April, 2019

Judge approves PG&E’s $235 million employee bonus plan

A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved PG&E’s plan to award $235 million in bonuses to approximately 10,000 employees this year. [SF Chronicle] PG&E regularly pays bonuses to about 40 percent of its workforce as part of the employees’ annual compensation.... (Continue reading)

SLO City Manager calls employee’s behavior appalling

San Luis Obispo City Manager Derek Johnson called the actions of a city employee during a fight at an Avila Beach bar “appalling” and said that he takes his obligation to the public very seriously. Johnson also said that he... (Continue reading)

Man accused of killing his mother in Grover Beach for money

An Indiana man allegedly stabbed his mother to death in her Grover Beach home in order to steal her will and sell off her assets, district attorney’s office investigators testified on Monday. [Tribune] On Oct. 25, 2018, Grover Beach police officers... (Continue reading)

PG&E seeking to raise rates to cover losses from wildfire issues

PG&E requested permission from the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Monday to hike rates, which would result in the average household’s electricity and natural gas bill increasing by $22.67 a month. [Sac Bee] Currently in bankruptcy over the massive... (Continue reading)

Bounty hunter captures armed, naked fugitive in Paso Robles

Editor’s Note: The following article and video include language some may find offensive. By KAREN VELIE After tracking a fugitive for three weeks, bounty hunter Richard Dunbar found the bail jumper holed up in a hideout in Paso Robles last... (Continue reading)

Is SLO County staff working to reduce public participation?

By JULIE TACKER As a countywide government watcher from Los Osos, I have been expecting the long-awaited Morro Bay sewer plant proposal to make its way through San Luis Obispo County’s approval process and perhaps to the California Coastal Commission.... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles shifts to district voting system

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Paso Robles City Council voted last Tuesday to finalize a shift from an at-large electoral system to by-district voting, a move that is intended to appease a lawyer who threatened the city with a lawsuit over... (Continue reading)

Woman killed in Oceano crash identified

The woman killed in a five-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Friday night has been identified as Narcissa Lichtman, 44, of San Jose, according to KSBY. At about 7;30 p.m., a group of people were following... (Continue reading)

Fire destroys car in Arroyo Grande, video

FCFA and @CALFIRE_SLO responded to a vehicle accident with fire in vegetation SB 101 / Grand. Thankfully all occupants out of the car and ok! #fivecitiesfire #arroyogrande #groverbeach #oceano #calfire_slo pic.twitter.com/TttKgl9egT — Five Cities Fire (@5CitiesFirePIO) April 21, 2019 A... (Continue reading)

SLO residents try to fight house fire, do not succeed

A pair of San Luis Obispo residents attempted to extinguish a fire in their granny unit using cups of water on Saturday, but they did not succeed, and they ended up displaced by the blaze. [KSBY] Shortly before 4 p.m.,... (Continue reading)