SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Two San Luis Obispo police officers who pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of transporting misbranded prescription pharmaceuticals across the border at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego remain on paid administrative leave.

To date, Officers Armando Limon and Dan McDow have together received nearly $200,000 in salary and compensation from the city of San Luis Obispo since being put on leave in September. Limon has been paid $99,446, and McDow has been paid $99,254.

City Attorney Christine Dietrick said that the city is conducting a separate personnel investigation consistent with the procedural requirements of Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights, which governs the investigation of administrative charges against peace officers. The length of that investigation has not yet been determined.

The seized drugs, used to stimulate the central nervous system, are intended to be used for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and management of obesity.

The two officers were detained Sept. 15 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of transporting illegal contraband into the country.

They were found in possession of more than 850 pharmaceutical capsules when stopped by ICE officials, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for ICE in San Diego.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

San Luis Obispo

A public forum on the status of women’s sports at Cuesta College is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Ludwick Community Center in San Luis Obispo.

Title IX experts Linda Joplin and Diane Milutinovich will discuss the ongoing investigation at Cuesta College regarding the cancellation of its women’s tennis program, claiming that it conflicts with the federal gender equity law, Title IX.

The forum is hosted by the San Luis Obispo chapter of the National Organization for Women and the San Luis Obispo branch of the American Association of University Women.

Enacted by Congress in 1972, Title IX forbids gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. In sports, the law has been interpreted to require equal opportunities for male and female athletes.

A federal agency is investigating allegations that Cuesta College violated that law when it dropped its women’s tennis program last summer. An attorney for the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is visiting the college this week to examine complaints filed against the school regarding Title IX compliance.

The complaints against Cuesta were filed in late January by Milutinovich, former Cuesta women’s tennis coach Mike Napoli and a tennis player.

The Office for Civil Rights investigates all complaints of alleged discrimination at institutions over which it has jurisdiction.

The Ludwick Community Center is at 864 Santa Rosa St. in San Luis Obispo.

For more details, call Angie King at 544-4331 or Carol Dover at 594-1751.

— AnnMarie Cornejo