Daily Briefs

Brown kills Blakeslee parks bill

A proposal by Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) to allow cities or counties to operate state parks threatened with closure was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday. Brown then inked into law a Democratic plan allowing nonprofit organizations to... (Continue reading)

First Solar agrees to cease operations after 35 years

Under an agreement with a group of litigants battling against a Carrizo Plain proposed solar plant, Topaz Solar farm will close down after 35 years of operation, First Solar and two local activist groups announced. [Tribune] The 550-megawatt proposed First... (Continue reading)

“Occupy San Luis Obispo” planned for Wednesday

A national protest movement comes to San Luis Obispo Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine. Organizers are asking people to gather at 5 p.m. outside of the county courthouse on Monterey Street as part of “Occupy San Luis Obispo.” The planned... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita man arrested for attempted murder

Morro Bay Police arrested a Santa Margarita man for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage and assaulting her early Tuesday morning. Following an argument at a Morro Bay hotel on Atascadero Road, Romen Homero Deleon, 31, allegedly took his girlfriend’s cell... (Continue reading)

SLO County finds no conflict of interest with Ogren’s relationship

UPDATE: Find an audio of the altercation between Linde Owen and Adam Hill at the bottom of this article.  San Luis Obispo County’s top official said Tuesday his investigation showed Public Works Director Paavo Ogren having a dating relationship with... (Continue reading)

How much money do you need to survive?

How much income does one need to earn in San Luis Obispo County to be self-sufficient? A lot more than just three years ago, apparently. A gross salary of about $2,220 a month buys a single person living in this... (Continue reading)

Dumb school board member of the week gets no support

A Massachusetts school board member resigned following a much-publicized magic trick at a meeting where he appeared to remove the bra of a fellow board member. [The Enterprise] The meeting was being aired live on cable television at the time.... (Continue reading)

Grocery bag ban heads to court

The debate over banning paper and plastic grocery bags took a predictable turn Monday with the filing of a lawsuit challenging the new Los Angeles County ban. [Fox & Hounds] The lawsuit was filed by Neilsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross &... (Continue reading)

Credit card fraud devices found at Paso Robles gas stations

The Paso Robles Police department is investigating a credit card fraud scheme after discovering devices designed to capture debit card and personal identification numbers at two area gas stations. After officers found the first skimmer at the One Stop Market... (Continue reading)

California wineries battle against alcohol regulation bill

National beer and wine wholesalers want legislation to affirm state control over alcoholic beverage sales, but wineries in California and nationwide say it’s an attempt to limit direct sales to consumers, a rapidly growing segment of the wine market. [Californian.com]... (Continue reading)