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Josh Friedman

Writer Josh Friedman may or may not live in San Luis Obispo County.

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Ashbaugh and Carpenter debate Measure Y

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo Property and Business Owner’s Association hosted a panel discussion on Measure Y renewal Thursday that featured opposing views expressed by councilmen John Ashbaugh and Dan Carpenter. Ashbaugh said the city has properly handled the taxpayers’ half-cent sales tax dollars and that voters deserve the right to choose whether […]... (Continue Reading)

Oceano hires Ogren as new general manager

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In an attempt to boost its agency’s credibility, the Oceano Community Services District board opted to hire San Luis Obispo County Public Works Director Paavo Ogren as the new district general manager and award him a base pay of nearly $200,000 a year. The CSD board of directors voted 4-1 Wednesday night, […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO code enforcers eye landlord housing the poor

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo property owner contends that multiple tenants of his are facing the threat of homelessness as a result of unwarranted action city code enforcers are taking against him. John Holloman, an 84-year-old retired medical doctor who owns a five-acre mountainside property that extends upward from the base of Cerro […]... (Continue Reading)

Cal Poly blanks Irvine to even series

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Cal Poly pitching has struggled on Saturdays throughout the 2014 season. But on Saturday night with just one run of support, Mustang pitchers shut out first-place UC Irvine, and Cal Poly beat the Anteaters 1-0. The Mustang victory evened the Big West Conference series which may decide the conference champion. Irvine is […]... (Continue Reading)

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Cal Poly loses pitchers’ duel to Irvine in series opener

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Cal Poly lost the opening game of a crucial Big West Conference series 3-2 to UC Irvine Friday night at Baggett Stadium. Anteater Ace Andrew Morales beat Mustang ace Matt Imhof in a duel of pitchers expected to be selected in the early rounds of June’s Major League Baseball Draft. Both Morales […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO criticized over poor investment return rates

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo is earning less than $300,000 annually in return on its $90 million investment portfolio. Even so, several city staffers are battling to leave the assets in highly liquid low rate of return investments. San Luis Obispo is currently earning an approximately .3 percent return on the […]... (Continue Reading)

Ray brings boyfriend into political fray

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County supervisor currently running for election has used her political position to further the career of her boyfriend, in violation of an ethic’s policy. Last October, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Caren Ray to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to fill a seat […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO developer fined by state ethics watchdog

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County developer has drawn a fine from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for not identifying himself as a major donor to the election campaign of County Supervisor Caren Ray. The FPPC voted during its meeting last week to fine Gary Grossman $400 for failing to properly […]... (Continue Reading)

Will Gibson’s emails to his lover surface before election?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN For more than 17 months, San Luis Obispo County officials have claimed they are attempting to comply with the California Public Records Act, yet they have failed to provide emails that could tarnish the reputation of a supervisor currently running for reelection, as required by law. The California Public Records Act is […]... (Continue Reading)

Fire authority blames voters for parcel tax failure

By JOSH FRIEDMAN After 60 percent of voters rejected a parcel tax initiative for firefighting services, the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) took to Facebook to blame its fiscal woes on South County property owners. On Friday, the votes were tallied. Property owners in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano voted 59.6 percent against the […]... (Continue Reading)

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