Daily Briefs


California Supreme Court to weigh removing ballot measure aimed at impeding tax hikes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments on Wednesday about whether or not to remove a measure from the November ballot that would require all new taxes and tax increases to be approved by voters.... (Continue reading)

Homeless leave, San Luis Obispo County closes safe parking site

Homeless parking site

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County officially closed the safe parking site off Highway 1 on Monday, after the last 10 people left. County staff started dismantling the safe parking site on Tuesday, which includes the removal of fencing,... (Continue reading)

Car crashed into Paso Robles restaurant

By KAREN VELIE A car crashed into Thomas Hill Organics Bistro and Wine Bar in Paso Robles on Tuesday morning, causing significant damage to the building. Shortly before 11 a.m., a black Mercedes crashed into the restaurant, leaving most of... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria woman sentenced for COVID-19 insurance fraud

By KAREN VELIE A 51-year-old Santa Maria woman was sentenced on Monday to five months in prison and five months home confinement while her 30-year-old daughter was sentenced to 21 months in prison for submitting fraudulent unemployment insurance claims to... (Continue reading)

Survey shows decline in San Luis Obispo County’s homeless population

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County’s homeless population dropped by 19% from 2022 to 2024, according to a newly released county preliminary report. This January, officials counted 1,171 homeless individuals in SLO County. In 2022, the county’s homeless population... (Continue reading)

Two residents displaced, one suffers burns in Oceano mobile home fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire at an Oceano mobile home on Sunday displaced two residents and left one of them with burn injuries.  Shortly after 3 p.m., a caller reported the blaze burning at 2530 Cienaga Street Space 9, according... (Continue reading)

Fire ravages Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

By KAREN VELIE A fire ravaged the Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant on Highway 1 on Friday afternoon. Shortly before 4 p.m., a caller reported a fire at the popular restaurant in Big Sur. On their way to the fire,... (Continue reading)

Woman airlifted to hospital after crashing her SUV on Highway 166

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A helicopter airlifted a woman to the hospital Sunday evening after she crashed her SUV on Highway 166 in the Cuyama area, resulting in her being ejected from the vehicle. The woman was driving a Toyota RAV4... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver rolls vehicle in Highway 101 on Pismo Beach

By KAREN VELIE An alleged drunk driver attempted to take an on-ramp onto Highway 101 too fast and rolled his car on Saturday night in Pismo Beach. Shortly after 7 p.m., the man crashed on Highway 101 near Five Cities... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach police bust drunk driver during shoulder tap operation

By KAREN VELIE Pismo Beach police officers arrested an alleged drunk driver who attempted to get into his vehicle and drive away during a shoulder tap operation at local businesses that sell alcohol. On May 3, Pismo Beach police officers... (Continue reading)