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City Council Meetings Throughout Central Coast

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Tomorrow night, Morro Bay City Council to discuss the operation of the existing wastewater treatment plant.  They’ll also review a parking management plan.  And they’ll revisit an ordinance banning medical marijuana operations except for a primary caregiver or qualitied patient. Atascadero City Council to discuss an ordinance banning medical marijuana cultivation facitilies, dispenseries, commercial activities and deliveries.  They’ll also discuss …

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Gasoline Tax Revenue is Down in California

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And that’s impacting funding for mass transit. State transportion officials announcing plans to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years.   The 38% decrease approved by the California Transportation Commission the same day Governor Jerry Brown called on the legislature to approve new taxes for transporation projects.   A proposal by assemblyman Jim Frazier, …

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Tamale Festival Brings More than 7,000 People

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Tamale festival organizer Terry Banish expected about 1,000 people Saturday at Atascadero Lake Pavillion, but more than 7,000 showed up.  As a result, they ran out of tamales halfway through the four hour event. The Atascadero City Council and supervisor Debbie Arnold judged the tamales.  They awarded Steven Sullivan of Paso Robles first place as tamale maker.  Sullivan owns Shav …

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Jerry Brown Calls for Fees and Taxes to Pay for New Roads

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Governor Jerry Brown calls for special vehicles fees and higher fuel taxes to pay for new roads in California. Democrats support the move, but Republicans argue that it would be better to take money from the bullet train project. The governor says the state needs $77 billion dollars for road repairs. He did not mention his increasingly unpopular 68 billion …

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Cal Poly Proposing to Build New Apartments for Faculty

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Cal Poly is proposing to build up to 420 condo-style apartments on campus for faculty and staff. The new homes would be built near the Grand Avenue entrance to the campus.The high cost of housing in the San Luis Obispo area is impacting recruiting staff and faculty. The 15-acre development would be a partnership between the university and a private …

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Tamale Festival Gets a New Location

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The wet weather moves the Tamale Festival in Atascadero.   The event is to be held at the Pavilian at Atascadero Lake from noon to four tomorrow. It was originally scheduled to be held at the Sunken Gardens.   The event will feature homemade tamales from different vendors. There will be a mariachi band and dancing. For those who like to eat …

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Savor The Central Coast Will Not Be Returning

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Savor the Central Coast has run its course. The four day food and wine event was held at the Santa Margarita Ranch for six years.  It will not return. Sunset Magazine initially created and sponsored the event.  In recent years, Visit San Luis Obsipo County took a greater role in the event. Visit San Luis Obispo County is now looking …

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Golden Eagle Released After Being Injured by Power Lines

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Yesterday, Pacific Wildlife Care released into the wild young golden eagle. The eagle was injured when it struck a power line on Highway 58 earlier this week. Pacific Wildlife Care nursed it back to health. The eagle was released at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

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Corruption Alleged in the South County Sanitation District

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At its meeting last night, the Sanitation District Board received the Knudson Report on alleged corruption at the district since 2010.  It includes allegations that the district allowed coliforms to enter the ocean near the Pismo Pier, which made surfers ill.  Several surfriders identified and tracked that problem. The sanitation board adopted all the report’s recommendations and agreed to send …

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Possible Homeless Shelter Crisis Due to El Nino

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The inclement weather has motivated the homeless services oversight council of San Luis Obispo County to ask county supervisors and local municipalities to declare a shelter crisis. Several warming centers are open in San Luis, Atascadero, Tempelton, and the Five Cities area. The council would like local municipalities  and board of supervisors to address the crisis facing homeless shelters caused …

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