Man gets 25 years to life for raping, impregnating teen in Nipomo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County judge sentenced a man to 25 years to life in prison for raping a 17-year-old girl, whom he impregnated.  Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago, now 30, raped the victim on April 29, 2021 at... (Continue reading)

Officers plan DUI checkpoints in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles police announced separate plans to conduct DUI checkpoints in their cities at undisclosed locations on Friday evening. From 6 p.m. to 1 p.m., Paso Robles police will hold a DUI checkpoint at... (Continue reading)

Officials vote to extend life of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

By KAREN VELIE California energy regulators voted Thursday to allow Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in Avila Beach to continue producing energy through 2030. After agreeing to shut down the nuclear power plant in 2025, PG&E received backing from both federal... (Continue reading)

SLO awards $150,000 to nonprofits for DEI programs

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council last week awarded a combined total of $150,000 in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) grants to eight local nonprofits for programs the city says will contribute to a sense of belonging... (Continue reading)

Time to fire SLO High School officials who covered up misconduct

OPINION by AMBER WILKERSON As I reflect on the past 14 months, I have so many emotions. Anger, sadness, anxiousness, disbelief, and confusion. As my daughter’s story becomes public, and so many other stories related to San Luis Obispo High... (Continue reading)

Power outage impacting more than 1,300 SLO County residents

By KAREN VELIE More than 1,300 PG&E customers lost power in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday morning. Shortly after 7 a.m., 1,233 PG&E customers from Pismo Beach through the Edna Valley area lost power. PG&E estimates the power will... (Continue reading)

Police identify 15-year-old boy shot and killed in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Maria police have identified a 15-year-old boy whom a gunman shot and killed on Saturday in the northern Santa Barbara County city. Shortly after 2 p.m., a caller reported a shooting in the area of Oakley... (Continue reading)

PG&E warns of potential power outages in Santa Barbara County

By KAREN VELIE PG&E is warning some residents of Santa Barbara County that the company may turn the power off because of heavy winds forecasts from Friday morning through Sunday. The potential shutoff impacts 103 Central Coast customers. “Given the... (Continue reading)

Vic’s Cafe in Paso Robles shuts down after 80 years in business

By KAREN VELIE After more than 80 years in business, Vic’s Cafe in Paso Robles has closed its doors. Staff served the last patrons at the cafe on Sunday. The owners point at financial issues caused by the COVID pandemic... (Continue reading)

Worker dies from fall through Lompoc roof

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A worker died after falling through the roof of a building in Lompoc on Tuesday, according to the city’s police department.  Shortly before 11 a.m., a fellow roofer with the out-of-country company reported the fall at 413... (Continue reading)