Daily Briefs

Poll: Schwarzenegger leaves state in worse shape

A new Field Poll finds that the majority of Californians believe the state is worse off now than when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took office in 2003. [Los Angeles Times] The survey reports that 59 percent of Californians believe the state... (Continue reading)

NBC “Dateline” covers local organ donor trial tonight

NBC News plans to air a segment on Sunday night’s edition of “Dateline,” covering the 2008 trial of a physician accused of improper organ harvesting at a San Luis Obispo hospital. Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, a San Francisco physician, was charged... (Continue reading)

Oil company, environmental groups in secret deal

Three major Santa Barbara environmental groups allegedly agreed to support a controversial offshore oil drilling project in 2008, in exchange for $100,000 and other benefits. [Associated Press] The confidential agreement involved Plains Exploration & Production and local environmental groups, including... (Continue reading)

George Carpenter’s vehicle found

The Jeep Comanche vehicle belonging to missing San Luis Obispo man George Carpenter was found Saturday morning. Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies, conducting an aerial search, spotted the vehicle outside the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. A ground search by law... (Continue reading)

Maldonado and Nava clash over offshore oil

As State Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) continues his quest to become California’s next lieutenant governor, he finds himself under attack on the issue of offshore oil drilling. [Los Angeles Times] The accusation comes from Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara)... (Continue reading)

ECOSLO official charged with embezzlement

The executive director of ECOSLO, a prominent Central Coast environmental group, is being charged with embezzlement. [New Times] Morgan Rafferty, who has served as executive director of ECOSLO since 2006, is alleged to have embezzled more than $33,000 as the... (Continue reading)

George Carpenter’s dog found alive near Gorda

The dog of missing San Luis Obispo man George Carpenter has been found. Scooter was found alive, near Gorda, on Highway 1 in Monterey County. Law enforcement officials are now concentrating their search for Carpenter in that area, despite heavy... (Continue reading)

Ed Arnold charged with one-two-three-four-five felony counts

The District Attorney’s office announced five felony counts Thursday against Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold. [KSBY] Arnold now faces criminal charges, including: First-degree residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal punishment on a spouse or cohabitant, criminal... (Continue reading)

Air America declares bankruptcy

Liberal talk radio network Air America, carried locally by KYNS 1340 AM, has ceased live programming and will soon file for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy. [Air America] The decision, effective immediately, was announced Thursday by Charlie Kireker, chairman of the... (Continue reading)

State of emergency throughout California

As heavy rain continues to thunder across California, Acting Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in five separate counties on Thursday, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange. Brown assumed authority with Gov. Schwarzenegger currently in Washington, D.C.... (Continue reading)