Daily Briefs


High-speed rail may sink tax plan

UPDATE July 7: The state senate Friday approved the high-speed rail project without a vote to spare, sending the bill to the governor for his signature. Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has a lot of support among California voters, but... (Continue reading)

Teen sexually assaulted in SLO

San Luis Obispo police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a girl in her late teens Tuesday afternoon on the 1400 block of Marsh Street. The teen was entering a business complex when a man approached her from... (Continue reading)

Speak out, be shredded

Several familiar CalCoastNews readers were singled out for verbal assault in Thursday’s edition of New Times’ vapid version of what now passes for the “Shredder,” rejuvenating and intensifying the saga of Lisa Solomon-Chitty, Paso Robles’ erstwhile chief of police. The... (Continue reading)

Jury: schools should seek more tax money

Paso Robles schools are providing an example for other county districts, and it’s not a good one, according to a report by the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury. Deeper budget cuts and more taxing talk is recommended by the... (Continue reading)

Small town judges more likely to be disciplined

California judges who work in smaller communities, are elected or who have been previously disciplined were more likely to be sanctioned for misconduct during the past two decades, according to figures from the California Commission on Judicial Performance. [CaliforniaWatch] California... (Continue reading)

Boy drowns in Santa Ynez swimming hole

A holiday outing turned to tragedy Wednesday afternoon, as rescue personnel were unable to revive an 8-year-old boy who disappeared in a pool on the Santa Ynez River in the Los Padres National Forest. [Noozhawk] The boy, whose name and... (Continue reading)

Judge orders SLO police to stop ticketing homeless

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge granted a preliminary injunction barring police from ticketing homeless who sleep in their vehicles, in a ruling on Tuesday. In April, attorneys Saro Rizzo and Stew Jenkins filed a... (Continue reading)

Court bars Gearhart tax sale

An Ohio court barred the San Luis Obispo County tax collector from selling former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s properties at auction during a hearing on Monday. As of June 6, Gearhart, his wife Tamara Gearhart, and several of their... (Continue reading)

Mammoth Lakes files bankruptcy

The Town Council of Mammoth Lakes Town voted unanimously on Monday to approve a bankruptcy filing, less than a month after Stockton filed for bankruptcy protection. The council said it was the only option it had left after its largest... (Continue reading)

Atheists cry foul over Pismo Beach City Council’s Christian invocations

Pismo Beach’s City Council may find itself in court if it continues to allow Christian laden invocations to lead its supposed secular meetings. Members of Atheists United of San Luis Obispo have repeatedly asked the Pismo Beach City Council to... (Continue reading)