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Hiring freeze at Atascadero State Hospital lifted

In response to a dramatic increase in violence at California mental hospitals, Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said Friday that she is lifting the current hiring freeze. [LATimes] Her decision came a day after she visited Napa State... (Continue reading)

Armed robberies plague Paso Robles

Paso Robles Police are investigating a string of armed robberies of businesses on Spring Street. On Saturday night, two men demanded money from a clerk of JNJ Liquor Store at 3355 Spring St. Before fleeing the shop, one of the... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach benefit for Kinsley Wong, event photos

The Kingsley Thomas Wong fundraiser was hopping with great wine, fabulous food and music by Good Vibrations at Friday’s Pismo Beach event. Proceeds will benefit Wong, a kite surfer who was seriously injured last year. Find local events as at... (Continue reading)

McCarthy chops away at wilderness protection

Cong. Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes much of San Luis Obispo County, introduced legislation Friday designed to cut back wilderness protection efforts. [San Francisco Chronicle] McCarthy, the third ranking Republican in the House proposed a bill that would roll back the... (Continue reading)

Man shot by Taser gun remains in hospital

The condition of the man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill several San Luis Obispo Police officers was upgraded from serious condition to fair condition earlier today. Following an altercation with San Luis Obispo Police on Thursday, Jason McMaster,... (Continue reading)

Should a city manager earn more than a governor?

Local activist Kevin Rice is floating the idea of a possible ballot initiative for San Luis Obispo that would curb the salaries of city officials, especially the city manager. Rice argued in a radio interview earlier in the week that... (Continue reading)

Fire at Sierra Vista Hospital

A short in an elevator motor at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center caused a small fire in the basement of the main tower today at about 9:20 a.m. Hospital staff initiated pre-planned emergency procedures before firefighters arrived helping to bring... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College’s Hands Across California

Residents from all over San Luis Obispo County are expected to turn out in support of financially-strapped Cuesta College and community colleges up and down the state when the Hands Across California event is held starting at 2 p.m. on... (Continue reading)

Gibson and Marx lose bid for Coastal Commission

Brian Brennan, a Ventura city councilman and a member of the Surfrider Foundation, was appointed to the California Coastal Commission over San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx and County Supervisor Bruce Gibson. A coalition of 10 statewide environmental and coastal... (Continue reading)

Parolee threatens to kill policeman

San Luis Obispo Police arrested a parolee who threatened to kill officers before violently resisting arrest on Thursday at 4 a.m. Responding to a call that an agitated man was yelling profanities at Santa Rosa Park, officers were confronted by... (Continue reading)