Daily Briefs


Federal district gets Indian-American judge

A history-making Indian-American federal judge will be sworn in today as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California, which includes San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara  counties. [LompocRecord] Vijay Chand Gandhi, 38, will be the first Indian-American... (Continue reading)

Brown to investigate Palin CSU appearance

California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he will investigate the circumstances surrounding an upcoming campus appearance at CSU Stanislaus by Sarah Palin. [Attorney General’s Office] The investigation targets the privately-run University foundation and allegations that documents relating to... (Continue reading)

AG council considers asking Ed Arnold to resign

The Arroyo Grande City Council may ask Ed Arnold, their embattled colleague, to resign. [Tribune] Mayor Tony Ferrara, along with councilmen Jim Guthrie, Chuck Fellows, and Joe Costello, will decide at the April 27th council meeting whether to send a... (Continue reading)

Firestone Brewery wins six gold medals

Firestone Brewery in Paso Robles was the big winner in the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago last weekend, bringing home six gold medals. [ChicagoTribune] Enjoying what what was touted as the largest beer pairing dinner ever, industry insiders sampled delicacies... (Continue reading)

Prop. 8 repeal fails to qualify for ballot

A ballot initiative designed to repeal Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage measure, has failed to qualify for the November election. [Los Angeles Times] The deadline was Monday and the all-volunteer campaign came up short on qualifying signatures–694,000 were required for... (Continue reading)

Gail Wilcox lands a new job

Former Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox, who was fired last year by the county board of supervisors, has landed a new position. [Tribune]. Wilcox is being retained by the San Luis Obispo County Employees Association (SLOCEA) on a contract basis... (Continue reading)

Councilman Ed Arnold charged with child pornography

Arroyo Grande police discovered a video of an underage foreign exchange student and photos of what appear to be underage girls during a search of Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold’s Pismo Beach residence on Jan. 4, police said. Police suspect... (Continue reading)

Assembly to consider $2 billion computer system for state courts

A state Assembly budget committee is scheduled to begin hearings this week on a proposed new statewide computer system for the courts whose price tag has already mushroomed up to $2 billion. [Sacramento Bee] The so-called Court Case Management System... (Continue reading)

Is California Pizza Kitchen for sale?

California Pizza Kitchen, the popular designer pizza chain, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, is apparently up for sale. [Los Angeles Times] Unidentified sources told the Wall Street Journal that the two original co-founders–Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield, both former criminal... (Continue reading)

Marijuana legalization predicted to fail in November

California voters get to decide in November whether or not to legalize marijuana, but political pundits are already warning that the measure could go up in smoke. [San Bernardino Sun] Early polls show support for the proposed legalization, but experts... (Continue reading)