Daily Briefs

Gas leak leads to evacuations in downtown SLO

A gas leak on the 800 block of Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo led to business evacuations and a partial road closure Wednesday...

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Grass fire at Topaz Solar Farm

A grass fire at the Topaz Solar Farm in San Luis Obispo County burned three acres on Wednesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. Shortly after...

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Are California cheerleaders denied minimum wage?

A bill awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature would require professional sports teams based in the state to pay cheerleaders at least minimum wage, as...

Santa Maria High School teacher Michael Smith
Santa Margarita man cops to child pornography charge

A Santa Margarita man and former high school teacher will serve jail time for a child pornography offense. [KSBY] Michael David Smith, 53, pleaded no...

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Discovered

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Go-Go’s singer to headline SLO Pride in the Plaza

By COLIN JONES Belinda Carlisle, lead singer for eighties, all-girl pop group the Go-Go’s, headlines ‘Pride in the Plaza’ on July 12 with a concert at...

David Broadwater
There’s a sinkhole in my chest

OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER, Salty waves burn my cheeks – boiled by the seething rage in my gut. I was 16 years old when four...

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Velie on KVEC tonight at 5 p.m.

With only 20 days left until former North County Developer Kelly Gearhart is sentenced for fraud, KVEC’s Dave Congalton and CalCoastNew’s Karen Velie will replay...

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Uncovered SLO

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SLO Laureate School shuttered, no warning to parents

By KAREN VELIE Parents attempting to drop their children off on Wednesday morning at the Laureate School in San Luis Obispo were informed the owners...

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Judge asks why Cuesta Title was not indicted

By KAREN VELIE During the first day of former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, Gearhart’s attorney attempted to paint his client as a...

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Kelly Gearhart blames lenders, claims he is a victim

By KAREN VELIE Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart contends that employees of Heritage Oaks Bank and Hurst Financial were primarily responsible for defrauding more...

Supervisor Adam Hill
Supervisor Hill threatens state employee

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill chastised and threatened the job of a state geologist who is critical of the science...

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Opinion

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Sanitation district should not yield to Ogren’s outrageous demands

OPINION By MAYOR JIM HILL As a member of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board, I am committed to minimizing costs and...

Peter Scheer
Secrecy surrounding pay and benefits mocks democracy

OPINION By PETER SCHEER Local officials talk a good game about government transparency and accountability. And while city council members and county supervisors often go...

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PG&E contractor trashes garden

OPINION By PEG PINARD A few days ago I received a call from Manuel, from Davey Tree Co., saying that they would be trimming the...

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