Daily Briefs


Abel Maldonado’s mounting tax troubles

Note: this story first appeared in Noozhawk, an online news source in Santa Barbara County. By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer Congressional candidate Abel Maldonado raised thousands of dollars for a state re-election bid during a party that his family’s... (Continue reading)

SLO County jobless rate drops to 7.4 percent

San Luis Obispo County is ranked fifth out of 58 California counties for lower numbers of unemployed workers, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. In California, Marin County is ranked number one with an... (Continue reading)

City attorney reviewing Ashbaugh’s alleged campaign misconduct

The San Luis Obispo City Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it is evaluating the complaint made by four candidates for public office against councilman and candidate for reelection John Ashbaugh. Council candidates Kevin Rice and Matt Strzpek, as well as... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College students help veterans

Cuesta College communications studies teacher Beth-Ann Dumas is a big fan of experiential learning. For members of her small group discussion class, learning by doing means planning and implementing a project that fulfills a community or Cuesta need. One project... (Continue reading)

Man killed by shark near Vandenberg Air Force Base

A shark attacked a 38-year-old man who was surfing with friends off of Ocean Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base earlier today. The man later died later from his injuries A friend of the victim witnessed the attack, pulled the... (Continue reading)

Newspaper publishes phony anti-Lois Capps letter

The Santa Maria Times, on Saturday, posted a phony letter to the editor slamming Congresswoman Lois Capps’ performance and claiming a Democratic Club had refused to endorse the democratic candidate for the 23rd District. “As a Democratic Club we should... (Continue reading)

Capps taps Fluke to campaign on women’s rights

Democrat Congresswoman Lois Capps called on Georgetown Law graduate and renowned target of radio host Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke, on Monday to help her campaign. [Noozhawk] After Capps explained her own record of supporting women, Fluke spoke on behalf of... (Continue reading)

SLO candidates accuse Ashbaugh of election code violations

San Luis Obispo City Council candidate Kevin Rice filed a complaint with the city clerk Tuesday accusing his opponent, incumbent John Ashbaugh, of misusing city resources to benefit his campaign and violating a campaign finance code that the councilman voted... (Continue reading)

Christy named Morro Bay chief of police

Morro Bay residents have a new chief of police. Amy Christy, a lieutenant with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department, was announced Monday as the new top cop by City Manager Andrea K. Lueker. According to Lueker, Christy “distinguished herself... (Continue reading)

Man arms himself with rifle against imaginary threat

San Luis Obispo police arrested a man Sunday who appeared to be hallucinating while wielding a loaded rifle. The police department received a call about 8 a.m. saying that an intruder had entered the residence of Collin Fitzgerald, 23. A... (Continue reading)