Caltrans reaches $1 billion in Central Coast construction projects

By KAREN VELIE Caltrans has reached an historic milestone with 83 total projects worth more than $1 billion dollars in active construction in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. “This is a landmark achievement... (Continue reading)

Newsom clashes with Walgreens over abortion drugs

By KAREN VELIE Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized Walgreens’ decision not to dispense the abortion pill in states where Republican officials have threatened legal action, before he took a swing at the pharmacy. Newsom is now pulling back the state’s... (Continue reading)

SLO County residents bracing for rain, wind, flooding

By KAREN VELIE While San Luis Obispo County residents continue to clean up from a series of atmospheric rivers and winter storms, more rain is on the way. The latest atmospheric river is forecast to push through the Central Coast... (Continue reading)

Vehicle slams into Pismo Beach motel room

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver crashed a Ford SUV into a room at the Quality Inn in Pismo Beach Tuesday afternoon.  Shortly before 3 p.m., a caller reported the crash at the Quality Inn on 5 Cities Drive, according to... (Continue reading)

CHP chase from Atascadero to SLO ends in crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver allegedly under the influence of drugs led California Highway Patrol officers from Atascadero to San Luis Obispo Tuesday afternoon, culminating with a crash and the suspect’s arrest.  Shortly before 3 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported... (Continue reading)

SLO County residents clear criminal records with help from district attorney

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and other community organizations are working to assist eligible individuals clear their criminal records, District Attorney Dan Dow announced today. The goal is to help reduce barriers to employment... (Continue reading)

SLO’s $50 million proposed parking garage boondoggle

OPINION by LESLIE HALLS Why would anyone even consider giving away/trading valuable city property and taking on another $50 million in bonded indebtedness to meet alleged future parking needs that the city’s own consultants see no need for? The council’s... (Continue reading)

Wendy’s worker robbed at gunpoint in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Atascadero police officers are searching for a man who robbed a female Wendy’s worker at gunpoint early Tuesday morning.  The worker arrived at the Wendy’s in the 8600 block of Curbaril Avenue at about 5:30 a.m. As... (Continue reading)

Prosecutors accuse Paul Fores’ attorney of sanctionable offenses

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office accuses the lawyer representing a man found guilty last year of murdering Kristin Smart of sanctionable offenses, according to an opposition filed March 3. A Monterey County jury found... (Continue reading)

Why I support Hollander for Paso Robles school board

OPINION by CHRIS AREND I originally endorsed Kenney Enney for the special election in April when he announced that he would run.  However, I now find that I must withdraw my endorsement. I now fully endorse Angela Hollander.  I met... (Continue reading)