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Campus pepper spray incident probed

Legislatures grilled University of California officials at a joint legislative hearing  Wednesday set to examine the behavior of UC Davis campus cops who pepper-sprayed sitting students and batted them with batons during a November protest that resulted in nationwide attention.... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal of the week found sleeping on the job

Police arrested a Grover Beach man who was discovered sleeping in a recently stolen car stocked with burglary tools and stolen items in Vallejo on Sunday. [TimesHerald] A friend of the owner of the stolen Acura Integra was jogging when... (Continue reading)

Fuzzy math should not obscure real progress by SLO City

OPINION By JOHN B. ASHBAUGH, San Luis Obispo City Councilman Here’s a riddle for you: When is a “0” not a zero? Answer: When it’s being deployed by a political activist with an axe to grind. I refer, of course,... (Continue reading)

Atascadero appoints new mayor

The Atascadero City Council unanimously voted to appoint Bob Kelley mayor of Atascadero on Tuesday. [SLOTribune] Last year, Atascadero voters elected to join San Luis Obispo County’s other six cities and begin electing mayors instead of allowing the council to... (Continue reading)

Study lists California pensions’ shortfall at $500 billion

California’s three largest pension systems are on the hook for $500 billion beyond their current ability to pay retirees, according to a study released Tuesday by Stanford University Professor and former Democratic Assemblyman Joe Nation and a student researcher. [SacramentoBee]... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria police officers shot each other

The only bullets fired in Thursday’s fusillade killing a 24-year-old Santa Maria man and wounding two officers came from police weapons. A local newspaper initially reported that the fatally wounded man, Samyr Ceballos, started a shootout. “Never once did I... (Continue reading)

SLO city salary cuts: $0.00

OPINION By KEVIN RICE A recent public relations blitz from the city of San Luis Obispo lauded $807,000 in compensation reductions voluntarily taken by top management. Our local spoon-fed media then dutifully regurgitated the numbers put forth by the city... (Continue reading)

Detective on the hook for faulty SWAT team raid

The 9th Circuit Court ruled Friday a Santa Maria couple can sue the detective whose faulty warrant led to a SWAT team storming their home in search of their son who was already in jail. [CourthouseNewsService] The Santa Maria Police... (Continue reading)

Feds accuse local hospitals of overcharging

Catholic Healthcare West paid $875,564 to the United States to settle allegations that certain of its affiliate hospitals, including French Hospital in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, overcharged Medicare during a period of almost a decade, United... (Continue reading)

Part-time legislature amendment proposed

Would California fare better with a part-time legislature? [SacramentoBee] That’s the central question at the core of a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce both the lawmaking body’s time in Sacramento and the pay for members. First-term Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, (R-Bakersfield) ... (Continue reading)