Daily Briefs

Debbie Arnold announces bid for SLO County supervisor

A field representative for Senator Sam Blakeslee and former Atascadero business owner announced plans Wednesday to run for a seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Debbie Arnold made the announcement in an exclusive interview with CalCoastNews.... (Continue reading)

Sunny Acres couple living in car with nowhere to go

Two of the people, a former Los Osos couple, forced to leave Sunny Acres last weekend under court order are now living out of their car and the wife says they have nowhere to go. [KSBY] Velma Hunt and Brex... (Continue reading)

Feds blame PG&E for San Bruno explosion

Federal investigators issued a scathing critique of PG&E this week, citing what one official called “baffling” mistakes that led to the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion last September, killing eight people and destroyed 38 homes. [LA Times] The National Transportation... (Continue reading)

Fifth Shark sighting at Pismo Beach in 31 days

A fifth shark sighting in 31 days at Pismo Beach prompted officials to post warning signs along the beach. A local fisherman reported seeing a 15 to 20 foot shark near the pier at about about 10 a.m. on Wednesday.... (Continue reading)

Shunning lawyers while facing felonies

A well-known county ad executive told CalCoastNews this week he remains uncertain if he will be represented by an attorney upon his Sept. 15 return to a Santa Barbara courthouse to face a variety of felony charges. Jeff Lind, an Orcutt... (Continue reading)

Measures A and B landslide wins

The contentious battle over binding arbitration and benefits between San Luis Obispo city and its safety workers has ended with a landslide victory for the City Council. A preliminary count of ballots showed that both Measure A and B passed... (Continue reading)

Council members must uncloak stipends

A law taking effect in January targets a common practice of some California city council members of improperly fattening their paychecks with multiple-meeting stipends. The new law requires local lawmakers to announce the amount of stipends they will receive when... (Continue reading)

Homeless booted from Sunny Acres—including daughter of Maxine Lewis

More than a dozen homeless people left the Sunny Acres sober living facility in San Luis Obispo last Sunday—including the adult daughter of local homeless advocate Maxine Lewis. The Sunny Acres residents were asked to leave by rancher Dan DeVaul... (Continue reading)

New editor for CalCoastNews

Bill Loving, media attorney, journalist and college professor, has joined CalCoastNews as the new editor. Loving replaces George Ramos, his Cal Poly journalism colleague, who died unexpectedly last June of a heart attack. Loving, former chair of Cal Poly San... (Continue reading)

Child abandonment suspect caught in Cambria

A Minnesota architect accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son was arrested Monday afternoon in Cambria while working in a deli. [MinneapolisStarTribune] Steven Alexander Cross, 60, appeared to be living in his van, reported arresting deputies. The Ford Windstar van Cross... (Continue reading)