Defense of free speech includes defense of seriously unsavory characters

OPINION By PETER SCHEER Why is it that the First Amendment Coalition, like other organizations that defend freedom of speech, is so often aligned in support of seriously unsavory characters? Just last week FAC filed an amicus brief in the... (Continue reading)

Pedestrian struck by car in Avila Beach

A Nipomo woman crashed into a pedestrian walking on Avila Beach Drive near the hot springs shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday. The extent of the victim's injuries are currently unknown. Colleen Werneke, 79, was traveling west in a maroon... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles considering increasing sales tax

Amidst service reductions and under-maintained infrastructure, Paso Robles is considering asking voters to approve a 1 percent increase in the city’s sales tax in November. [Tribune] Over the past three years, Paso Robles has reduced annual spending by more than... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College hires accreditation consultant

Cuesta College officials have taken the first step in getting the school’s accreditation back on track. Cuesta College has hired a consultant to help the college find areas the campus needs to address in order to reaffirm its accreditation. [Tribune]... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College to host wine exports symposium

In an effort to help the wine industry reach new international markets, the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College will host a free wine exports symposium on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Galaxy Colony Square... (Continue reading)

SLO employees’ union negotiations stall, tensions mount

UPDATE: Includes a statement by San Luis Obispo Employees Association Vice President Madelyn Paasch that says city negotiators first declared an impasse. Amidst allegations of bargaining in bad faith, contract negotiations between the city of San Luis Obispo and its... (Continue reading)

Woman sexually assaulted at Pismo Beach hotel

A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at the Pismo Beach Motel 6 early Friday morning, police said. A local hospital examined the woman who was allegedly assaulted by an acquaintance, however no one is in custody. This recent sexual assault... (Continue reading)

Cambria Man Killed on Highway 1

A Cambria man was hit by a car and killed Thursday night on Highway 1 near Moonstone Beach. Milton Torell, 64, was standing next to his bike just north of Cambria when he was hit by a 1996 Dodge Neon... (Continue reading)

State pension reform envisioned

Public employees’ pensions will be reformed by the legislature before the next state budget is adopted, Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg predicted today. [Sacramento Bee] “We are committed to getting pension reform done,” said the Upper House leader, downplaying... (Continue reading)

Eleven people rescued from SLO elevator

San Luis Obispo city firefighters rescued eleven people who were stuck inside the Palm Street parking structure elevator on Thursday evening. [KCOY] Around 7 p.m., the elevator became stuck. Firefighters point to an excessive amount of weight in the elevator... (Continue reading)