Daily Briefs

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Lichtig decides to open budget meeting to public

San Luis Obispo City Manager Katie Lichtig has retreated from earlier statements and will now allow the public and media to attend meetings of a newly formed budget task force advisory group. [Tribune] Lichtig, on the job for a little... (Continue reading)

County spends heavily on special election

The June 22 special primary election to determine who will fill the 15th District state Senate seat is expected to cost San Luis Obispo County between $450,000 and $500,000, according to estimates by county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald. [Tribune] Rodewald said... (Continue reading)

California could be first to require ski helmets for kids

A bill that would require anyone under 18 to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding passed the California State Senate and is heading for the Assembly. [Ventura County Star] The legislation, introduced by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would... (Continue reading)

Heat Alert announced for Central Coast

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA)  issued a statewide Phase II Heat Alert Wednesday night, with special warning for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Under a Phase II alert, local health departments are required to monitor the... (Continue reading)

Laird, Blakeslee debate the debates

The two candidates in the August state Senate special election appear to be debating over the upcoming debates. Democrat John Laird, who finished second in the June 22 primary election, challenged Republican Sam Blakeslee to publicly debate in each of... (Continue reading)

The battle over the California state rock

One would think during a state budget crisis that more serious matters would be discussed in Sacramento, but a bill has been introduced calling for serpentine to be replaced as California’s official state rock. [NY Times] State Senator Gloria Romero... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger approval rating hits bottom

A new Field Poll reveals that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating has dropped to a record low–now tying him with Gray Davis, the man he replaced. [Sacramento Bee] Only 22 percent of Californians approve of the way the governor is... (Continue reading)

Will Neverland become a California state park?

When the idea was first proposed, it was shot down, but once again, there is serious talk of converting Neverland into a California state park. [Sacramento Bee] The Santa Barbara County estate of the late pop singer Michael Jackson is... (Continue reading)

Los Osos teen suffers medical complications after transplant

Holly Navolt, the 18-year-old lung transplant recovery patient, is back home with her family in Los Osos Monday after suffering several recent medical setbacks. Late last month, the teenager began having lung rejection problems, which led her to go into... (Continue reading)

Opposition to marijuana legalization increases

More voters who intend to vote in November now oppose Proposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, by a slight margin. [LA Times] A new statewide survey now shows 48 percent of Californians oppose Proposition 19, while 44... (Continue reading)

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