Daily Briefs

Was Sarah Christie right?

County planning commissioner Sarah Christie was forced to step down last December, primarily because the supervisor who originally appointed her–5th District representative Jim Patterson–felt that he and Christie had a basic philosophical disagreement on key policy issues. According to one local... (Continue reading)

Cities crack down on disabled parking abuse

A new state law that took effect Jan. 1 allows cities to crack down on California drivers claiming to be disabled by displaying a fake, borrowed, or stolen blue parking tag. [San Francisco Chronicle] Cities can now charge anywhere between... (Continue reading)

Brrrrr! Why we live in California

If you need a reminder as to why you live in California, despite the high property taxes and the huge budget deficit, check out today’s national weather map. [Plymouth State Weather Center] 13 degrees in Chicago, 13 below in Omaha,... (Continue reading)

California faces more budget cuts in 2010

California heads in to 2010 facing a nearly $21 billion shortfall during the next 18 months, despite a wave of deep spending cuts. [Associated Press] Pick an issue. Any issue. Class enrollment will swell. Public colleges will raises fees and... (Continue reading)

Survivor of 1906 S.F. earthquake dies

The oldest survivor of the historic 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire died earlier this week. Jeanette Scola Trapani, 107, passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills from pneumonia. A third-generation San Franciscan, Trapani was born on Telegraph... (Continue reading)

PG&E facing customer revolt

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has halted installation of the so-called “smart utility meter” in Bakersfield after hundreds of customers complained that the readings weren’t accurate.  [Bloomberg News] The meters, designed as the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s push to... (Continue reading)

New state laws take effect today

In with the New Year comes hundreds of new laws out of Sacramento, covering everything from plastic surgery, to trans fats, to controls over paparazzi. [Los Angeles Times] Lawmakers also added two new statewide days of recognition: March 30, in... (Continue reading)

DUI driver slams into SLO home

A natural gas line was severed and several homes were evacuated just before midnight Thursday, following a traffic collision in the 200 block of Luneta, off Foothill, in San Luis Obispo. Police officers arrested Elliot Jacob, 21, for DUI, after... (Continue reading)

Politics surrounds Maldonado’s nomination

State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria), the governor’s pick to be California’s next lieutenant governor, is seen as being a key player in the 2010 budget fight in Sacramento. [Capitol Weekly] Key Democrats want to address the state’s $6 billion... (Continue reading)

Rush rushed to hospital

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been hospitalized in Hawaii after complaining of chest pains. The 58-year-old Limbaugh was taken by ambulance to the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu Wednesday afternoon. Hospital sources are telling the media that... (Continue reading)