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Debbie Arnold at the White House, Trump makes surprise appearance

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold attended a White House event for local government officials on Tuesday at which President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance and reportedly offered his assistance in tackling a variety of issues. [Cal Coast Times] The White House is anxious to work with local officials to […]... (Continue Reading)

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Nipomo man suspected of threatening to shoot up convalescent home

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Nipomo man who had multiple firearms on his property threatened to shoot up a Santa Maria convalescent home where his elderly mother was receiving care, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. [Cal Coast Times] On Thursday afternoon, Robert Clement, 56,made multiple angry calls to the convalescent home. Over the course […]... (Continue Reading)

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Deputies arrest 2 teens for burglary spree in Los Osos

By Josh Friedman A teen burglarized three Los Osos businesses this week and attempted to burglarize a fourth prior to getting caught and arrested, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is also accused of stealing a car, and a second teen is, too, in custody over a couple of the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Carrari family feud – The life and times of Joe Carrari

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about winemaker Joe Carrari, his family’s attempts to have him found incompetent, battles over a $50 million estate, accusations of murder and a home invasion that left two people in the hospital. Read the first in the series here. Joe Carrari distinguished himself as one of […]... (Continue Reading)

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Carrari family feud – The Christmas morning home invasion

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about winemaker Joe Carrari, his family’s attempts to have him found incompetent, battles over a $50 million estate, accusations of murder and a home invasion that left two people in the hospital. Vintner Joe Carrari thought the day could not […]... (Continue Reading)

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Jan Marx accused of breaking SLO campaign finance law

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A campaign finance complaint was filed against former San Luis Obispo mayor Jan Marx over multiple violations of campaign contribution laws she helped put in place. And while allegedly breaking election finance rules, Marx lectured her opponent on accepting contributions from donors Marx deemed questionable. On Wednesday, activist and government watchdog Kevin […]... (Continue Reading)

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Employee costs and pension liabilities accelerating in SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo’s unfunded pension liabilities have risen to $126 million, more than the rest of the cities in SLO County combined. After the bottom fell out of the housing market, the majority of cities in California tightened their budgets to work under reduced tax revenues while a few […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande mayoral candidate suing brother, sister and son

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Arroyo Grande mayoral candidate Richard Waller says he will be able to unite the community and bring civility to the council if he’s elected. Waller touts his family’s long-term ties to the community and his ability to promote open discussions. But a family fight over his mother June Waller’s estate has spilled […]... (Continue Reading)

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Grover Beach may help developer fund hotel project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN As a reward for potentially generating millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city, Grover Beach may financially assist a developer that plans to build a hotel on a site with no water and sewer connections. The developer is requesting a few forms of financial assistance which total more than $2 […]... (Continue Reading)

Ortiz-Legg has 2, not 1, criminal convictions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Assembly District 35 candidate Dawn Ortiz-Legg has been arrested and convicted twice, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court records show. Ortiz-Legg, who has attacked her opponent Jordan Cunningham for his criminal defense work, has opted to conceal her criminal record, or only partially divulge it, when asked about it publicly. San Luis […]... (Continue Reading)