June, 2019

Fire displaces residents, destroys Heritage Ranch house

A fire destroyed a Heritage Ranch house on Monday and spread into nearby vegetation, burning 4.3 acres of wildland, according to Cal Fire. At about 3:30 p.m., a fire was reported burning at a two-story home located at 2760 Saddleback... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County supervisors accused of catering to cannabis interests

Santa Barbara County has become the unlikely capital of California’s legal pot market, and two of the county’s supervisors are facing allegations that they have been catering to people in the marijuana industry who have donated to their campaigns and... (Continue reading)

SLO County promoting marijuana over hemp

By KAREN VELIE While growing and selling marijuana is legal in San Luis Obispo County, officials are planning to place a temporary moratorium on the growing of industrial hemp in part to protect the county’s budding marijuana industry. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Two people stabbed on Sunday in Santa Maria

Violent altercations on Sunday in Santa Maria left two men suffering stab wounds, one taking place in the morning and the other at night. [KSBY] At about 8:30 a.m., a man was stabbed in the chest on Newlove Drive. The... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly awards Carson Starkey a degree posthumously

Cal Poly awarded a degree posthumously to Carson Starkey, the victim of a 2008 fraternity hazing incident, at the university’s graduation ceremony held over the weekend. [Cal Coast Times] Starkey, 18, an Austin, Texas native, died on Dec. 2, 2008,... (Continue reading)

A wasted, empty gym in Cayucos

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 The middle school built this state-of-the-art... (Continue reading)

Motorcyclist killed in crash with big rig in Santa Maria

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a semi-tractor trailer truck Saturday afternoon in Santa Maria. Shortly after 1 p.m., callers reported a crash on North Broadway near Preisker Lane and Highway 101. Emergency personnel then pronounced the motorcyclist... (Continue reading)

Couple suspected of committing suicide in Goleta parking lot

Investigators suspect two elderly people found dead in a vehicle parked in Goleta Thursday afternoon took their own lives, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department. About 1 p.m., emergency personnel found the couple in a vehicle parked on a... (Continue reading)

Sheriff’s office employee identified as victim of crash with Cal Poly student

The 43-year-old Los Osos man who died in a crash early Wednesday morning that also killed a Cal Poly student was Anthony Au, a cook for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. [Cal Coast Times] At about 2:30 a.m.,... (Continue reading)

Atascadero ATM thieves also suspected of stealing school vans

Atascadero police have caught the men who allegedly tried to steal an ATM from a bank last month. Investigators also suspect the men recently snatched two vans from the Atascadero Unified School District. [Cal Coast Times] At about 10:30 p.m.... (Continue reading)