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San Luis Obispo

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly pointing a handgun at people at a house party and then threatening a roommate who confronted him.

Several people called 911 about 11:00 p.m. from a house at 1503 Oceanaire Drive, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department. The callers said they were at a house party and a man was pointing a gun at them.

When officers arrived, they spoke with one of the victims who said the suspect — later identified as 24-year-old Jason Kevin Hansen — was extremely intoxicated and passed out in the living room.

After investigating, officers determined that Hansen’s roommate was hosting a small party. During the party, Hansen allegedly became very intoxicated and agitated with several guests.

At one point during an argument, Hansen went to his room and got a .38 revolver handgun, according to police. Hansen then allegedly pointed the gun in a threatening manner at several people attending the party.

When confronted by one of his roommates, Hansen allegedly ordered the man to go to his bedroom. Once in the bedroom, Hansen allegedly pointed the gun at the roommate’s throat and told him he was going to die. The roommate was able to convince Hansen to put the gun down, officers said, at which time he left the house and called police.

Officers found the handgun used during the incident and arrested Hansen without further incident.

Hansen was booked into County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.

— Larissa Doust

Arroyo Grande

Voters on Nov. 2 will consider two measures asking whether the city clerk and city treasurer should be appointed positions rather than elected.

The positions, which have been elected since the city’s incorporation in 1911, have evolved and become more technical over time, according to City Manager Steve Adams. The purpose of the change is to ensure that the positions are filled by qualified people, Adams said.

The Arroyo Grande City Council on Tuesday voted to place the measures on the November ballot.

Currently, the only qualifications needed to become the city clerk or treasurer is to be at least 18 years old and a registered voter living in the city.

The county’s grand jury in a report this year analyzed the appropriateness of electing versus appointing city clerks and treasurers.

It recommended that Arroyo Grande, along with Paso Robles and Atascadero, should persuade voters to make the city treasurer an appointed position — though voters in the past have rejected such a step.

Doing so may improve efficiency and, in the case of city treasurers, clarify oversight responsibilities, according to the report.

— Cynthia Lambert

Avila Beach

Local environmentalists will gather at the Avila Beach pier Saturday to oppose offshore oil drilling and support alternative energy.

The San Luis Bay Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, in cooperation with “Hands Across the Sand,” will join hands at the pier at noon to form a human line in the sand.

— Bob Cuddy

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