Daily Briefs

Arroyo Grande purchases $4,000 dog vests

Arroyo Grande Police purchased protective dog vests for a pair of police dogs to better ensure the dogs’ safety. Community donations were used to entirely fund the costs of the vests, approximately $4,000. Because of the weight of the vests,... (Continue reading)

Four more radio stations drop Glenn Beck

The controversy over right wing radio talk show host Glenn Beck continues with the news that Buckley Radio is dropping the hot-button program from four of its stations in Connecticut. [Media Matters] Buckley officials announced Beck would be removed from... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee and Rachel Maddow discuss Diablo

State Sen. Sam Blakeslee spoke out about his safety concerns at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday. In response to inquiries about the safety of the Diablo Canyon power plant, Blakeslee, a geophysicist with a... (Continue reading)

100,000 California jobs added in February

California added 100,000 new jobs in February, the highest monthly increase since the current record system began in 1990. By contrast, only 700 new jobs were created in January. [LA Times] The increase of 96,500 jobs was the largest month-over-month... (Continue reading)

Costa Mesa pink slips entire fire department

As part of a plan to solve a looming pension crisis and budget gap by outsourcing services, Costa Mesa officials handed pink slips to their entire fire department. [NewYorkTimes] Almost half of the city’s workers were told late last week... (Continue reading)

Environmental coalition rejects Gibson for Coastal Commission

A coalition of 10 statewide environmental and coastal advocacy groups researched and interviewed five of the seven nominees for the Coastal Commission and put their support behind a Ventura and a Santa Barbara County public official while recommending that Gov.... (Continue reading)

Weather forecast for Wednesday March 23

A 999 millibar low pressure system currently spinning off Cape Mendocino will remain nearly stationary over the next 48 hours. The associated cold front will passed over Diablo Canyon this morning at about 9 a.m. with periods of moderate rain and... (Continue reading)

Two schizophrenic murder suspects competent to stand trial

Two schizophrenic men who murdered multiple people have been found competent to stand trial. On Christmas night, Andrew Downs, 20, allegedly shot and killed sisters Kathy Yeager and Beverly Reilly in Santa Margarita. During a ten hour period, he is... (Continue reading)

South San Luis Obispo County beaches under health advisory

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Environmental Health Services issued a health advisory that warns swimmers high levels of bacteria at several south county beaches may cause “human illness.” Officials posted warnings at Old Port Beach, Avila Beach, Shell... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee blasts PG&E for disregarding risk at Diablo

Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo), a geophysicist with a doctorate in earthquake studies, asked PG&E on Monday to suspend its efforts to renew licenses until it has completed earthquake studies suggested by the California Energy Commission. [BayCitizen] PG&E is... (Continue reading)