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Oceano board appoints ex-official and newcomer to vacant seats

Oceano Community Services District board members voted unanimously to appoint former board member Rick Searcy along with Felma Hurdle to the board on Wednesday evening. Searcy and Hurdle were appointed to fill vacancies created by the resignations of Jim Hill... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College slashes budget

Cuesta College Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to slash the budget by $2.9 million for the upcoming academic year, resulting in salary reductions, permanent assignment reductions, reduced workloads and position eliminations for approximately 120 employees. As of July 1,... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County drug traffickers arrested

Four members of a San Luis Obispo County drug trafficking ring were arrested and approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine was seized on Wednesday as part of a multi-agency investigation. Following a tip that Julio Gutierrez, 36, of Los Osos was... (Continue reading)

Police union battles to keep binding arbitration

The San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association is seeking a temporary restraining order against the city in an attempt to delay its goal to have the public vote on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make... (Continue reading)

Sheriff restores internal affairs unit

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is bringing back an internal affairs unit to investigate citizens’ complaints brought against sheriff’s department personnel. Under former sheriff Pat Hedges, the internal investigation unit was disbanded. Last year there were 25 complaints... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district served notice for violations

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District has been slapped with a notice of violation for the 12-hour raw sewage spill that occurred in December, 2010, according to an April 18 enforcement action that CalCoastNews received through a Public... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach discussing police merger

Facing significant budget cuts, the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach are discussing combining their police departments. [KSBY] Arroyo Grande City Council will consider the merger which would save from $850,000 to $1 million a year on Tuesday. According... (Continue reading)

Teens charged in Boy Scout building arson

Police arrested two teens Monday for burning down the Arroyo Grande Boys Scouts of America building. Caleb Joseph Pelletier, 18, of Creston and an unnamed 16-year-old Arroyo Grande High School student were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, arson, burglary and... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former First Couple of California, are now living apart as they decide the future of their 25-year marriage. [LA Times] Shriver, 55, moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion weeks ago and the couple... (Continue reading)

Feds pouring money into California Homeland Security

Amid the slashing of state and school budgets, the federal government is pouring Homeland Security dollars into California at record rates. [SFGate] In 2010, California received $268 million worth of security spending, about 16 percent of the nearly $1.7 billion... (Continue reading)