Daily Briefs

Man wielding a knife robs clerk in Morro Bay

Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Motel 6 clerk at knife point on Monday at around 10:30 p.m. [KSBY] Officers responded to a 911 call from the motel located on the 200 block of Atascadero Road.... (Continue reading)

Pigeons charged with polluting Pismo Beach water

Hundreds of pigeons roosting and defecating under the Pismo Beach Pier are being held accountable for the high bacteria levels in the ocean near the pier, officials said. [SantaMariaTimes] Experts estimate the flock to include at least 400 birds, with... (Continue reading)

State workers urge boycott of Arnold’s new movie

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently feels that state workers are expendable–at least on Furlough Fridays. Now some are trying to repay the governor by urging a boycott of his new movie, opening this Friday, “The Expendables.” [California Watch] In truth, the... (Continue reading)

Pot farm destroyed, three arrested

Three people are in jail tonight and 5,487 marijuana plants have been destroyed in a joint operation between San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County authorities. [LompocRecord] A Santa Barbara County rural crimes deputy discovered a questionable vehicle parked... (Continue reading)

Diver drowns at Lake Nacimiento

A diver drowned during a salvage mission at Lake Nacimiento on Sunday after he became trapped under the water. [KCOY] On Saturday, a boat sank in 60 to 70 feet of water at Bee Rock Cove. Two men were attempting... (Continue reading)

BP collecting millions from feds for Bakersfield plant

The federal government plans to spend more than $300 million to build a new power plant in Kern County, part of a joint venture involving the controversial British Petroleum. [California Watch] The U.S. Department of Energy announced the grant last... (Continue reading)

Irish students trashing Santa Barbara

Irish college students spending the summer in California on work visas are getting a bad reputation after one group caused $20,000 in damages to a Santa Barbara resort. [Irish Times] William Sanchez, property manager of the Breakpointe apartment complex in... (Continue reading)

Cash flows into Blakeslee-Laird race

During the last two months, both Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird have each raised about $1 million for their campaigns in the special state Senate election. [Santa Cruz Sentinel] An additional $2.5 million has been contributed by special... (Continue reading)

Finally! Blakeslee and Laird debate

After weeks of charges and counter charges over who is willing to debate whom, and where, Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird finally had a face-to-face, one-on-one debate. [Mercury News] The two major candidates in the upcoming Aug. 17... (Continue reading)

Committee forms to fight Measure H in San Luis Obispo

The debate over Prado Road took a major turn Thursday with the announcement of a new committee, formed to fight Measure H on the November ballot in San Luis Obispo. The controversial measure, which recently qualified following a successful petition... (Continue reading)