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Cannabis grower Helios Dayspring and Tepusquet Canyon residents, who oppose his area operation, look at Santa Barbara County 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, who asked Dayspring a question during public comment at a Nov. 14, 2017, meeting. County supervisors were considering how to respond to state cannabis licensing information requests during a hearing in Santa Maria.

The owner of a Central Coast cannabis dispensary on July 28 agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after he reportedly evaded taxes and bribed a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor with more than $30,000 in exchange for favorable votes affecting his business. 

Helios "Bobby" Dayspring, 35, agreed to plead guilty to one count of bribery and one count of filing a false tax return for failing to report millions of dollars in income to the Internal Revenue Service, according to an agreement filed July 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 

Dayspring now faces up to 13 years in federal prison. 

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