Daily Briefs


Kill California sea lions?

The U.S. Government has authorized the limited killing of California sea lions in an attempt to protect endangered Columbia River salmon in Oregon and Washington. [LaredoSun] On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved the sanctioned killing of... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach proposes water rate increase

Grover Beach officials are proposing a 10 percent water rate increase to make up for a budget shortfall partially caused by a loan defaulted on by the city’s now defunct redevelopment agency. [Tribune] In an attempt to close an estimated... (Continue reading)

Man arrested for attempted assault of a SLO officer

San Luis Obispo police arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly attempting to run his car into a police officer Saturday at about 6 p.m. Two officers on bicycles first attempted to stop Brian Lima of King City for driving erratically... (Continue reading)

Oceano man arrested for sexual assault

Santa Maria police arrested an Oceano man on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting three girls over several years. Gildardo Maximino Mendoza, 48, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and committing lewd and lascivious acts on... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly student found deceased in car

A freshman at Cal Poly is suspected of ending his life through the use of chemical gas on Friday, the last day winter quarter finals. At about 3 p.m., a construction worker discovered 19-year-old Osvaldo Julian Ponce, a physics major,... (Continue reading)

Son of Kelly Gearhart dead at 21

Jake Gearhart, the son of embattled former North County developer Kelly Gearhart, recently died of a drug overdose at a rehab center in the Los Angeles area. Amid allegations that Kelly Gearhart helped defraud investors out of more than $100... (Continue reading)

Picanco to run for another term

Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco announced Thursday he plans to run for another term in the November election. [Tribune] He is the first candidate to announce plans to seek the seat. Candidates officially submit intentions between July 16 and August... (Continue reading)

LAFCO denies Pismo Beach project

The San Luis Obispo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) denied a request to annex a 182-acre proposed development, known as Los Robles Del Mar, into Pismo Beach on Thursday primary because of an alleged lack of water to support the... (Continue reading)

Contrary cat costs owner

“But the cat was cool, and he never said a mumblin’ word.” Country singer Hoyt Axton, “Della and the Dealer.” A stubborn feline cost a Colorado man a novel citation Wednesday after his cat, Stella, refused to keep up with... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande chief’s history of sexual harassment allegations

Complaints of sexual harassment against Arroyo Grande Police Chief Steve Annibali and his former commander John Hough appear to mirror allegations two women made against  them while they worked for the Breckenridge Colorado police department, according to the 1998 and... (Continue reading)