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San Luis Obispo Fire Chief John Callahan announces retirement

John Callahan, San Luis Obispo Fire Chief for the last five years, has announced plans to retire in November. The announcement came in an email from City Manager Katie Lichtig to employees. Callahan also sent out a separate email announcement... (Continue reading)

Marijuana legalization battle now waged on Facebook

The fight to legalize marijuana in California this November has now landed on Facebook. [Sacramento Bee] Proposition 19 supporters announced that their Facebook page already boasts more than 106,000 fans, compared to the mere two dozen who have signed up... (Continue reading)

Researchers claim reusable grocery bags contain bacteria

Researchers at Loma Linda University and the University of Arizona have found that reusable shopping bags, long championed by environmentalists, contain large amounts of bacteria, posing a risk that food could become cross-contaminated. [San Gabriel Tribune] The new findings come... (Continue reading)

State lottery increases your chance to win

Californians who buy lottery Scratcher tickets are winning more–and now playing more. [Ventura County Star] Scratcher sales leaped by $55 million in June, thanks to a change in state law allowing lottery officials to increase the percentage of revenues returned... (Continue reading)

Deputies destroy 31,000 marijuana plants

Californians may be getting ready to debate Proposition 19, the proposed legalization of marijuana this fall, but closer to home, law enforcement isn’t debating what to do about pot growers. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies seized and destroyed approximately... (Continue reading)

New Times barred from city budget meeting

New Times was shown the door when a reporter tried to cover the first meeting of a new advisory committee, formed to provide input to the San Luis Obispo city manager on budget issues. [New Times] The Financial Sustainability Task... (Continue reading)

Who will be the new county sheriff?

An impressive primary performance by Ian Parkinson underscores the challenge facing runner-up Joe Cortez as the two face off in the general election to decide who will be the next San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. [Tribune] Parkinson, a San Luis... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly names interim engineering dean

Mohammad Noori will step down as dean of the engineering college on June 30 and Erling Smith, the vice provost for programs and planning, will assume the duties of the dean until a new dean is found, according to an... (Continue reading)

Summer Solstice Reggae Festival at Avila Beach Resort, event photos

Set against the rolling green slopes of the Avila hills, slightly reminiscent of the texture of dreads and rimmed by enough palm trees to feel like the tropics, the Summer Solstice Reggae Festival at Avila Beach Resort was one of... (Continue reading)

Election night cliffhanger: Blakeslee is close

Republican Sam Blakeslee came oh-so-close Tuesday night to clinching the state Senate race outright, but he fell short by only a handful of votes, leading observers to wonder whether there are uncounted absentee ballots remaining that might yet allow him... (Continue reading)

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