February, 2019

The perverse lure of the new Progressives

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE What is the lure of the local new Progressive movement? As a Democrat most of my adult life, it’s hard to comprehend what’s become of the party that once attracted and welcomed me. As a... (Continue reading)

PG&E admits it probably caused the deadly Camp Fire

PG&E stated in a government filing Thursday that it believes it is probable the company’s equipment will be found to be the source of the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in California history. [CNBC] The filing... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach bank robber captured

A 44-year-old man who robbed banks in both Grover Beach and Long Beach while wielding a gun was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday, according to the FBI. [Cal Coast Times] The indictment charges Dino Tabar Trias, a transient... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara’s coastal vacation rental ban loses in court

A Ventura County Judge issued a tentative ruling last week striking down the city of Santa Barbara’s ban on short-term vacation rentals near the coast. [Cal Coast Times] In 2015, Santa Barbara officials decided to start enforcing a ban on... (Continue reading)

Teens suspected of taproom burglary in Cholame arrested

Two teens from Colorado — a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old — are suspected of a string of burglaries last week that started at the Mission Trail Cider House taproom in Cholame and ending after they were arrested in Monterey County.... (Continue reading)

Two pedestrians hit by a car in Santa Maria in about 30-minute span

In a span of about 30 minutes Wednesday evening, two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle in Santa Maria. [Cal Coast Times] First, shortly before 7 p.m., a vehicle struck a pedestrian in the 300 block of W. Main Street,... (Continue reading)

Robber chokes stranger with a rope outside Lompoc hospital

A robber violently attacked a man outside a Lompoc Hospital rendering the victim unconscious before robbing him in what police are calling a random attack. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 7 a.m, 36-year-old Long Lu walked up behind a man... (Continue reading)

Big rig crashes into wall at Pasolivo olive oil in Templeton

A big rig truck carrying glass jars to Pasolivo olive oil manufacturer crashed in rural Templeton Tuesday morning, resulting in a fuel leak. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 9 a.m., the driver of the big rig lost control while making... (Continue reading)

California Republicans elect new chair at divisive convention

During a convention in Sacramento over the weekend that highlighted divisions between ardent supporters of President Donald Trump and establishment-leaning Republicans pushing for a new, diverse California Republican Party, delegates elected the state party’s first female leader. [Cal Coast Times]... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach police seeking man who set off destructive device

Grover Beach police are seeking a person of interest related to “destructive” devices that were set off earlier this month in the South County city. [Cal Coast Times] At about 5:22 p.m. on Feb. 1, devices were set off in... (Continue reading)