Newspaper of the Central Coast • SanLuisObispo.com THE TRIBUNE Home delivery: 800-288-4128 San Luis Obispo County, California IN LOCAL, A3 ATASCADEROJOINS SIGNFIGHTATLAST Lon Allan expresses gratitude for city’s efforts to clean out violators $1.00 Tuesday, March 24, 2015 IN HEALTH, S3 NCAA TOURNAMENT | IN SPORTS, S1 REMATCHES PART OF NCAA SWEET 16 PETRIFIED OFPEOPLE? HERE’S HOW TO GET HELP UCLA will get another shot at knocking off Gonzaga H w y s . 4 1/4 6 N o rt h C o u n t y ————————— BLACKLAKE GOLF COURSE Head-on collision kills two; one hurt Two pickups crash near the spot where James Dean was killed in 1955 By Matt Fountain [email protected] Two men are dead and a third is in a local hospital with moderate injuries after a violent head-on crash early Monday morning where Highway 41 meets Highway 46 east of Paso Robles — near the same location where actor James Dean died. The CHP said in a news release Monday that the agency received a report of a fatal crash at 6:50 a.m. According to the CHP, a Ford F-350 pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 46 where it meets at a Y-intersection with Highway 41, which then continues northeast. The driver of the pickup — identified Monday afternoon as Charles Hutchinson, 47, of Paso Robles — had begun to make a left turn onto Highway 41 when he failed to navigate into the entrance of the highway by about 80 degrees, instead traveling directly into the TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JOE JOHNSTON Golfers take to the links at Blacklake Golf Course in Nipomo on Monday. Nipomo plan to get vote Supervisors to consider adding a hotel, 100 homes and cutting back golf course By Kaytlyn Leslie S [email protected] an Luis Obispo County super visors are set to consider a request today that would pave the way for a 120-room hotel and up to 100 new homes at Blacklake Golf Resort, while removing about 23 acres from the 58acre golf course. The request would also allow up to 80 retirement units to be added to the Nipomo housing development and relocate the existing clubhouse to Willow Road. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether it will au- thorize a specific plan, general plan and land use ordinance amendment for the 515-acre resort and residential development. The authorization would allow resort owner Rob Rossi to begin the environmental review process on his redevelopment plans, before bringing them before the county Planning Commission on an as-yet-undetermined date. The redevelopment plans are an effort to attract more visitors to the resort, which has seen a dwindling number of golfers and poor profits in the 15 years since Rossi bought the resort. At a February meeting of the South County Advisory Council, which acts as an advisory body to the Board of See BLACKLAKE, Back Page See CRASH, Back Page ————————— Paso Robles bookkeeper suspected of embezzlement Denna Carol Serda, who turned herself in, may have taken at least $700,000 from a local manufacturing company, police say By Matt Fountain [email protected] who turned herself in to the Paso Robles Police Department on Friday. She was booked into County Jail on Friday on suspicion of felony grand theft exceeding $950 as well as forger y, and the county District Attorney’s Of- Denna fice is con- Carol sidering fil- Serda ing additional criminal enhancements for taking property exceeding $50,000, aggravated white collar crime exceeding $100,000 and the denial of probation for a crime exceeding $100,000. Rehner would not identify the nonprofit or the private A Paso Robles bookkeeper was arrested last week on suspicion of embezzling at least $700,000 from a local manufacturing business over a period of six years and possibly embezzling money from the Nor th County youth sports nonprofit where she was treasurer for about seven years. Police say they are still investigating whether the nonprofit suffered any losses. Denna Carol Serda, 56, was arrested after an investigation that included a Feb. 5 search of her Paso Robles home and a subsequent review of her personal bank accounts, according to Paso Robles police Sgt. Tod Rehner. As a result of their investigation, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Serda, See MONEY, Back Page ELECTION2016 ‘Gr e e n’ Powe r ————————— Cruz sets sights on conservatives State’s push for clean GOP senator, the ﬁrst to join the race for president, says he aims ‘to reclaim the Constitution’ By Maria Recio McClatchy Newspapers LYNCHBURG, Va. — Ted Cruz launched his quest for the presidency Monday with a strong pitch to evangelical Christians, a bloc of voters often influential but seldom decisive in the competition for the Republican presidential nomination. “Today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States,” the first-term Republican senator from Texas told an enthusiastic audience of young daughters looking on. Cruz, the first to jump into the race, eschewed such traditional backdrops for a campaign launch as a hometown or an early voting state in favor of Liberty. “God bless Liberty University,” Cruz said in his opening remarks. “I am thrilled to be here today at the largest Christian university in the world.” Founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty is a ASSOCIATED PRESS religious institution where Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters, Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, appear on students must attend thrice weekly convocation gatherstage after he announced his campaign for president ings (previously known as Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. chapel) to hear speakers 10,000 at Liberty Universi- is the time for liberty. It is such as Cruz, and where rety, in the foothills of Vir- the time to reclaim the Con- ligious pop music plays on ginia’s Blue Ridge Moun- stitution of the United speakers throughout the tains. States,” he added, with his “It is the time for truth. It wife, Heidi, and their two See CRUZ, Back Page energy has problem: nowhere to store it Until California builds up storage capacity, renewable energy may be wasted or curtailed By Chris Megerian Los Angeles Times 90 minutes, clean energy production was slashed 1,142 megawatts, enough electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes, while dirtier power from less flexible sources stayed on to keep the system stable. It was the largest curtailment of green energy last year, according to grid operators, and it highlights a hurdle for Gov. Jerr y Brown’s plan to increase the FOLSOM — On a quiet Sunday morning last April, power plants were pumping far more energy into California’s electricity grid than residents needed for their refrigerators, microwaves and television sets. So officials made an odd request in a state that prides itself on leadership in renewable energy: They asked wind and solar plants to cut back their output. 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