Daily Briefs

DMV employee tells transgender woman: You’re going to hell

A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee is accused of sending a letter to the home of a Bay Area transgender woman calling her “an abomination” and telling her that she is going to hell. A press release from the... (Continue reading)

Will marijuana legalization eradicate the black market?

Supporters of Proposition 19 liken their cause to the lifting of prohibition on alcohol nearly 80 years ago. Making pot legal and regulating it like alcohol, they say, could raise millions in tax revenues and wipe out the black market,... (Continue reading)

California consumers still reluctant to spend

A new survey by Citibank California indicates many state residents have permanently altered their saving and spending behavior, despite feeling better about the economy’s prospects. [LA Times] Roughly 60 percent of the respondents said they had cut back on credit... (Continue reading)

New database lists city-county salaries

In the wake of the city of Bell scandal, state officials unveiled a new website Monday detailing the salaries of city and county workers across California. [LA Times] The  new site, created by State Controller John Chiang, allows users to... (Continue reading)

Vandenberg beaches remain closed after shark attack

The beaches near Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County continue to be closed following Friday’s fatal shark attack on a young surfer. [Santa Maria Times] “Right now, that’s a safety precaution,” said Vandenberg spokesman Jeremy Eggers. “We’ll re-evaluate... (Continue reading)

Rape accusation against Whitman’s son kept quiet

The son of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate while a student at Princeton University–a school that lists Whitman as one of its most generous donors. [Gawker] Critics contend that the incident has... (Continue reading)

Fatal shark attack at Vandenberg Beach

The victim of a fatal shark attack cried out for help as a shark bit into his leg and then drug him under water, about a 100 yards from Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on Friday morning. [MSNBC]... (Continue reading)

Quaids seek asylum in Canada

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who failed to show earlier this week in a Santa Barbara courtroom, have surfaced in Vancouver–where they’re seeking asylum. [CTV] Quaid, 60, and Evi, 47, made the verbal plea for protection at a... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal of the week

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to a Danville man who mistook a police officer for a cab driver and asked for a ride home, but forgot about the cocaine in his pocket. [SFGate] After partying hard, Ongley Ocon III,... (Continue reading)

Catholic Healthcare West pays $275,000 to resolve discrimination claim

Catholic Healthcare West, the parent company of French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, agreed to pay $275,000 in civil penalties to resolve allegations that CHW discriminated against immigrant job seekers, according to the... (Continue reading)