SLO Council votes to increase trash rates

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted to raise the rates for trash collection at Tuesday’s meeting. [KCOY] As of Nov. 1, customers can expect to see an across the board increase of 4.6 percent. For example, a homeowner who... (Continue reading)

Maldonado inflates campaign war chest

Abel Maldonado, seeking to challenge Lois Capps in the 2012 congressional election, is being accused of shifting around campaign funds in order to inflate reported figures. [SacBee] The former California lieutenant governor, originally from Santa Maria, has dropped big money into... (Continue reading)

OccupyCalPoly moves on SLO county courthouse

Members of a local spinoff of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest movement plan to set up camp indefinitely outside the San Luis Obispo County courthouse starting Wednesday. The announcement was posted on the Facebook page for “OccupyCalPoly.” “We will be... (Continue reading)

How the West Was Fun, event photos section one

Yea ha! The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum drew more than 200 cowboys, saloon girls and cattle rustlers to their annual party of the year on October 14 at the Avila Beach Resort.  They again exceeded their fund raising goals... (Continue reading)

Sewage violations expensive for SLO

San Luis Obispo city taxpayers will pick up the $57,130 tab for a series of sewage dumps into local creeks dating back to 2008. The city violated water quality laws, according to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s... (Continue reading)

Idea pushed to tax California millionaires

Plans for a California attempt to tax millionaires have gotten a boost from the Occupy Wall Street movement. [MercuryNews] The California Federation of Teachers and a coalition of allies want to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot to... (Continue reading)

Bakersfield puts Harry Belafonte to sleep

OK, time to let the jokes about Bakersfield fly. People apparently fall asleep just at the mention of the place. That’s what happened Friday on the morning show at KBAK-KBFX when legendary calypso singer Harry Belfonte in New York dozed... (Continue reading)

SLO points to zoning, not ordinance in fighting medical marijuana

San Luis Obispo has turned to zoning code to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of the city. Acting Community Development Director Doug Davidson rejected three applications for medical marijuana dispensary business licenses in July, citing zoning code incompatibility, not an emergency... (Continue reading)

Dirty DUIs used to sway divorce judgments

Former and current law enforcement officers in Contra Costa County are under an FBI investigation for setting up DUIs for soon to be ex-wives, selling drugs and operating a brothel. [LATimes] A whistleblower told authorities a private detective had been... (Continue reading)

Atascadero appoints new police chief

The city of Atascadero announced the appointment of a new chief of police on Monday. Jerel Haley, currently a lieutenant with the Santa Maria police department, is slated to start his new post in mid-November. Former Atascadero Police Chief James... (Continue reading)