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Oceano sewage spill much larger than originally reported

Documents attached to emails obtained by CalCoastNews indicate that a sewage spill last December dumped 3 million gallons of raw sewage into Oceano neighborhoods, beaches and the Pacific Ocean, more than 30 times what was originally reported. [PDF] On December 19,... (Continue reading)

State finds fraud and deception at sanitation plant

After a lengthy investigation, the state determined the director of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District operated the plant “using fraud and deception,” according to a letter of proposed disciplinary action from the State Water Resource Control Board. Specifically,... (Continue reading)

Grocery store debate continues in Arroyo Grande

After much controversy, developer Nick Tompkins is again on the Arroyo Grande City Council agenda in another attempt to get approval for a proposed grocery store at East Grand Avenue and South Courtland Street. Council members are scheduled to revisit the... (Continue reading)

Local agencies violate open meeting law

Requests to allow public access to meetings of a local committee formed to examine the air quality at the Oceano dunes were primarily ignored until one of the states leading authorities on open meeting laws warned the committee that they... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police chief’s settlement raises questions

Atascadero city officials released a settlement agreement Wednesday that says both the city and Police Chief Jim Mulhall “wished to end his employment,” even though they previously said Mulhall was retiring in order to spend more time with his family.... (Continue reading)

In Atascadero, how much pay is enough?

Like controversial developer Kelly Gearhart, who evidently manipulated the rules to get his projects formally approved, Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney apparently did the same thing to inflate his benefit package to be the highest for a city official in... (Continue reading)

SLO Mayor admits her role in anti-Dalidio development campaign

San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx answered more questions Monday following a CalCoastNews exclusive report, published last Thursday, which revealed her involvement in the closely guarded campaign to prevent the development of Ernie Dalidio’s 131 acres of San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police chief steps down suddenly

Atascadero police Chief Jim Mulhall resigned Friday claiming he was stepping down in order to spend more time with his family, according to a city press release. However, several sources told CalCoastNews earlier in the week that Muhall had been... (Continue reading)

State probe casts a shadow on new San Luis Obispo mayor

A three-year state investigation into the funneling of cash and gifts to the campaigns to stop Ernie Dalidio’s proposal to develop his San Luis Obispo farmland has revealed that the city’s newly elected mayor, Jan Marx, was part of the... (Continue reading)

Aggressive marijuana busts prompt protests

Medical marijuana advocates plan to protest against what they claim were aggressive and uncalled for raids on local cannabis delivery services at a rally planned for Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 a.m., in front of the San Luis Obispo County... (Continue reading)



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