SLO firefighters reach agreement with city

After six months of negotiations, the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523 and the city reached a tentative agreement late Monday evening. City officials and union negotiators agreed on a four-year-contract that upon adoption will back date to Jan.... (Continue reading)

Christmas Day murderer ruled legally insane

A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge ruled that Andrew Downs was legally insane when he shot and killed two sisters in Santa Margarita on Christmas Day in 2010. [Tribune] During Downs’ trial, doctors for both the defense and... (Continue reading)

Templeton child molester sentenced to 16 years

A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge sentenced Donald Baker to 16 years in prison on Monday for sex crimes against two children now ages 12 and 15. Baker had avoided sentencing for more than a month claiming he... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College closure unlikely

UPDATE: Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo is under an order by its accreditation commission to produce an exit plan for closure of the college by Oct. 15. Last week, the Commission for Community and Junior Colleges sent Cuesta College an... (Continue reading)

Feds nix plan for Medi-Cal co-pays

An effort by the Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to raise nearly $300 million through Medi-Cal co-payments has been quashed by federal officials. [Sacramento Bee] The unprecedented state plan was to assess a pay-per-visit fee for low-income Medi-Cal patients, and to... (Continue reading)

Simultaneous protests for Paso Robles

Two separate but parallel demonstrations Tuesday in Paso Robles will highlight perceived mismanagement by top city and school officials. Teachers will be a rally at Paso Robles School District board’s 6 p.m. meeting at district headquarters, 800 Niblick Road, to... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College accreditation imperiled

BY KAREN VELIE Cuesta College administrators said today the institution faces the threat of finding itself without accreditation. The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), located in Novato, issued an order to show cause why Cuesta College’s accreditation... (Continue reading)

Paso schools face budget woes, teacher strike

An unexplained $1.59 million deficit in Paso Robles School District’s (PRSD) current budget has the district teetering on the brink of insolvency and under threat of a state takeover while local officials target teachers’ pay as a possible solution. In response,... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles’ police protection dwindling

Rattled by a recent spike in violent crime, several Paso Robles police officers are questioning the impact the department’s current policy of not always responding to some criminal activities is having on public safety. Paso Robles has been operating under a... (Continue reading)

Gov. Brown’s pension reform plans

Gov. Jerry Brown has provided the language for his 12-point pension reform plan to the Legislature’s Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions. [SacramentoBee] Before the governor’s plan can be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot, a two-thirds majority vote of... (Continue reading)