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Firefighters extinguish blaze in area of San Luis Obispo homeless camp

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Firefighters extinguished a blaze near a homeless encampment along Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo early Wednesday morning. Shortly before 2 a.m., a caller reported fire burning in an area near Mustang Village II apartment complex.... (Continue reading)

SUV overturns after vehicles collide in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Two vehicles collided in a San Luis Obispo intersection Wednesday night, leaving one of them, an SUV, overturned in a crosswalk. Shortly after 9 p.m., a Dodger Challenger collided with a Subaru Outback at the intersection of... (Continue reading)

Tuberculosis cases rising in SLO County, California

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is warning about tuberculosis cases increasing locally and statewide, though officials say numbers remain low. In 2023, health officials identified ten cases of active tuberculosis in SLO County. That... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria man charged with attempting to meet a minor for sex

By KAREN VELIE Police arrested a 37-year-old Santa Maria man on Wednesday who was allegedly attempting to meet with what he thought was an 11-year-old girl and her mother for a sexual encounter with the child. While the man thought... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles mayor scolded over conflicts of interest

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles Mayor John Hamon received a warning from state regulators in February for violating political rules about conflicts of interest, according to a California Fair Political Practices Commission’s Feb. 13 warning letter. A determination that ended... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council appoints Whitney McDonald as interim city manager

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday appointed Assistant City Manager Whitney McDonald to serve as interim city manager starting on April 26. Last month, SLO City Manager Derek Johnson announced plans to resign his post,... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles City Council votes to raise their own compensation

By KAREN VELIE The Paso Robles City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to raise their compensation by 10% and their travel allowances by 20%, with Councilman Chris Bausch dissenting. The increase will need to come back for a second reading... (Continue reading)

Proposition 1 too close to call, campaign back on

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mental health ballot measure, which had appeared to be on pace to pass, remains too close to call, and opponents of the initiative have revived their campaign against it. [Cal Matters] Proposition 1 would... (Continue reading)

Recap of arrest and citations in SLO during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

By KAREN VELIE Despite double fines for large gatherings and alcohol related offenses, thousands of people gathered near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Double fines last weekend in the St. Patrick’s Day safety enhancement... (Continue reading)

Is Pismo Beach’s reclaimed water project doomed?

By KAREN VELIE After expending millions of dollars and thousands of hours of time, representatives of Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach on Monday all but pulled the plug on Central Coast Blue, a regional recycled water project. In... (Continue reading)