Otter relocation program dubbed a failure

An attempt to draw a line in the ocean to separate sea otters from fisherman is not working because the otters have failed to cooperate, causing several different groups to fight over proposed changes to the 23-year-old policy. [ABC] Fish... (Continue reading)

Avila assault suspect is a registered sex offender

A man recently accused of slicing the throat of a man at a bar in Avila Beach is a Megan’s List sex offender as the result of convictions for “continuous sexual abuse of a child.” He was arrested Feb. 5... (Continue reading)

Waterfield has the $$$ in Assembly race

New campaign fundraising documents reveal that Etta Waterfield continues to raise more money than her opponents in the race to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District. [Lompoc Record] In 2009, Waterfield, a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, raised... (Continue reading)

Chronicle discovers Paso Robles

Last Sunday’s Chronicle features a nice travel tip of the hat to Paso Robles, a place the paper calls “Wine country with a rural feel.” [San Francisco Chronicle] “Twenty-five years ago, Paso Robles was cowboy country. Now there are more... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit filed in Pismo Beach Toyota accident

A Bakersfield man is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a Pismo Beach restaurant and the Japanese automaker Toyota, stemming from an accident in 2007. As he was driving away from the Pelican Point Restaurant in Pismo Beach, Bulent Ezal,... (Continue reading)

Three Assembly members come out against Maldonado

Three Democratic members of the state Assembly held a press conference Monday to voice their opposition to Abel Maldonado’s appointment as lieutenant governor. [Capitol Alert] Pedro Nava, D – Santa Barbara, Jose Solorio, D – Anaheim, and Tony Mendoza, D... (Continue reading)

Theatre Review: “Mousetrap” merits more applause

By C.L. ALEXANDER So . . . it’s terribly, terribly hard to cast a community theatre production in which all of the actors seem perfectly suited to their roles. Directors facing a shortage of age-appropriate, gender-appropriate or (dare it even... (Continue reading)

Marin County tries to bypass PG&E

Marin County is poised to become California’s first to set up its own public power agency–unless Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) can block them in the courts, or on the ballot. [San Francisco Chronicle] Last Thursday, the upstart Marin Energy... (Continue reading)

Atascadero couple arrested for attempted murder

An Atascadero couple face charges of attempted murder, following a fight Friday night at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach. Michael Darrien Simmons, 43, and Janet Ella Simmons, 50, were both arrested by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies, after Michael... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger due in SLO on Monday

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to pay a visit to San Luis Obispo Monday morning. The governor is coming to town to promote his new jobs initiative and the proposed sales tax exemption for so-called “green manufacturing.” Schwarzenegger is scheduled... (Continue reading)