Sanitation district needs an independent investigation

OPINION By SAN LUIS OBISPO SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Following the major sewage spill of December 2010 and news reports of water quality reporting irregularities at the waste water treatment plant of South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD), Surfrider Foundation... (Continue reading)

Arnold was not Maldonado’s special guest

Republican Congressional candidate Abel Maldonado was enticing supporters to attend a Friday fundraiser in Pismo Beach with the promise of a “special guest,” prompting his Democratic opponent, incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, to report the surprise guest was likely former California... (Continue reading)

Body found in ocean off Pismo Beach

Two men paddle boarding in the pacific ocean near Pismo Beach discovered the body of a 34-year-old man floating in the water on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. Jonathan Blankeship of Pismo Beach is thought to have fallen off an ocean-side... (Continue reading)

Oceano employee’s claim leads to changes

Shortly after receiving a claim for wrongful termination that detailed a supervisor’s porn use, Oceano district officials placed the supervisor on leave and changed the status of all district employees from tenured to at will. In December, Oceano Community Services... (Continue reading)

Rally to save Atascadero tree mural

Friends of the Tree Mural, a group of people supporting a mural on the ARTery in Atascadero, are planning a rally on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 5890 Traffic Way. Atascadero’s Design Review Committee has asked the... (Continue reading)

SLO County battling trustees over Gearhart properties

Following an announcement in early June by the San Luis Obispo County tax collector’s office that several of former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s tax-defaulted properties were to be sold at auction on July 1, an Ohio court trustee filed... (Continue reading)

Teacher sex bill succumbs

A plan to streamline and simplify the process for firing teachers guilty of sex, drugs or violence involving children died in an Assembly committee this week, victim of vigorous opposition from the California Teachers Association. (Sacramento Bee) The measure by... (Continue reading)

Abel Maldonado’s call to repeal Obamacare

STATEMENT BY ABEL MALDONADO We are a nation built on the right to be free and the right to make choices for ourselves, and I believe that government should never force anyone to buy a service. The fundamental truth is... (Continue reading)

New tax-hike plan touted

A Berkeley Democrat’s effort to alter the way California assesses taxes for many state taxpayers faces an uncertain future, needing two-thirds of the Assembly to back it. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner has introduced legislation to disallow the use of net operating... (Continue reading)

Abel Maldonado dividing point among Republicans

OPINION By STEVE BARTOWSKI The Republican Party has a long history of bloodying each other in heated contests and coming together supporting its nominees. In the days before Proposition 14 created the “top-two” primary system, party voters would determine the... (Continue reading)