Daily Briefs


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Cafe FX ponders a move to Texas

The primary connection between the Central Coast and Hollywood may be severed because of the poor state economy. [Santa Maria Times] Santa Maria’s award-winning movie special effects company, Cafe FX, could be shipping out for greener pastures in Texas. Jeff... (Continue reading)

Help Save the Whales on Sunday

A statewide protest is set for Sunday, May 23, to put pressure on President Obama to support an international moratorium against commercial whaling. The International Whaling Commission is scheduled to discuss the moratorium at its June meeting and activists want... (Continue reading)

Poll: 49 percent of Californians favor legalizing pot

The issue of whether to legalize marijuana has Californians about evenly split, underscoring the uphill challenge supporters face in the November election. [Los Angeles Times] The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll this week indicating that... (Continue reading)

Study: California global warming law could cause businesses to flee

A new study by the state’s Legislative Analyst’s office suggests a law requiring power plants, factories, and other businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions could cause energy prices to rise and prompt businesses to either halt expansion or leave. [Los... (Continue reading)

Downtown Association and SLOFMA get one last chance

In what one local farmer called “an 11th hour intervention,” the Downtown Association and the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Association (SLOFMA) will make one last effort to mediate their differences before possible intervention by the City Council. “I think... (Continue reading)

Tony Cipolla quits KSBY

After 20 years at KSBY, news anchor Tony Cipolla is calling it quits. [Tribune] Cipolla, 46, told the Tribune that he and KSBY’s management could not agree on a salary contract. “Management offered me a salary with a 40 percent... (Continue reading)

Thursday night Farmers’ Market talks fail; city council called back in

A special San Luis Obispo City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. to determine why on-going negotiations between the San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association (SLOFMA) and the Downtown Association have apparently failed. The meeting, open... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger fails to deliver on central promise

During the insanity that became California’s recall campaign of 2003, candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger promised that he would bring spending in line with tax revenues and enact long-term budget reform. Now, serving out his final year in office, Schwarzenegger faces an... (Continue reading)

Education rally planned for Wednesday in Paso

A public rally to call attention to California’s broken education funding process is set for Wednesday May 19 in Paso Robles. The event is part of a statewide series of rallies being organized Wednesday by the newly-formed California Advocates United... (Continue reading)

CSU summer school students face extra fee

Students registering for summer school classes on the 23 California State University campuses are discovering an extra fee on their bill, raising the cost for a full load by about $1,000. [Sacramento Bee] The new fee translates into as much... (Continue reading)



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