Daily Briefs

Prop. 8 repeal fails to qualify for ballot

A ballot initiative designed to repeal Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage measure, has failed to qualify for the November election. [Los Angeles Times] The deadline was Monday and the all-volunteer campaign came up short on qualifying signatures–694,000 were required for... (Continue reading)

Gail Wilcox lands a new job

Former Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox, who was fired last year by the county board of supervisors, has landed a new position. [Tribune]. Wilcox is being retained by the San Luis Obispo County Employees Association (SLOCEA) on a contract basis... (Continue reading)

Councilman Ed Arnold charged with child pornography

Arroyo Grande police discovered a video of an underage foreign exchange student and photos of what appear to be underage girls during a search of Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold’s Pismo Beach residence on Jan. 4, police said. Police suspect... (Continue reading)

Assembly to consider $2 billion computer system for state courts

A state Assembly budget committee is scheduled to begin hearings this week on a proposed new statewide computer system for the courts whose price tag has already mushroomed up to $2 billion. [Sacramento Bee] The so-called Court Case Management System... (Continue reading)

Is California Pizza Kitchen for sale?

California Pizza Kitchen, the popular designer pizza chain, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, is apparently up for sale. [Los Angeles Times] Unidentified sources told the Wall Street Journal that the two original co-founders–Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield, both former criminal... (Continue reading)

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)