March, 2019

Popular Santa Barbara County photographer targets teens for pornography

A popular Santa Barbara County freelance photographer is accused of seeking out numerous underage girls for sex acts and for producing pornography. [Cal Coast Times] For years, Zachary Warburg, 28, has photographed fires, traffic accidents and community events, and his... (Continue reading)

County approves significantly reduced cannabis grow in Templeton

By KAREN VELIE A dispute over a proposed marijuana cultivation on York Mountain Road in Templeton ended Tuesday after the project applicant agreed to significantly reduce the size of the proposed marijuana cultivation. [Cal Coast Times] For the past six... (Continue reading)

Fugitive leads officers on high-speed chase on Highway 41

A wanted fugitive on a motorcycle led officers on a chase on Highway 41 in San Luis Obispo County Tuesday that reached speeds of more than 100 mph. [KSBY] At about 2 p.m., CHP officers tried to stop a speeding... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande approves $22.7 million Brisco Road project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Despite the city having financial woes, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted late Tuesday night in favor of the most expensive option for the long-debated Brisco Road interchange project. [Cal Coast Times] Just before midnight, the Arroyo... (Continue reading)

84-year-old Santa Barbara man convicted of sexual assault, molestation

An 84-year-old Santa Barbara man was found guilty by a jury on Monday of eight counts of child molestation, one count of sexual assault, and three counts of contempt of court for attempting to contact the victims. [Cal Coast Times]... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County files suit against opioid manufacturers

Joining a trend of coast-to-coast lawsuits against big pharma, Santa Barbara County is suing several pharmaceutical companies over their alleged role in creating rampant opioid addiction. [KSBY] Officials say the opioid prescription and death rates, as well as the number... (Continue reading)

SLO and Morro Bay’s murky claims about electricity provider

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT If you live in San Luis Obispo, come next January you’ll have a new electricity provider – unless you know to take the trouble to formally reject the change. Ditto Morro Bay residents.­ This has happened... (Continue reading)

Marijuana cultivation is a bad fit for York Mountain in Templeton

OPINION by KATHRYN MAUNO Regarding the proposed cannabis farm on York Mountain Road in Templeton, I have spoken with several representatives, including special agents, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program, the Condor Rescue, Ecological Services of... (Continue reading)

Manse on Marsh administrator pleads to elder abuse

The former second-in-command at the Manse on Marsh accepted a plea deal with state prosecutors that will likely enable him to avoid jail time over the 2014 death of a dementia patient who walked away from the San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Two people assaulted at the San Luis Obispo airport

A man whom authorities describe as a transient allegedly assaulted two people last week at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. [KSBY] On March 18, Robert Torres, 38, approached a man outside the airport’s main terminal, punched the man... (Continue reading)