San Luis Obispo parking fines increased

In San Luis Obispo the cost of a parking ticket will now cost violators $33 instead of $30. As part of its new budget, the state has tacked on a $3 charge to all parking tickets. The San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Randy and Eva Quaid fugitives

Randy and Evi Quaid failed again to appear at Santa Barbara County court for an arraignment prompting a superior court judge to file arrest warrants for the pair on Tuesday. [Noozhawk] The Quaids are accused of living in and trashing... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly courting out of state students

In an attempt to bolster its budget, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo has taken the controversial step of increasing recruitment efforts for more out-of-state students while enrolling fewer in-state applicants. By doing so, Cal Poly is chasing the extra dollars... (Continue reading)

Man stabbed behind Vons in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Police are looking for a man who stabbed a homeless man behind the Von’s grocery store on Broad Street at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday. The victim, an unnamed 55-year-old man, was talking with another man when... (Continue reading)

Almost 411,000 Californians face loss of unemployment benefits

Approximately 410,695 Californians are facing the potential cutoff of unemployment benefits if Congress fails to act before the end of November. [Orange County Register] In July Congress approved a bill that allowed unemployed workers to collect up to 99 weeks... (Continue reading)

Kevin McCarthy profiled in LA Times

Cong, Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes much of San Luis Obispo County, lands on the front page of the Sunday paper. [LA Times] Political observers believe that McCarthy, 45, will be elected this week to serve as House majority whip... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria teacher accused of sexting student

A Righetti High School teacher is on administrative leave after a parent found sexually explicit text messages on their son’s phone. [KSBY] The messages allegedly originated from Righetti High School biology teacher Michelle Hill’s phone. The unnamed parent discovered the... (Continue reading)

Fighting champ Chuck Liddell engaged

Former Ultimate Fighting champ and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chuck Liddell is engaged for the first time. [People] Liddell popped the question to his girlfriend of one year, Heidi Northcott, on November 4 after a helicopter ride to the... (Continue reading)

Hispanic students now majority in state’s public schools

Hispanics now make up the majority of public school students in California, crossing the 50 percent mark for the first time. [San Francisco Chronicle] New numbers released Friday by the state Department of Education shows that almost 50.4 percent of... (Continue reading)

Heritage Oaks Bancorp reports $10.9 million loss

Heritage Oaks Bancorp on Tuesday reported a third quarter loss of $10.9 million which the bank attributes to a $10.5 million non-cash charge and $4.4 million for loan losses. In comparison, during the third quarter of 2009, the San Luis... (Continue reading)