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Unemployment 5.29.2020

Because of the government-imposed shut down, unemployment in San Luis Obispo county is now 13.7%. That’s up from 3.8 percent in March. In April of 2019 it was 2.6%. Over the past month, most local hotels occupancy rates fell below 20%. 1900 county residents lost their jobs. The state’s rate of unemployment because of the…

Pandemic Fraud 5.29.2020

The corona-virus pandemic has led to fraud by public officials and opportunists. This week, a company files a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo superior court alleging that seven individuals and four companies were involved in the conspiracy to defraud the business. Bandana Trading Inc says it lost one half million dollars. They ordered one million…

Covid-19 5.29.2020

San Luis Obispo county reports two new coronavirus case yesterday. That brings the total to 268 residents out of a population of 285 thousand. Of those cases 23 are recovering. Still only one death, an 86-year-old man who was battling cancer. Of the 268 cases in the county, 243 have fully recovered. 20 are recovering…

Mid State Fair Cancelled For 2020 – 5.29.2020

The California mid-state fair is canceled for 2020. The board voting yesterday to cancel the fair because state regulations prohibit mass gatherings. The vote was unanimous. The board is forming a task force to address the financial impacts of the cancellation. They are also working to accommodate livestock auctions and other events affiliated with the…

North County Weather 5.28.2020

Mostly sunny but cooler, highs this afternoon in the low 90’s. SWw winds 15-25 miles per hour. Tonight, clear skies, lows in the mid 50’s. SSW winds 10-20 miles per hour. Tomorrow, sunny with some clouds but cooler. Highs in the low to mid 70’s. SW winds 15-25 miles per hour. The extended forecast calls…

In Sports 5.28.2020

Major league baseball players are disappointed with a proposal to reduce their pay this year because of the government imposed shut down. Some players will lose more than 77% of their salaries. A new plan shared Tuesday would allow players to keep 90% of their salaries up to $563 thousand dollars. That’s the major league…

Estrella Warbirds 5.28.2020

Estrella Warbirds Museum is scheduled to reopen today. The museum closed back on March 16th. After closely monitoring the evolving state of the corona-virus, and implementation of safeguards to protect visitors, staff and the community, it was determined that the museum can safely reopen. It’s open from 10-4 Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Estrella…

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Oil Drilling 5.28.2020

The Bureau of Land Management is giving the go ahead for oil drilling at the base of the Caliente mountains in eastern San Luis Obispo county. It would be the only new drilling within the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Gavin Newsom signed legislation prohibiting new oil and gas development on state lands. President Trump has…

Hair Salons & Retail Reopening 5.28.2020

Meanwhile, hair salons and retail businesses are reopening. Many are wondering when governor Gavin Newsom will allow gyms to reopen. Supervisor Lynn Compton says business should prepare to reopen now. The government officials who closed the businesses are now saying they feel the pain of those who lost their savings. Tom Frutchey is the city…

Fires and Such 5.28.2020

Another hot one today in the north county, but about ten degrees cooler than yesterday. The hot weather party responsible for fires. Last night, a fire burned about one thousand acres at Camp Roberts. Fire crews battled the blaze all night. The fire is now contained. It started around 3:15 yesterday afternoon and quickly jumped…