Daily Briefs

Nitrate contamination widespread on Central Coast farms

Thousands of farm owners up and down the Central Coast have wells that have been affected by nitrates due to heavy fertilizer use. [Mercury News] Scientists believe that fertilizers are the leading cause of nitrate pollution in California groundwater. The... (Continue reading)

Couple detained over questions about kidnapping and prostitution

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations of kidnapping and prostitution involving a teenage girl from Santa Barbara. Deputies pulled over a white Cadillac on Highway 1 in Morro Bay Friday afternoon and questioned two women and one... (Continue reading)

Ten initiatives makes the November ballot

Ten statewide measures have officially qualified for California’s November election. [Capitol Weekly] The deadline was Thursday and more than half of the ballot measures, requiring sufficient signatures from voters, qualified at the last minute. Get ready to rumble, experts warn.... (Continue reading)

Kathy Smith attempts return to San Luis city council

A former San Luis Obispo city councilwoman who resigned from office in 1998 to move out of state, has decided to seek her old spot in November. Kathy Springer Smith filed a Candidate Intention Statement with city officials this week.... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly names interim engineering dean

Mohammad Noori will step down as dean of the engineering college on June 30 and Erling Smith, the vice provost for programs and planning, will assume the duties of the dean until a new dean is found, according to an... (Continue reading)

Welfare recipients access ATM machines (in casinos)

A new statewide review has discovered that California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half the casinos in California. [LA Times] An investigation by the Los Angeles Times... (Continue reading)

Governor prepared to pay minimum wage to state workers

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to pay minimum wage to state workers during July if lawmakers fail to agree on a new budget. [Los Angeles Times] The threat came in the form of a memo from Debbie Endsley, the governor’s... (Continue reading)

Court rules building owners liable for earthquake deaths

A California appellate court upheld a San Luis Obispo County jury decision to award the families of two women who were killed when a Paso Robles building collapsed on them almost $2 million in damages. [Judgment] The 111-year-old Acorn Building... (Continue reading)

Diablo Canyon Power Plant activates emergency plan

In response to an accidental release of carbon dioxide, a chemical used for fire suppression, officials at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach activated the emergency plan Wednesday morning. Nevertheless, there are no reports of damage to the facility... (Continue reading)

Election night cliffhanger: Blakeslee is close

Republican Sam Blakeslee came oh-so-close Tuesday night to clinching the state Senate race outright, but he fell short by only a handful of votes, leading observers to wonder whether there are uncounted absentee ballots remaining that might yet allow him... (Continue reading)