County prevails again in COLAB smart growth suit

A state appellate court upheld an earlier ruling Tuesday that San Luis Obispo County did not need to prepare an environmental impact report when adopting its smart-growth policies. [SLO Tribune] The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled against the Coalition... (Continue reading)

Movie review: Cloud Atlas

By MIRANDA FORESMAN I don’t suggest seeing Cloud Atlas unless you are in a particularly open-minded state and willing to be confused. For three hours. The collaboration between the directors (the Wachowskis of Matrix fame and Tom Tykwer, known for... (Continue reading)

Cambria Scarecrow Festival, event photos

During the month of October, more than 200 of the most artistic, creative and lively scarecrows line the streets of Cambria in an event sponsored by the Cambria Historical Society. Find local events as at CalCoastNews’ Event Calendar. If you would... (Continue reading)

Central Coast is fungi heaven

The nation’s second-biggest (legal) mushroom producing area can be found on the Central Coast. (San Francisco Chronicle) Only Pennsylvania, where mushroom farming was pioneered, puts to market the volume and variety of edible fungus that can be found in the... (Continue reading)

Wallace Group loses contract, gains others

Spooked by a $1.1 million fine levied against a public entity due to mismanagement by the Wallace Group, agencies throughout the area are reevaluating relationships with the engineering firm and its owner, John Wallace. Oceano Community Services District Board members,... (Continue reading)

Supervisors request PG&E meet more conditions on seismic testing

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to write a letter to the California Coastal Commission asking the agency to address several concerns relating to PG&E’s proposed seismic testing before approving the project. Members of the community... (Continue reading)

Vote yes on Proposition 38

OPINION By MARK BUCHMAN Proposition 38 sends money directly to local schools and local folks get a say in how it is spent – plain and simple. Money cannot be hijacked by legislators. It cannot be used to increase salaries.... (Continue reading)

Local lawmakers on maverick list

Two Republican state lawmakers from San Luis Obispo County are among the party’s most independent members, according to an analysis of voting records by the Sacramento Bee. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (33rd District) and Sen. Sam Blakeslee (15th District) were on... (Continue reading)

Opponent requests another Ashbaugh investigation

San Luis Obispo City Councilman John Ashbaugh is facing another accusation of financial misconduct in his bid for reelection. Ashbaugh, who received a $252 fine Friday for accepting a campaign contribution above the $200 limit, filed a campaign disclosure Thursday... (Continue reading)

California textbooks drop pro-plastic bag messages

The California Environmental Protection Agency revised a controversial K-12 curriculum, removing some positive messages about plastic bags that an interest group lobbied to include. [California Watch] In August 2011, school officials rewrote part of a new environmental curriculum to include... (Continue reading)