Paul Flores gets Googled

Meet Paul Flores, the former Cal Poly student who is the last known person to see Kristin Smart alive the night she disappeared from campus in May 1996. The undated photograph, posted on Facebook by Smart family friend Dennis Mahon,... (Continue reading)

Avila Beach bus driver arrested for driving drunk

San Luis Obispo Police arrested a  Regional Transit Authority driver for allegedly transporting a busload of passengers while drunk on Monday at about 2:40 p.m. Passengers on the bus traveling between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo called 911 to... (Continue reading)

An Open Letter to the SLO City Council and the Citizens For SLO

OPINION By ROB FARINO My name is Rob, and I am a Fire Engineer for the City of San Luis Obispo. My wife is a local business owner downtown, and we live here in the City. I am one of... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles water park lifeguards use discredited Heimlich maneuver

The Heimlich maneuver is most commonly associated with saving choking victims as a way to dislodge whatever foreign object is obstructing the airway. But, the use of the maneuver on drowning victims has been widely discredited and experts say it... (Continue reading)

Union grocery workers agree to strike

The union representing 62,000 grocery workers from Paso Robles to San Diego has voted to call a strike if an acceptable contract deal cannot be reached with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets. [Reuters] After working without a contract for six... (Continue reading)

Plastics industry editing California textbooks

Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. [CaliforniaWatch] The rewritten textbooks and... (Continue reading)

Cal Fire planning another round of layoffs

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire officials are planning another round of layoffs after learning the state is slashing an additional $15.85 million from the wildland fire budget. “We are going to make the best choices when we make these... (Continue reading)

SLO County unemployment rises with government lay offs

San Luis Obispo County lost 5,600 jobs in July increasing the unemployment rate from 9.9 percent in June to 10.5 percent in July, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Much of last month’s bump in... (Continue reading)

Hurst Financial president charged with defrauding investors

The U.S. attorney office today filed federal fraud and money laundering charges against the head of an Atascadero financial company alleging that he bilked investors in Central Coast real estate projects. The money was ultimately siphoned off for other purposes,... (Continue reading)

“Tech, Toys and Tools” offers resources for writers in the Digital Age

USA Today reports that more than 114 million of the 2.6 billion books published last year were e-books, and the percentage of electronic editions continues to climb. Recently the e-book versions of four of the top 10 titles on the... (Continue reading)