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Santa Maria taxi driver caught with loaded gun, drugs

After conducting an early morning traffic stop on a taxi, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies learned the driver was a felon who was carrying drugs and a loaded gun. At about 1 a.m. on Monday,... (Continue reading)

Big Sky Cafe closes for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

As part of a nationwide protest against United States President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, Big Sky Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo is keeping its doors closed Thursday. Greg Holt, co-owner of the restaurant, released... (Continue reading)

California bill proposes 4 a.m. last call

A bill introduced in the California Legislature would make it possible for some bars and restaurants to extend last call for alcohol from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. [SF Chronicle] State Sen. Scott Wiener’s (D-San... (Continue reading)

CMC guard sues, claims lost job due to pregnancy

A California Men’s Colony correctional officer alleges the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) forced her out of her job and made her take unpaid leave during her pregnancy. [Tribune] Last November, the California... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande council votes for investigation into mayor

The Arroyo Grande City Council voted Tuesday to launch an independent investigation into allegations of misconduct raised by members of the public against Mayor Jim Hill. Political opponents of Hill have pushed hard in recent... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria man stabs wife in the head on Valentine’s Day

A Santa Maria woman’s Valentine’s Day concluded with a trip to the hospital for multiple stab wounds and lacerations to her head, face and neck, according to the city’s police department. Mariano Elias Cordonas, 37,... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission selects new director

After hiring a consulting firm that contacted more than 1,000 candidates nationwide, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously last week to hire its interim chief as its new executive director. Jack Ainsworth has worked for... (Continue reading)

California powers record year for U.S. wine exports

United States wine exports generated a record $1.62 billion in revenue for wineries in 2016. Ninety of the country’s wine exports came from California, according to the Wine Institute, a California wine industry advocacy group.... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara deputies kill manhunt suspect

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s shot and killed a 26-year-old man who “advanced” on them with a knife. The shooting culminated a more than three-hour manhunt in which Bryan Carreno was reportedly hallucinating and running in... (Continue reading)

Complaints lodged over sexist SLO Chamber video

At least two complaints have been lodged against the City of San Luis Obispo after the fire chief and city manage participated in creating a video that sexually objectifies firefighters. The video, shown at the... (Continue reading)



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