July, 2019

Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong requests privacy

OPINION by TOMMY GONG My wife, Sherry Gong, is being charged for some criminal actions. I was not aware of this matter until I received a call from an Atascadero Police Department detective recently, and I am not implicated in... (Continue reading)

SLO County clerk recorder’s wife charged with embezzlement

The wife of San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong was charged Monday with embezzling more than $32,000 from the Atascadero High School Band and Pageantry Booster Club, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. [Cal Coast Times] Prosecutors... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo should not be voting on downtown property tax

OPINION by WENDY SPRADLIN Downtown SLO, an organization that is funded by our business license fees, is spearheading an effort to have certain areas of our downtown deemed a PBID District — a Property Based Business Improvement District. Property owners... (Continue reading)

Police chase stolen fire truck across three counties

A man stole a fire truck in Oakland Saturday morning and then led officers on a chase that spanned three counties and ended with the firefighting vehicle crashing into a parked car. [Cal Coast Times] After the man stole the... (Continue reading)

Man’s body found on roadside in rural Paso Robles

A passerby spotted a man’s body on the side of the road in rural Paso Robles on Sunday morning. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 7 a.m., the witness reported spotting the body of a dead man off Estrella Road near... (Continue reading)

Los Osos plans to terminate manager, replace with Ron Munds

By KAREN VELIE For the 17th time in less than 20 years, the Los Osos Community Services District Board plans to sever ties with its general manager. This time with plans to hire Ron Munds, a county employee. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

CHP officer shoots and kills man in Ventura County

A 20-year-old man suspected of walking in traffic is dead following an officer involved shooting in Ventura County on Friday. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly after 6 a.m., the CHP officer responded to a report of a man walking in traffic.... (Continue reading)

California’s attack on local governments

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE It’s amazing how few Californians realize that California’s State Legislature is declaring war on its cities and counties with punishing legislation that is currently pending hearings. Their excuse: the state’s housing crisis which the state... (Continue reading)

SLO man convicted of molesting two girls, facing life in prison

A San Luis Obispo man was found guilty on Friday of sexually molesting two young girls. Matthew Betts is facing the possibility of life in prison. [Cal Coast Times] A jury found Betts, 47, guilty of nine counts of felony... (Continue reading)

7.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Southern California

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 11 mile outside Ridgecrest Friday night, near the location of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit on July 4. [Cal Coast Times] Multiple fires and injuries have been reported near Ridgecrest in Kern County. The... (Continue reading)