SLO County Declares Drought Emergency


San Luis Obispo County has declared a drought emergency. SLO County is the 17th county in California to declare a drought emergency. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 this week. It got input from ag interests and from the public. The drought emergency is active for 30 days before the Board of Supervisors has to renew it. County officials are …

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Former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced To Prison For Holding Up Rabobank In Cambria


A former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison for holding up the Rabobank in Cambria last fall. Bruce Valentine pleaded guilty February 4 to two counts of robbery against him. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank for the amount he took during the robbery.

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Mayor Jan Marx’ Prius Smashed While Parked At Madonna Inn


Somebody smashed the windshield of Mayor Jan Marx’ Prius while it was parked at the Madonna Inn Monday. She was attending a Rotary Meeting at the inn. Nothing was stolen, and no other cars were damaged. Police don’t have a motive, but the incident did happen shortly after the City Council met to appeal a recent ruling that could require …

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Car Crash Rules Out Texting While Driving For Arroyo Grande Teenager


A car crash that injured an Arroyo Grande High School student was not the result of texting while driving. The accident happened about noontime Tuesday at the Fair Oaks-Valley Road intersection. Witnesses say the car was speeding and rolled over several times. Police are still investigating.

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Down Power Lines Cause Small Fire


On Monday, March 10 at 5:57 PM, Paso Robles firefighters responded to power lines down in the area of 2nd and Vine Street. Firefighters arrived to the scene to find a live power line down on 2nd Street between Vine and Olive Streets. Firefighters and Paso Robles Police Officers immediately closed streets in the area. Firefighters monitoring the downed power …

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Decoy Shoulder Tap Program in Effect Through June


The Paso Robles Police Department in partnership with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will conduct several Decoy Shoulder Tap/Minor Decoy operations within the time period between March 10, 2014 and June 30, 2014. The goal is to reduce youth access to alcohol and send a clear message that it is illegal for adults to purchase or provide alcohol …

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CHP Announces New Commander for Santa Barbara


The California Highway Patrol announces a new commander for the Santa Barbara Area.  Santa Barbara County native Mark D’Arelli has been named the new commander of the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Barbara Area effective March 1.  Captain D’Arelli has been with the CHP for fifteen years.  He attended Solvang Elementary and Santa Ynez High Schools.  He earned a Bachelor of …

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Jennifer Adams Honored as 2014 Woman of the Year


Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo has honored Jennifer Adams as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 35th Assembly District. Ms. Adams is the Executive Director of RISE in San Luis Obispo, a nonprofit organization that serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones. “Ms. Adams is an extraordinary leader in …

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Lompoc Resident Charged with Attempted Murder


A Lompoc resident is charged with attempted murder following a stabbing last night, March 8, at a residence in the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive.   A fight broke out at the residence and 18-year-old Kuriyan Summers-Dickinson stabbed a 20-year-old victim in the stomach.  The victim is from Rhode Island and was visiting his brother in Isla Vista for the …

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Julian Crocker’s Education Report


The Achievement Gap is the difference in student achievement, as measured by the tests on our state academic standards, between certain groups of students and other groups of students or the “average” student score.  Sometimes these gaps can be very significant, as much a 30+ percentage points.  Over the years, the three groups of students who show the greatest gaps …

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