Worldwide earthquakes from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program. For more information visit the website. M 5+ earthquakes, past 7 days below. M 2.5+ earthquakes, past 7 days below. M 2.5+ earthquakes, past day below.... (Continue reading)

Court rules building owners liable for earthquake deaths

A California appellate court upheld a San Luis Obispo County jury decision to award the families of two women who were killed when a Paso Robles building collapsed on them almost $2 million in damages. [Judgment] The 111-year-old Acorn Building... (Continue reading)

Judge finds alleged junkyard shooter not competent to stand trial

Judge Edward Bullard ruled Tuesday that Lee Leeds, 34, accused of murdering his father and three others during a shooting rampage at a junk yard in Santa Maria, is not competent to stand trial at this time. Leeds, arrested in March... (Continue reading)

Diablo Canyon Power Plant activates emergency plan

In response to an accidental release of carbon dioxide, a chemical used for fire suppression, officials at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach activated the emergency plan Wednesday morning. Nevertheless, there are no reports of damage to the facility... (Continue reading)

Summer Solstice Reggae Festival at Avila Beach Resort, event photos

Set against the rolling green slopes of the Avila hills, slightly reminiscent of the texture of dreads and rimmed by enough palm trees to feel like the tropics, the Summer Solstice Reggae Festival at Avila Beach Resort was one of... (Continue reading)

Election night cliffhanger: Blakeslee is close

Republican Sam Blakeslee came oh-so-close Tuesday night to clinching the state Senate race outright, but he fell short by only a handful of votes, leading observers to wonder whether there are uncounted absentee ballots remaining that might yet allow him... (Continue reading)

Be sure to vote today!

You have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22nd, to cast your ballot and make your voices heard in the special state Senate District 15 election. Four candidates seek your vote: Republican Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, Democrat John Laird... (Continue reading)

Dumb legislator of the week

Here’s our vote for the Dumb Legislator of the Week: The California Legislature is considering a proposal that would turn all license plates into mini-digital billboards for advertising. [Associated Press] State Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) is promoting the idea... (Continue reading)

The most popular articles on CalCoastNews

We had a staff meeting the other day and the question popped up–What are the the articles on our site getting the most attention, the most “hits?” We already know that the typical CalCoastNews reader is smarter, better read, and... (Continue reading)

California finds it’s not easy to boycott Arizona

Many California cities–including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley–were quick to jump on the Boycott Arizona movement after the Grand Canyon State cracked down on illegal immigration recently. However, many of these these same cities are now discovering how... (Continue reading)