Daily Briefs

Violent criminals in California ineligible for early release, court rules

BY KAREN VELIE The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that corrections officials do not need to consider early release for violent felons whose primary offense is considered nonviolent under state law. [LA Times] In 2016, California voters passed... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 cases top 34,000 after holidays

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County has reported more than 34,000 Covid-19 infections, a sign of the rapid spread of the virus that public-health officials said is only partially captured by official data as many residents rely on at... (Continue reading)

Monterey County’s first baby of 2022, twin born in 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The first baby born in Monterey County in 2022 has a different birthdate and birth year than her twin brother. Alfredo Trujillo and Aylin Trujillo, of Greenfield, were born just 15 minutes apart. Alfredo Trujillo was born... (Continue reading)

SLO County schools to remain open despite COVID-19 surge

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Despite an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases locally, San Luis Obispo County schools will remain open for in-person education this winter. [KSBY] SLO County Superintendent of Schools James Bresica said preventative measures, such as an... (Continue reading)

Man killed in crash near Morro Bay

By KAREN VELIE A man was killed on New Years Eve after he crashed on Highway 1 south of Morro Bay, according to the CHP. Shortly after 7 p.m., the man was driving a Chevrolet pickup southbound on Highway 1... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County welcomes the first babies of 2022

By KAREN VELIE Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo welcomed its first baby of 2022, a baby girl to Kelsey and Jesse Bilsten. She arrived at 3:44 a.m. on New Year’s Day weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces... (Continue reading)

Highway 1 reopens after mudslide near San Simeon

By KAREN VELIE Highway 1 from from San Simeon Road to just south of Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County reopened Saturday night after being closed by a rock slide, according to Caltrans. One lane remains closed causing delays... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police nab serial burglar

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Atascadero police arrested a man on Wednesday who allegedly committed eight burglaries at local businesses over the past month. Following an investigation into a recent string of burglaries, at about 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Atascadero officers searched... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission blocks seawall construction in Pismo Beach

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Coastal Commission is raising objections to property owners potentially constructing private seawalls for their Pismo Beach homes, plans which have gained approval from the South County city. [New Times] Existing plans call for building seawalls... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 hotspots include San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County appears to be headed into another winter COVID-19 surge with hotspots in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. During the past two days, 508 SLO County residents tested positive for the virus. San... (Continue reading)