Monterey County

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Increased numbers of blue jelly fish—known as velella velellas—are washing up on Central Coast beaches according to scientists with California State Parks. Reports out of Southern California show a similar situation.

This summer the large colonies have been spotted at several state beaches in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

"The numbers have been large enough over the past several weeks to get people’s attention," said Vicky Waters, Deputy Director for Public Affairs with California State Parks.

Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties all saw the median price for homes jump significantly in the latest year-over-year sales figures.

San Diego-based DataQuick says Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties had gains of more than eight percent, while Monterey County jumped nearly 12 percent for July.

The year-over-year number of homes sold is down in all three counties with Santa Barbara County seeing the largest drop.

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The park rangers patrolling Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio—located along the Monterey-San Luis Obispo County line—are in danger of losing their jobs.

A total of 14 park employees have been handed the pink slips by the Monterey County Parks Department. Monterey County runs the lakes, including Nacimiento which is physically in San Luis Obispo County. 

The drought has drastically altered the revenue created through boating and camping fees, making supervision of the lakes a financial drain.

Unemployment rate continues to drop on Central Coast

Jun 23, 2014

The unemployment rate continues to fall along the Central Coast with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties down to 5 percent for the month of May.

Monterey County's rate is higher at 7.4 percent, but that's down more than a full point from a year ago.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties have consistently been among the top performing locations in the state in terms of job growth, following the recession.

California's overall rate is 7.1 percent, which has also seen a downward trend this year.

Transit Unlimited Wiki

Students grades k-12 will have a free ride this summer on public transit throughout San Luis Obispo County. They just need to show their school ID in order to take any fixed route without having to pay cash.

The program includes RTA, SLO Transit, South County Transit, Paso Express and Morro Bay Transit.

Monterey-Salinas Transit offers a youth pass for $38, which is good for rides throughout the summer.

Santa Barbara County does not currently offer a summer student deal.

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