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SLO City Council Voted Against Rail Spur Project


The San Luis Obispo City Council voted Tuesday night to oppose the Santa Maria Phillips 66 rail spur project, which would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through San Luis Obispo. A letter will be sent from Mayor Jan Marx to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on behalf of the city council, …

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Guilty Verdicts in Vehicular Manslaughter Trial


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the guilty verdicts in the Vehicular Manslaughter jury trial in Santa Barbara County.  In Santa Maria, a jury found Daniel Garcia Castillo guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with methamphetamine as well as the special allegation of causing injury to more than one person.  Defendant Castillo …

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Whooping Cough in Santa Maria


A Righetti High School student has been diagnosed with Whooping Cough. The student is not attending school at the present time. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District was contacted by Santa Barbara County Public Health officials late Tuesday. Students, parents and staff have been notified. School officials are urging anyone experiencing Whooping Cough symptoms to immediately seek medical …

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Mail Thieves Arrested


Saturday Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of an individual stealing mail from a house on the Nipomo Mesa in rural Arroyo Grande. Based on the description provided by a witness, the Deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 1 and Halcyon Road. Deputies observed multiple items of opened and unopened mail in …

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SLO City Council Approves Building Hotel on Monterey Street


The San Luis Obispo City Council has voted to approve the building of a hotel on Monterey Street. The 102 room structure will sit behind Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub. The vote was 3-2 with Mayor Jan Marx and Councilman Dan Carpenter dissenting. The council did direct the applicants to make some changes, including those involving parking and landscaping.

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Homemade Incendiary Device Found Next to Home in Santa Maria


Santa Maria police were called Tuesday morning to the 300 block of East Grant Street where they discovered a homemade incendiary device next to a home. One suspect was arrested for throwing it there. He is 34-year-old Chad Ramos, who was in a fight with his girlfriend. The device didn’t go off because the fuse went out before it could …

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Cuesta College Hosts Symposium on Building Media Skills Into Career


Cuesta College’s Business and Entrepreneurship Center and Journalism Department present “Entrepreneurship & Media; Turn Your Passion Into a Profession,” a symposium on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus in room 5401. “This free seminar is for students and community members who are interested in turning their media skills into …

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SLO Police Chief Under Fire for Travel Expenses


San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell is under fire for travel expenses. He spent nearly 48 days traveling last year, including trips to study the homeless problem and trips involving the California Police Chief’s Association. On one of his trips, he charged the city for meals he bought for his family members so he is paying that cost of …

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Man Gives Himself Up Peacefully After Standoff


A man in Grover Beach gave himself up to police after five hours while holding them at bay with large kitchen knife. He apparently was causing a disturbance in front of his home on the 600 block of Trouville Avenue. Police responded, blocked off the street and attempted to negotiate with the man. He wasn’t arrested but was taken to …

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UCSB Conference for Potential Students


Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students looked forward to college years and careers at a UC Santa Barbara conference. The Early Academic Outreach Program’s “Education, Leadership, Career Conference” for 11th graders featured speakers, mini-mentoring sessions, panel discussions on educational pathways, career aspirations, internships that lead to professional opportunities and other topics. About 65 students from Righetti, Santa Maria …

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