San Luis Obispo County Supervisors’ redistricting fiasco

OPINION By STEW JENKINS Media coverage of the Board of Supervisors re-drawing their own election districts for the coming decade has missed the crucial defect in the process. Templeton is right to complain that its division deprives that community of... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores gets Googled

Meet Paul Flores, the former Cal Poly student who is the last known person to see Kristin Smart alive the night she disappeared from campus in May 1996. The undated photograph, posted on Facebook by Smart family friend Dennis Mahon,... (Continue reading)

Avila Beach bus driver arrested for driving drunk

San Luis Obispo Police arrested a  Regional Transit Authority driver for allegedly transporting a busload of passengers while drunk on Monday at about 2:40 p.m. Passengers on the bus traveling between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo called 911 to... (Continue reading)

Peter Douglas steps down from Coastal Commission

After 26 years as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, Peter Douglas, an outspoken opponent of coastal development who helped write the state’s landmark Coastal Act, announced his retirement Wednesday. [Los Angeles Times] Douglas, 68, has been fighting lung... (Continue reading)

Sen. Harry Reid: Save California’s high-speed rail project

As concern grows over costs for a high-speed rail system in California, and amid talk of scrapping the project, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that abandoning the multi-million dollar venture would be “short sighted.” [San Francisco Chronicle] Speaking... (Continue reading)

Jim Patterson decides to go for three

Jim Patterson announced his intentions Wednesday to break the so-called “5th District curse” and win a third term on the  San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. [Tribune] Both David Blakely and Mike Ryan previously failed in their attempts at... (Continue reading)

Parents say investigation into train victim’s death is ‘sluggish’

Parents of a Paso Robles man they believe was murdered said the city’s police investigation has been hampered by lack of resources and staff. [see the full report at KCCN.TV] Bryan Brady was just hours into his 21st year when... (Continue reading)

Stand-Up to Cancer Comedy Show, event photos

It was all about laughing for a cause at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion Saturday night with Lizette Mizelle hosting, The Big Laugh Stand-Up to Cancer Comedy Night, in support of cancer awareness on the Central Coast. Beginning with live music... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter revoked

Less than three months after Cal Poly’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity came under fire over a reported rape, the university has moved to revoke the San Luis Obispo chapter. [KEYT] A campus investigation was launched after a woman alleged she... (Continue reading)

Fresno’s Philip Levine becomes poet laureate

Philip Levine of Fresno has been selected to be the nation’s next poet laureate. [The New York Times] Known for his poems about working-class Detroit, Levine is considered a voice that speaks to the conditions of ordinary working people. “I... (Continue reading)