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Nipomo Farmers Abandon Plan to House Workers


The plan to locate more than 100 strawberry pickers in a residential neighborhood in Nipomo is abandoned by growers Greg and Donna France. The controversial plan by the Santa Maria growers abandoned after a suspected arson and continued threats to the project site.  The Frances bought seven homes in a Nipomo residential neighborhood. They planned to put 16 pickers in …

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Railspur Discussions Continue Tomorrow


Tomorrow, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission continues discussion of the Santa Maria Oil Refinery expansion to accommodate more rail transport of crude oil. Protestors came from all over California to tell planning commissioners about so-called bomb trains and reasons why the Santa Maria refinery should not be allowed to accommodate more oil trains. Currently, the oil is shipped …

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Day of Hope Fundraiser Was a Success


The 3rd annual “Day of Hope” fundraiser a success in Santa Maria. More than 500 volunteers lined the streets of Santa Maria, Orcutt and Nipomo. They sold newspapers for $1 each to raise money for the Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria. It will take a few weeks to total yesterday’s fundraising efforts, but organizers expect this year surpassed …

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Today in Sports


The Cal Poly baseball team preparing for tomorrow’s game at Hawaii. Long road trip for the Mustangs today. The Cuesta baseball team plays this afternoon at Moorpark Cuesta softball hosts Santa Barbara City College In high school baseball St Joseph plays at Atascadero In softball, Arroyo Grande plays at Atascadero Each game begins at 4:30 this afternoon. In the NBA, …

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SLO County to Allocate Funds for Affordable Housing and Homeless Programs


San Luis Obispo County agrees to allocate $2.5 million for affordable housing and homeless programs.  In a lengthy hearing yesterday before the Board of Supervisors, homeless advocates and workers testify that the lack of affordable housing units is a significant issue. The county will receive nearly $800,000 of the community development block grants. Some of that money will help disadvantaged …

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Homeless Man Pleads No Contest to Burglary Charges


A homeless man pleads no contest to charges of commercial burglary in Morro Bay. 20-year-old Alec Stephenson was shot in the leg by a police officer.  That’s after he struck an officer with a 4-foot-long stick near Morro Rock. Earlier that day, Stephenson allegedly broke into a thrift store on Quintana Road. A witness said he heard Stephenson talking about …

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Lenny Jones Reaches Plea Bargain


As a result, the former Arroyo Grande citizen of the year will serve at least 14 years in prison. The real estate professional was accused of child molestation at a birthday party at his home one year ago. He’s one of several former Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year to end up in legal trouble.

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Discussions Continue This Week Over Farm Worker Housing


Discussion continue this week over controversy over the Nipomo farm workers housing. A Santa Maria grower wants to place about 112 strawberry pickers in seven homes on Mads Place in Nipomo.  Each 3 or 4-bedroom home would house 16 strawberry pickers. Neighbors are opposed to the density. The farmer says it’s no different than a college dormitory, but neighbors say …

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Judge Upholds Murder Charge Against Illegal Alien


A judge upholds a murder charge against an illegal alien who shot and killed a Cal Poly graduate as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last summer. 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot dead by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had entered the US illegally five times. Shortly before the shooting, Lopez-Sanchez was transported to San Francisco to face drug …

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Santa Maria Teachers Demonstrate at District Board Meeting


Last night, about 100 school teachers demonstrated at the school district’s board meeting. Negotiations in the Santa Maria school district are deadlocked. Union leaders say teachers want a pay raise of 12% over the next two years. The district is offering a four percent “ongoing raise.” A fact finding hearing has been scheduled for May 5th. Teacher plan to meet …

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