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Courts choking on cash deficit

Deep budget cuts to state courts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown have judges predicting a “rationing” of justice. [San Francisco Chronicle] Brown wants to shave $544 million from the court system budget as part of the governor’s plan to close... (Continue reading)

Horse rescued after swimming out to sea

Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews rescued a horse they discovered swimming in the ocean about 2.5 miles from shore on Tuesday shortly before sunset. The Arabian horse named William swam out to sea after being spooked by waves during a... (Continue reading)

Nipomo lottery ticket remains unclaimed

It has now been two months since someone purchased a MEGA Millions ticket in Nipomo worth $326,163, and so far, no one has come forward to claim the prize. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to... (Continue reading)

Conservatives’ faith in local government is misplaced

OPINION By PETER SCHEER The closer government is to the people, the more government is controlled by special interests. In America today, conservatism’s one clear fault line, cutting across cultural and socioeconomic schisms, aligns conservatives based on their views about... (Continue reading)

Huasna oil plan stirs comment

County supervisors Tuesday listened to a parade of people during a half-day public hearing as they voiced opinions on a proposed Excelaron oil drilling plan in rural Huasna Valley. No action by the board is expected until August 21. Opponents... (Continue reading)

SLO approves excessive drinking regulations

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to endorse new rules to be placed on bars and restaurants serving alcohol after 11 p.m. Councilwoman Kathy Smith dissented. [Tribune] New establishments will now be required to procure a conditional... (Continue reading)

Los Osos man accused of murdering his mother

A 23-year-old Los Osos man is being charged with murdering his mother who died earlier today from injuries she sustained from an assault last month. On April 27, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrived at a Los Osos home... (Continue reading)

Atascadero has new pension plan

A two-tiered pension system has been adopted by the Atascadero City Council in what city officials term a “cost containment measure.” Current public safety officers can still retire at age 50, and these employees receive a pension computed on last... (Continue reading)

Shark attacks kayak in Cambria

A great white shark took a bite out of the kayak of a Paso Robles man who was fishing with friends off the waters of Cambria on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. Joey Nocchi, 30, of Paso Robles was fishing... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill tied to phony mailer

Members of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Party contend Adam Hill’s campaign is trying to influence the vote by sending out phony mailers in an attempt to give the false impression Hill has the Republican Party endorsement. An advertising... (Continue reading)