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Excelaron Loses oil exploration appeal

Excelaron lost its appeal of a local judge’s ruling that its $6.24 billion suit could be dismissed because it was not served on the defendant within a 90-day deadline. In its suit, Excelaron, argued that San Luis Obispo County officials... (Continue reading)

Cambria water rates could double

Cambria water rates could soon double if the community moves forward with an $8.8 million emergency water supply project. [Tribune] After a protest failed Thursday night, the Cambria Community Services District board voted unanimously to approve a major rate hike.... (Continue reading)

Fire breaks out by Oceano Dunes

A fire broke out close to the Oceano Dunes around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. [KEYT] The blaze occurred in an area of brush in the 300 block of Pier Avenue. Cal Fire and Five Cities firefighters responded and extinguished the flames... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach science center closes after employee arrested for embezzlement

A Grover Beach nonprofit has opted to temporarily close its science center after police arrested a former employee for forging checks and embezzling funds. [Tribune] Arroyo Grande resident Stacy Halvorsen, 40, is accused of forging two checks — one for... (Continue reading)

Atascadero teen facing arson charges

Atascadero fire investigators have determined a 14-year-old boy started two vegetation fires near Atascadero Lake Park on July 18. Shortly after 2 p.m., firefighters extinguished a grass fire on the 9100 block of Morro Road. While they were battling that... (Continue reading)

Chinese taking interest in Paso Robles wineries

Chinese investors have shown increasing interest in the California wine market over the last few years and are now targeting wineries in the Paso Robles region for purchase. [KSBY] China is now the fifth largest export market for California wines.... (Continue reading)

SLO Woman sues Chipotle over racist remarks

A woman who worked at Chipotle restaurant in San Luis Obispo filed a lawsuit that claims her former boss subjected her to racist discrimination for years. Janeka Samuels, a black woman, was fired in Oct. 2013 from her job after... (Continue reading)

Lonnie Curtis talks Oceano politics

Recently fired general manager and current candidate for the Oceano Community Services Board of Directors, Lonnie Curtis, spoke with CalCoastNews Tuesday about his candidacy and the state of Oceano politics. Curtis did not hide his distaste for the current board... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man arrested for child molestation

Paso Robles police arrested a 32-year-old man early Tuesday morning for molesting a 13-year-old boy. The juvenile victim came to the police department around 6:45 p.m. Monday to report that an acquaintance of his had molested him. Detectives quickly confirmed... (Continue reading)

Brown nominates Stanford Law school professor to California Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court. [Mercury News] Cuellar, known as “Tino,” is in line to replace Justice Marvin Baxter, who recently announced that he... (Continue reading)



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