SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo’s hotel bed tax revenue was down in May by 5.2 percent compared to last year, according to city data.

Revenue from what is officially called the transient-occupancy tax is one of the city’s top three sources of general fund money, along with sales and property taxes.

In all, the tax revenue is down 6.5 percent from a year ago.

The decline disappointed city administrators, who had hoped that the prior two straight months of growth would continue and become a trend.

A slight gain is expected in coming months because June, July and August are typically the highest months for hotel tax revenue.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

San Luis Obispo

Clergy, seniors, working families, people with disabilities and others are mobilizing for a July 29 rally set to begin at Mitchell Park and continue to the Thursday night Farmers Market.

The rally, set for 5 p.m., is to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed $6 million in cuts to health and human services in this year’s state budget, and to call on local legislators to “support a modest fee on oil production” and the rollback of corporate tax breaks.

The latter two moves could raise $4 billion, event organizers say.

“The question we’re asking our legislators is, who are you going to protect and who are you going to hurt with this year’s budget?” said Joyce Lippman, executive director of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.

Various local activist groups, which together call themselves the SLO Budget Coalition, have come up with their own proposal, which they call the Family Recovery Budget.

It includes a mix of spending cuts and “targeted revenue solutions” to “protect those who have already suffered the most in the recession from unfairly bearing more than their fair share of the burden of balancing the state’s budget.”

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

A Nevada woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing $3,000 worth of merchandise from stores in downtown San Luis Obispo, according to police.

About 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a report of a woman leaving Coverings, a clothing store at 760 Higuera St., without paying for her merchandise.

After a search of the area, officers detained a woman on Higuera Street who matched a witness description. Police allege that surveillance video from Coverings confirmed that Trang My Lam, 44, of Las Vegas was the woman who stole the merchandise.

Jewelry with price tags still attached was found in one of Lam’s tote bags, police allege, and she had no receipts. Officers then searched her vehicle and reportedly found several other bags of merchandise.

Altogether, the recovered merchandise from 13 downtown businesses was estimated to be worth about $3,000, police said.

Lam was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and petty theft with a prior conviction. She was booked into County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

— Tribune staff report


The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Templeton.

If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please phone Sharon Morem at 781-7937.

— Tribune staff report