Daily Briefs

Art Clokey – creator of Gumby – dies at 88

Art Clokey, the creator of the clay-animation cultural icon Gumby, died Friday at his Los Osos home at the age of 88. [Los Angeles Times] The Gumby character first debuted on the “Howdy Doody Show” in 1955, which quickly led... (Continue reading)

UCLA study: Legalizing undocumented immigrants helps the economy

A new study out of UCLA suggests that comprehensive immigration reform would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next ten years. [Los Angeles Times] The report, authored by UCLA associate professor Raul Hinojosa–Ojeda,... (Continue reading)

Man charged with injuring pedestrian and DUI

A 39-year-old San Luis Obispo man is behind bars after police say he drove his Toyota 4Runner into a parked sedan that lurched forward and trapped a pedestrian sitting on the rear of a van parked on Augusta, at 10:05... (Continue reading)

Memorial set for Anne McMahon

A public celebration of the life of Anne McMahon will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Santa Margarita Ranch. The well-known environmental activist and former journalist died last month after battling cancer. Friends and family are invited to... (Continue reading)

Karl Rove coming to UCSB

Controversial political guru Karl Rove is confirmed to speak at UCSB next month. Rove, largely credited with transforming George W. Bush’s political career as governor of Texas, and later as the 43rd President of the United States, will speak on... (Continue reading)

Prop 8 challenge to be videotaped

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that next week’s trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 can be videotaped for delayed Internet release on YouTube. [San Francisco Chronicle] Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the coverage. Proposition... (Continue reading)

More changes at the Tribune

Veteran San Luis Obispo reporter Sally Connell will leave The Tribune later this month to return to freelance writing and to pursue a book project. [SLO Chamber e-Insider] Connell covered San Luis Obispo City Hall and education for the paper. Prior... (Continue reading)

“A few sexual encounters” with Ed Arnold

An Arroyo Grande woman allegedly assaulted by city councilman Ed Arnold in December said Kathryn Arnold, the councilman’s wife, is currently having a love affair with her.  [KSBY] A second restraining order that recently surfaced was filed against Arnold in San... (Continue reading)

Governor to call emergency session

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to call the state Legislature into emergency session to deal with a nearly $6.3 billion budget gap in the current fiscal year. The emergency declaration, authorized by the voters under Prop 58, requires lawmakers to act... (Continue reading)

Wife details allegations against Arroyo Grande councilman

Court documents reveal serious allegations against Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold by his wife, Kathryn, and a 28-year-old mutual friend of the couple. [KSBY] Kathryn Arnold filed a request for a permanent restraining order against her husband on Dec.... (Continue reading)