Disabled man files lawsuit against San Luis Obispo police officer

The lawyer for a developmentally disabled Atascadero man, who said he was physically assaulted in March 2010 by an off-duty San Luis Obispo police officer, filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer seeking damages last week. Scott Summers, 50,... (Continue reading)

Appeals lodged against Carrizo Plain solar plant

Four appeals have been lodged against the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s approval of SunPower’s proposal to construct a 250-megawatt solar plant on the Carrizo Plain. [Tribune] Opponents of the project want the Carrizo Plain protected as a habitat... (Continue reading)

Mountain Lion at the Oceano Dunes?

Local photographer Amy Joseph was capturing images of the Oceano Dunes on Saturday afternoon when she took a few photos of what she thought was a stray horse. To her surprise, zoom images appear to show a mountain lion running... (Continue reading)

CalPERS seeking $200 million increase in funding

CalPERS staff has recommended a small change in investment projections that is likely to cost California $200 million or more.  [MercuryNews] The California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board had estimated that the pension fund’s investments would make 7.75 percent interest... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill quietly begins re-election bid

Adam Hill, 3rd District county supervisor, is already mapping out his campaign for re-election in 2012. Supporters have been reaching out to local public officials, inviting them to attend a kick-off rally for Hill, set for early May, when he... (Continue reading)

Tsunami 2011, event photos

In Shell Beach, the water receded dramatically on Friday morning revealing more coastline than seen at the lowest tide. When tsunami waves hit shallower coastal waters, wave height dramatically increases. Along the Central Coast, the topography of the ocean floor... (Continue reading)

World of Pinot Noir at the Cliffs, event photos

More than 50 pinot noir producers poured their wines at the World of Pinot Noir at the Cliff’s Resort in Pismo Beach. The World of Pinot Noir was a weekend celebration that culminated with inventive brunch selections paired with world-class... (Continue reading)

SmartMeter opponents score major victory

Pacific Gas & Electric took a major hit Thursday when state regulators announced that they expect the utility to offer customers the option of declining wireless SmartMeters. [Associated Press] The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is giving PG&E two weeks... (Continue reading)

Heritage Oaks Bank makes out while investors lose

After battling for a cut of developer Kelly Gearhart’s Vista del Hombre property, Heritage Oaks Bank in San Luis Obispo walked away with most of the controversial developer’s land in Paso Robles. At the same time, a federal bankruptcy court in... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College renews search for South County site

Cuesta College is searching for a new South County education center site after negotiations with owners of a proposed Grover Beach property were abandoned. Cuesta College officials had offered to pay 75 cents a square foot for the Grover Beach... (Continue reading)