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)

Web-based political party emerging

An online nominating “convention” will seek to select an alternative presidential candidate through a unique campaign being prepared by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group, Americans Elect, for California’s November ballot. [SacramentoBee] The group’s plan is to bypass the traditional caucus... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande police officer alleges sexual harassment

Contentious claims of a culture of sexual discrimination and harassment have resulted in the first of three proposed lawsuits against the city of Arroyo Grande, its police department and Chief Steve Annibali winding its way through the system. Arroyo Grande police... (Continue reading)

Police search SLO County for body of Salinas woman

Salinas Police have reached out to law enforcement agencies in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties asking them to assist in the search for the body of a woman believed to have been killed by her son. [Californian] Police... (Continue reading)