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FIRST PERSON: Waiting for Morro

By Arijit Basu ~

How can you miss me when I’m not there? Such seemed to be the teasing of the mist rising from the head of Morro Rock. As we drove off, the squeaking of the sea otters were still lingering in our ears.

Photo-1The craggy coastline duets with the ocean, as the little dots on the beach keep rearranging themselves. I was waiting for Morro. And it was waiting for me in San Luis Obispo County.

The Central Coast of California, a region steeped in history from a time when its virgin lands were first being discovered and settled. The rolling hills of Paso Robles, the crystal clear waters of Pismo and Morro, and the charm of surf towns littered along the winding stretch of coastline, can make a Hemingway out of you, if you’re not too careful.

The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portola expedition, came down Los Osos Valley and camped near today’s Morro Bay on Sept. 8, 1769.

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Franciscan missionary and expedition member, Fr. Juan Crespi, noted in his diary, “We saw a great rock in the form of a morro.”

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One Arrested, One Sought in Los Osos Burglaries

By Neil Farrell ~

Los Osos Thieves Bay News-2-2Alert residents helped Sheriff’s deputies arrest a woman and are looking for her apparent accomplice, a man who ran away, on suspicion of several thefts in Los Osos.

According to Sheriff’s Department spokesman, Tony Cipolla, at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, June 30, deputies responded to a report of suspicious subjects in the 2300 block of Oak Ridge Dr., Los Osos, who reportedly were “prowling in a garage and several yards” in the neighborhood.

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COLUMN: A Letter to the Men in Blue

By David Buckingham ~

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Last week was a horrible week. In the midst of an apparently routine traffic stop in Minnesota, a white police officer shot and killed a black motorist with what appears from a distance to be very questionable justification.

The following day one African–America gunman ambushed police who were providing protection during a peaceful protest, killing five cops and wounding seven others.

Morro Bay is extraordinarily well-served by our women and men in blue, and a few observations on policing in Morro Bay is appropriate. Below is the full and complete text of a note I sent to our police officers the day after the Dallas attack.

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Man Charged with Alleged Murder of Roommate in Grover Incident

A Grover Beach man was arrested after investigators alleged he murdered a man who at first appeared to have died in a residential fire.

Manuel Jesus Perez, 41, was arrested on suspicion of murder after the Five Cities Fire Authority and the Grover Beach Police Department responded to a call on the 100 blk of N. 13th St. at about 6:20 a.m. on July 11 where they located a small fire contained to one apartment. Investigators also located one deceased adult male inside the residence.

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SLO Council Candidates Make Five

By Camas Frank ~

With the state and national primaries out of the way it’s time to get serious about SLO’s municipal election.

Two new candidates, Aaron Gomez, downtown business owner, and Mila Vujovich-La Barre a local middle school teacher, have filed their financial disclosure documents to run for SLO’s two open City Council seats.

That brings the candidate count to five for the Council, with Mayor Jan Marx currently running unopposed. The Mayor plans to hold a party to have her nomination papers signed later in the month.

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