Daily Briefs


SLO Chamber of Commerce selects new president

Ermina Karmin has been named president and chief executive officer for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. Karim, the current vice president of governmental affairs and economic development for the 1,400-member Chamber, was chosen from a national pool of... (Continue reading)

Hazmat team responds to ammonia leak in Oceano

Emergency crews have evacuated a state park’s maintenance building at 928 Pacific Blvd in Oceano because of an ammonia leak that was found at 8 a.m. on Thursday. It is suspected that the ammonia leak is coming from pressurized cylinders... (Continue reading)

California cuts $170 million from pension costs

California is slated to save $170 million in pension fund payments mostly because new union contracts shift some of the costs to state worker. [MercuryNews] New agreements with unions have boosted employee contributions by anywhere from two percent to five... (Continue reading)

Measles in San Luis Obispo County

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health department reported on Tuesday that measles has been confirmed in a resident who recently returned from a trip to France, a country which has battled a measles epidemic during the past two years.... (Continue reading)

SLO voters to decide on binding arbitration

San Luis Obispo City Council voted Tuesday in favor of a mail in election on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make changes in retirement benefits. Facing a $4.4 million shortfall in the 2011-2012 fiscal year,... (Continue reading)

Nipomo woman arrested for tax and loan fraud

A Nipomo woman was arrested Monday on charges she orchestrated a tax scheme involving stolen identities, as well as a loan fraud scheme in which she allegedly submitted false income tax returns that overstated her income in an effort to... (Continue reading)

Maria terminates Arnold after learning of love child

Former California First Lady Maria Shriver left her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger last January after the former governor admitted fathering a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff. [LA Times] Shriver moved out of... (Continue reading)

Third student rape reported to Cal Poly

A third woman in a matter of days reported she was raped, in a trio of unrelated cases alarming the Cal Poly community. The University Police Department said a woman reported she was raped in her room at the school’s Poly... (Continue reading)

SLO police union’s binding arbitration challenge denied

San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association’s request for a temporary restraining order against the city in order to stop the public from voting on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make changes in retirement benefits was... (Continue reading)

Teacher pink slips out of sync with budget impasse

Dozens of San Luis Obispo County teachers received final layoff notices last week in compliance with the state-imposed deadline of May 15, even though school districts are still in the dark about their financial status for the coming school year.... (Continue reading)