December, 2017

Atascadero officials vote against competitive bidding

During an Atascadero City Council meeting in November, city staff and officials claimed it would cost $150,000 and take about three years to allow for competitive bidding for the city’s garbage collection contract, costs and time constraints that appear overstated.... (Continue reading)

SLO considers raising taxes and marijuana to cover budget deficit

San Luis Obispo City staff is recommending that city officials agree to raise property taxes, promote marijuana businesses, reduce services and increase employee benefit contributions in an attempt to address an $8.9 million budget deficit. [Cal Coast Times] Amid declining... (Continue reading)

Toddler injured in hit-and-run in SLO

A search is on for a driver who struck a 3-year-old pedestrian in San Luis Obispo on Friday and then fled the scene. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 5 p.m., a man driving a white Ford F-250 hit a 3-year-old... (Continue reading)

Thomas Fire triggers new evacuations in Santa Barbara County

The Thomas Fire has scorched more than 173,000 acres and has moved into Santa Barbara County, according to a Sunday afternoon report from Cal Fire. Air quality alerts have been issued for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.... (Continue reading)

Mission College Prep administrator back on leave

An administrator accused of assaulting a student at Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School in San Luis Obispo was placed on administrative leave after his alleged victim was granted a temporary restraining order. [Cal Coast Times] On Nov. 3, Russ... (Continue reading)

SLO Food Bank shut down for food quality issues

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has shut down the SLO Food Bank’s warehouse because of issues with food safety and for operating without a valid processed food registration permit. [Cal Coast Times] On Nov. 27, a state investigator... (Continue reading)

Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder of Cal Poly grad

A San Francisco jury acquitted a Mexican national Thursday of murdering Cal Poly grad Kate Steinle, prompting an angry reaction from President Donald Trump and other federal officials. [Cal Coast Times] In July 2015, Steinle, 32, was walking with her... (Continue reading)