SLO County ballot printer’s messy family bankruptcy

A businessman and businesswoman tied to San Luis Obispo County’s mysterious ballot printing company recently emerged from a bankruptcy case in which their creditors claimed they were owed nearly $120 million, yet the creditors only received a fraction of that amount after the husband and wife made numerous legal maneuvers, including transferring much of their assets and liabilities to their teenage daughter. 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 …

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 …

California Democrats snub Feinstein, deadlock on top races

The California Democratic Party concluded its state convention over the weekend without endorsing longtime U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, nor a single candidate in the top four races on the ticket.

According to party rules, a candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote from convention delegates in order to secure the state party’s nomination. Read More …

Covello to run against Funke-Bilu for judge’s seat

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Commissioner and former prosecutor, Tim Covello, has filed paperwork to run for a judgeship, meaning he will challenge attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu for a seat on the bench.

Generally, judges are appointed by the governor following their predecessor’s retirement or death. Read More …