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Five Cities firefighting costs escalating

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach and the community of Oceano merged their fire departments in 2010 with the intent of saving money, but the resulting Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) may soon cost residents... (Continue reading)

Lady Gaga’s Hearst pool filling not OK with state

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Lady Gaga’s much publicized video-taping gig at Hearst Castle Feb. 11 had everything a fan of the singer could imagine — music, dancing, plastic swans, fake flowers, and a giant seashell — everything, it seems except proper... (Continue reading)

Nuanced definitions muddy water debate

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County supervisors are preparing the framework for facilitating a North County-based water district even while advocates scramble to describe what such a district would, or could, do. A widening rift over... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay officials shut down business competitors of council members

By JOSH FRIEDMAN (Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about allegations of abuse of power and selective enforcement of laws in Morro Bay. Several videos, showing police and planning staff interacting with people who have business interests... (Continue reading)

Paso water group wields major-league muscle

Eyes on your water: Second in a series of reports on the North County’s festering water politics. A list of the top 30 land owners over the Paso Robles aquifer is available below this story. By DANIEL BLACKBURN Some of... (Continue reading)

Los Osos sewer bid award costs residents and local jobs

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Los Osos residents will have to foot a bill for nearly $2 million beyond expected costs and local electrical workers will lose thousands of man-hours because San Luis Obispo County staff recommendations were approved by the board.... (Continue reading)

High speed pursuit suspect hit by a truck

By KAREN VELIE A 39-year-old man who evaded Arroyo Grande police during a high-speed chase on Tuesday was hit by a truck while fleeing San Luis Obispo police on Wednesday. San Luis Obispo police officers discovered Arroyo Grande resident Cameron... (Continue reading)

James Miller pleads guilty, daughter gets immunity

By KAREN VELIE Former Hurst Financial President James Miller agreed to plead guilty to a four-count criminal complaint under an agreement that his daughter Courtney Brard will not be prosecuted. Miller, 63, pled guilty in 2011 to charges of mail... (Continue reading)

Is water banking in SLO County’s future?

Eyes on your water: First in a series of reports on the North County’s festering water politics. By DANIEL BLACKBURN Little San Luis Obispo County is poised to become a major player in the West’s high-stakes water future, even while... (Continue reading)

Larry Allen receives contract extension amid Forbes dispute

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Two days after Forbes Magazine published a commentary highlighting the high pay of San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) head Larry Allen, the APCD board approved a contract extension for the district chief. On... (Continue reading)



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