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California Valley sprouting pot farms

More than 100 pot farms of varying sizes and levels of sophistication have quietly sprung up in the California Valley, with little or no effort to conceal what likely are legal growing operations. Photos by Daniel Blackburn

  By DANIEL BLACKBURN Isolated and sparsely populated California Valley, on the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo County, is parched, flat terrain, part of the largest remaining native grassland in California.  And now it’s becoming known for the widespread... (Continue reading)

Cambria manager gets raise despite financial discrepancies

Cambria General Manager Jerry Gruber

Editor’s Note: The CalPERS audit is at the bottom of the article. By JOSH FRIEDMAN A series of financial blunders committed by the Cambria Community Services District have surfaced over the past year, including in a recent audit that discovered... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man allegedly molested multiple children

Jason Robert Porter

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police arrested Jason Robert Porter early Saturday morning on 23 charges related to the alleged sexual molestation of multiple local children. At 1 a.m. today, officers arrested Porter on charges of oral copulation or penetration... (Continue reading)

CalCoastNews turns to GoFundMe for legal defense fund

GoFundMe

As some of our loyal readers know, CalCoastNews and its founders have been fighting a lawsuit since publication of a 2012 article about a San Luis Obispo County public agency, the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) and one of its... (Continue reading)

Arrest of Paso Robles alleged pedophile supports mother’s struggle

Robert Porter

For years, Tina Swithin fought to keep her brother-in-law away from her children, but the court forced her to allow some visitation at the family’s home in Paso Robles. Last month, her former brother-in-law, Jason Robert Porter, 44, was caught... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit further exposes Resnick’s plans to clear cut oak woodlands

Hardham Ranch reservoir under construction.

A lawsuit filed in 2012 provides a peek into how Justin Vineyards, a company owned by Beverly Hills billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick, clear cuts oak woodlands while constructing massive reservoirs that drain underground water sources in order to continue... (Continue reading)

Hill changes course on homeless, Torres-Hill gets funding

Dee Torres and Adam Hill

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill has altered his stance on solving the county’s homeless crisis, shifting from advocating for a new shelter to pushing for permanent housing. Hill’s stance has changed as his wife, Dee... (Continue reading)

Former police chief’s son suspected of counterfeiting, burglary

Lisa Solomon

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police caught a break in a counterfeiting case when officers recognized a man videotaped passing a counterfeit bill at a CVS Pharmacy as the son of former chief of police Lisa Solomon... (Continue reading)

Friends of Oceano Dunes awarded $378,273

Oceano Dunes 4

By KAREN VELIE The court awarded Friends of the Oceano Dunes $378,273 on Wednesday for attorney’s fees and court costs for litigation the group filed objecting to the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Board’s (APCD) dust rule. Of... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit accuses PB Companies principals of fraud and deception

Oak Knoll Homes

Editor’s Note: The lawsuit by Jonathan and Crystal Westbay against PB Companies, Alder Partners, Ryan Petetit and Russ Sheppell is at the bottom of this article. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN PB Companies principals engaged in fraud and deception... (Continue reading)



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