Daily Briefs


Sick pelicans showing up along California’s Central Coast

By KAREN VELIE Wildlife organizations report a large increase in the number of sick and dying brown pelicans along the coastlines of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties during the past three days. Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network... (Continue reading)

CHP identifies Nipomo teen killed in hit-and-run crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The CHP has identified the 19-year-old Nipomo man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle on Los Berrros Road last Thursday as Joshua Thomas Edward McFarland. At about 11:20 p.m., McFarland... (Continue reading)

California judge deems gender quota for corporate boards unconstitutional

By JOSH FRIEDMAN For the second consecutive month, a judge has struck down a California law requiring diversity on corporate boards. SB 826, signed into law in 2018, required every publicly traded California company to have one female director on... (Continue reading)

Judge sentences five Santa Maria gang members to life in prison

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Five Santa Maria MS-13 gang members each received life sentences without parole on Monday for a series of murders and other crimes they committed in Northern Santa Barbara County. Amid a string of gang violence, murders in... (Continue reading)

Judge rejects another attempt to dismiss lawsuit alleging bias in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE After losing a motion to dismiss a case against Atascadero and two City Council members for alleged bias and prejudice, the city filed a motion to strike most of the allegations, which led the judge again to... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara massage therapist accused of sexual assault

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A man who allegedly operated an unlicensed massage parlor in Santa Barbara is accused of committing multiple sexual assaults at his facility. Bernardo Rojas Ruiz, 43, allegedly ran a massage therapy business at a party supplies and... (Continue reading)

SLO County gas prices at record high, find the lowest cost

By KAREN VELIE With volatile crude oil prices continuing to drive costs up, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in San Luis Obispo County is at a record high. During the past week, the average price of... (Continue reading)

Man charged with making terrorist threats against Templeton hospital

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested a 33-year-old Atascadero man on Saturday for allegedly making terrorist threats against Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. Shortly after 11 a.m., Bryce Vincent Blue called the hospital seeking a... (Continue reading)

Fire destroys five mobile homes in Santa Margarita

By KAREN VELIE A fast moving fire destroyed five mobile homes in the Santa Margarita Mobile Home Park on Friday. At about noon, callers reported a fire at the park on Pinal Avenue. The fire quickly spread through the five... (Continue reading)

Thieves steal thousands of dollars in alcohol from Grover Beach store

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Grover Beach police officers are asking the public for help with identifying two men who stole thousands of dollars worth of alcohol from the Vons grocery store in the South County city Wednesday night. At about 9... (Continue reading)