Daily Briefs

Oceano flooding battle rages on

An Oceano business owner has taken his fight to stop the flooding that plagues his former business to the state appeals court. [NewTimes] In 2006, Bill Bookout sued Caltrans, the Oceano Community Services District, San Luis Obispo County, the Pismo... (Continue reading)

Gibson gets a last-minute challenger

With less than three days before the formal filing deadline, the president of the Los Osos Community Services District has decided to challenge District 2 county supervisor Bruce Gibson’s re-election bid. [Tribune] Marshall Ochylski, 61, who is also a land... (Continue reading)

Chef, restaurant, charged with serving whale meat

The U.S. Department of Justice is filing charges against a Santa Monica restaurant and a  sushi chef for allegedly serving meat from an endangered whale. [Reuters] The owners of The Hump Restaurant at the Santa Monica airport, along with sushi... (Continue reading)

County unemployment rate at record high

San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate hit a record 10.6 percent in January, up from December’s revised rate of 9.8 percent, the state’s Employment Development Department reported Wednesday. The number of unemployed county residents rose by 1,900 people during the... (Continue reading)

Body found hours after crash

A 2007 graduate of Nipomo High School, who was attending Allan Hancock College, was found dead early Thursday on the side of Stanton Road near Lyn Road in Arroyo Grande. [SantaMariaTimes] Alicia Renee Carreras, 20, veered of the road and... (Continue reading)

Special interests spend $1 billion in California

A new analysis by the Fair Political Practices Committee indicates that special interests have dropped approximately $1 billion on electioneering in California this last decade. [Contra Costa Times] Labor unions, Indian tribes, and pharmaceutical companies have contributed the most money... (Continue reading)

Californians smoke 16 million ounces of pot a year

Here’s something that might keep Sheriff Pat Hedges awake at night: A new state report indicates that Californians smoke 16 million ounces of pot a year–that’s just less than one half-ounce a person for every resident in the state. [Sacramento... (Continue reading)

PG&E spending millions on Prop 16

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has already spent $15.5 million of its own money supporting Proposition 16 on the June ballot–and the utility may just spend another $10-$20 million before the election. [Capitol Weekly] Prop 16, which PG&E is pushing,... (Continue reading)

Conservative calls for Ashburn to resign

Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn admitted in a radio interview on Monday that he is gay. Now one of the state’s most ardent conservatives is calling for him to resign. [Capitol Weekly] Randy Thommason, president of SaveCalifornia.com, wants Ashburn to... (Continue reading)

State sues Carlton Hotel

The California Department of Industrial Relations is suing David Weyrich’s Carlton Hotel for labor violations, seeking at least $450,000 in lost wages and penalties. [Tribune] The lawsuit, filed Monday in Paso Robles’ Superior Court, details six labor code violations, involving... (Continue reading)