June, 2020

Facing $54.3 billion deficit, California declares budget emergency

Faced with a $54.3 billion deficit, the state of California declared a budget emergency on Thursday that will allow the use of reserve funds in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation of a budget... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo developer arrested for fraud and theft

A local developer accused of securities fraud, financial elder abuse, and grand theft related to his attempt to garner investors for a proposed bowling alley and bar in San Luis Obispo was arrested on Tuesday, almost three months after a... (Continue reading)

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham to donate 10 percent of his salary

California Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) announced this week he will start donating 10 percent of his monthly salary to Central Coast nonprofits. In a news release, Cunningham stated he would do so in line with recommendations of the... (Continue reading)

Two Paso Robles residents accused of bank robbery

Atascadero police arrested a man and woman last week who they suspect robbed the Golden 1 Bank on El Camino Real on May 28. Shortly after investigators released photos of the suspected bank robber and his accomplice, multiple individuals identified... (Continue reading)

Armed suspects chase victims in Goleta

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested six suspects who allegedly chased a pair of victims with a shotgun at a Motel 6 in Goleta Monday evening. At about 8 p.m., a 911 caller reported suspects pointing a gun at two... (Continue reading)

Protests cost San Luis Obispo at least $250,000

By KAREN VELIE The city of San Luis Obispo tallied some of the taxpayer costs related to a handful of recent protests. Those expenses come to $253,238, and do not include all the costs. One of the primary goals of... (Continue reading)

LA County official sentenced to prison for bribery

A federal judge sentenced a public official in Los Angeles County’s Internal Services Department on Tuesday to 12 months and one day in prison for accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes from an electrical contractor and then failing to report the... (Continue reading)

Hollywood producer accused of sexually assaulting women in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County authorities are holding a Hollywood producer in jail for allegedly committed numerous sex crimes, including kidnapping and raping drugged or unconscious women. David Guillod, 53, the executive producer of Hollywood films including “Extraction” and “Atomic Blonde,” is... (Continue reading)

Mission San Luis Obispo removes statue to protect it from protesters

Amid a wave of statue toppling across the United States, the Catholic Church removed a Junipero Serra statue from the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa on Monday, a move intended to protect the sculpture. [Tribune] The Diocese of Monterey,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach Council Member Barbara Nicolls resigns

Grover Beach Councilwoman Barbara Nicolls announced Monday she is resigning from the council because of health issues. First elected to the council in 2014, Nicolls won a second term in 2018. Her resignation will be effective on June 30, at... (Continue reading)