SLO County vote count goes on as election officials come under fire

San Luis Obispo County election officials finished last week with still more than 34,000 ballots to be counted, as well as with an apparent error that could force a redo of an entire community services district vote. However, SLO County’s high-profile races are now close to being decided. Read More …

Carbajal again defeats Fareed, California Democrats to dominate Sacramento

With the exception of Republican Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, who won reelection Tuesday, San Luis Obispo County residents will be represented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. primarily and possibly entirely by Democrats. Read More …

Charged with racial bias, Paso Robles may switch to district voting system

Faced with the threat of a lawsuit over the alleged suppression of Latino voting rights, the city of Paso Robles is considering shifting from an at-large electoral system to one consisting of voting districts. The Paso Robles City Council may adopt a resolution on Tuesday declaring its intention to make the change. Read More …

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 …