Arroyo Grande eyeing increases in taxes and fines to fill shortages

By CCN STAFF The Arroyo Grande City Council is scheduled on Tuesday to move forward on a 1 percent sales tax increase, and approval of fines for people who do not wear face masks. Earlier this year, facing a $1.2... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County Jail inmate’s escape foiled

A 19-year-old inmate at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail escaped Saturday morning, but was hunted down and taken back into custody in less than an hour. Shortly before 9 a.m., jail custody staff discovered Gerardo Vasquez Rivera had escaped... (Continue reading)

Compassion for inmates should not outweigh safety concerns

Opinion by SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow Career criminals, those serving sentences for serious crimes, and individuals with prior convictions for violent offenses will likely be released early. In addition, prisoners with prior convictions of domestic violence, elder abuse,... (Continue reading)

SLO County Jail staffer tests positive for coronavirus

An employee at the San Luis Obispo County Jail began coughing at work on July 6 and was sent home and asked to get a coronavirus test. The test came back positive. The unnamed employee had just returned to work... (Continue reading)

Vandals again trash Grover Beach Elementary School

Investigators are asking the public’s help in identifying a pair of vandals who broke into the Grover Beach Elementary School on Thursday night and caused more than $1,700 in damage. Surveillance cameras captured the pair hopping a fence as they... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles City Council eyeing tax increases

The Paso Robles City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to prepare to place a 1 percent sales tax increase measure on the Nov. 2020 ballot. Paso Robles already has a .5 percent city sales tax. Voters approved the prior sales... (Continue reading)

SLO County needs to appoint a replacement for Supervisor Adam Hill

OPINION by MICHAEL NOLAN Are the members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors above the law? The answer depends on the board’s response to the announcement that the 3rd District Supervisor Adam Hill will be unavailable to... (Continue reading)

SLO County passes 900 coronavirus cases, with four deaths

San Luis Obispo has more than 900 confirmed coronavirus cases and four deaths, as the number of new cases continues to rise. As new cases have increased, so have requests for testing. County health administrators are asking those who are... (Continue reading)

Semi-truck loaded with lettuce overturns near Atascadero

A semi-truck carrying 20,000 pounds of lettuce crashed and overturned on Highway 101 south of Atascadero Friday morning. [KSBY] The truck crashed at about 2:10 a.m. near the center divider on the southbound lane of the highway approximately four miles... (Continue reading)

July 4 in Cayucos, 25,000 missing

Editor’s Note: The following series, “Life in Radically Gentrifying Cayucos by the Sea,” to be posted biweekly includes the notes, thoughts, and opinions of an original American voice: author Dell Franklin.  By DELL FRANKLIN No parade. No major fireworks at... (Continue reading)