Daily Briefs

Assembly votes to ban plastic grocery bags

The state Assembly has passed legislation prohibiting California pharmacies and grocery, liquor, and convenience stores from using plastic bags. The bill also calls for customers to be charged for using store-issued paper bags. [AP] Lawmakers say the purpose of the... (Continue reading)

Search to replace Warren Baker at Poly continues

Cal Poly will continue searching for a new president. [Tribune] Three candidates were brought to campus last month as possible replacements for retiring president Warren Baker after an extensive national search. A fourth candidate had withdrawn from consideration before campus... (Continue reading)

Give a buck on Hunger Awareness Day

Volunteers across the county are busy mobilizing at the last minute for Thursday’s 4th annual Hunger Awareness Day, organized by the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. The concept is both amazingly simple and surprisingly effective. People are... (Continue reading)

Oakland might license, tax indoor marjiuana growers

Oakland is currently facing a $42 million shortfall. So is anyone surprised at the news that city officials are considering a plan to sanction and tax commercial pot growing operations? [AP] After becoming the first U.S. city to impose a... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles couple shot dead in their home

UPDATE: The county coroner released the names of the couple Wednesday morning. They are Phillip Gordon Rodrigues, 73, and Sharon Lynne Rodrigues, 64. No further details regarding the shootings has been released. UPDATE: San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputies are investigating... (Continue reading)

British Petroleum’s shadow in Sacramento

Chances are if you think of the word oil, what comes to mind is the massive environmental tragedy in the Gulf Coast, off Louisiana. Which means you’re also thinking about British Petroleum (BP), the company currently facing international criticism for... (Continue reading)

Water main breaks in San Luis Obispo

UPDATE: A broken major water main left many homes and offices in San Luis Obispo–including French Hospital–without water. At approximately 4 p.m., the water was turned back on. Johnson Avenue, however, will remain under repair into the night, said French... (Continue reading)

Injured sheriff’s deputy released from hospital

The sheriff’s deputy injured in the Friday night arrest of  a Salinas parolee was expected to be released from the hospital sometime Monday. Department spokesman Rob Bryn said that Deputy Nate Paul, an eight-year veteran, was scheduled to be released... (Continue reading)

Californians divided on new Arizona law

The recent crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona finds Californians closely divided, with deep splits along age and ethnicity, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll. [Los Angeles Times] Overall, 50 percent of those surveyed indicated support for the... (Continue reading)

Doc Burnstein’s plans protest march for Wednesday

Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab in Arroyo Grande will try once again to confront the union picketers who have been protesting the popular Village hangout since last fall. Here’s the scoop: Owner Greg Steinberger is organizing a “Take Back Our... (Continue reading)