Daily Briefs

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Blakeslee, Laird agree to five debates

Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird will meet in five debates between now and the August 17 state Senate runoff election. The two candidates advanced after the June 22nd primary from an original field of four candidates. Blakeslee accepted... (Continue reading)

State employees play: You pay

Time once again for another state auditor’s report of state employees misbehaving on company time. [California Watch] Many of the investigations were based on whistleblower complaints and address a wide range of sordid allegations including: taking improper gifts, falsifying travel... (Continue reading)

Hey 19: Marijuana legalization ballot measure assigned a number

Proposition 19. Get used to it, because you’re going to be bombarded for the next four months by a cacophony of media messages concerning Proposition 19, which is now the official designation for the November ballot measure involving marijuana legalization.... (Continue reading)

Woman arrested in death of Paso CHP officer

An Atascadero woman has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s death of a California Highway Patrol officer. [Tribune] Kaylee Weisenberg, 22, remains in County Jail on a bail of $56,500 after being released from Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton where... (Continue reading)

Prostitution investigation leads to human trafficking charges

A man who allegedly forced an 18-year-old girl to engage in prostitution has been charged with human trafficking and pandering, according to Santa Barbara Police Lt. Paul McCaffrey. On June 25, a Nebraska woman called Santa Barbara Police to report... (Continue reading)

Gov. nixes parole for Manson follower at California Men’s Colony

A member of the infamous Manson “family”  had his bid for parole officially rejected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday, dashing his hopes of being released from CMC and being able to live in Grover Beach. [AP] Bruce Davis, 67,... (Continue reading)

Governor to motorists: Drive carefully

Five California Highway patrol officers have died in the line of duty during the last two months, including three who were hit and killed by motorists on freeway or highway shoulders. The back-to-back deaths of two officers on Sunday, including... (Continue reading)

CHP officer killed in Paso Robles

A California Highway Patrol officer was struck by a motorist at Spanish Camp and River Roads in Paso Robles around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to the CHP, a woman driving a Toyota Corolla turned a corner at high speed... (Continue reading)

San Francisco requires posting of cell phone emission levels

San Francisco once again serves as the trend setter by becoming the first U.S. city to require retailers to post notices detailing the amount of radiation emitted by the cell phones they sell. [San Francisco Chronicle] The Board of Supervisors... (Continue reading)

Who will be the new county sheriff?

An impressive primary performance by Ian Parkinson underscores the challenge facing runner-up Joe Cortez as the two face off in the general election to decide who will be the next San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. [Tribune] Parkinson, a San Luis... (Continue reading)

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