Daily Briefs

PG&E spending for Proposition 16 reaches $44 million

New campaign reports reveal that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has so far spent $44 million to pass Proposition 16 on the June 8 ballot. [Los Angeles Times] The new amount being reported is far above the $30-$35 million the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo scores high on air quality

A new report by the American Lung Association, despite showing air pollution worsening in California, has good news for people living between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles–your air is among the cleanest in the state. [California Watch] The 11th... (Continue reading)

California children lag behind in dental health care

By the age of 5, 28 percent of children in California suffer from untreated dental decay according to statewide figures. In 2007, the last year figures were available, more than 500,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17 missed... (Continue reading)

Mulholland rules out running for mayor of San Luis Obispo

The rumors have been flying fast and furious around town for more than a month, but former city councilmember Christine Mulholland wants to make one thing perfectly clear: She is definitely not running for mayor of San Luis Obispo in... (Continue reading)

This week’s dumbest criminal

This week’s Dumbest Criminal Award goes to a Nevada woman who was arrested for stealing a bottle of wine from a grocery store while intoxicated…and topless [San Francisco Chronicle] The aptly-named Brandi Smith, 41, of Gardnerville was arrested May 10... (Continue reading)

Patterson wants supes to oppose Proposition 16

The increasingly controversial Proposition 16 on the June 8 ballot has picked up more local opposition. County Supervisor Jim Patterson wants his colleagues to formally go on record against the PG&E financed-initiative. [Tribune] Proposition 16, backed by PG&E to the... (Continue reading)

Tough week for PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is coming off a pretty tough week. First, federal investigators issued a report, blaming PG&E for faulty work and a delayed response to complaints of a gas leak that led to a fatal home explosion... (Continue reading)

Three finalists named for Warren Baker’s job

Cal Poly officials released the names Friday morning of the three finalists to replace Warren Baker as university president. Baker is retiring after serving as president since 1979. Each of the three candidates is being brought to campus next week... (Continue reading)

Southern Californians to hit the road Memorial Day

Get ready. The Central Coast should expect its share of Southern California visitors over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. A new survey by AAA shows that people from the Southland are ready to hit the road again for a mini-vacation.... (Continue reading)

Justice Department approves special election to replace Maldonado

The U.S. Justice Department ignored concerns by California Democrats and approved a special election for June 22 to fill the state Senate seat of Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria). [San Francisco Chronicle] Democrats had hoped to block the election with a... (Continue reading)