Daily Briefs

U.S. state pension funds face $1 trillion shortfall

A new report warns that U.S. states currently face a total shortfall of at least $1 trillion in their funds for employees’ pensions and retirement benefits. And the problem is rapidly worsening. [Reuters] The New York-based Pew Center released the... (Continue reading)

Consensus: Central Coast lacks business support systems

While the Central Coast is a beautiful place to live, it fails to provide some of the community support systems required to help entrepreneurs thrive in San Luis Obispo County, according to a consensus of three business owners at the... (Continue reading)

CalPERS retirements up

State and local government employees in California are retiring in record numbers. Experts suggest an aging workforce, cutbacks in positions and pay, and the economic downturn are all factors. [Calpensions] Since last July, retirement applications at CalPERS are up 21... (Continue reading)

State senator seeks Reagan statue for 100th

A bill has been introduced in the California State Senate calling for the erection of a statue of Ronald Reagan to mark the former governor and U.S. president’s 100th birthday. [The Daily Sound] Republican senator Tony Strickland, whose district includes... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee flip-flops on governor endorsement

Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee has apparently changed his mind about who he wants  the next governor of California to be. [Los Angeles Times] The San Luis Obispo Republican announced Wednesday that he no longer supports Steve Poizner and is now backing... (Continue reading)

Proposed SLO homeless campus clears major hurdle

A new homeless campus being proposed for San Luis Obispo cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday afternoon.  The County Airport Land Use Commission voted six to one to change the zoning on a one-acre parcel of county-owned land on Prado... (Continue reading)

Western Union agrees to money laundering settlement

Western Union has agreed to pay $94 million as part of a settlement in which the money transfer company is accused of helping Mexico’s drug dealers and human traffickers launder money. To more effectively address illegal money laundering, Western Union... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara supervisors back parole program

In an effort to reduce former prisoners from re-offending, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown’s plan to build two parole day reporting centers won board of supervisor support on Tuesday. [Noozhawk] With a reporting center in Santa Maria and one... (Continue reading)

Nipomo death ruled a homicide

Police identified the body found on Bonita School Road as 32-year-old Pedro Gonzalez of Guadalupe. [KSBY] The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department has ruled the death a homicide and continues to investigate. A passerby discovered Gonzalez’s body at 6:49 a.m.... (Continue reading)

Hate singer Capleton cancels U.S. tour

Capleton, a Reggae singer that promotes the killing of gays, canceled his plane ticket to the United States following a string of venue cancellations that included a Feb. 17 concert in San Luis Obispo. [GLAAD] In 2007, Capleton signed an... (Continue reading)