Daily Briefs

Fess Parker, TV’s Davy Crockett, dies

Early television icon Fess Parker, who went on to become a controversial Santa Barbara real estate developer has died at the age of 85. [Los Angeles Times] Parker rose to national stardom on television in the mid-1950’s, thanks to his... (Continue reading)

Bruce vs. Marshall vs. Pandora?

The last-minute entry of Marshall Ochylski into the District 2 county supervisor race against incumbent Bruce Gibson has tongues wagging around Los Osos. Sources tell CalCoastNews that the upcoming June election battle is actually a contest between Gibson, seeking his... (Continue reading)

FPPC rejects Crawford complaint

The California Fair Political Practices Committee  (FPPC) has rejected a complaint alleging a conflict of interest involving a San Luis Obispo County Parks Commissioner. The complaint, filed by Santa Margarita blogger Ron Crawford, argued that Parks Commissioner Pandora Nash-Karner of... (Continue reading)

State lawmakers travel data kept secret

California taxpayers spent $2 million on plane travel for their elected representatives during a recent 2 1/2 year-period, but the Legislature in Sacramento won’t disclose the destinations or produce proof that the trips were really official state business. The reason... (Continue reading)

State’s prison population down for third straight year

California’s inmate population dropped in 2009 for the third straight year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States. [Los Angeles Times] There was an overall drop of 4,257 inmates last year–relatively small according to experts.... (Continue reading)

Former city attorney David Hunt arrested

Police arrested a former Pismo Beach and Morro Bay city attorney on suspicion of felony spousal battery Sunday night in Santa Ana. [OrangeCountyRegister] David Hunt has been serving as the Newport Beach city attorney since December 2008. Police said that... (Continue reading)

New Assembly leader doles out staff raises

New state Assembly Speaker John Perez has been very generous with staff raises since assuming office March 1. [San Francisco Chronicle] The Los Angeles Democrat boosted pay for eight of his staff members the day he was sworn in. Most... (Continue reading)

One in four Californians lack health insurance

Nearly one in four Californians under age 65 had no health insurance in 2009, according to a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. [Los Angeles Times] California’s uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million last year, up... (Continue reading)

First public peek at Meg Whitman’s money

Former Ebay chief Meg Whitman would like to be the next governor of California. To do so, she faces at least three main challenges: (1) defeating Steve Poizner in the June Republican primary, (2) defeating Democrat Jerry Brown in the... (Continue reading)

Set your clocks forward tonight

Just a friendly reminder from CalCoastNews: Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you head to bed tonight. We all lose one hour, but at least it will be light outside during the evening.... (Continue reading)