Daily Briefs

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)

Deputies investigating suspicious death in Nipomo

San Luis Obispo Sheriff detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man found at 6:49 a.m. Monday on the side of Bonita School Road in front of an open field used for planting in Nipomo. Detectives are working to... (Continue reading)

Tax preparer accused of identity theft

Police are searching for a tax preparer who is suspected of stealing an Arroyo Grande resident’s identity in order to collect bogus tax refunds. [TimesPressRecorder] The suspect, the former owner of Exact Tax in Grover Beach, filed amended returns for... (Continue reading)

Won’t you please be our Valentine?

Here it is Valentine’s Day and we at CalCoastNews are hoping you remember the reporting you love. It has been more than three months since we first unveiled our newly updated CalCoastNews Web site and the response has been tremendous.... (Continue reading)

Illegal immigration drops in California

The number of illegal immigrants currently living in California has dropped by 200,000, according to a new report issued by the Department of Homeland Security. [Los Angeles Times]. The decline reflects a national trend, showing a drop in illegal immigrants... (Continue reading)