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Former SLO County IWMA employee charged with embezzling public funds

By KAREN VELIE Prosecutors charged the former board secretary of San Luis Obispo County’s waste disposal agency with 10 felonies on Tuesday — nine for embezzlement and one for destruction of public records. Carolyn Goodrich allegedly used an agency credit... (Continue reading)

Dayspring pursued Orcutt dispensary permit after signing plea deal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Despite local marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring having already signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors in his bribery and tax evasion case, Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center was still pursuing a cannabis dispensary permit in Santa Barbara County... (Continue reading)

Camarillo facility sells to cannabis company, terminates 486 employees

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An indoor tomato and cucumber facility will cease operations at its Camarillo greenhouse by the end of September and lay off 486 workers in the lead-up to a cannabis business taking over the property. This is slated... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo apartment complex sells for $51 million

By KAREN VELIE An investment group recently purchased Vintage at SLO, a 105 unit apartment complex located in San Luis Obispo on Ranch House Road, for $51 million. Built in 2020, the complex includes a pool and spa, fitness center,... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 cases up 45% in one week, two deaths

The number of new COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County went from 253 to 368 during the past week, a gain of 45%, with two deaths. With 59% of county residents fully vaccinated, the number of hospitalizations has fallen... (Continue reading)

Conflicting scenarios emerge in Kristin Smart murder case

By KAREN VELIE During the first day of the preliminary hearing of Paul and Ruben Flores, prosecutors attempted to portray former Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart as part of a close knit family while the defense attorneys painted a picture... (Continue reading)

Post pandemic angst in Cayucos

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.  Franklin’s memoir, “Life On The Mississippi, 1969,” is currently... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man charged in fatal drunk driving accident

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A drunk driver crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle near the Cholame “Y” Saturday night, killing a Santa Maria man, according to the CHP. Adan Reyes, 34, of Paso Robles was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram eastbound... (Continue reading)

Fire destroys two RVs in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire burned two recreational vehicles in rural Paso Robles on Monday. Shortly after 3 p.m., a caller reported the blaze burning in the 6300 block of Vista Del Robles. Firefighters arrived and found one RV engulfed... (Continue reading)

Teen arrested after shooting into the sand at Pismo Beach

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An allegedly intoxicated teen fired a gun into the sand at Pismo Beach on Sunday, according to the city’s police department. Joel Vela, 18, of Hanford was arguing with a woman on the beach at about 11... (Continue reading)