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San Luis Obispo County general services director departs suddenly

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Administrator Dan Buckshi recently informed Janette Pell, director of the general services agency, that she no longer held her position, according to county sources. On Aug. 11, Buckshi announced in an email sent... (Continue reading)

Is San Luis Obispo investing wisely?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo’s investment committee agreed Thursday to propose minor changes to the city’s investment strategy, while rejecting several higher-yielding options. On June 30, San Luis Obispo’s investment fund contained $87.6 million. After factoring... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay hires new city manager amid employment dispute

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Morro Bay selected a new city manager the same day the applicant agreed to a settlement from a city that decided it did not want to hire him. The Morro Bay City Council unanimously selected retiring U.S.... (Continue reading)

Family seeking $22 million for KSBY manager’s death

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The family of a KSBY sales manager who was struck and killed by a vehicle in Shell Beach is seeking $22 million in damages. On Nov. 19, 2011, Tricia Rittger parked in a lot across from the... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly football players rob frat house

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo police arrested five Cal Poly football players, including the star of the team, early Sunday morning for robbing a fraternity house near campus. One of the players, 19-year-old Cameron Akins, a wide receiver, is... (Continue reading)

California Supreme Court rules voter initiatives exempt from CEQA

By STEW JENKINS and KAREN VELIE The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that land use planning by voter qualified initiative is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); even if a city council adopts the voter initiative to avoid... (Continue reading)

Battle takes shape over SLO sales tax renewal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo city sales tax initiative has a new name, and campaigns have kicked off both for and against the measure. Previously known as Measure Y, San Luis Obispo’s half-cent sales tax has taken on... (Continue reading)

Parkinson’s Navy

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Sheriff Ian Parkinson told San Luis Obispo County Supervisors in April that he needed an extra half million dollars to buy and operate a 27-foot Defender Class response boat to tow drug smuggling boats,... (Continue reading)

APCD ordered back into court over dust rule

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A California appellate court rejected an agreement Tuesday that could have settled the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s legal battle over its controversial Oceano Dunes dust rule. Adopted by the APCD board in 2011,... (Continue reading)

SLO County policy changes under fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County planners are attempting to strengthen a highly contested section of the county general plan that allows officials to restrict private land and water use in times of drought and other resource shortages. The... (Continue reading)



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