Daily Briefs

State of emergency throughout California

As heavy rain continues to thunder across California, Acting Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in five separate counties on Thursday, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange. Brown assumed authority with Gov. Schwarzenegger currently in Washington, D.C.... (Continue reading)

Rain. And more rain

Heavy rains, combined with rolling thunder and hail, continue to pound away on the Central Coast. PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey says steady rain will continue Thursday with another 2 to 3 inches of rain expected. A fourth storm front is... (Continue reading)

Insurance measure qualifies for June ballot

A controversial automobile insurance initiative officially qualified for the June ballot Wednesday, but the debate has already begun about whether it harms, or helps, consumers. [San Francisco Chronicle] The measure allows insurance companies to base their rates partly on a... (Continue reading)

Obama ratings drop in California

More bad news for President Barack Obama: His approval rating in California has dropped as voters become increasingly skeptical of his proposed health care reforms. [San Francisco Chronicle] A new statewide Field Poll shows that 56 percent of Californians support... (Continue reading)

Republicans target Senator Barbara Boxer next

Tuesday’s upset victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race reverberated all the way to California, as gleeful GOP members vowed that Senator Barbara Boxer is next. [San Francisco Chronicle] Boxer, seeking her fourth term in the U.S. Senate... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court blocks early release of prisoners

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked an attempt to allow the early release of 40,000 prisoners in California. [Los Angeles Times] The early release is being advocated as a way to reduce prison overcrowding in California. However, the Supreme Court decided... (Continue reading)

Buy a shirt, save a life in Haiti

A San Luis Obispo businessman has come up with a novel way to raise money for the Haitian relief effort. Mark Coudray, owner of a T-shirt printing business called Coudray Serigraphics, is partnering with other printers around the country, trying... (Continue reading)

Storm Summary: Day two

Heavy rain and winds crisscrossed San Luis Obispo County Monday morning, disrupting power lines and creating power outages. Winds as strong as 80 m.p.h. were recorded. Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero closed for part of the afternoon due... (Continue reading)

Meathead Movers collecting for Haitian relief

Meathead Movers are packaging and sending relief supplies to Kansas City for Heart to Heart International to send on to Haitian earthquake victims. They are asking the community to donate “care kits,” on Jan. 20 between 9 a.m. and 6... (Continue reading)

A good day to stay home

Monday is an official holiday, with the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Expect the following to be closed today: Banks, schools, post offices, libraries, and most government offices. Cal Poly and Cuesta College are also closing down. Meanwhile,... (Continue reading)