Daily Briefs

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes $1.4 billion loan to keep Diablo Canyon open

By KAREN VELIE Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a $1.4 billion loan to PG&E to help the utility extend the life of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach for five to 10 years, he announced on Friday.... (Continue reading)

Cunningham bill targeting social media addiction dies in Senate

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A bill co-authored by Central Coast Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham that would have punished social media companies for creating platforms that addict children has died in the state Senate. Penned by Cunningham, a Republican, and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks... (Continue reading)

District 4 recount completed, hand count same as computer tally

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office has completed a recount of the ballots in the District 4 supervisorial race, resulting in the exact same vote totals as the initial tally. Arroyo Grande Councilman Jimmy Paulding unseated... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police seeking public’s help identifying thieves

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police released photos on Thursday of a man and a woman who allegedly stole a bicycle, in hopes the public will help identify the thieves, One photo shows a woman with a helmet walking... (Continue reading)

Former Twitter employee convicted of spying in Saudi bribe scheme

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A federal jury in North California on Tuesday convicted a former Twitter employee of spying for and taking bribes from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of scheme targeting dissidents and critics of the Saudi Royal... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County COVID cases continue steady rise, 2 new deaths

By KAREN VELIE For the third week in a row, the average number of new COVID infections in San Luis Obispo County rose slightly, according to the SLO County Health Department. SLO County reported two new deaths from the virus... (Continue reading)

North County distillery in hot water over hand sanitizer production

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A North County distillery that joined in the emergency hand sanitizer production effort in 2020 has come under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over chemical levels in their product. Calwise Spirits, located on Ramada... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County reports 2 new cases of monkeypox

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirmed two new cases of monkeypox, raising the number of cases in the county to three. The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has... (Continue reading)

Firefighters extinguish residential fire in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire damaged a house in Paso Robles Tuesday morning. A caller reported the fire burning at a home by the intersection of 18th and Chestnut streets at approximately 10:12 a.m. Paso Robles firefighters, Cal Fire personnel... (Continue reading)

Local group protests Hobby Lobby coming to SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby is preparing to open a store in San Luis Obispo, a location the Gala Pride and Diversity Center is urging shoppers to boycott. Hobby Lobby is planning on opening a store... (Continue reading)