Daily Briefs


Schwarzenegger targets poor with budget cuts

Just before he signed the new budget on Friday, Gov. Arnold Schwazenegger slashed nearly $1 billion in spending for welfare, child care, special education, and other programs. [LA Times] The governor slashed 23 line items from the $87.5-billion general fund... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man challenges Congressman McCarthy

A Paso Robles man has launched a write-in campaign challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield for a chance to represent the 22nd Congressional District. [Bakersfield.com] John Uebersax said he is running on a platform of ending the wars in Afghanistan and... (Continue reading)

Whitman outspends Brown 14 to 1; still trails

Despite spending nearly $120 million of her personal fortune, roughly a 14 to 1 advantage over opponent Jerry Brown, Republican Meg Whitman is trailing in recent polls. [California Watch] Analysts say that Whitman is still being battered by recent accusations... (Continue reading)

California welfare cards spent in cruise ships, casinos

Just when it seems like we’ve heard about the worst in California government waste comes this nugget: More than $69 million has been withdrawn from state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships. [LA Times]... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande plane crashes on Catalina

A plane registered to Sabovich and Sons of Arroyo Grande, crashed shortly after takeoff from Catalina Island Sunday afternoon, injuring the pilot and two passengers. [Examiner.com] The 1956 Cessna 310 twin engine light aircraft crashed about one-half mile southeast of... (Continue reading)

Boat capsizes in Morro Bay, one dead

One person is dead and two are seriously injured after their fishing boat capsized in Morro Bay shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday. [Tribune] Emergency personnel found two of the boaters on the beach and a third in the surf... (Continue reading)

Teenage murder victim identified

Police have identified the teenage girl who was murdered last weekend as Dystiny Myers, 15, of Santa Maria. [KCOY] Myers’ badly-burned body was found last Saturday east of Santa Margarita. The teen had graduated from El Camino Junior High in... (Continue reading)

Cortez responds to questions about his health

Former Pismo Beach police chief and candidate for county Sheriff, Joe Cortez, issued a statement Friday morning, responding to questions being raised about his health. “I was contacted today by a local reporter asking about a medical matter during my... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger reduces marijuana penalties

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week to reduce the penalty for minor marijuana possession in California. [Salem-News] Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449, which changes the crime of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor punishable only... (Continue reading)

Templeton mother arrested for drugs

Detectives arrested the 47-year-old mother of an alleged drug dealer after she accepted and signed for two pounds of Mephedrone at her home on the 100 block of Dandelion in Templeton on Thursday. On Sept. 21, Tracy Hall’s son, 18-year-old... (Continue reading)