February, 2018

Man attacked Chumash security guard before being shot and killed

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by a Chumash Casino security guard early Tuesday morning as a Santa Barbara resident who was permanently banned from the casino property. Prior to being shot and... (Continue reading)

Five people arrested in public corruption scheme

After discovering the Panoche Water District was illegally disposing of hazardous waste, a state audit was mounted that found widespread corruption and misuse of public funds. [Cal Coast Times] The California Attorney Generals Office announced Thursday that five current and... (Continue reading)

Student with toy gun leads to Templeton school lockdown

Templeton High School was briefly placed on lockdown Friday morning after a student brought a toy gun to campus. Shortly before 8 a.m., a student observed a classmate carrying a weapon, which based on its color and composition, appeared to... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita man charged with starting the Hill Fire

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old man and registered sex offender with starting last year’s Hill Fire near Santa Margarita that destroyed four homes including actor Johnny Galecki’s ranch. [Cal Coast Times] David Lynn Macagni of Santa... (Continue reading)

Fact check: Did SLO County ban investments in marijuana farms?

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors did not vote Tuesday to “tweak the county’s marijuana ordinance,” to disallow selling application rights, despite claims by the Tribune and a marijuana consultant. While it takes at least four votes to... (Continue reading)

Is SLO City Council ignoring the public and the Brown Act?

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT Just two weeks after approving a compromise bicycle plan for the Broad and Chorro corridor that sought balance between residents’ needs and bikers wants, San Luis Obispo’s City Council, in an hour-long non-agendized public hearing, threw... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles teacher reports sexual harassment, then demoted

A Paso Robles teacher who reported that a male colleague inappropriately touched two female students and used a racial slur in class has sued the district. After reporting the allegations, the teacher faced harassment and was ultimately demoted, according to... (Continue reading)

Bicyclist crashes into car in rural Arroyo Grande

A bicyclist suffered major injuries after colliding with a vehicle Wednesday afternoon in rural Arroyo Grande. [Cal Coast Times] At about 3 p.m., the driver and the bicyclist were traveling on Huasna Road when the bicyclist turned left towards Lopez... (Continue reading)

Depression is not an excuse for deception

OPINION by STEW JENKINS On Feb. 10, the Tribune ran San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s letter touting depression as his excuse for misbehavior. Depression and deception both start with the letter “D,” Mr. Hill, but depressed people are... (Continue reading)

Arming school staff could prevent tragedy

OPINION by JODY LANGFORD Predictably, after every mass shooting, most recently the tragedy in Florida, the same anti-gun talking heads spew the same talking points. They call for “reasonable” gun laws and blame the NRA and the “gun culture” for... (Continue reading)