Santa Margarita sex offender charged with starting Hill Fire

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old man and registered sex offender with starting last year’s Hill Fire near Santa Margarita that destroyed four homes including actor Johnny Galecki’s ranch.

David Lynn Macagni of Santa Margarita faces a single misdemeanor charge of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest. Read More …

SLO City Council ignores the public and the Brown Act

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT

Just two weeks after approving a compromise bicycle plan for the Broad and Chorro corridor that sought balance between residents’ needs and bikers wants, San Luis Obispo’s City Council, in an hour-long non-agendized public hearing, threw out the compromise and went full steam ahead to provide what a clique of bike advocates demanded. Read More …

Paso Robles teacher demoted after reporting sexual harassment, lawsuit alleges

A Paso Robles teacher who reported reported that a male colleague inappropriately touched two female students and used a racial slur in class has sued the district. After reporting the allegations, the teacher faced harassment and was ultimately demoted, according to a lawsuit. Read More …

Investigation finds California senator likely sexually harassed subordinates

State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) engaged in “unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior” toward six women, four of whom were his subordinates, according to the findings of an outside investigation.

During the investigation, the law firms Gibson Dunn and Van Dermyden Maddux found it was more likely than not that Mendoza engaged in flirtatious and sexually suggestive behavior Read More …

San Luis Obispo considering allowing three pot shops

San Luis Obispo’s city staff is recommending that SLO allow up to three brick and mortar marijuana dispensaries under new pot regulations that are currently being drafted.

If the regulations are passed, the city of SLO could become the first jurisdiction in San Luis Obispo County to permit recreational marijuana dispensaries. Read More …