Controversial oil well ban to go on November ballot in SLO County

An initiative that would ban new oil wells in unincorporated parts of San Luis Obispo County will appear on this November’s ballot, following a contentious decision by the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The ballot measure, a citizens’ initiative, would prohibit extracting oil from new wells and wells that are repaired in the future. Read More …

Ballot controversy mars Compton-Paulding race

A pair of local attorneys representing incumbent County Supervisor Lynn Compton are demanding that the San Luis Obispo County clerk-recorder stop counting a batch of disputed ballots in the still undecided District 4 supervisorial race, arguing the top local election official would be violating the law by continuing to tally the contested votes. Read More …

Three candidates join Arroyo Grande City Council race

In what could lead to a possible shakeup of the Arroyo Grande City Council, two planning commissioner and a retired police captain are entering the 2018 council race.

Arroyo Grande planning commissioners Terry Fowler-Payne and John Mack were motivated to run because of problems with city processes Read More …

Billionaire’s plan to split California into three states goes on November ballot

If Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper gets his way, San Luis Obispo County will join Los Angeles in a coastal cluster of six counties that will make up the new state of California.

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State’s Office announced that Draper’s initiative received the needed number of signatures to go on the ballot. Read More …

California Democrats lose supermajority chance after recall of senator

Orange County Republicans succeeded in ousting a Democratic state Senator Tuesday in a recall campaign over the lawmaker’s vote for the California gas tax hike. The successful recall and election of a Republican replacement has cost the Democratic Party a chance at reclaiming its supermajority in the California Legislature. Read More …

Compton narrowly leading Paulding, District 4 race too close to call

On a night of landslide victories in hotly contested San Luis Obispo county races, one key election contest ended too close to call.

With all precincts reporting, but not all votes counted, incumbent Supervisor Lynn Compton leads challenger Jimmy Paulding by a total of 83 votes. Read More …

Seven races to watch on Election Day

Editors Note: Cal Coast Times will have live updates on the results of local races, as well as some national coverage, starting shortly after the polls close at 8 p.m. In addition to revealing the results, CCN will be tracking the local watch parties. If you happen to be attending one, snap some photos — smiles and frowns are welcome — and send them to joshfriedman11@gmail.com. Read More …