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 …

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 …

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 …

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for pimping in SLO County

A 44-year-old Fresno man pleaded no contest Monday to human trafficking and pimping charges and received a prison sentence of 10 years and four months.

Walter Thomas Jr., 44, who was accused of forcing multiple women into prostitution across California, pleaded no contest to one count of human trafficking, one count of pimping and one count of witness intimidation. Read More …

Hill and others rip SLO County for hiring PR firm over Holland video

Several opponents of San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s reelection bid are criticizing county officials for spending money on hiring a public relations firm to direct crisis communications in the aftermath of the release of the video showing Andrew Holland’s jailhouse death. Read More …

SLO County reservoir levels rise

Following last week’s storm, Santa Margarita Lake is nearly at full capacity. Meanwhile, other San Luis Obispo County reservoirs are at least half full.

Over the last month, Santa Margarita Lake, also known as Salinas Reservoir, rose from 79.8 percent capacity to 94.5 percent, according to SLO County water data. Lake Nacimiento rose from 40 percent to 56 percent capacity over the last 30 days. Read More …