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

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Morro Bay city attorney’s job back on chopping block

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Morro Bay City Council members have set special meeting for Monday to discuss terminating city attorney Rob Schultz. Schultz and City Manager Andrea Lueker have been battling to keep their jobs since September 11, when Mayor Jamie Irons called a special council meeting to discuss firing the city’s top two executives. Though […]... (Continue Reading)

Supreme Court tosses Santa Maria groundwater rights case

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the disputed Santa Maria Groundwater Basin management plan, ending 16 years of costly litigation over water supplies in Northern Santa Barbara County and Southern San Luis Obispo County. The Santa Maria Groundwater Basin lies underneath much of the northern and southern sections […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO management snubs policy critic

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid allegation of financial inadequacies, San Luis Obispo’s assistant city manager ordered the city clerk to leave the name of an outspoken applicant for a position on the Investment Oversight Committee off a staff report for Tuesday’s meeting. San Luis Obispo business owner and former mayoral candidate Steve Barasch regularly addresses the […]... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos sewer contractor dumping millions of gallons of water into Morro Bay

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Every three days, contractor W.A. Rasic dumps more water into Morro Bay than an Olympic-size pool can hold. It’s part of the Los Osos Wastewater Project, putting in a sewer system for the area. As workers dig trenches for the sewers, groundwater rises to fill them. The water has to be removed […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill casts deciding vote for CAPSLO contract

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill cast the deciding vote last week to approve a contract of more than $360,000 for the organization that employs his fiancée. Hill often abstains or recuses himself when the Board of Supervisors votes on contracts for the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, which […]... (Continue Reading)

CAPSLO in line to receive homeless parking monopoly

BY KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council is slated to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that will require private property owners who allow homeless individuals to sleep in their vehicles overnight to bring in Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) to manage the program. Current ordinances make it […]... (Continue Reading)

San Luis Obispo city attorney’s brother-in-law gets a job without any competition

CLARIFICATION: Ted Green is Christine Dietrick’s brother-in-law. By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo city officials provided a job to a key employee’s brother-in-law without making the position available to current city employees or the general public. City Attorney Christine Dietrick’s brother-in-law Ted R. Green needed a job. On July 25, Community Development […]... (Continue Reading)

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CCN reporter arrested on DUI charge for .06 blood alcohol level

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and DANIEL BLACKBURN CalCoastNews reporter and co-founder Karen Velie was taken into custody on Aug. 13 after a San Luis Obispo police officer arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officer Josh Walsh placed Velie under arrest after her blood alcohol test showed a .06. California’s drunk driving laws require […]... (Continue Reading)

Torres untruthful in slander case documents, new court filings say

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The slander suit filed by CAPSLO’s Homeless Services Director Dee Torres took a new turn when defendant Mike Brennler submitted a case document on Friday saying that Torres was not truthful in her sworn statement to the court. Ralph Almirol, an ex-boyfriend of Torres who claims she has pilfered from the homeless, […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO seizes homeless property days after LA loses legal bid

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo calls the tents, bikes and personal belongings of homeless people “found property.” Workers for the company that gets $1,600 a day to seize and send the property to the landfill call it “homeless trash.” The people whose belongings are taken call it “everything” – from items for their young […]... (Continue Reading)

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