Daily Briefs

Upland mayor facing 145 years in federal prison

The mayor of Upland was indicted for extortion, bribery and conspiracy on Wednesday for demanding $70,000 in bribes from two business owners in exchange for assisting them in obtaining business permits, according to a press release. John Victor Pomierski, 56,... (Continue reading)

Patterson calls for suspension of Smart Meters

County supervisor Jim Patterson wants PG&E to temporarily suspend installation of wireless Smart Meters in San Luis Obispo County until specific issues are addressed. [Tribune] Patterson, 5th District supervisor, will ask fellow board members next week to send a letter... (Continue reading)

Price Canyon project likely to be reduced

At tonight’s Pismo Beach City Council meeting, it is likely that the proposal to build a community in the hills above Pismo Beach along Price Canyon Road will be reduced to a 950 acre project. The former proposal included approximately... (Continue reading)

Screen legend Jane Russell dies in Santa Maria

Jane Russell, 89, who became one of the biggest and most controversial movie stars of the 1940’s and 50’s, in part due to her revealing cleavage, died Monday at her home in Santa Maria. Russell, a former pin-up girl, was... (Continue reading)

Will Republicans lose state budget battle?

As the budget debate continues in Sacramento, some political analysts are continuing to question the current Republican strategy of blocking proposed tax hikes, while not offering fiscal solutions of their own. [LA Times] Recently, 30 of the 42 Republican state... (Continue reading)

Homeless man stabbed in San Luis Obispo

A homeless man was stabbed multiple times in the torso on Sunday at about 4:19 p.m. at a San Luis Obispo homeless encampment. Police and paramedics responding to an emergency call at the camp located in the area of Tank... (Continue reading)

Blaze destroys Arroyo Grande mobile home

Two people are homeless after a fire roared through their mobile home early Sunday morning. The mobile home, located at 3711 Alisos Road in a rural area of Arroyo Grande, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters from Cal Fire,... (Continue reading)

CMC inmate suing prison over grooming policy

A Sikh inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo is suing the Department of Corrections for punishing him for refusing to trim his beard in adherence to his religion. [SacramentoBee] Sukhjinder Basra claims that guards punished him... (Continue reading)

Homeless man drowns in Paso Robles

A homeless man drowned Friday night after he fell asleep under a bridge and was swept away by the rain-swollen Salinas River in Paso Robles. [SanJoseMercuryNews] Three homeless men were sleeping under the Niblick Road Bridge on an elevated sandbar... (Continue reading)

Some local school districts flunk public records audit

The San Luis Obispo Community College District and the Atascadero Unified School District received F grades for their failure to comply with the California Public Records Act, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit group Californians Aware (CalAware). The... (Continue reading)