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New report confirms accuracy of SmartMeters

A new study by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) concludes that the SmartMeters used by PG&E are accurate and not to blame for a recent spike in electric bills. [Press Democrat] However, the $1.4 million study, released Thursday at... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County publicizes tax delinquencies

The Santa Barbara County tax collector ran a full page ad outing property owners, such as Kathy Odell and Abel Maldonado, who have yet to pay their property taxes. [KSBY] The full-page ad in Thursday’s edition of the Santa Barbara... (Continue reading)

Doctor dies in estranged boyfriend’s chimney

A prominent physician’s body was discovered wedged in her estranged boyfriend’s chimney after she attempted to break into his Bakersfield home. [Time] Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, had been in an off and on relationship with William Moodie. On Aug. 26, after... (Continue reading)

Residents of Sunny Acres can stay for now

Residents of Sunny Acres, expecting to be evicted on Friday, do not have to move out quite yet. Dan de Vaul appealed a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge’s ruling that the homeless have to vacate Sunny Acres because many... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay barber likely $133 million winner

The winning ticket in last week’s $133 million California Mega-Millions Jackpot appears to belong to a barber in Morro Bay. [KSBY] Word around town is that the winning ticket belongs to John Davis who works with his mother at Mike’s... (Continue reading)

Atascadero woman hides handcuffs in body cavity

A 51-year-old Atascadero woman drove into the garage of her home while allegedly intoxicated, was taken into custody, slipped out of her handcuffs and hid them in a place that baffled police last Thursday night. The unnamed woman’s 11-year-old son... (Continue reading)

Kevin McCarthy, Young Gun

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) may be 45, but he clearly considers himself to be a “Young Gun” when it comes to national politics. McCarthy, whose district includes parts of San Luis Obispo County, and two other conservative Republicans have co-authored... (Continue reading)

Chuck and Annie reunited

Annie the dog, whose plight ignited a community-wide debate, was returned to her original owner Chuck Hoage of Nipomo on Monday. A statement released Monday afternoon by Dr. Eric Anderson, head of county Animal Services, made the official announcement. According... (Continue reading)

2010 could be record year for state marijuana busts

Law enforcement officials believe that 2010 could be a record year for marijuana busts, topping the seven million pot plants destroyed last year. [California Watch] With the major fall pot harvest fast approaching, law enforcement agencies across the state are... (Continue reading)

Annie to be returned to original owner

The Arroyo Grande woman who currently has Annie the dog told a reporter Saturday that the family intends to return the dog to her original owner. [Santa Maria Times] The woman, using the name Sasha Sampson to protect her identity,... (Continue reading)

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