April, 2020

Another California Men’s Colony inmate infected with coronavirus

A second California Men’s Colony inmate has contracted coronavirus, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Earlier this month, an inmate who fell ill tested positive for the virus. Now, there is a second confirmed case at the... (Continue reading)

SLO’s compassion is all hat, but no cattle.

OPINION by STEW JENKINS Once upon a time, the City of San Luis Obispo did things so smart and forward-looking that the whole country copied its good ideas. Planned growth, smoke-free restaurants and campaign finance limits, for instance. But lately,... (Continue reading)

SLO County relaxes shelter rules on more businesses

San Luis Obispo County is now allowing several more types of businesses to reduce shelter at home restrictions. These include churches, janitorial services, drive-in theaters, and fabric and notion stores. Houses of worship can hold drive-in services, as long as... (Continue reading)

Neighbors describe suspect Paul Flores as quiet, paranoid and smart

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Approximately a dozen San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles county deputies descended Wednesday morning on the home of Paul Flores, a suspect in the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart. Some neighbors... (Continue reading)

Two Californians died in February from coronavirus

Autopsies have determined two people who died in Santa Clara County in February were infected with the coronavirus when they died, changing the timing of the first death to weeks earlier than previously reported, according to a county press release.... (Continue reading)

Deputies search home of suspect in Kristin Smart’s disappearance

Investigators served another search warrant Wednesday morning at the Los Angeles area home of Paul Flores, the lone suspect in the Kristin Smart disappearance case. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department assisted in serving the sealed warrant at Flores’s house... (Continue reading)

SLO County officials ask governor to ease shelter restrictions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN With San Luis Obispo County having successfully flattened the coronavirus case curve and some residents demanding an end to the statewide shelter-in-place order, a bipartisan group of elected officials is petitioning Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow a... (Continue reading)

Chipotle to pay $25 million criminal fine

Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to pay a $25 million criminal fine and institute a comprehensive food-safety program to resolve criminal charges that it adulterated food that sickened more than 1,100 people across the United States from 2015 to 2018.... (Continue reading)

SLO police catch man who threatened officers

Within 48 hours of letting the suspect flee out the back door of his home, San Luis Obispo police caught and arrested a man who allegedly threatened officers with a knife and Molotov cocktail. Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, residents... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County allows some businesses to reopen

San Luis Obispo County is now allowing several types of businesses to reopen, including pet grooming, construction, recreational fishing, and elective surgery centers. In addition, the county planning department will resume processing permit applications. The community has successfully flattened the... (Continue reading)