Santa Barbara County’s $90,000 bonus program for psychiatrists

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Barbara County is offering $90,000 signing bonuses to lure psychiatrists to join its Department of Behavioral Wellness. [KSBY] The county has an adequate number of psychiatrists on staff. However, the majority of them are employed under... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County certifies the election, final counts

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office tallied 11,140 ballots on Wednesday, for a total of 121,156 ballots counted, and then certified the election. There were no new winners in the races. Supervisor Bruce Gibson won reelection... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisor Gibson wins by 13 votes

BY KAREN VELIE Supervisor Bruce Gibson has won reelection in the hotly contested District 2 supervisor race, according to the final tally by the SLO County Clerk Recorder’s Office. Gibson beat Dr. Bruce Jones by a slim margin of 13... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly hires staffer to fill head football coach vacancy

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Cal Poly on Tuesday replaced its departing head football coach with a lead assistant from his staff. President Jeffrey Armstrong and Athletic Director Don Oberhelman announced the hire of Paul Wulff as Cal Poly’s new head coach.... (Continue reading)

SLO County prosecutor looks into increased ballot count

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit conducted an inquiry into concerns about the County Clerk-Recorder reporting an additional 332 provisional ballots several weeks after the election. In response, Clerk-Recorder Elaina Cano promptly explained... (Continue reading)

SLO County to give Oceano Advisory Council the boot

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to no longer recognize the controversial Oceano Advisory Council after several years of the group of four unelected members overstepping their bounds and allegedly harassing others.... (Continue reading)

State to shut down a portion of the California Men’s Colony

By KAREN VELIE The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDRC) announced plans on Tuesday to close the California Men’s Colony West Facility, with the exception of Facility M. The closure is the result of attrition and the progressive decline... (Continue reading)

Los Osos board rejects bid to become a city

By KAREN VELIE The Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors voted 4-0 to reject plans last to turn the bedroom community into a city, during its Dec. 1 board meeting. Instead, the board voted to bring community groups... (Continue reading)

Electrical fire damages home in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a single-family home in the 1600 block of Garnette Stree at the Laguna Lake Mobile Estates on Monday evening. At about 7:30 p.m., the homeowner was alerted by a smoke alarm.... (Continue reading)

Mail truck destroyed in crash with semi near Guadalupe

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A semi-truck collided with a U.S. Postal Service vehicle near Guadalupe on Monday, destroying the truck and scattering mail. Shortly before 4 p.m., the two trucks collided in the 3500 block of West Main Street east of... (Continue reading)