Hearings Continue for Oil Pipeline


At previous hearings on the rail spur project, San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioners heard from opponents to the proposed rail spur- many of whom traveled from all over the state to San Luis Obispo. Yesterday, the planning commission heard from more than 100 steelworkers and Phillips 66 employees who work at or near the refinery. Phillips 66 wants to …

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Former Coach Pleads No Contest to Sexual Abuse Charges


A former girls softball coach in Nipomo pleads no contest to sexually abusing a girl repeatedly over six years time.  Robert Bergner will spend at least 18 years in state prison.   The 51-year-old Bergner was facing 126 charges. Bergner accepting a plea bargain in San Luis Obispo Superior Court yesterday.

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Firefighter Critically Injured Fighting Brush Fire


An inmate firefighter critically injured yesterday while fighting a small brush fire in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. The female firefighter was struck by a large rock that fell about 100 feet from the hillside above. It struck her on the head. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital. The ten-acre fire was contained by late afternoon.

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Daylight Savings Time May Be a Thing of the Past


Are you tired of springing forward and falling back? Proposed legislation introduced in Sacramento would eliminate daylight savings time.  The bill would let voters end the bi-annual time change.  Assemblyman Kansen Chu of San Jose says the time change correlates with an increase in workplace accidents.  Another study indicates it does not limit energy consumption. Assembly Bill 2496 would end …

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Water Savings in California is Back Sliding


The goal is to reduce water consumption by 25%. But since the start of the year, the savings locally is below that in many local communities. Cambria water users reduced consumption by 33%. Nipomo by 29%. And Arroyo Grande by 28%. But Morro Bay’s reduction was 20%, which is consistent with the previous six months. Pismo Beach was 17%, Paso …

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Today in Sports


Tonight, the Cal Poly Mustangs baseball team is hosting UCLA at Baggett Stadium.  The Mustangs won four games against Pacific last weekend.  Beginning tonight, Poly opens a three game series against UCLA sandwiched around a game versus Michgan. UCLA for three games. Michigan for one tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team hosting UC Santa Barbara for the …

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Phillips 66 Hearings Resume Today


Today, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission resumes public hearings for the proposed new rail spur at the Santa Maria refinery. Hundreds have protested, scores have already testified. The public comment continues today. The hearing for the expansion of the rail spur at the Santa Maria refinery getting underway this morning at the San Luis Obispo County Supervisors chambers.  …

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Voting Continues for Potential Water District


According to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk recorder’s office, those who support the Paso Robles Water District are big operators who have raised six times as much money as those who oppose the water district. Those in favor of measure a have raised $120,000. Those opposed are mostly small landowners and local businesses. They have raised only $20,000. The …

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Lawsuit Against Morro Bay Couple Allegedly Planning to Block Path to Beach


A lawsuit filed in Morro Bay against a couple with ocean front property.  The suit alleges their plan to build a home on their land would block a longstanding pathway to reach Morro Strand Beach. The group filing the suit is calling itself “Save The Park.” It’s led by Betty Winholtz, who is running for mayor. She says the construction …

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Smart and Final Extra to Open in San Luis Obispo


Smart and Final Extra opens on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo. It’s the first of three new extra stores to open locally. Those three stores going in where Haggen Supermarket store. The Smart and Final store on Lower Higuera has closed. It operated in San Luis Obispo for 57 years.

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