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Two police officers shot in Santa Maria

A gunman shot two Santa Maria Police officers before being shot and killed by police during a shootout that occurred shortly after 8 a.m. today on the 300 block of Agnes Avenue. [SantaMariaTimes] The two currently unnamed officers are undergoing... (Continue reading)

Home Depot stores profiting on veterans

Veterans, enticed by the promise of special discounts, load their carts at Home Depot stores only to discover the advertised discounts require a non-existent veterans’ service card. While a portion of veterans receive medical cards, the bulk are expected to utilize... (Continue reading)

Central Coast leads California in falling incomes

Residents of the Central Coast of California have been hit the hardest in the great recession with median incomes plummeting 18 percent since 2007, according to a report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California. The report defines... (Continue reading)

California plans to eliminate 600 state hospital jobs

As part of a plan to overhaul the state’s mental health system, officials proposed eliminating about 600 jobs from the state’s five mental hospitals which includes Atascadero State Hospital, according to a report released Wednesday. The layoffs come as part... (Continue reading)

Templeton man pleads guilty to child molestation

A Templeton man accused of sexually molesting two children pled guilty at a readiness hearing on Wednesday allowing him to forgo a trial scheduled for Thursday. In October 2010, Donald Baker was charged with eight felony counts in the alleged... (Continue reading)

Voters favor public pension reform

By a slim majority, California voters tilt in favor of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce public pensions. [Field Poll] The governor’s 12-point plan introduced last month has gained the favor of 51 percent of those polled, said Mark DiCamillo,... (Continue reading)

Buffett to purchase SLO County solar farm

A company owned by Warren Buffett announced Tuesday it has entered into a definitive agreement with First Solar to buy the Topaz Solar Farm currently under construction in San Luis Obispo County. The 550-megawatt solar plant is expected to produce... (Continue reading)

SLO management to take a pay cut

San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 to approve an upper level employee proposed pay cut on  Tuesday night. The move is slated to save the city $807,000 annually. Councilwoman Kathy Smith and Councilman Dan Carpenter voted against the proposed... (Continue reading)

Dual state probe into foreclosures

A joint investigation into mortgage abuses by the nation’s largest banks will team the attorneys general of California and Nevada, two states hit hardest by foreclosures. [SacrementoBee] The collaborative effort of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Nevada Attorney General... (Continue reading)

Brown tosses tax plan to voters

The governor wants you to approve a new, $7 billion tax package “to get the state back on track.” In an “open letter” emailed Monday to Californians, Gov. Jerry Brown said he has filed an initiative to place on the... (Continue reading)