Daily Briefs

Marijuana legalization predicted to fail in November

California voters get to decide in November whether or not to legalize marijuana, but political pundits are already warning that the measure could go up in smoke. [San Bernardino Sun] Early polls show support for the proposed legalization, but experts... (Continue reading)

Cell phone ban may be extended to bicyclists

California’s tough cell phone regulations currently applied to drivers may be extended to bicyclists across the state. [KTVU] Legislation being introduced in Sacramento would ban bicyclists from talking on a cell phone without a headset, or texting while riding. A... (Continue reading)

State AG asked to investigate Palin speaking fee

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is being asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding an upcoming speech by Sarah Palin at CSU Stanislaus. [California Watch] Palin, the former GOP vice-presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak in Turlock on June 25, the... (Continue reading)

County officials play hard-to-get with Los Osos document

Los Osos residents are trying to figure out why San Luis Obispo County officials are making it so difficult to access a critical public document. [Tribune] The 1,000 page document, relating to the Los Osos sewer project, only became available... (Continue reading)

Tougher smoking ban passed for San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, the first city in the nation to crack down on smoking in public, adopted even more stringent regulations Tuesday night. [KSBY] The city council voted four to one to make it even more difficult to smoke in... (Continue reading)

Cost of traffic tickets skyrocket statewide

It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out the obvious: California is strapped for cash, so anything that can generate needed revenue is being considered. Remember that the next time you get pulled over. It’s likely to cost you a... (Continue reading)

Apple sells 300,000 iPads on first day

More than 300,000 iPads were sold last Saturday, the first day they were available for sale. [Los Angeles Times] Users also downloaded more than 1 million apps for the device and 250,000 e-books. The second series of 3G-ready iPads debuts... (Continue reading)

SLO is quick to kill wild pigs

Residents and tourists alike are enjoying Johnson Ranch, the one-year-old open space park tucked away at the intersection of S. Higuera and Ontario Road in San Luis Obispo. However, city officials are stymied by what to do about the wild... (Continue reading)

7.2 earthquake rocks southern California

An earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude, felt by an estimated 20 million people in Mexico, southern California, and across the Southwest, struck Sunday afternoon. [Los Angeles Times] The Easter Sunday quake, centered in Mexicali, was the strongest to strike the... (Continue reading)

Voter initiative wants to raise tax on wine 12,675%

California wine lovers are becoming uncorked over a voter initiative, intended for the November ballot, that would increase the excise tax on wine by 12,675 percent. [KSBW] Under the proposed Alcohol Harm and Related-damages Act of 2010, the current tax... (Continue reading)