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Daniel Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn is editor of KCCN.tv

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How would state seize Paso Robles water basin?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN What would it mean if the state should ever assume responsibility for and control over the Paso Robles water basin? State officials have authority of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) to act in cases of over-drafting of any of California’s numerous water basins. With two of this county’s supervisors […]... (Continue Reading)

Gibson attempts to turn Paso basin over to the state

Editor’s Note: A video of San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson asking to give the state control of the Paso Robles basin follows the article. By DANIEL BLACKBURN One of the most outspoken advocates of a failed North County water district plan, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, said Tuesday he believes control […]... (Continue Reading)

Subterfuge stalked Paso Robles water district plan

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Any post-mortem of the failed effort to form a water district in the North County needs to start with Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and his resounding snub to thousands of the regions’ residents. Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) sponsored legislation enabling the million-dollar election, despite clear indications that the district proposal was immensely […]... (Continue Reading)

Big money backing Paso’s water district plan

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A North County electorate widely divided by a proposed water district plan will decide the issue in just two weeks amid a flurry of last-minute campaigning by both sides. The proposal has been a contentious one since it blossomed in 2014. Like many water resource-related matters, it is somewhat complicated and vulnerable […]... (Continue Reading)

Who benefits from a water district?

More than two years ago, CalCoastNews published the first of a three-part series, “Eyes on Your Water,” examining the people, the politics, and the provable prevarications behind the proposed Paso Robles Basin water district. The series, written by Senior Correspondent Daniel Blackburn, reported on the movers and shakers promoting the district plan — some of […]... (Continue Reading)

Report: Water district plan endangers basin’s future

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A new, wide-reaching state law ostensibly intended to “sustain” water basins throughout California actually opens the door to privatization of the Paso Robles aquifer, according to a recently released report. Writing for the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal, authors Adam Keats and Chelsea Tu conclude that the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act […]... (Continue Reading)

Judge questions overdraft of Paso Robles basin

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A North County group of landowners seeking adjudication of water rights have gained a significant foothold in their quest to acquire “quiet title” to their properties overlying the Paso Robles Water Basin. Ruling tentatively in a case brought by Paso Robles vineyard owner Cindy Steinbeck and 200 other individuals and entities, San […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill zeroes in on broadcaster Dick Mason

By DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill apparently has selected his next target for his unique brand of vitriol: veteran radio newsman Dick Mason. Mason is set to take over the morning news assignment at KVEC/920 on Jan. 18. Mason, let go from station KKJL a day before New Years’ Eve, discussed […]... (Continue Reading)

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No rush for Paso Robles water district board slots

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Days away from a Friday deadline, only six people have thus far indicated they will compete for nine open seats on a proposed Paso Robles-area water district board, a controversial proposed district which itself has yet to be authorized by voters. More potential candidates likely will surface before the end of the […]... (Continue Reading)

Petetit out as PB Companies’ CEO

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A local developer accused of attacking and beating his live-in girlfriend is “stepping down” from his position of PB Companies chief executive officer. Prosecutors have charged Ryan Petetit with felony false imprisonment, felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of disabling a wireless device. He remains […]... (Continue Reading)

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