California audits redevelopment agencies

California auditors plan to examine the books of local redevelopment agencies charged with improving blight. [LATimes] Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use the billions in taxpayer monies spent on redevelopment agencies to pay for schools and basic services. The state... (Continue reading)

Local agencies violate open meeting law

Requests to allow public access to meetings of a local committee formed to examine the air quality at the Oceano dunes were primarily ignored until one of the states leading authorities on open meeting laws warned the committee that they... (Continue reading)

Police harassment and intimidation in SLO County

OPINION By STACEY WARDE Yesterday, I received some friendly advice that it’s better to “lay low” than put myself on the radar of local law enforcement. My friend had heard me complain on the radio last week that the recent... (Continue reading)

Peking Acrobats at the Clark Center, event photos

On Friday night, the “Peking Acrobats” redefined entertainment as they displayed daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tumbled, contorted and flew through the air at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. Live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments... (Continue reading)

PG&E weather forecast for Friday January 21

By JOHN LINDSEY from PG&E SWELL: This morning’s 5- to 7-foot west-northwesterly (290-degree deep-water) swell (with a 20- to 22-second period) will increase to 7- to 9-feet (with an 18- to 20-second period) this afternoon. This long-period swell will further... (Continue reading)

Fire at Pleasant Valley Elementary School

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in San Miguel on Wednesday night. An Electrical failure of a halogen lamp located on the side of the building sparked the fire which moved into the attic. In... (Continue reading)

Three arrested for credit card fraud

San Luis Obispo Police arrested three people who allegedly stole $58,000 from at least 100 people by strategically placing small cameras and card readers at several county banks. For several months, police have been investigating  local credit card skimming operations.... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police chief’s settlement raises questions

Atascadero city officials released a settlement agreement Wednesday that says both the city and Police Chief Jim Mulhall “wished to end his employment,” even though they previously said Mulhall was retiring in order to spend more time with his family.... (Continue reading)

Two California public pension cases in court

Two important public pension cases winding their way through the court system could have an impact on San Luis Obispo County. [PacificLegalFoundation] Wednesday, the second district court of appeals in Los Angeles heard arguments in the County of Orange versus... (Continue reading)

Man who tore down American flags arrested

Paso Robles Police arrested a man who took down flags displayed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. On Monday at about noon, numerous 911 callers told emergency personnel a... (Continue reading)