Daily Briefs

Pro-law enforcement flag sparks controversy in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A pro-law enforcement “thin blue line” flag placed outside the Paso Robles Public Safety Center last weekend sparked controversy in the North County city, leading to the police chief ordering the flag be taken down. Community members... (Continue reading)

Atascadero felon arrested on drug and gun charges

Police arrested a 27-year-old felon in Atascadero Tuesday on multiple drug and weapons charges after spotting the man looking into a parked car in the Motel 6 parking lot on El Camino Real. Shortly after 2 a.m., officers watched as... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County supervisors return back to traditional voting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 during a contentious hearing on Tuesday to return to return to pre-pandemic voting procedures with traditional polling stations and distribution of mail-in ballots upon request. In 2020,... (Continue reading)

Judge rules against motorcyclist who hit protester in SLO

A judge ruled on Wednesday that the motorcyclist who collided with a Black Lives Matter protester in San Luis Obispo last year may not have his criminal case dismissed through a misdemeanor diversion program. [Tribune] On Sept. 2, 2020, motorcyclist... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara’s vacation rental ban deemed illegal

By KAREN VELIE With the help of the California Coastal Commission, a property owner won a victory against the City of Santa Barbara and its vacation rental ban. In his lawsuit, Theo Kracke accuses Santa Barbara of enacting a 2015... (Continue reading)

Lucia Mar parents launch recall campaign against three board members

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Disgruntled parents have launched an effort to recall three Lucia Mar Unified School District trustees over allegedly taking too long to reopen campuses. Lucia Mar students returned to campus in a hybrid learning model in late February... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara Councilwoman Harmon appointed to the Coastal Commission

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the appointment of Santa Barbara Councilwoman Meagan Harmon to replace former Pismo Beach councilman Erik Howell on the California Coastal Commission. Harmon, 34, is a progressive Democrat who has served on the... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins

San Luis Obispo County is now offering COVID-19 vaccines at clinics in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande, without an appointment. In addition, vaccine appointments are available at county clinics in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, for those... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach police nab stabbing suspect

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Grover Beach police tracked down and arrested the man who allegedly stabbed a man early Saturday morning. Shortly before 1 a.m., a 911 caller reported a stabbing in the 100 block of South 11th Street in Grover... (Continue reading)

Homeless suspected of starting Salinas riverbed fire in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A persons cooking in the Salinas riverbed in Paso Robles is suspected of starting a fire on Monday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., a 911 caller reported a fire burning south of the Niblick Bridge, according to... (Continue reading)