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 …

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 …

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 to provide fire protection if Cayucos district dissolves

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to provide fire protection services to Cayucos at a cost of nearly $1 million a year if the community’s fire district dissolves, as planned. Additionally, the board of supervisors voted to form a committee to look into firefighting concerns from across the county. Read More …

Hill goes on the attack in lead-up to chairman election

With less than a week left before the San Luis Obispo County Boar of Supervisors elects a new chair, Vice Chair Supervisor Adam Hill has mounted a social media attack on the three-member board majority.

Hill has gone on the offensive, even though the board and the public have long debated whether or not his behavior should preclude him from receiving the chairmanship. The liberal-leaning supervisor was passed over for the chairmanship last year following allegations from the public and the board that he is a disrespectful bully. Read More …

Atascadero and Paso Robles to consider rejoining county animal shelter project

A little more than a month after voting to pull out of a countywide cost sharing agreement in favor of plans to construct an animal shelter of their own, the cities of Atascadero and Paso Robles are now considering rejoining the San Luis Obispo County plan. Read More …

SLO County Supervisors vote to manage Pirate’s Cove

After years of talking about how to fix health and safety issues at Pirate’s Cove in Avila Beach, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to manage Pirate’s Cove as a natural area. As part of the proposal, the beach will remain clothing optional.

For years, Pirates Cove has been plagued with excessive trash, graffiti, human waste and criminal activity. Read More …

SLO County board adopts ‘strict’ marijuana rules

The conservative majority of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors formally passed new marijuana rules that the liberal minority criticized as overly restrictive. Following months of discussion and numerous Read More …

Former SLO County supervisor candidate Dale Gustin disbarred

Following multiple complaints of professional misconduct, the State Bar of California on Oct. 5 disbarred Paso Robles attorney and former San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor candidate Dale Gustin. For four years, Gustin has battled allegations of threatening opponents to gain an advantage in a law suit, failing to abide by court orders and multiple other issues of properly practicing the law. Read More …