Padilla Promotes Plan for Earlier Primaries

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla promotes a plan for earlier primaries yesterday at Cal Poly. Senate Bill 568 would move California’s presidential primary to the third Tuesday in March. State Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens introduced the legislation in February.. Padilla told students at Cal Poly yesterday, “California should be third (behind Iowa…

Firefighters Contain Spill off HWY 101

A truck spilled 5-10 gallons of hydraulic fluid into San Luis Creek yesterday afternoon. Firefighters used a boom and pads to contain the spill. It occurred off Highway 101 between Santa Rosa and California Boulevard. Cal Trans Jim Shivers says the fluid came from a cement truck that malfunctioned.

SLO County Supervisors Vote on Oak Woodland Ordinance

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors approved a new ordinance intended to prevent clear-cutting of oak trees in the county. The ordinance inspired by Stuart Resnick’s destruction of thousands of oak trees on his land in the Adelaide area. The vote yesterday was unanimous. The ordinance goes into effect May 11th. After that date, landowners will…

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Cal Coast News Appeals Libel Case

Cal Coast News files for a new trial. Facing a $1.1 million dollar libel judgment against them, Karen Velie and Daniel Blackburn are asking a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge for a new trial. The former owner of a now-closed Arroyo Grande waste management company filed the suit because of an article back in…

Paso Robles Fire Department has New Interim Chief

The Paso Robles Fire Department has a new battalion chief. He’s Richard Gallagher, who worked for Culver City and Warner Brothers Studios fire departments. Gallagher will fill the job while the city searches for a permanent battalion chief. The city is looking to replace Fire Chief Ken Johnson, who retired in March, and Keith Aggson,…