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Proposal for New Homes Around Vineyards Denied


The proposal to build 82 homes surrounding the vineyards at Latetia Winery is denied by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. The vote to deny was 3-1.  Commissioner Jim Harrison cast the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Eric Meyer abstained. The developer is expected to appeal the decision to the full board of supervisors.

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Paso Robles Volunteers Providing Free Tax Service


Again this year, volunteers in Paso Robles are providing free tax service for seniors and others who need help. Mike Cussen and Stan Marquis started the volunteer service several years ago.  Each is a retired CPA. They’re joined by many other volunteers who are trained to help others do their taxes. To get an appointment, call the Paso Robles Senior …

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Orcutt Teachers Asking for Raise


Teachers in Orcutt want higher wages.  Wednesday night, dozens of teachers in the Orcutt educators association rallied for a pay increase.  The district and the OEA declaring an impass after six sessions of negotiations. They’ll next meet with a state appointed mediator to try to break the deadlock. The teachers say they earn less than a teacher with the same …

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Big Day for Santa Maria Girl Battling Cancer


Another big day for 12-year-old Lexi Brown of Santa Maria, who is battling cancer for the second time in her life. Tomorrow, boxer “Terrible” Terry Norris is holding a cancer awareness fight workout and brunch for Lexi in North Hollywood.  Lexi has also received support from Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and rapper LL Cool J. She also …

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Valentines Day Across the Central Coast


To many on the Central Coast, Valentines weekend means wine tasting. Some take escorted tour by the Wine Wrangler in Paso Robles or some other wine tour company. Others prefer to spend the afternoon at their favorite winery from the Edna Valley to Paso Robles. Special events are being held at wineries up and down the coast.  Graveyard Vineyards has …

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Coastal Commission to Dismiss Executive Director


At the Morro Bay Community Center last night, a decisive vote by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners voting 7-5 in closed door session to dismiss Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester. The vote coming after more than six hours of public comments from environmental activists from throughout California. More than 500 showed up for the meeting. One commissioner commented about threats …

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Morro Bay City Council Will Not Limit Political Speech


Back in January, the city attorney cautioned the council against allowing members of the public to make announcements about seeking political office.  That’s after a former council member announced plans to run for mayor. The council has decided to reopen that opportunity.

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Homeless Donation Meters


Do you ever put money in a homeless meter? The donation stations were installed to reduce aggressive panhandling in San Luis and Santa Maria. Homeless meters installed in San Luis about two years ago have generated more than $13,000. In Santa Maria, four meters have generated about $18,000 over the last year.  The City of Santa Maria would like to …

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Laguna Lake is Filling Up


Water is returning to Laguna Lake.  The dry lake bed is now mostly inundated by the recent rainfall.  A small island still emerges from Laguna Lake.  Some neighbors are calling it “Isla Island in Laguna Lake.”

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County Supervisors Developing Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance


By this time next year, it’s likely the recreational use of marijuana will be legal in California.  Voters will vote on an initiative in November.  Currently polls show a majority of voters approve of legalization.  Yesterday, San Luis Obispo County Supervisors directed staff to develop an ordinance for cultivation like those in other California counties. Among those to speak before …

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