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High speed, high cost for rail system

A double-digit hike in costs of California’s proposed high speed rail project will be revealed in a report today. [SacramentoBee] Estimates now top $98 billion for the plan, which would eventually move passengers through the Central Valley between Southern California... (Continue reading)

103-year-old tombstone falls on Paso Robles girl

Attorneys for the Paso Robles Cemetery District are battling over who is responsible for maintaining tombstones after an aged-grave marker fell on a four-year-old Paso Robles girl breaking her ankle. Last year, Heather Wolcott was visiting the Paso Robles Cemetery with... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal of the month, tardy officer

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper chased a speeding vehicle Oct. 11 as it weaved through traffic at speeds of 120 miles an hour, reporting to dispatchers that her quarry was a Miami police car. [Miami Herald] When the chase ended... (Continue reading)

Bank sues Rottman Group over Atascadero projects

A Central Coast bank filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the Rottman Group for defaulting on a $6.2 million debt related to the Atascadero Annex project. [PacificCoastBusinessTimes] On Oct. 18, Montecito Bank & Trust filed a lawsuit in Santa... (Continue reading)

Waage urges council to reject dunes study

A Pismo Beach city councilman wants his colleagues to agree on Tuesday to ask the San Luis Obispo County air-quality board to reject a proposed rule to regulate fugitive dust emissions at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Park. The... (Continue reading)

County orders Occupy SLO to leave courthouse grounds

County officials ordered Occupy SLO protesters to stop spending the night at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse property, where they've been encamped for the past two weeks. Officials posted letters signed by SLO County Administrator Jim Grant at the encampment... (Continue reading)

Click! California Photo Festival, event photos section two

The second annual Click! California Photo Festival is the largest photography event on the Central Coast. More than 200 photography buffs attended the five-day event that included more than 170 classes, workshops, seminars, countywide photo shoots and networking events. Find... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo motel tied to British murder case

A British tabloid is reporting that U.S. marshals are investigating a link between San Luis Obispo and a sensational murder trial in England. [Daily Mail] Vincent Tabak, a 33-year-old Dutch architectual engineer, is accused of strangling to death Joanna Yeates,... (Continue reading)

Auditor finds sex offenders living in foster homes

The California State Auditor discovered more than 1,000 sex offenders have the same addresses as licensed foster homes, according to a report released Thursday by the state auditor. In July, the auditor asked Social Services to investigate the address matches.... (Continue reading)

We need a commonsense guest worker program

OPINION By JOHN SALISBURY A report on our Citizen wine grape picking crew. After a “Call to Arms” for local unemployed citizens to pick grapes that started in our monthly column in the Avila Community News and our blog inthevines.com,... (Continue reading)