Daily Briefs

Here comes Froom Ranch Open Space

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has raised enough money to conserve 310 acres of land west of San Luis Obispo. [Tribune] This week’s announcement followed a flurry of more than 300 individual donations, capping off the successful... (Continue reading)

Upcoming benefits set to help Mark Ratto

The many friends of Mark Ratto are rallying to help raise money after the Cambria computer specialist was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Ratto, 49, has been fighting the disease, a rare blood condition, for more than a year. Doctors recently... (Continue reading)

Pismo police bust three for prostitution

A police sting operation led to three people being arrested Wednesday in Pismo Beach on charges relating to prostitution. Law enforcement officers from Pismo Beach and Grover Beach posed as potential customers at various massage parlors advertised in the Five... (Continue reading)

Campaigns spending $2 million on Tuesday’s election

Some public officials have been griping about the cost of Tuesday’s special election between Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird. However, new figures show that the two campaigns and independent groups are spending more than $2 million throughout the... (Continue reading)

County supes draft 2010-2011 budget

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors tentatively adopted a 2010-2011 budget of $442.7 million on Wednesday, down $25 million from last year. [Tribune] The county currently employs 2,400 workers. Forty-three staff positions, all of them already vacant, were eliminated.... (Continue reading)

San Luis chamber claims Romero will retire

Officials with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce are reporting that Mayor Dave Romero has decided to retire from public life when his term expires at the end of the year. [E-Insider] Romero, who has been on the city... (Continue reading)

Laird picks up six newspaper endorsements

As the clock ticks down towards next Tuesday’s special election for Abel Maldonado’s former state Senate seat, the battle of the newspaper endorsements is heating up. Last week, Republican Sam Blakeslee received the endorsement of The Tribune. In a press... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly brings $469 million to the economy

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo brings an estimated $469 million annually to the local economy through campus expenditures and off-campus student spending, according to a recently released report from the California State University System Office of the Chancellor. In addition,... (Continue reading)

Whitman funnels $91 million into campaign

Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor, contributed another $20 million to her war chest for a total of more than $91 million in personal donations. [WallStreetJournal] Whitman’s has said she will contribute up to $150 million from her own... (Continue reading)

Special election one week away

The special election to fill the state Senate seat of Abel Maldonado is now one week away and the environment, thanks to the British Petroleum oil spill, is dominating the race between Democrat John Laird and Republican Sam Blakeslee [Mercury... (Continue reading)