospital employee. Andrews has a history of mental health issues, including being ordered to attend …

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Stores Caught Selling Tobacco to Minors


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says more than a dozen stores were caught selling tobacco to minors The office conducted a sting operation in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The operation uses undercover and underage decoys who go into the store and ask to buy cigarettes. Sheriff's officials say out of 54 stores visited in the …

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