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Prowler found nude with stolen undergarments

Responding to a homeowner’s report of a prowler, Arroyo Grande Police officers found David Beeman nude, with a large bag full of women’s and children underwear and adult pornography in the caller’s hot tub on January 25. Beeman, 32, was... (Continue reading)

Brown wants to raise community college fees

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a hike in California community college fees from $26 to $36 per credit, raising the cost of a full academic load nearly 40 percent, from $780 to  $1,080 per year. [California Watch] Chancellor Jack Scott... (Continue reading)

State finds fraud and deception at sanitation plant

After a lengthy investigation, the state determined the director of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District operated the plant “using fraud and deception,” according to a letter of proposed disciplinary action from the State Water Resource Control Board. Specifically,... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande grocery store battle delayed

Promoters of a controversial grocery store project in Arroyo Grande asked the council to allow them a two-week continuation in order to provide additional information to council members. Developer Nick Tompkins’ current proposal includes a restaurant, two commercial buildings and... (Continue reading)

Oceano flooding – global warming or county airport?

OPINION By JEFF EDWARDS It has been over a month since the flooding in Oceano on Sunday, December 19.  The neighborhood just south/southwest of the Oceano County Airport was particularly hard hit and neighbors are still dealing with the aftermath... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly’s president’s salary highest in the CSU

The California State University Board of Trustees approved a $350,000 yearly salary for incoming Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong, making him the highest paid university president in the CSU system, at a board meeting on Tuesday night. In addition to... (Continue reading)

Grocery store debate continues in Arroyo Grande

After much controversy, developer Nick Tompkins is again on the Arroyo Grande City Council agenda in another attempt to get approval for a proposed grocery store at East Grand Avenue and South Courtland Street. Council members are scheduled to revisit the... (Continue reading)

California audits redevelopment agencies

California auditors plan to examine the books of local redevelopment agencies charged with improving blight. [LATimes] Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use the billions in taxpayer monies spent on redevelopment agencies to pay for schools and basic services. The state... (Continue reading)

Local agencies violate open meeting law

Requests to allow public access to meetings of a local committee formed to examine the air quality at the Oceano dunes were primarily ignored until one of the states leading authorities on open meeting laws warned the committee that they... (Continue reading)

Police harassment and intimidation in SLO County

OPINION By STACEY WARDE Yesterday, I received some friendly advice that it’s better to “lay low” than put myself on the radar of local law enforcement. My friend had heard me complain on the radio last week that the recent... (Continue reading)