Monica Vaughan, CHJ

Monica Vaughan


San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

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Past articles by Monica:


How I used engagement journalism to report on local air pollution

Step one: listen to community questions before asking your own. → Read More

Restaurant inspection reports in June: The cleanest and dirtiest kitchens in SLO County

Restaurant health inspections show rating scores for San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Cambria. These are the cleanest and dirtiest kitchens in SLO County, California. Data released in June. → Read More

Suspicious death update: Sheriff’s Office identifies man found in rural Paso

A dead man found in rural Paso Robles, California, on July 7 was identified as Primitivo Pacheco Ortega, of the Paso/San Miguel area. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating it as a suspicious death. → Read More

County clerk’s wife charged with embezzling $32,000 from Atascadero High band boosters

Sherry Gong, wife of San Luis Obispo County Clerk Tommy Gong, was charged Monday with embezzling more than $32,000 from the Atascadero High School band booster club. → Read More

Pismo Preserve will offer breathtaking views, hiking trails. Here’s much money it needs

Pismo Preserve will open hiking, biking and horseback riding trails with public access on the Central Coast once the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County California raises money from community donations. → Read More

Heading to the beach? ‘Keep kids out of the water’ as rip currents sneak up Central Coast

Beaches on the Central Coast of California have heightened drowning risk due to big waves and rip currents on 4th of July weekend. The SLO County hazard is due to hurricane and cyclone. Here are safety tips. → Read More

‘On point’: Wounded vet tests prosthetic ankle designed by Cal Poly students for surfing

Iraq war veteran Kyle Kelly and Operation Surf ambassador tested a revolutionary new ankle prosthetic for surfing designed by Cal Poly engineering students in Morro Bay. The device allows for more flexibility. → Read More

SLO County airport just announced a new direct flight to Las Vegas

The San Luis Obispo County, California, Regional Airport announced Wednesday the addition of a new direct flight to Las Vegas, Nevada. Contour will operate flights four days a week, with prices starting at $99. → Read More

Mountain lions on Central Coast will disappear ‘within our lifetime,’ groups warn

California mountain lions on the Central Coast and SoCal should be protected as threatened or endangered under Endangered Species Act or they will be extinct, Center for Biological Diversity says. → Read More

SpaceX’s ‘most difficult launch ever’ is tonight — and a piece of Cal Poly is on board

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at Cape Canaveral will carry satellites worked on by Cal Poly SLO students and aerospace engineers. The CubeSAT → Read More

Want to go to Cal Poly but don’t have the grades? Here are the top 10 schools for transfers

Top schools for Cal Poly SLO transfer students include Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, and Allan Hancock in Santa Maria. The list of feeder schools includes Moorpark, Santa Barbara and Santa Rosa. → Read More

The hemp market is worth billions. Did SLO County just scare away investors?

A ban on new hemp crops at San Luis Obispo County, California, farms could scare off industry investors and hurt producers, critics say. The Board of Supervisors approved the temporary moratorium Tuesday. → Read More

Live on or near the Nipomo Mesa? We’re investigating air quality and need your help

Dust on the Nipomo Mesa in California is a health risk, monitors show. Fill out a questionnaire for an investigation into effects of air quality, including cough, asthma, allergy like symptoms and lung disease. → Read More

From jail, teen pregnancy and poverty to Cal Poly graduates: How 6 students made it

Class of 2019 graduates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo overcame challenges of jail, teen pregnancy, poverty to complete education. They are non-traditional, dreamers, migrants and parents on path to success. → Read More

These SLO County restaurants scored highest, lowest in health inspections in May

Restaurant health inspections show rating scores for San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Cambria. These are the cleanest and dirtiest kitchens in SLO County, California. Data released in May. → Read More

Search our salary database of Cal Poly workers

Search the salaries of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s 3,500-plus state employees and view up to 12 years of their California State University pay history with The SLO Tribune’s Cal Poly salary database. → Read More

White House blocks testimony by retired Cal Poly professor on dangers of climate change

A former Cal Poly SLO professor’s written testimony on national security risks of climate change was blocked by White House officials with the Trump administration. He spoke to US House Intelligence Committee. → Read More

Cal Poly students build prosthetic hands for boy who survived fiery car crash

A young California boy who lost most of his fingers in a deadly car crash received two new prosthetic hands custom-made for him by a team of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students. → Read More

Jamba Juice is changing its name, redesigning its stores and adding new menu items

Jamba Juice is dropping “juice” from its name to reflect its wider menu options. The company, founded in San Luis Obispo, California, as Juice Club, is also getting a new logo, mobile app and store redesign. → Read More

Therapists will get special LGBTQ training in SLO County — and millionaires will pay for it

Therapists in San Luis Obispo County will be trained to provide LGBTQ services, paid for from taxes under California’s Mental Health Services Act. The SLO ACCEPTance Project is run by a Cal Poly professor. → Read More