Daily Briefs

New CSU websites designed to promote transparency

A recent executive order from Governor Schwarzenegger has prompted many of the 23 California State University campuses to start posting information online about their contracts with vendors, external audits, and financial statements. [California Watch] The governor issued the order last... (Continue reading)

Major gang bust in Santa Maria

Santa Maria police arrested dozens of gang members in a sweeping crackdown on gangs, drugs and violence. [KSBY] On Thursday and Friday, police arrested 35 members of the West Park Criminal Street Gang at numerous locations throughout the area. Charges... (Continue reading)

Democrats sue to block special election date

Angry Democrats have gone to federal court in an attempt to block the upcoming special state Senate race between Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird. [San Francisco Chronicle] A lawsuit filed Thursday in San Jose on behalf of three... (Continue reading)

Increase in illegal immigrants coming to California by sea

Human smuggling off the coast of California is on the increase and officials worry that increased security measures on land will lead to more attempts by people to enter the country illegally — by sea. [California Watch] An additional concern... (Continue reading)

Brown targets CalPERS officials

California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit against two former officials of CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund, for violating security laws. [Reuters] The complaint, announced Wednesday, focuses on former CalPERS chief executive Federico Buenrostro Jr. and former... (Continue reading)

Committee kills Blakeslee’s Gift Reform bill

A bill drafted by Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo] to close a loophole allowing lobbyists to circumvent limits on gifts to legislators was killed by committee on Tuesday. In 1974, the voters of California passed the Political Reform Act... (Continue reading)

PG&E told to release SmartMeter reports

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is ordering PG&E to make public the company’s status reports on the deployment of its SmartMeters, whose accuracy is the subject of a state investigation. [San Francisco Chronicle] Michael Peevey, commission president, told PG&E... (Continue reading)

Four-way race for mayor shaping up in San Luis Obispo

The November ballot for mayor of San Luis Obispo could turn out to be quite crowded. City councilwoman Jan Marx recently announced her intention to seek the office. Now the Chamber of Commerce is saying that former city councilman Paul... (Continue reading)

Fake ID makers arrested

Law enforcement officials arrested two people for their part in a suspected counterfeit document operation in San Luis Obispo County on Monday. Officials said 27-year-old Olivia Hernandez Ortiz and 33-year-old Jose Lopez Villalobos were involved in manufacturing documents such as... (Continue reading)

Appellate court hearing scheduled in San Luis Obispo

In an unusual move, the California 2nd District Appellate Court will hear oral arguments regarding a contentious local appeal in the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor chambers on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. An Oceano business owner, whose property... (Continue reading)