July, 2019

SLO County supervisors extend temporary hemp moratorium

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to extend a temporary moratorium on the growing of industrial hemp for 12 months with Supervisor Bruce Gibson dissenting. [Cal Coast Times] In California, 25 counties have passed... (Continue reading)

Lying in Trash trailer: Shedding light on SLO County misconduct

By Cal Coast Times Staff Seven years ago, a CalCoastNews article led to a lawsuit that forever reshaped the lives of its authors, their families, and its subjects. Following a $1.1 million judgement against CalCoastNews and reporters Karen Velie and... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay awards pot shop permit to political donor

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following the lead of Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo, the city of Morro Bay has awarded one of its marijuana dispensary permits to Natural Healing Center, a business owned by local pot mogul Helios Dayspring, a... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief fined $1,600 for losing her gun

As punishment for losing her gun in a restaurant bathroom, San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell must forfeit approximately $1,600 in pay, according to an announcement by the city of SLO. [Cal Coast Times] At about noon on July... (Continue reading)

Suspect charged with manslaughter in death of Nipomo man

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors charged a Northern California man on Tuesday with manslaughter and DUI, for allegedly causing a fatal head-on collision in Nipomo. [Cal Coast Times] Aleksandr Moiseyev, 28, of Aptos faces a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter... (Continue reading)

Man injured after being ejected from SUV on Cuesta Grade

A man suffered major injuries after his Toyota SUV rolled over at the top of the Cuesta Grade Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire. [Cal Coast Times] At about 6:25 p.m., the driver was traveling northbound on Highway 101 when... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo man charged with hate crimes

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed 10 felony charges along with an enhancement for hate crimes on Friday against Richard Orcutt for threatening to shoot minorities. [Cal Coast Times] Last month, SLO police officers arrested Orcutt, 62,... (Continue reading)

Templeton seeking new tax to fund firefighter pay

Faced with fiscal troubles and apparent staff shortages, the Templeton Fire Department is asking property owners in the North County community to vote for a tax to support increasing salary costs. [Cal Coast Times] The Templeton Community Services District has... (Continue reading)

SLO County probation sweep nets 13 suspects

Several law enforcement agencies teamed up to conduct a probation sweep in North County on Monday. Deputies and officers arrested 13 suspects on charges including probation and parole violations, as well as drug and weapons offenses. [Cal Coast Times] The... (Continue reading)

Good Samaritan killed in Paso Robles crash identified

The Good Samaritan who was killed in the aftermath of a wrong-way driver, hit-and-run crash on Highway 101 in Paso Robles early Monday morning was Monica Cantu, a Cal Poly employee. [Cal Coast Times] Cantu, 55, of Paso Robles, was... (Continue reading)