Daily Briefs


Feds raid Sanger pot farm, destroy thousands of plants

Thousands of marijuana plants were seized and destroyed, and at least 50 workers arrested as federal agents and Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies raided a giant pot plantation near Sanger on Thursday. [Fresno Bee] The pot-growing operation had observation towers, neatly... (Continue reading)

Ken Hampian managing city of Bell

When the scandal struck city of Bell first advertised for a new city manager its reputation was so tarnished, no one applied. Nevertheless, former San Luis Obispo City Manager Ken Hampian is stepping up to the challenge, temporarily and for... (Continue reading)

George Ramos died of a heart attack

CalCoastNews editor and renowned Los Angeles Times journalist George Ramos died of a heart attack, the autopsy determined. He was 63 years old. San Luis Obispo County Coroner Investigator Jeff Nichols said the heart attack was caused by a blood clot... (Continue reading)

Opposition to nukes in California grows

A new public opinion poll indicates that support for nuclear energy has dropped sharply in California. [SacBee] The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reveals that nuclear energy, which had been enjoying an upswing in public support,... (Continue reading)

Bryan Cave wants Estate Financial case dismissed

A request by Bryan Cave attorneys to have a $184.7 million malpractice suit filed by Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) bankruptcy trustees dismissed is headed to federal court in Los Angeles. [PacificCoastBusinessTimes] On April 29, Thomas Jeremiassen, one of the EFI... (Continue reading)

O’Connell: Improved outlook for schools

Jack O’Connell, former State Superintendent for Public Instruction, said Tuesday that he believes the future for education in California is improving. [California Watch] O’Connell, who still maintains a home in San Luis Obispo, made the remarks to a group of... (Continue reading)

SLO binding arbitration debate

A debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters gave the public a chance to hear both sides of the arguments on two San Luis Obispo contentious ballot measures on Tuesday. [KSBY] If passed, Measure-A would give the San Luis... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles City Council adjourns in memory of George Ramos

The Los Angeles City Council adjourned today’s meeting in memory of George Ramos, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times, Cal Poly professor, and CalCoastNews editor who was more comfortable referring to himself as... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly tennis coach resigns as NCAA investigates

Cal Poly men’s tennis coach Justin McGrath resigned recently as the NCAA investigates allegations of unethical conduct and complaints from players that their scholarships were reduced. [Tribune] McGrath confirmed his resignation on Monday, but told the Tribune that the investigation... (Continue reading)

Death penalty possible in Dystiny Myers’ murder

A San Luis Obispo attorney’s motion to rule out the death penalty for one of the alleged killers of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers was denied Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. William McLennan, the attorney for Ty Michael Hill of... (Continue reading)