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

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Santa Barbara nonprofit sues Lands Commission over Diablo Canyon

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Barbara-based nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against the California State Lands Commission, alleging the agency wrongfully approved a new lease for the cooling system at Diablo Canyon power plant. The lawsuit claims state law mandates than Diablo Canyon undergo an environmental review. On June 28, the three-member State Lands Commission […]... (Continue Reading)

Central Coast counties rank in the top 6 for heroin overdoses

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County ranked fourth per capita in heroin overdoses leading to hospitalizations in California in 2015 while Santa Barbara County ranked sixth, according to statistics from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. On average, last year in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, one person […]... (Continue Reading)

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Cambria manager gets raise despite financial discrepancies

Editor’s Note: The CalPERS audit is at the bottom of the article. By JOSH FRIEDMAN A series of financial blunders committed by the Cambria Community Services District have surfaced over the past year, including in a recent audit that discovered violations of the California Government Code. The district responded with the board granting its general […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill changes course on homeless, Torres-Hill gets funding

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill has altered his stance on solving the county’s homeless crisis, shifting from advocating for a new shelter to pushing for permanent housing. Hill’s stance has changed as his wife, Dee Torres-Hill, has transitioned from working for the agency building the shelter to running her own […]... (Continue Reading)

Proposed raise exposes Cambria’s financial blunders

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than two months after public outrage prompted the Cambria Community Services District to table a staggered 38 percent pay raise for the CSD general manager, the salary hike is again up for a vote. This time, the district board is only considering a 6 percent salary increase. In June 2011, the […]... (Continue Reading)

PG&E to close Diablo Canyon

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced plans to close Diablo Canyon power plant when the licenses to operate its two nuclear reactors expire in 2024 and 2025. The decision is being celebrated by environmental groups as the end of nuclear power in California, while others are concerned about the ensuing financial impact […]... (Continue Reading)

Paso Robles councilman accused of using position for profit

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon is accused of violating conflict of interest rules because he participates in government decisions that allegedly impact his business interests and income. Hamon is currently running against three other candidates for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat. Hamon leases property from Paso Robles at […]... (Continue Reading)

Arnold, Hill, Peschong lead campaign contribution battles

Note: Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin posted his campaign finance disclosure after this story was posted. The story has been updated to include Martin’s campaign contributions. By JOSH FRIEDMAN A clear fundraising leader has emerged in each of the three San Luis Obispo County supervisor races. Incumbent supervisors Debbie Arnold and Adam Hill have both […]... (Continue Reading)

Local nonprofits plagued by financial irregularities

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Two politically-connected nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County have broken federal or state laws, failed to report revenue and refused to comply with financial disclosure rules. The president and founder of one of the nonprofits has also used city government offices to solicit business for her organization — creating […]... (Continue Reading)

Friends of Oceano Dunes sues the Coastal Commission

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An off-roading organization that is attempting to overturn the Oceano Dunes dust rule has sued the California Coastal Commission over the agency’s role in implementing the controversial regulation. The lawsuit also names California state parks as a co-defendant and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) as a party […]... (Continue Reading)

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