Ashburn admits to being gay

Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn admitted on a Bakersfield talk radio show Monday morning that he is gay. [Huffington Post] On the Inga Barks talk show, Ashburn said, “I’m gay. Those are the words that have been difficult for me... (Continue reading)

Atascadero teens busted for school yard drug dealing

A group of Atascadero teens from three different schools are under investigation for possession of and dealing drugs on school grounds. [AtascaderoNews] The four students, two boys and two girls from Atascadero’s junior high school, the high school, and the... (Continue reading)

Green Party fading in California

The California Green Party seems to be fading as a political movement. During the last five years, the number of registered “Greens” in California has shrunk from 158,000 to 111,000. [San Jose Mercury News] Even more telling was the anemic... (Continue reading)

Google Fiber rally planned for SLO

A rally to help make San Luis Obispo one of the test cities selected for the upcoming Google Fiber project is being held on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Mission Plaza. Google, the search engine giant, plans to... (Continue reading)

Ashburn remains on “personal leave”

Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn remains on a self-imposed personal leave, at least through Monday, following his high-profile DUI bust last week in Sacramento. [San Francisco Chronicle] Ashburn, 55, was arrested and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of... (Continue reading)

Appellate court throws out Dalidio ruling

By KAREN VELIE A state appellate court ruling Tuesday paved the way for Ernie Dalidio’s proposed multi-faceted plan to develop his land and, at the same time, gave him the option of refilling a RICO lawsuit against the San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

City officials paved Gearhart’s path of destruction

By KAREN VELIE As developer Kelly Gearhart worked to build more than 400 new homes in the Atascadero area, city inspectors and others were apparently looking the other way, allowing Gearhart to avoid paying city fees due to falsified and unfinished... (Continue reading)

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist George Ramos joins CalCoastNews

George Ramos, three time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former bureau chief with the Los Angeles Times, has joined CalCoastNews. Ramos, former chair of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Journalism Department, continues to teach reporting and editing classes as a tenured professor... (Continue reading)

Wilcox’s Mr. X unveiled

By KAREN VELIE The much-anticipated County investigative report reveals Gail Wilcox was terminated due to an affair with the married Executive Director of the Deputy Deputy’s association Tony Perry. The brief relationship coincided with the early 2009 negotiations between the County and... (Continue reading)

Wilcox’s person X still a mystery

Attorneys continued to battle over the release of the investigation report that led to the firing of Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox in court earlier today. Judge Barry LaBarbera said he needed time to read the report before moving forword with... (Continue reading)