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John Lindt

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Carbajal lost Lompoc following armpit remark

By John Lindt, Sierra 2 the Sea Election results are still rolling in but it looks like Santa Barbara Supervisor Salud Carbajal will be our next congressman replacing the retiring Lois Capps. The latest vote count in the district that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and a small portion of Ventura County... (Continue Reading)

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New construction down in SLO County

By Sierra 2 the Sea publisher John Lindt New home construction and commercial building activity in San Luis Obispo County has slowed dramatically during the first eight month of 2016, according to Construction Monitor. This year, builders received 295 permits for single family homes. A number that is less than half of the 695 new... (Continue Reading)

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Cal Poly seeking to build 18.5 acre solar farm

By John Lindt, Sierra 2 the Sea Cal Poly is seeking to build a five-megawatt solar farm on their land located on the east side of Highway 1 near the California Men’s Colony. Plans are for the solar farm, with 1,500 solar modules, to be built and operating within a year, said Joel Neel, Cal... (Continue Reading)

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Santa Maria company plans to lay off 168 employees

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra 2 the Sea Santa Maria’s largest private employer, French-owned Zodiac Aerospace, will lay off 168 workers on June 22, according to a state notice published this week. The company employs about 1,800 workers in Santa Maria. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, Zodiac Aerospace revenue in... (Continue Reading)

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Morro Bay working to localize water supply

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra 2 the Sea Morro Bay currently gets about 87 percent of its drinking water from the State Water Project, but now the city is looking to desalination and aquifer recharge to replace imported water. Instead of counting on uncertain and perhaps unreliable imported water in the future, on May... (Continue Reading)

Sports Authority closing SLO store

By JOHN LINDT The Sports Authority chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday after missing a $20 million interest payment earlier this year. The sporting goods retailer plans to close 140 of its 463 store including its store on Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Store will begin “everything must go” sales in the next... (Continue Reading)

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Santa Maria farms laying off 878 workers

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra2theSea Some strawberry fields are not forever. El Dorado Berry Farms, a family owned and operated farming company which has grown its own strawberries and raspberries in California for more than eight years, permanently closed down its operations in Santa Maria and Los Alamos “due to economic reasons,” according to... (Continue Reading)

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Bidders vying for Central Coast Haggen locations

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra2theSea Central Coast Haggen grocery stores are among those locations being auctioned off this week in Los Angeles through the bankruptcy court. Last year, Haggen grew to 164 locations after it purchased 146 stores from Safeway and Albertsons, but then failed to turn a profit. In September,  Haggen announced plans... (Continue Reading)

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Avila Pier repairs estimated to cost $12.2 million

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra2theSea The Central Coast loves their iconic wooden piers as witnessed by the generous community support to repair the aged Cayucos pier scheduled to reopen in time for Halloween after two years of being closed. Through multiple sources including county funds, some $3.5 million was raised to do the repair... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos retail space tied up in bankruptcy

By John Lindt, publisher of Sierra2theSea Los Osos shopping center manager Clayton Gambril said the Haggen space on Los Osos Valley Road is tied up in the bankruptcy proceedings now that the Washington-based chain has filed Chapter 11. The loss of the tenant has created at least a temporary obstacle for plans to upgrade and... (Continue Reading)

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