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

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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)

Banished superfan returns to SLO in new colors

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Two years after bringing UC Irvine banners, costumes and masks to San Luis Obispo, superfan Keith Franklin is returning to Baggett Stadium to cheer on Irvine’s biggest rival. Franklin, 51, is now an avowed “anarchist” and a Cal State Fullerton fan. Cal State Fullerton (17-11), the reigning conference champion and a 2015 […]... (Continue Reading)

Morro Bay mayor recuses himself, then lobbies council

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons removed himself from a vote on housing regulations last week to avoid a financial conflict of interest. However, Irons then lobbied the council both orally and in writing to vote in a manner that would benefit him financially. Following Irons’ lobbying efforts, the remaining council members voted 3-1 […]... (Continue Reading)

Oceano Dunes dust rule still valid, judge rules

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than a year after a California appellate court struck down a key provision of the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a San Luis Obispo judge has ruled the rest of the controversial regulation should remain intact. San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) dust rule, formally called Rule 1001, requires […]... (Continue Reading)

Top fundraiser in congressional race has personal finance woes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The leading fundraiser in the District 24 Congressional race to replace retiring Lois Capps also leads the top four candidates in credit card debt and history of foreclosure notices and federal tax liens. Republicans Katcho Achadjian and Justin Fareed and Democrats Helene Schneider and Salud Carbajal lead the field of candidates for […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill and Arnold lead in race for campaign contributions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE With a majority on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors up for grabs, the eight candidates running for three seats are raking in cash, collecting endorsements and fervently campaigning. Leading in the fundraising race, District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill has raised more money for his reelection campaign […]... (Continue Reading)

John Hamon accused of conflict of interest

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Paso Robles Councilman John Hamon, who sits on the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) board, appears to be financially benefiting from votes he has made in favor of the Oceano Dunes dust rule. At an APCD board meeting on Wednesday, activist Kevin Rice accused Hamon of having a […]... (Continue Reading)

Who are the highest paid SLO County employees?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County employees averaged slightly more than $100,000 a year in total compensation for 2014, an examination of county employee pay shows. The county’s top earner was M. Daisy Ilano-Ramos, the medical director of County Mental Health. Ilano-Ramos received $409,647, according to Transparent California, a database of pay and retirement benefits. Ilano-Ramos’ […]... (Continue Reading)

Refugee stories from Eastern Europe

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Editor’s Note: As the refugee crisis in Europe has morphed into a political issue in the United States, CCN reporter Josh Friedman has traveled Eastern Europe, meeting refugees and watching the waves of mass migration. The following is the first of two articles on Europe’s refugee crisis. The names of the refugees […]... (Continue Reading)

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