May, 2019

California Senate votes to approve marijuana banks

The California state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday in favor of creating special banks and credit unions to work with marijuana businesses. [Cal Coast Times] Currently, most banks shy away from marijuana businesses out of fear of running afoul of... (Continue reading)

California forges ahead with health care for illegal immigrants

California’s governor, state Assembly and Senate are pushing for extending government-funded health care coverage to illegal immigrants, though they currently differ on how to go about doing so. [NBC News] Gov. Gavin Newsom, who campaigned on a platform of universal... (Continue reading)

Walking the town Cayucos with Wilbur

Editor’s Note: The following series, “Life in Radically Gentrifying Cayucos by the Sea,” to be posted weekly includes the notes, thoughts, and opinions of an original American voice: author Dell Franklin.  By DELL FRANKLIN I keep running into this very... (Continue reading)

Witness in SLO murder for hire case may not testify

A San Luis Obispo judge is expected to rule Tuesday whether or not to postpone a murder-for-hire trial centered around allegations brought forward by a man in London, who now is reportedly struggling to obtain a visa to enter the... (Continue reading)

SLO Tribune’s wildly varied circulation numbers

For a journalism contest, the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s circulation was less than 15,000. For advertisers, the Tribune’s readership is more than 122,000. [Cal Coast Times] On its website, the Tribune is reporting 27,408 in daily circulation and readership of... (Continue reading)

SLO bowling alley developer faces new lawsuits

One of the two brothers who was behind the failed San Luis Obispo bowling alley project is facing a lawsuit alleging he cheated an investor in the project out of $500,000, as well as other claims related to credit card... (Continue reading)

Parents alarmed by use of Roundup at Lucia Mar schools

Amid an ongoing debate over whether the weed killer Roundup causes cancer, some parents have become outraged upon learning that the Lucia Mar Unified School District has been using glyphosate-based Monsanto products on school grounds. [KCOY] A sign placed at... (Continue reading)

Regulators order TCE polluter near SLO airport to remediate

By KAREN VELIE After a lengthy investigation, the water board has determined the source of toxic levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) found in groundwater near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, according to a remediation order. TCE is an industrial... (Continue reading)

Judge rules El Campo intersection work can begin, lawsuit continues

By KAREN VELIE A Sacramento judge ruled Thursday that Caltrans can begin safety improvements on Highway 101 at four points between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo, despite an ongoing lawsuit. [Cal Coast Times] Caltrans had scheduled construction to begin on May... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man convicted of sexually assaulting intoxicated woman

A jury convicted an Atascadero man on Friday for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman at the Atascadero Lake Park. [Cal Coast Times] On June 18, 2017, David E. Ardebili, 40, saw the woman walking alone and enticed her into getting... (Continue reading)