Daily Briefs

Cambria playhouse threatened with closure

The Pewter Plough Playhouse, currently in its 34th season, may soon be facing a final curtain, unless building owners can raise funds to install a new fire sprinkler system. County officials and the Cambria Fire Department are requiring the community... (Continue reading)

Tracy residents to pay for 9-1-1 calls

Residents of Tracy, located in northern California, will now have to pay every time they call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency. [CBS 13 News] The controversial measure was approved by the city council last Tuesday. Two options are being offered.... (Continue reading)

More (alleged) sex in Arroyo Grande

If it walks like a duck, smells like a duck, and talks like a duck, is it really a prostitution scam? That’s the question Arroyo Grande police were asked to decide earlier this week. The basic facts: Last Wednesday, an... (Continue reading)

U.S. state pension funds face $1 trillion shortfall

A new report warns that U.S. states currently face a total shortfall of at least $1 trillion in their funds for employees’ pensions and retirement benefits. And the problem is rapidly worsening. [Reuters] The New York-based Pew Center released the... (Continue reading)

Consensus: Central Coast lacks business support systems

While the Central Coast is a beautiful place to live, it fails to provide some of the community support systems required to help entrepreneurs thrive in San Luis Obispo County, according to a consensus of three business owners at the... (Continue reading)

CalPERS retirements up

State and local government employees in California are retiring in record numbers. Experts suggest an aging workforce, cutbacks in positions and pay, and the economic downturn are all factors. [Calpensions] Since last July, retirement applications at CalPERS are up 21... (Continue reading)

State senator seeks Reagan statue for 100th

A bill has been introduced in the California State Senate calling for the erection of a statue of Ronald Reagan to mark the former governor and U.S. president’s 100th birthday. [The Daily Sound] Republican senator Tony Strickland, whose district includes... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee flip-flops on governor endorsement

Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee has apparently changed his mind about who he wants  the next governor of California to be. [Los Angeles Times] The San Luis Obispo Republican announced Wednesday that he no longer supports Steve Poizner and is now backing... (Continue reading)

Proposed SLO homeless campus clears major hurdle

A new homeless campus being proposed for San Luis Obispo cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday afternoon.  The County Airport Land Use Commission voted six to one to change the zoning on a one-acre parcel of county-owned land on Prado... (Continue reading)

Western Union agrees to money laundering settlement

Western Union has agreed to pay $94 million as part of a settlement in which the money transfer company is accused of helping Mexico’s drug dealers and human traffickers launder money. To more effectively address illegal money laundering, Western Union... (Continue reading)