Daily Briefs

Arroyo Grande police station bond fails

Arroyo Grande voters have again rejected a measure to fund the construction of a new police station. Even though a majority of the voters – 61.2 percent – approved the measure, the $6.7 million bond measure needed two-thirds approval –... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill using government resources in election bid

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s use of his office in his bid for reelection appears to be a violation of Government Codes 54964 and 8314, which ban government officials from using public resources including buildings,... (Continue reading)

College kids fleeing to other states

With tuition on an upward trajectory,  program cutbacks increasing, even while pay for top administrators is skyrocketing, more and more California high school students are looking outside the state for their higher education. And they are finding a warm reception... (Continue reading)

Big changes in California primary

California now has an open “top-two” primary, meaning voters do not have to belong to a certain political party in order to cast a ballot for congressional, legislative and statewide races. [KABC] The first- and second-place winners, regardless of party,... (Continue reading)

Capps’ bill promotes self employment

Congresswoman Lois Capps is pushing a new bill with a focus of helping job seekers move into self-employment. [ModestoBee] Capps introduced the bill in late May. It is slated to make training available for would-be entrepreneurs through local Workforce Investment... (Continue reading)

Medical pot OK, state poll shows

Californians continue to lend strong support to the use of medical marijuana by patients with severe or life-threatening disease, but do not now endorse legalization of the plant, a new poll suggests. (Los Angeles Times) Results of a USC Dornside/Los... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man owes $456,902 in taxes

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A Paso Robles man has earned a place on the state’s annual list of the 500 largest delinquent sales and use tax scofflaws by posting debt of $456,902 accruing from his auto sales business. Jeffrey David Gallagher,... (Continue reading)

Judge sets settlement conference between SLO and homeless

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall set a mandatory settlement conference for the end of June regarding claims the city of San Luis Obispo is unjustly ticketing homeless people who sleep in their cars.... (Continue reading)

Attorney sues Santa Barbara News-Press

The Santa Barbara law firm of Capello & Noel is suing Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw’s Ampersand Publishing, the newspaper’s parent company and related trusts, claiming they owe more than $500,000 in attorney fees, expenses and interest. (Noozhawk) The... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee bill would ban gifts

A local lawmaker’s bill to prohibit lobbyists and the firms that hire them from gifting elected state officials has made it to the floor of the California Senate. Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) coaxed his S.B 1426 out of... (Continue reading)