Daily Briefs

Marijuana plant seizures skyrocket

State officials report a staggering rise in the number of marijuana plants seized during this year’s growing season in California. Law enforcement agencies seized 4.4 million plants during the 2009 growing season which is a huge increase over the 2.9... (Continue reading)

How cold can PG&E be?

The number of low-income households across California shut off by Pacific Gas & Electric after they fell behind on paying their utility bills jumped 75 percent according to a new state report released this week. The San Francisco Chronicle has... (Continue reading)

Medical marijuana growers arrested

A former Atascadero resident and two medical marijuana growers were arrested for having a better than expected crop. The growers, licensed to produce 9.4 pounds of marijuana, were arrested by Oregon State Police who seized 200 pounds of pot found... (Continue reading)

First Bank of San Luis Obispo out of the woods?

First Bank of San Luis Obispo, a small local bank under the umbrella of Pacific Capital Bankcorp, has been having  a rough time lately, with federal regulators demanding they come up with sufficient capital or face a possible takeover. Investors... (Continue reading)

Business News: Ferrell’s Auto Repair Sold

Ferrell’s Auto Repair, a San Luis Obispo fixture for decades, has been sold. Owner Mike Ferrell announced that the Tank Farm Road operation was recently purchased by service adviser Mike Tanore for an undisclosed price. The new business reopens Monday... (Continue reading)

Judge won’t allow Dan De Vaul’s appeal

Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy disagreed with Dan De Vaul’s lawyers’ arguments that misconduct by Judge John Trice had tainted the jury. Due to Trice’s fear of something becoming public, the attorneys remain under a gag order and are not... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College president resigns

Saying, “I have concluded that I am not the best person for the job,” Cuesta College president Dr. David Pelham announced his resignation Monday night. Pelham made the surprise announcement in a campus wide email sent out at 5 p.m. ... (Continue reading)

Anchor away at KSBY-TV

Veteran KSBY news anchor-reporter Shari Small is apparently out of a job after station management decided not to renew her contract. Sources say Small will be replaced in January by Central Coast native and Cal Poly graduate Jeanette Trompeter, who... (Continue reading)

SLO County public health update

County public health officials report that local school children began receiving the H1N1 vaccine last week. Two school sites per day held clinics and by Friday, 1200 K-6 students were estimated to have received the vaccine. Plans call for five... (Continue reading)