Daily Briefs

Riding that vacation pay gravy train

Interesting figures recently released showing public employees cashing in big on vacation pay and other benefits. [San Francisco Chronicle] Case in point: San Francisco. Former Police Chief Heather Fong – who retired in 2009 – received a grand total of... (Continue reading)

AOL buys Huffington Post for $300 million

Wall Street and Internet users are waiting for the news, expected Monday morning that AOL will buy the liberal news web site The Huffington Post for an estimated $315 million. [NY Times] The high-profile deal, apparently sealed over the weekend... (Continue reading)

PG&E to hold South County forum on Smart Meters

PG&E will host a public forum Tuesday afternoon to address concerns South County residents have about wireless Smart Meters. The forum will be held at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande from 3 to 5 p.m. Jess Brown,... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles promoting safe ecstasy use

Los Angeles County Health officials have posted tips for safe ecstasy use at the publicly owned Los Angeles Coliseum and Sports Arena. [LAWeekly] These health officials have embarked on a campaign to teach young people how to reduce potential harms... (Continue reading)

SLO plane crash victim dies

The passenger in the vintage plane that wrecked in San Luis Obispo on Thursday died Friday night at a local hospital. [KCOY] Obbie Atkinson, 86, suffered major injuries during the crash. The pilot, Jeff Welles, 66, was released from the... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College remains on probation

Though noting that some progress has been made, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has decided that Cuesta College will remain on probation status. The ACCJC announced its decision in a letter sent this week to Cuesta... (Continue reading)

Target pays $22.5 million for dumping hazardous waste

As the new Target department store continues to spring up on Los Osos Valley Road, comes word that the parent company has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle various claims throughout California alleging the retail giant dumped hazardous waste.... (Continue reading)

Sheriff Parkinson meets with parents of Kristin Smart

Stan and Denise Smart, parents of missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, continued their nearly-15-year search for the truth by meeting Thursday morning with Ian Parkinson, the new San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. Kristin Smart was just completing her freshman... (Continue reading)

Two injured in San Luis Obispo plane crash

Two people were injured when the single engine vintage plane they were flying crashed Thursday morning in the 1100 block of Stenner Creek Road on the Cal Poly campus. The pilot radioed controllers at the San Luis Obispo County Regional... (Continue reading)

Home invader found in bed

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested a man they found in a bed at a Los Osos residence he had broken into on Wednesday morning. The occupants of the home told deputies a man they did not recognize was... (Continue reading)