Daily Briefs


IWMA plans to seek new legal counsel

A law firm with 20-year ties to San Luis Obispo County’s scandal-ridden waste disposal agency was poised Wednesday to win a lucrative new contract with the agency, but board members instead will now seek additional bids from other attorneys for... (Continue reading)

PG&E stock price plummets as lawsuit threats mount over Camp Fire

With PG&E facing the possibility of a determination that its equipment started the ongoing Camp Fire, now the deadliest blaze in California history, lawsuits are being prepared and the utility’s stock price is plummeting. [Cal Coast Times] PG&E’s stock price... (Continue reading)

Orcutt man threatens to shoot up Santa Maria school

The Paso Robles Police Department tipped off Santa Barbara County law enforcement on Tuesday about a threat made on Facebook relating to shooting up a Santa Maria school, which resulted in an Orcutt man getting mental health treatment. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

SLO County races close to being decided

Following another vote count, Arroyo Grande Councilman Caren Ray is now close to mathematically clinching the race to become the South County city’s next mayor, unseating incumbent Jim Hill. [Cal Coast Times] San Luis Obispo County election officials counted ballots... (Continue reading)

New hotel with bar and skee-ball opens in SLO

A 100-room boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar and retro games has opened at the location in San Luis Obispo previously occupied by a Holiday Inn. [Cal Coast Times] The Kinney SLO is a project of Orange County-based Pacifica Hotels.... (Continue reading)

Northern California fire becomes deadliest in state history

As fires ravage Northern and Southern California, an unusually high death toll is mounting, and one of the blazes has become the deadliest in state history. [Cal Coast Times] The Northern California Camp Fire has killed at least 42 people,... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly staffer in critical condition after intoxicated driver hit her

The woman who was knocked unconscious on a San Luis Obispo street by an alleged DUI driver on Friday is a Cal Poly staff member. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, Lilianne Tang, 26, was crossing the street... (Continue reading)

Truck catches fire on Highway 166, blaze spreads into brush

A commercial vehicle caught on fire Monday morning on Highway 166, which then sparked a brush fire east of Santa Maria, according to Cal Fire. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly before 9 a.m., the vehicle, which appears to be a large... (Continue reading)

SLO County vote count continues as election officials come under fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County election officials finished last week with still more than 34,000 ballots to be counted, as well as with an apparent error that could force a redo of an entire community services district vote.... (Continue reading)

Motorcyclist killed, passenger seriously injured in Nipomo crash

For the fourth time in a span of 36 days, a motorcyclist died in a South County crash. [Cal Coast Times] At about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, John Ricker, 62, of Arroyo Grande was stopped at the intersection of Wineman... (Continue reading)