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Arroyo Grande man sentenced in embezzlement case

An Arroyo Grande man was sentenced on Thursday to three years in state prison for stealing $113,000 from the Santa Barbara County Firefighters Union. [Independent] A 20-year-veteran of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Robert Perez was elected by the... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande could become charter city

The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place an initiative on the November ballot that will allow voters to make Arroyo Grande a charter city. [Tribune] Becoming a charter city allow Arroyo Grande officials to draft their own... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach should remain a general law city

OPINION By WALT FRENCH As a taxpayer who has lived in Grover Beach for 20 years, and a fiscal conservative, I am disturbed by the movement to convert our city to a new “charter” form of government. Since our city... (Continue reading)

Supervisor candidate Clift scores major union endorsements

Muril Clift, candidate for the District 2 San Luis Obispo County supervisor seat, won the endorsements of three major unions and an agricultural group during the past two weeks. Clift’s endorsements by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local... (Continue reading)

California judge rules public employees have vested rights to pensions

A California judge ruled Monday that employees of the city of San Jose have vested rights to their pension benefits. [Mercury News] Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas struck down part of a 2012 pension reform measure that... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach again pursuing charter

The Grover Beach City Council may ask voters to reconsider adopting a charter. [Tribune] In 2012, a ballot measure that would have transformed Grover Beach into a charter city failed by a difference of four votes. But, on Monday, the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo city attorney’s brother-in-law gets a job without any competition

CLARIFICATION: Ted Green is Christine Dietrick’s brother-in-law. By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo city officials provided a job to a key employee’s brother-in-law without making the position available to current city employees or the general public. City... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande Hospital employees protest poor wages

Arroyo Grande Hospital employees held a protest on Saturday against Dignity Health over lower than market wages. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, say they want the same pay as Marian Regional Medical Center and French Hospital Medical Center... (Continue reading)

Pepper-spraying former cop wants workers’ comp

A bullying campus cop who pepper-sprayed protesters at a UC Davis demonstration in 2011 has applied for workers’ compensation, claiming he was psychologically warped by widespread angry reaction to the resulting viral video. (San Francisco Chronicle) John Pike was a... (Continue reading)

Capitol lobbyists are big spenders

If you have ever wondered how much money is spent annually by capitol lobbyists to influence politicians and help write a constant flow of proposed legislation, this new database will provide some answers. (Sacramento Bee) The newspaper reports that $564... (Continue reading)



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