Man arrested for burning a confederate flag in Oceano

A 20-year-old transient from Seattle is in jail after he allegedly set a confederate flag on fire in Oceano on Friday, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect ran away and managed to evade capture for a day. But deputies tracked him down and arrested him on multiple charges, including arson and a civil rights violation.

At about 6:20 p.m. Friday, Mitchell Joseph Davis allegedly set a confederate flag on fire in the parking lot of a restaurant at 649 Pier Avenue in Oceano. Read More …

Oceano Dunes generates about $200 million a year for SLO County, study finds

An economic impact report prepared by a South Lake Tahoe-based consulting firm found that, between July 2016 and Sept. 2017, the Oceano Dunes District within California’s state parks system generated a total of $243 million for the San Luis Obispo County economy.

The study conducted by SMG Consulting found visitors to the Oceano Dunes area from outside of SLO County spent an estimated $158 million directly on travel expenditures, with $45 million being spent on accommodations. Read More …

South County Sanitation District fined $9,000

After spending years and millions of dollars settling a case over a 2010 sewage spill, the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District received a new fine from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The latest fine, which is for a series of water quality violations between July 2015 and May 2017, is much smaller, totaling $9,000. Read More …