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Courtesy of Five Cities Fire Authority

At the end of February, when Arroyo Grande city staff floated the idea of leaving the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) in San Luis Obispo County, it threatened the future of fire services for the city, as well as Oceano and Grover Beach. This week, the Arroyo Grande city council decided the fire department shouldn’t disband yet. And now all three communities served by the FCFA—Arroyo Grande, Oceano and Grover Beach—have six months to come up with funding plan all agree on.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney filed charges Thursday against a San Francisco man for raping a minor this summer in Cayucos.

Richard Brooks, 38, is in custody and charged with 16 counts including forcible rape and sodomy of an unconscious 17-year-old girl.

The most serious crime leveled against Brooks is that of Human Trafficking of a Minor for a Sex Act, which carries a possible 15-years-to-life sentence in state prison.