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SLO City orders PB Companies to tear down project

John Belsher and Ryan Petetit

By KAREN VELIE The City of San Luis Obispo has shut down a construction project by PB Companies, a finance and investment firm. On Sept. 30, San Luis Obispo Assistant City Attorney Jon Ansolabehere sent a certified letter to Belsher... (Continue reading)

Los Osos GM overpaying herself, payroll shows

Kathy Kivley

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In less than two full years on the job, Los Osos Community Services District General Manager Kathy Kivley has overpaid herself by more than $4,000, the CSD payroll shows. A recent audit of the district found Kivley... (Continue reading)

SLO County Sheriff’s K9 attacks officer

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department K9 tasked with catching a fleeing car thief in Arroyo Grande attacked a California Highway Patrol officer on Tuesday who, too, was pursuing the suspect. Officers then charged... (Continue reading)

Tribune columnist is a paid lobbyist

Tom Fulks

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A regularly-featured columnist for San Luis Obispo County’s daily newspaper, who is a vocal critic of a controversial rail spur project proposed by Phillips 66, is a paid lobbyist for at least two entities poised to benefit... (Continue reading)

State employee demoted after crossing Gibson

Supervisor Bruce Gibson is an advocate for lessening the public's water rights.

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Succumbing to pressure from San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, the California Geological Survey has demoted a state geologist who is critical of the science behind a contested local air pollution regulation. The demotion has prompted feuding... (Continue reading)

Another SLO City clerk departing

SLO City Manager Katie Lichtig

By JOSH FRIEDMAN As with finance directors, city clerks have been prone to departing San Luis Obispo after brief stints with the city under the leadership of City Manager Katie Lichtig. Shortly following the resignation of finance director Wayne Padilla,... (Continue reading)

Water district opposition growing, may sink plan

David Church

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A county commission pushed forward a proposal to form a Paso Robles water regulatory district Thursday while its top executive deflected assertions that more than a thousand letters of opposition have been kept from public view. The... (Continue reading)

Cambria is running out of time and money

Cambria Pond

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Cambria Community Services District has just two and a half months before it will begin operating in the red, according to the district’s latest projections. Cambria is currently strapped for cash as it tries to get... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police officer arrested for DUI


A California Highway Patrol officer arrested a San Luis Obispo police officer Wednesday morning for driving under the influence and then released him without booking him into the county jail. At 2:22 a.m., a CHP officer discovered Travis Morris, 32,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach chief’s dishonesty claims rejected again

Grover Beach Police

CORRECTION: The attorney hired to assist on the case against Sonny Lopez does not work for Grover Beach City attorney Martin Koczanowicz’ personal law firm as Lopez and his  had previously asserted.  By KAREN VELIE For the fourth time, an... (Continue reading)

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