Daily Briefs

Parents of truant children face jail

The California Senate passed a bill Thursday that allows prosecutors to send parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade to jail if their kids miss too much school [FresnoBee] Senate Bill 1317 allows prosecutors to charge parents with misdemeanors... (Continue reading)

In-N-Out will be In Arroyo Grande by end of year

The hugely popular In-N-Out restaurant chain is expected to open in Arroyo Grande by the end of the year. [Tribune] Approved by the city planning commission last December, the new In-N-Out restaurant will occupy space near the old Sizzler on... (Continue reading)

Governor to announce tough budget cuts today

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is unexpected Friday afternoon to unveil his latest proposals for closing the multi-billion dollar budget gaps–the emphasis is expected to be on deep budget cuts and elimination of key programs. [Los Angeles Times] Administration spokesperson Aaron McLear... (Continue reading)

School lockdown after shots fired

Atascadero Police have identified the person responsible for shooting a gun near an elementary school two mornings in a row as an 11-year-old neighbor of Santa Rosa Academic Academy.[KEYT] Shortly after 8 a.m., shots rang out and the school went... (Continue reading)

This week’s dumbest criminal

A Fresno County woman who led California Highway patrol officers on a high-speed chase through San Luis Obispo was taken into custody on Wednesday around noon. [KSBY] Officers pulled over Sylvia Ramos for speeding southbound on U.S. Highway 101. Ramos,... (Continue reading)

California wives taking on more financial responsibility

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of California women with children at home who became the sole breadwinner after their husbands lost their jobs in the recession, according to a new study. [Contra Costa Times] The analysis,... (Continue reading)

Lucia Mar votes to send out 74 layoff notices

Lucia Mar school district trustees voted 5-2 Tuesday night to send out final layoff notices to 74 employees, including more than 50 teachers and 10 counselors. [Tribune] Trustees Erik Howell and Georgie O’Connor voted against the layoffs. The district faces... (Continue reading)

PG&E admits to thousands of inaccurate utility bills

Consumer advocates are calling for a moratorium on the so-called SmartMeters after PG&E admitted Monday that as many as 23,000 customers statewide received inaccurate electricity bills. [Mercury News] PG&E could not pinpoint how many of those customers were overcharged, or... (Continue reading)

Entire state tax board on the June ballot

All four members of a powerful though low profile tax board are up for grabs in June. [LATimes] California’s Board of Equalization is the nation’s only elected state tax board. The board settles state taxpayer disputes and determines which corporations... (Continue reading)

County supervisors to pressure state over Dunes pollution

County supervisors are expected to decide Tuesday whether to send a letter to the State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Division in an attempt to pressure state officials into getting more involved in the ongoing health debate about the Oceano Dunes... (Continue reading)