Daily Briefs


Waterfield has the $$$ in Assembly race

New campaign fundraising documents reveal that Etta Waterfield continues to raise more money than her opponents in the race to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District. [Lompoc Record] In 2009, Waterfield, a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, raised... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit filed in Pismo Beach Toyota accident

A Bakersfield man is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a Pismo Beach restaurant and the Japanese automaker Toyota, stemming from an accident in 2007. As he was driving away from the Pelican Point Restaurant in Pismo Beach, Bulent Ezal,... (Continue reading)

Three Assembly members come out against Maldonado

Three Democratic members of the state Assembly held a press conference Monday to voice their opposition to Abel Maldonado’s appointment as lieutenant governor. [Capitol Alert] Pedro Nava, D – Santa Barbara, Jose Solorio, D – Anaheim, and Tony Mendoza, D... (Continue reading)

Fourth District candidates debate issues at first forum

The three candidates for 4th District county supervisor gathered Saturday morning for the first public forum in the race to replace incumbent Katcho Achadjian. [Nipomo Incorporation] Jim Guthrie, Paul Teixeira, and Mike Zimmerman fielded questions on 22 separate issues over... (Continue reading)

Marin County tries to bypass PG&E

Marin County is poised to become California’s first to set up its own public power agency–unless Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) can block them in the courts, or on the ballot. [San Francisco Chronicle] Last Thursday, the upstart Marin Energy... (Continue reading)

Atascadero couple arrested for attempted murder

An Atascadero couple face charges of attempted murder, following a fight Friday night at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach. Michael Darrien Simmons, 43, and Janet Ella Simmons, 50, were both arrested by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies, after Michael... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger due in SLO on Monday

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to pay a visit to San Luis Obispo Monday morning. The governor is coming to town to promote his new jobs initiative and the proposed sales tax exemption for so-called “green manufacturing.” Schwarzenegger is scheduled... (Continue reading)

Mustang Village armed robbery attempt foiled

A masked robber with a semiautomatic handgun attempted to rob two security guards at Mustang Villiage in San Luis Obispo earlier today. Michael Leon and Otis Vanadore were finishing up their shift just after midnight at the student housing complex... (Continue reading)

Maldonado insists he’s against offshore drilling

State Senator and lieutenant governor nominee Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) insists he’s still opposed to any oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. [Capitol Alert] Maldonado made the comments during a Tuesday conference call with reporters. “My vote remains the... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College placed on probation

Cuesta College has been placed on probation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and could lose its accreditation if it does not address problems that have plagued the college for the past few years. Accreditation is... (Continue reading)