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Christmas at the Point San Luis Lighthouse, event photos

The Other Reindeer singers helped usher in the holidays with timeless Christmas carols at the third annual holiday celebration at the Point San Luis Lighthouse. Find local events as well as movie show times at CalCoastNews’ Event Calendar. If you... (Continue reading)

Business lobby tops labor lobby

Business won the  lobbying wars in Sacramento this past year, knocking off more potentially pesky legislative proposals than any other special interest group under the dome. [CaliforniaWatch] Between labor, business and others, interest groups spent more than $216 million for... (Continue reading)

School chief’s wife defends contracts with district

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Rancorous relations among factions in the Coast Unified School District (CUSD) fester after the wife of district Superintendent Chris Adams angrily and publicly derided “lies and accusations about our family that pervade our district and community and... (Continue reading)

Postal Service needs flexibility to achieve financial stability

OPINION By KERRY WOLNY As Congress considers legislation to reform the business model of the Postal Service, it must confront a basic choice: to permit the Postal Service to function more as a business does, or constrain it from doing... (Continue reading)

Rural fire fees due soon

In little more than a week, thousands of San Luis Obispo County rural residents will be nailed by a $150 “fire prevention fee” levied by the state of California and criticized by opponents as unnecessary and illegal. [SFChronicle] Gov. Jerry... (Continue reading)

Peace officers buying and selling assault weapons

California peace officers have bought more than 7,600 assault weapons that are outlawed for civilians in the decade since state lawmakers allowed the practice, according to data obtained by the Associated Press after it was revealed that federal authorities are... (Continue reading)

Don’t steal in front of cops

A “bad idea” led to the arrest early Saturday of two men allegedly stealing ornaments from the Capitol Christmas tree, said California Highway Patrol officials. [SacramentoBee] A passing CHP officer saw people acting suspiciously around the tree, located on the... (Continue reading)

Countrywide Financial’s $335 million racial discrimination settlement

Countrywide Financial agreed to pay a $335 million settlement for allegedly engaging in a widespread practice of discrimination against qualified Hispanic and African-American  borrowers from 2004 through 2008. The Department of Justice Wednesday filed its largest residential fair lending settlement... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande shop owner arrested in sting operation

Deputies arrested an Arroyo Grande smoke shop owner after he allegedly sold alcohol and drug paraphernalia to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s department decoy during a sting operation on Friday. Ghanem Ayass, 52, the owner of Mr. Smokes on Halcyon... (Continue reading)

Jogger fights off attack

A woman jogger attacked Tuesday morning on Vachell Lane near the San Luis Obispo city limits escaped serious injury after she aggressively fought off her assailant. Sheriff’s officials said the woman, who was not identified, was running alone about 7... (Continue reading)