Sanitation district superintendent resigns

Amid lawsuits, state fines and notices of violation the superintendent of the South San Luis Obispo Sanitation District has tendered his resignation. Sanitation plant superintendent Bob Barlogio’s last day is slated to be March 22. Barlogio stepped in as interim... (Continue reading)

California lawmaker proposes earthquake warning system

State Senator Alex Padilla has introduced a bill to create a statewide early warning system for earthquakes that would cost at least $80 million. [Mercury News] The proposed system would warn residents up to 60 seconds in advance of an... (Continue reading)

Driver crashes truck in Santa Maria after fleeing CHP

A man driving a stolen truck crashed into several vehicles and injured three people Sunday while leading the California Highway Patrol on a chase from Nipomo to Santa Maria. [KSBY] A CHP officer attempted to stop 21-year-old Juan Benitez around... (Continue reading)

Alleged homeless advocates accused of stealing from the poor

Keeping them homeless By KAREN VELIE, JOSH FRIEDMAN and DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about San Luis Obispo County Homeless Services and the non-profit that manages the program. See Cliff Anderson’s struggles at the... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed again

For the second time, onetime Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s trial has been delayed. Gearhart’s public defender, Kim Savo, requested the delay that has postponed the trial from Jan. 29 to June... (Continue reading)

Second robbery at Lexington Inn this week

San Luis Obispo Police are investigating the second armed robbery at the Lexington Inn on the 2000 block of Garfield Street in two days. With almost identical details to a Thursday robbery, at 9 p.m. on Friday a white man... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles teachers vote no confidence in superintendent

The Paso Robles teacher’s union has voted “no confidence” in Superintendent Kathleen McNamara following the announcement of the district’s plan to implement nine furlough days next year as a cost saving measure. During a union meeting, 97 percent of the... (Continue reading)

Drunk man arrested for smashing windows

Police arrested a man early Saturday morning after a citizen said he was walking around smashing vehicle windows in San Luis Obispo. Around 2:22 a.m., the citizen called 911 after seeing Matthew Martin, 21, breaking windows in the area of... (Continue reading)

Molnar ran for mayor while moving residence outside Grover Beach

Grover Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Molnar resigned from the city council Thursday following the announcement of a change in her residence to outside the city limits. Molnar unsuccessfully ran for mayor in the November 2012 election as a midterm councilwoman. She... (Continue reading)

Free Austin Sarna

OPINION By TERRY MOHAN Austin Sarna, the Good Samaritan transient, who interceded on an assault by several local drunks on a passing motorist in January 2012, has decided to refuse a plea bargain offered by the San Luis Obispo County... (Continue reading)