Daily Briefs

Three arrested for mailbox thefts

Police officers arrested three Bakersfield residents on Monday for allegedly breaking into and taking mail from outdoor mailboxes at two post offices in San Luis Obispo. [Tribune] Responding to a 911 call, police stopped a vehicle near the post office... (Continue reading)

New future for local taxation?

Scattered electoral successes last week by locally-initiated revenue measures may be signaling a willingness by California voters to tax themselves — if they hear the right justifications. [SanFranciscoChronicle] Public agencies in varying jurisdictions across California, including counties, cities and school... (Continue reading)

Developers using environmental laws to fight the competition

To stop a competitor from building a project near a southern California university, a student housing firm used the state’s environmental quality laws as an effective cheap weapon of destruction. [LATimes] Conquest Student Housing has 17 buildings rented to USC... (Continue reading)

Man held hostage and assaulted in California Valley

Two men allegedly held a man hostage for several days while they assaulted him with a hammer and stabbed him with a fork at the victim’s home on the 13000 block of Camarillo Road in California Valley, according to a... (Continue reading)

Court rules counties and cities can ban pot shops

In a decision that could impact several San Luis Obispo County medical marijuana dispensary applicants, a California appellate court ruled Wednesday that cities and counties can pass laws banning medical marijuana dispensaries. [LATimes] The decision by the 4th District Court... (Continue reading)

Rural residents to pay higher fire fee

Rural homeowners in San Luis Obispo County will be helping the state pay for fire prevention and protection with a $150 fee approved this week by a state board stacked with new appointees of Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown has said... (Continue reading)

Teixeira continues battle with Nipomo advisory council

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Paul Teixeira has refused to give funding to the South County Advisory Council because he claims the money can be better spent on more severe problems. [SLONewTimes] This is not Teixeira’s first battle with the... (Continue reading)

SLO County plastic bag ban still on course

A planned ban on so-called single-use plastic bags used by retailers moves toward a final vote next year following a spirited and well-attended meeting of the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) Wednesday. Faced with an opportunity... (Continue reading)

Waage announces supervisor bid against Hill

Pismo Beach City Councilman Ed Waage said he will challenge incumbent District 3 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill in 2012. District 3 includes a large portion of San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and Grover Beach. Hill, a... (Continue reading)

Woman accused of trying to buy a car with food stamps

Deputies arrested a Solvang woman for welfare fraud on Tuesday because she allegedly tried to buy a car with food stamps, according to a press release by the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office. The arrest followed a two-week investigation. Krystal... (Continue reading)