Daily Briefs

School funds cut lawsuit

Arguments by some state school leaders that $2 billion in current budget cuts to public schools are unconstitutional will be decided in court. [SanJoseMercuryNews] Lawyers for school districts and education groups filed a lawsuit this week in which they ask... (Continue reading)

Inspection at ASH follows staff complaint

Cal/OSHA inspectors are checking out Atascadero State Hospital this week in response to a claim of unsafe working conditions at the hospital by a staff member. [KCOY] The investigation comes on the heels of several patient assaults on ASH staff... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles waste water upgrade tabbed at $50 million

Updating Paso Robles’ antiquated waste water system will cost city residents an estimated $50 million, officials have decided, but on the advice of counsel, public presentation of the proposal will wait. The city council decided this week to postpone a... (Continue reading)

Driver dies after Buckley Road crash

A local man died Wednesday, nine days after an accident on Buckley Road and Thread Lane that also took the life of his passenger on September 19, the California Highway Patrol said. Hussam Najani, 47, was test driving a 2003... (Continue reading)

Atascadero child ingests cocaine; parents jailed

A mother, father and uncle are now in a San Luis Obispo County Jail after an 18 month old child under their supervision ingested cocaine on Wednesday, Atascadero police said. Parents Daniel Sanchez, 26; Priscilla Tabarez, 20; and the child’s... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district slams San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board fired back a response saying that the Grand Jury’s allegations of mismanagement at the district “were largely inaccurate,” which was posted on the Grand Jury website on Wednesday. The South County... (Continue reading)

Advocates for the disabled file lawsuit against California

Advocates for Californians with developmental disabilities filed a lawsuit against the State of California Wednesday alleging the State is violating federal law by failing to adequately fund services needed by individuals with developmental disabilities. The suit claims the State has... (Continue reading)

Judge rejects guilty plea of man accused of killing his mother

Christopher Shumey, accused of killing his mother and shooting at police officers, appeared before San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy Tuesday morning and, against the wishes of his attorney, said he would like to plead guilty to... (Continue reading)

California’s worsening financial condition

Nearly nine in ten Californians, say the state is in bad economic times and don’t see things improving any time soon, according to a September 27 Field Poll. Half of California voters believe their financial condition is worse than last... (Continue reading)

Guns fired, pair arrested

Two Arroyo Grande men were arrested Sunday after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of gunshots being fired at Lake Lopez. After deputies arrived at the scene, they found Michael Lynn Anthony Hardisty, 20, and James Ryan Johnson, 18, and... (Continue reading)