July, 2019

SLO Tribune eliminating Saturday print publication

The SLO Tribune is slashing one day a week of print publishing after parent company McClatchy reported a net loss of $42 million in the first quarter of 2019. [Cal Coast Times] Starting in November, the 80-year-old newspaper will no... (Continue reading)

Key witness in SLO murder-for-hire trial on sex offender registry

The key witness in a murder-for-hire trial took the stand Tuesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court and admitted during cross examination that he is a convicted sex offender with a criminal history related to child pornography. [Cal Coast Times]... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles police arrest dental receptionist for prescription fraud

A dental office receptionist allegedly stole numerous prescriptions, which she filled out and sent through a pharmacy where her husband picked them up, according to the Paso Robles Police Department. [Cal Coast Times] At about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, a... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo remains silent on new electric providers

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT With the calendar running downhill to year’s end, the city of San Luis Obispo still hasn’t told us much about our New Year’s change of electricity providers, which they claim is a “choice” we made, despite... (Continue reading)

Rescuers searching for missing Santa Barbara County employee

Rescue crews are searching in the Los Padres National Forest for a Santa Barbara County employee who did not return from a three-day hike on time. [Cal Coast Times] Wesley Welch is a business manager and fiscal and policy analyst... (Continue reading)

SLO firefighter accused of threatening to shoot minorities

The San Luis Obispo man charged with hate crimes for allegedly threatening to shoot minorities moving into his neighborhood is a retired SLO city firefighter. [Cal Coast Times] Richard Orcutt, 62, worked for the San Luis Obispo Fire Department for... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief accused of dispersing misinformation

By KAREN VELIE Attempts by San Luis Obispo city administrators to limit and manipulate information about the police chief’s failure to retain her firearm has led the family of the man who found the gun in a bathroom stall to... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara teen arrested for murder of Rome police officer

One of the two teens arrested for a high-profile murder of a police officer in Rome is a Santa Barbara City College student, while the other is also from California. [KCOY] On Friday, 35-year-old Mario Rega, a member of Italy’s... (Continue reading)

Three people shot and killed at the at Gilroy Garlic Festival

A gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday evening, killing three people and wounding at least 12 others before being shot and killed by police. [Cal Coast Times] One of the victims who died was a six-year-old boy.... (Continue reading)

Geopolitical analyst Alex Alexiev, former SLO County resident, dies at 77

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Alex Alexiev, an accomplished geopolitical analyst who lived and worked in numerous locations around the world, including San Luis Obispo County, where he raised a family and resided for 15 years, died early Sunday morning in his... (Continue reading)