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San Luis Obispo County

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San Luis Obispo Tribune reporters Lindsey Holden and Cassandra Garibay joined Jose Guzman at KTAS Telemundo in Santa Maria to discuss their upcoming investigative series on substandard housing conditions in SLO county.
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Thousands of local residents are out of work due to stay-at-home orders designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus — and that means many tenants are likely short on rent money.
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San Luis Obispo County’s beaches and vineyards make it an ideal destination for vacationers and wealthy Californians — but the workers who power the region’s economy don’t share that wealth.
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Near the gateway to the county’s wine country, hundreds of workers who toil in the fields and clean hotel rooms live in housing filled with mold and bedbugs.
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Sand dunes at a state recreation area popular with off-road vehicles on California's Central Coast is sending tiny dust particles miles inland, creating an ongoing crisis in air quality.
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Despite being for-profit institutions, Sierra Vista and Twin Cities Community Hospital lead the way in providing care to those less fortunate in the region.

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Records show that the financial troubles that forced the closure of Mee Memorial Hospital began as early as a year prior. Despite ambitions to deliver adequate patient care, the hospital's money problems continued to worsen.

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The declining quality of residential care facilities in San Luis Obispo county has led some local families to question whether they can be trusted with the care of their loved ones.

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Charlotte Byrne is a board member and former president of El Camino Homeless Organization, a grassroots, volunteer-based organization providing meals, shelter and other basic necessities to the homeless of northern San Luis Obispo County.

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