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Abel Maldonado to run for Congress in 2012

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado said he plans to run for the congressional seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Lois Capps in 2012. [FresnoBee] “Washington needs people who are independent and bipartisan and who are fiscally responsible, and I think... (Continue reading)

Here comes the sun

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Thursday to approve the proposed 250-megawatt SunPower solar power plant on the Carrizo Plain. A fifth commissioner, Dan O’Grady, whose district includes the Carrizo Plain, was too ill to attend... (Continue reading)

Prosecutors seek death penalty in murder of Dystiny Myers

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty for at least one of the alleged killers of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers. The badly burned body of Myers was found in a shallow grave near Santa Margarita in September.... (Continue reading)

Employee files fraud lawsuit against Wallace

A former employee of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District filed a lawsuit that accuses plant administrators, including the head of the sanitation district, of risking public safety and fraud. The civil lawsuit, filed in San Luis Obispo Superior... (Continue reading)

Local Red Cross cuts five positions

In another sign of the economic tsunami affecting the local nonprofit community, the San Luis Obispo County chapter of the American Red Cross slashed five positions on Wednesday, leaving only two full time and one half time positions. Sources told... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill wants protection–from the public

County supervisor and the current chair of the Board of Supervisors Adam Hill is seeking police protection during public comment period at each Tuesday meeting. [New Times] Hill has asked Sheriff Ian Parkinson to station a deputy in the chambers... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district fires second alleged whistleblower

By KAREN VELIE Another South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District worker who complained to state and local regulators that the district had violated laws was terminated on Friday. Over the past few years, former shift supervisor Scott Mascolo reported incidents... (Continue reading)

Carter gets his special election on binding arbitration

The San Luis Obispo City Council decided Tuesday night to let residents vote in a special mail-in election to determine the future of binding arbitration for public safety employees. [Tribune] Council members unanimously agreed to put two issues before city... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo supervisors in favor of a new women’s jail

The San Luis Obispo County Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to move forward on plans to construct a new women’s jail. The current jail is overcrowded with at times more than 70 inmates packed into a space built for 43... (Continue reading)

Lily Tomlin after party sponsored by GALA, event photos

Following an incredible performance by Lily Tomlin at the Cal Poly’s Cohan Center, GALA held an after party, complete with a laser show and live music, at the San Luis Obispo Childrens’ Museum. Find local events as well as movie... (Continue reading)