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Paso Robles property owners win water rights battle

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

By KAREN VELIE A group of Paso Robles property owners won a major court battle in their war against several water purveyors who contend they have notoriously taken water from the Paso Robles Basin for at least five years and now... (Continue reading)

Haggens files $1 billion lawsuit against Albersons

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By KAREN VELIE Haggen, a Washington-based chain of grocery stores, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking more than $1 billion in damages against Albertsons. In Dec. 2014, Haggen bought 146 Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores. Shortly after the purchase, many... (Continue reading)

Sanitation board shuffle costing ratepayers

Mary Lucey

By JOSH FRIEDMAN It is often a mystery who will appear behind the dais at the next South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board meeting, and the shuffling of representatives is coming at a cost to ratepayers. All three... (Continue reading)

1001 Ashley Madison users in SLO County

Ashley Madison

By CALCOASTNEWS STAFF In San Luis Obispo County, of the 1001 participants on the hookup website Ashley Madison, 978 are men and 23 are women. The largest single occupation for local users is lawyer followed by doctor. Users include pastors,... (Continue reading)

Mission Prep bedeviled by lawsuit, Reagan trip sexual misconduct

Mission Prep

By KAREN VELIE Officials at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo announced last week there will not be a junior varsity football team when the season begins next week, leaving many to question why. This fall, Mission Prep will be... (Continue reading)

SLO County goofs, then threatens the messenger

Lee Collins

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The head of the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services threatened a citizen with prosecution for revealing a privacy breach caused by county workers. Last month, a county social services worker forwarded an email to... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district wiped away records, audit finds

John Wallace

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Four and a half years of accounting data were wiped away from South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District computers under the leadership of John Wallace, a former IRS investigator alleges. In May, the sanitation district board... (Continue reading)

SLO tale of falsified documents, code violations and water theft

John Belsher and Ryan Petetit

By KAREN VELIE Editor’s note: This is the second in an exclusive series about developers Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, their development projects, their failures to abide by building requirements, legal troubles, and unpaid monies owed to subcontractors and investors.... (Continue reading)

Mountain lion chews off Cayucos man’s hand

Steven Weaver

By KAREN VELIE A large mountain lion was spotted near the mauled body of a Cayucos man Saturday evening on Hang Glider Hill near Gilbert Avenue. Shortly after 7 p.m., several of his neighbors watched Steven Weaver, 63, walking his... (Continue reading)

Plane crash victims’ questionable pasts

Santa Barbara plane crash

By KAREN VELIE Exclusive: The two men identified in a plane crash in the backcountry of Santa Barbara have been identified as a San Diego pilot and a businessman, both of whom have questionable backgrounds. The pilot, David Keith Martz, 58,... (Continue reading)

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