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Oceano general manager fired with cause

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Editor’s Note: A video of Lonnie Curtis reacting to his termination is at the bottom of this article. Curtis tells CalCoastNews to record his remarks, then says it does not have the authorization to film him. The... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Adam Hill demands Forbes Magazine retraction

By KAREN VELIE Battling back against a storm of negative publicity following a Forbes Magazine commentary, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill has demanded a retraction from the national publication. Hill accuses Forbes columnist Steven Hayward of making up... (Continue reading)

Torres defamation suit tossed

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) director of homeless services Dee Torres has lost her slander case against Mike Brennler, a private investigator who had been working with CalCoastNews on news articles about abuses of the homeless. San... (Continue reading)

Gibson strong arms public comment

OPINION By JULIE TACKER We live in a country where free speech is coveted, but here in “San-Gibson-Obispo County” such freedoms are under fire. In the wake of the untimely death of Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Paul Teixeira,... (Continue reading)

Los Osos battle over McDonalds turns ugly

During a land use advisory committee meeting on June 13 set to discuss a proposed McDonalds to be built in Los Osos, people cursed and yelled at those with differing opinions. About 100 attendees rallied against the proposed 24 hour... (Continue reading)

California Public Record Act threatened by stealth amendments

REQUEST from the FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is gravely threatened by stealth amendments revealed for the first time yesterday as part of a “trailer bill” to the new state budget. Instead of the relatively minor... (Continue reading)

Oceano does background checks on activists

UPDATE: An attorney from the law firm of Hall, Hieatt & Connely explains why his firm ran a check through Westlaw’s PeopleMap at the bottom of this story. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Oceano Community Services District’s former manager... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly gay makeout session goes viral

A woman preaching anti-gay sentiments at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo was rendered speechless when two students began kissing. The kiss was caught on video Tuesday and posted on YouTube where it has received more than 314,000... (Continue reading)

First Amendment case threatens public employee unions

OPINION By PETER SCHEER Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It’s not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments’ resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. It’s not state initiatives to restrict collective bargaining... (Continue reading)

Oceano under fire for Brown Act violations

By KAREN VELIE One of the leading open government attorneys in California served the Oceano Community Services District with an order last week to cease and desist violating the Brown Act or face litigation. The Ralph M. Brown Act, passed... (Continue reading)



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