Daily Briefs

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Laird appears headed back to Sacramento

Former Democratic state Assemblyman John Laird, who lost last summer’s special state Senate election to Republican Sam Blakeslee, is expected to play a pivotal role in the new Jerry Brown administration. [Mercury News] Laird, 60, who also served as mayor... (Continue reading)

Violence increases at California state hospitals

Three Sacramento lawmakers, including state Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) are pressing for significant changes to make state mental hospitals safer. [LA Times] The new call stems from the slaying of a Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician two months... (Continue reading)

Worst. governor. ever.

The media post-mortem on the legacy of soon-to-be-former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unfolding all week and it has not been pretty.  The verdict seems to be that the Hollywood actor who rode into office on a wave of hollow... (Continue reading)

Tom O’Malley is Atascadero’s new mayor

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Tom O’Malley as the city’s next mayor. In November, voters approved the election of future mayors. Councilmember Bob Kelley was selected as Mayor Pro Tem.... (Continue reading)

Missing dog found in Santa Margarita

Otto, the chocolate lab dog who was swept away in a swift current ten days ago in Upper Lopez Canyon is safe at home tonight. A rancher in Santa Margarita found the missing dog Tuesday morning when he went out... (Continue reading)

State senator tries again to crack down on “double-dipping”

The California State Senate will once again try to crack down on so-called “double-dipping” by public employees after an earlier attempt was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [San Jose Mercury News] Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) intends to introduce new... (Continue reading)

County supervisors call emergency meeting

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will have an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled to last only 45 minutes, is intended for county staff to update the supervisors on recent storm damage... (Continue reading)

Former Cal Poly president Robert Kennedy dies

Former Cal Poly president Dr. Robert E. Kennedy, 95, died at his San Luis Obispo home on Christmas Day. Kennedy, whose name adorns the campus library, worked at Cal Poly from 1940 to 1979, serving as president for the last... (Continue reading)

Search continues for missing dog

Volunteers continue to search Upper Lopez Canyon and eastern Arroyo Grande for a dog who was washed away on Sunday, Dec. 19. Ethan Brown and several friends were jogging, along with Brown’s chocolate lab Otto. The dog got too close... (Continue reading)

Thank you!

FROM THE CALCOASTNEWS STAFF Just want to take a moment on this Christmas morning and send out a short, but still heartfelt, thank you to everyone who responded to our recent call for help in establishing the Karen Velie Defense... (Continue reading)

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