Daily Briefs

Cambria hotel owners file bankruptcy

The owner of the new El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa in Cambria filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has plans to sell one of the most sophisticated retreats on the Central Coast. [PacificCoastBusinessTimes] The Cambria Moonstone development firm filed... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly honors interned Japanese-American students

A small, but important, and certainly long overdue, ceremony took place last week at Cal Poly as President Warren Baker awarded 31 honorary degrees to Japanese-American students who were forcefully relocated from the West Coast in 1942. [LA Japanese Daily... (Continue reading)

Tribune endorses Blakeslee in special election

The Tribune endorsed Sam Blakeslee Sunday for the special June 22 election, calling the Republican assemblyman, “the best bet when it comes to representing the interests of San Luis Obispo County in the state Senate.” [Tribune] Blakeslee is running against... (Continue reading)

Senator wants guns on Amtrak trains

A Republican U.S. senator, trying to force Amtrak to allow train passengers to carry guns on board–or face shutdown, has obtained the support of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). [Raw Story] The GAO ruled last week that an amendment inserted... (Continue reading)

Vehicle license fee for state parks qualifies for ballot

Voters will now decide in November whether to add an $18 surcharge on the vehicle license fee to fund California state parks and wildlife refuges. [San Francisco Chronicle] Supporters submitted over 750,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office. The... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission approves Los Osos sewer system

The California Coastal Commission gave unanimous approval Friday to the Los Osos sewer project, clearing a last hurdle and bringing construction a major step closer. [Tribune] Thirteen Los Osos residents attempted a rhetorical Hail Mary at the Friday afternoon meeting... (Continue reading)

PG&E seeks $4.2 billion rate hike

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday night in San Luis Obispo, seeking public comment about a proposed rate hike of $4.2 billion from PG&E. The meeting, one in a statewide series being conducted by... (Continue reading)

Whitman spends $76 per vote to win primary

Meg Whitman clinched the Republican nomination for California governor Tuesday night, but the victory came with a pretty steep price tag. [California Watch] Whitman, the former eBay CEO, spent $76 per voter to claim the nomination from insurance commissioner Steve... (Continue reading)

Absentee ballots expected to be counted by Friday

Tuesday’s election may be over, but there are still 18, 198 absentee ballots to be counted as of Wednesday afternoon. County officials hope to have all the votes tallied by Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County officials have yet to... (Continue reading)

Bomb scare in Atascadero

UPDATE: The “bomb” turned out to be a firecracker. Atascadero police are reporting that a pipe bomb has been found Wednesday morning on the Santa Barbara overpass. The Highway 101 overpass at the south end of town remains closed off.... (Continue reading)