Teen charged with Pismo Beach murder

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office charged a 15-year-old male in July for homicide and for associating with a criminal street gang.after he allegedly shot and killed a Fresno man in Pismo Beach in the... (Continue reading)

California to pay homeowners to build tiny homes in backyards

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The state of California is reviving a program that previously paid homeowners up to $40,000 to build tiny homes in their backyards, an attempt to address the state’s housing shortage. [Business Insider] In late June, Gov. Gavin... (Continue reading)

Time for a new perspective on the Oceano Dunes

OPINION by ADAM VERDIN For years, the public discussion regarding the Oceano Dunes and vehicle access has been binary: four wheelers versus environmentalists. But it’s not as simple as one would think. Not every person who accesses and recreates on... (Continue reading)

Nordstrom Rack to open in San Luis Obispo in October

By KAREN VELIE Nordstrom Rack recently announced plans to open a store at the SLO Promenade in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 26. To celebrate opening day, the store will offer treats and entertainment starting at 8 a.m., with the... (Continue reading)

California ballot measure would force lawmakers to reveal lobbyist ties

  By JOSH FRIEDMAN A voter initiative that may appear on the ballot in California next year would overhaul the state’s Public Records Act, requiring unprecedented scrutiny into lobbying occurring at the Capitol, as well as more access to government... (Continue reading)

Developers of Cerro Hotel project battle over who will cover losses

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series regarding allegations of fraud and breach of contract against high-profile developer Hamish Marshall. By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo developer Hamish Marshall is at the center of a lawsuit seeking... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man sentenced to life in prison

By KAREN VELIE A Paso Robles repeat offender was sentenced to 77 years to life plus 41 years in prison for attempted robbery, robbery, carjacking and reckless evasion of a peace officer. In May, a San Luis Obispo County jury... (Continue reading)

Firefighters battle blaze behind businesses in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero firefighters quickly extinguished a fire burning behind a commercial buildings on Traffic Way on Tuesday afternoon. Shortly before 2 p.m., a caller reported the fire burning behind the Air Rite building at 5001 Traffic Way. Firefighters... (Continue reading)

Deputies stop Santa Barbara jail escape attempt

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s custody deputies thwarted an escape attempt at the county’s Main Jail on Monday night. Shortly before 9 p.m., deputies observed five unescorted inmates in an unauthorized area of the jail. The custody deputies... (Continue reading)

Syphilis rates rising in SLO County amid medication shortage

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Syphilis rates in San Luis Obispo County have spiked over the last decade, culminating with the county recording nearly 100 cases of the infection last year. In 2013, SLO County had a total of 22 diagnosed cases... (Continue reading)