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Josh Friedman

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

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Did Lou Tornatzky curse at the public after pledging civility?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Shortly after agreeing to the League of Women Voters’ civility pledge, Los Osos Community Services District Board member Lou Tornatzky mouthed a slur at an audience member, video shows. On Nov. 5, the Los Osos board heard a presentation from the League of Women Voters and then adopted a resolution on civility […]... (Continue Reading)

Sacramento attorney probing SLO County citizens

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Sacramento attorney is probing political opponents of developer Nick Tompkins, as well as allies of Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill, prompting some to denounce the effort as a campaign to suppress public participation in local government. It is unclear who is funding the inquisition. Last month, Tompkins won a battle for […]... (Continue Reading)

Butt dial gets Grover Beach company sued

By JOSH FRIEDMAM Have you ever butt dialed someone and then worried about what they may have overheard? A San Luis Obispo County woman is suing a Grover Beach company for allegedly firing her after her supervisor inadvertently left a sexually explicit message on her cell phone, according to a lawsuit filed in San Luis […]... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos GM overpaying herself, payroll shows

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In less than two full years on the job, Los Osos Community Services District General Manager Kathy Kivley has overpaid herself by more than $4,000, the CSD payroll shows. A recent audit of the district found Kivley engaged in questionable accounting practices during her first year on the job. The auditor also […]... (Continue Reading)

State employee demoted after crossing Gibson

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Succumbing to pressure from San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, the California Geological Survey has demoted a state geologist who is critical of the science behind a contested local air pollution regulation. The demotion has prompted feuding among county officials. In June, Will Harris, a senior engineering geologist, spoke during public comment […]... (Continue Reading)

Another SLO City clerk departing

By JOSH FRIEDMAN As with finance directors, city clerks have been prone to departing San Luis Obispo after brief stints with the city under the leadership of City Manager Katie Lichtig. Shortly following the resignation of finance director Wayne Padilla, San Luis Obispo City Clerk Anthony Mejia has announced he is resigning. Mejia’s last day […]... (Continue Reading)

Cambria is running out of time and money

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Cambria Community Services District has just two and a half months before it will begin operating in the red, according to the district’s latest projections. Cambria is currently strapped for cash as it tries to get a $13 million emergency water desalination project operating correctly. The rate payers voted to raise […]... (Continue Reading)

Sanitation board shuffle costing ratepayers

By JOSH FRIEDMAN It is often a mystery who will appear behind the dais at the next South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board meeting, and the shuffling of representatives is coming at a cost to ratepayers. All three of the regular board members have missed at least one of the past three meetings. […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO County goofs, then threatens the messenger

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The head of the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services threatened a citizen with prosecution for revealing a privacy breach caused by county workers. Last month, a county social services worker forwarded an email to a group list. The email contained an Arroyo Grande woman’s medical records, as well as […]... (Continue Reading)

Sanitation district wiped away records, audit finds

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Four and a half years of accounting data were wiped away from South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District computers under the leadership of John Wallace, a former IRS investigator alleges. In May, the sanitation district board hired Carl Knudson,  a former special agent who investigated city government malfeasance, to pursue a […]... (Continue Reading)

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