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Josh Friedman

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

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Supervisor Hill threatens state employee

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill chastised and threatened the job of a state geologist who is critical of the science used to justify the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a regulation that an appellate court recently shot down. The dust rule requires the California Department of Parks and Recreation to reduce […]... (Continue Reading)

Grover Beach hit with $2.3 million defamation claim

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A former Grover Beach police officer filed a $2.3 million defamation claim last week against the city, Chief Jim Copsey and Commander John Peters. Peters is slated to replace Copsey as chief during a swearing in ceremony Monday evening. In his defamation claim, Sonny Lopez, 42, says Copsey and Peters “made statements that […]... (Continue Reading)

APCD board split over Oceano dunes dust rule

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is attempting to rehabilitate its Oceano Dunes dust rule, but in the aftermath of an appellate court ruling against the regulation, some members of the APCD board are calling for the district to find a less litigious plan for dealing […]... (Continue Reading)

Did Steve Gesell game the city to get his settlement?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo’s embattled outgoing police chief Steve Gesell had applied for a new job several months prior to City Manager Katie Lichtig placing him on administrative leave, a job he was first in line to get while simultaneously seeking a large settlement from the city under the assertion […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO County’s disappearing budget surplus

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than six months after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors awarded extra pay to all employees after staff claimed a $30 million budget surplus, the county is running in a deficit. The county is currently facing a budget gap of nearly $9 million, due largely to mishandling of employee […]... (Continue Reading)

Democrats losing membership in SLO County

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE As the Republican Party loses ground in California and risks losing statewide competitiveness, it is the Democratic Party that is suffering the greater erosion in San Luis Obispo County. Since 2009, the Democratic Party has lost 7,394 voters, a decline of 13.1 percent in SLO County, according to statistics […]... (Continue Reading)

San Luis Obispo County leads California in bike deaths

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Motor vehicle crashes are a frequent sight for many California motorists, but state roads are also plagued with bicycle collisions, and the Central Coast is a leading contributor to the problem, data from the California Highway Patrol shows. In 2014, five bicyclists died in San Luis Obispo County crashes, the CHP reported. […]... (Continue Reading)

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Lenny Jones accused of kidnapping and sexual assault

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN UPDATE: Lenny Jones’ bail has been increased from $500,000 to $1 million. ORIGINAL: Arroyo Grande’s 2014 Citizen of the Year was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping, penetrating with a foreign object, and molesting two girls under 14 years of age. The alleged molestation took place while the girls were […]... (Continue Reading)

Gibson attempted to ax the public from water debate

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson attempted to push forward a vote on a hotly contested water use ordinance during a Feb. 17 poorly attended board of supervisors hearing on planning department priorities. Throughout this month, the board has wavered back and forth on whether or not to extend a temporary […]... (Continue Reading)

Mitchum sues Capps over TV ad

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The recent Republican challenger to Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps has filed suit against her, alleging that the Democratic Rep. defamed him in a television ad that altered the outcome of last year’s election. Capps defeated Chris Mitchum in the November election by fewer than 8,000 votes and by a margin of […]... (Continue Reading)

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