Weekend spotlight: Ode to Tomatoes

By CRISTIN POWERS Autumn, the time for the harvest, warm apple cider, succulent roast turkeys and freshly baked pumpkin pies, has arrived along with an array of fun festivities. Start the season off right by attending the 74th annual Arroyo... (Continue reading)

New funding options unlikely for community colleges

A task force on California’s community colleges – formed in part to study alternative funding options – appears highly unlikely to recommend drastic changes in the way the state funds its community colleges. [CaliforniaWatch] Instead, the group’s draft recommendations focus... (Continue reading)

Council members must uncloak stipends

A law taking effect in January targets a common practice of some California city council members of improperly fattening their paychecks with multiple-meeting stipends. The new law requires local lawmakers to announce the amount of stipends they will receive when... (Continue reading)

Homeless booted from Sunny Acres—including daughter of Maxine Lewis

More than a dozen homeless people left the Sunny Acres sober living facility in San Luis Obispo last Sunday—including the adult daughter of local homeless advocate Maxine Lewis. The Sunny Acres residents were asked to leave by rancher Dan DeVaul... (Continue reading)

Child abandonment suspect caught in Cambria

A Minnesota architect accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son was arrested Monday afternoon in Cambria while working in a deli. [MinneapolisStarTribune] Steven Alexander Cross, 60, appeared to be living in his van, reported arresting deputies. The Ford Windstar van Cross... (Continue reading)

Fundraiser for SLO Noor Clinic at MoTav, event photos

There are an untold number of uninsured who fall between the cracks in San Luis Obispo County. So Ahmad Nooristani and a group of medical professionalism have tackled the formidable task – and made huge inroads – with the SLO... (Continue reading)

War of words: Are private libraries best?

A bitterly-contested proposal to stem an emerging trend toward privatization of public libraries in California is undergoing myriad changes as it awaits action in the state Senate. Those amendments to the legislation, AB 438, Das Williams (D, Santa Barbara), have... (Continue reading)

Stabbing victim remains unidentified

A yet-unidentified 55-year-old man was found stabbed to death Monday afternoon in a Paso Robles motel and police are seeking a man known only as “Poncho.” A 911 call led police to the Farmhouse Motel at 425 Spring Street, according... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles Olive Festival, event photos

The 8th Annual Olive Festival in Paso Robles was a day of tasting all that nature has to offer through that wonderful fruit called the olive. More than 20,000 people from across the state flocked to the downtown park to... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County’s redistricting process under fire

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote to adopt a controversial redistricting plan that would separate both Templeton and San Luis Obispo into three different districts, according to Tuesday’s consent agenda. Supervisors Adam Hill, Jim... (Continue reading)