Daily Briefs


The Jan Marx-Kathy Smith-Patty Andreen connection

Local activist Kevin P. Rice, who has applied for the open San Luis Obispo City Council seat, is claiming a conflict-of-interest between two sitting council members and another candidate for the vacancy. Rice obtained documents from the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office... (Continue reading)

Embattled planning commissioner to step down

UPDATE: On Monday morning, supervisor Frank Mecham sent out a press release, accepting the resignation of Bruce White from the county planning commission. Mecham is nominating Adelaida rancher and realtor Jim Irving to replace White. Original Story: San Luis Obispo County... (Continue reading)

Christiansen drops bid for San Luis Obispo council seat

City Hall sources tell CalCoastNews that Carlyn Christiansen has decided not to apply for the open seat on the San Luis Obispo City Council. Christiansen, currently serving as a county planning commissioner appointed by Supervisor Adam Hill, made her decision known... (Continue reading)

No Food 4 Less for Arroyo Grande

Food 4 Less is no longer a proposed tenant for a planned project at East Grand Avenue and South Court Street in Arroyo Grande. [Tribune] Local residents signed petitions opposing the discount grocery store and voiced their opposition to the... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man found guilty of attempted murder

A jury found an Atascadero man guilty of attempted murder on Tuesday for the slashing of a man’s throat at Mr. Rick’s bar in Avila Beach in February. Michael Simmons, 43, began arguing with David Stratton at the local night... (Continue reading)

Reiss appointed to Coastal Commission (for now)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has selected former Pismo Beach mayor Mary Ann Reiss to serve on the California Coastal Commission. [KSBY] Reiss, who was elected to a new term on the Pismo Beach City Council last month, will replace Katcho Achadjian,... (Continue reading)

Wacky Quaids make the pages of Vanity Fair

Randy and Evi Quaid, who skipped out on a Santa Barbara court appearance last summer and fled to Canada, convinced that “Star Whackers” are out to get them, have been officially dubbed “Hollywood’s Craziest Couple.” [Vanity Fair] The veteran actor... (Continue reading)

AT&T rated worst by consumers for cell service

Consumers have decided that AT&T provides the worst cell phone service in the country. [LA Times] A new study by Consumer Reports finds that AT&T ranked behind first-place U.S. Cellular. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile also scored higher than the exclusive... (Continue reading)

Opponents and proponents of gay marriage argue in federal court

As a gaggle of noisy protesters shouted through bullhorns and brandished signs outside, lawyers for the backers and opponents of the initiative to ban gay marriage made their case inside a federal appeals courthouse Monday. [CaliforniaWatch] The 2 1/2-hour hearing... (Continue reading)

Violent weekend in Santa Maria leaves one dead

Two shootings and one stabbing have left one dead and three injured in Santa Maria over the weekend. A man suffered gun shot injuries Friday night in a drive-by shooting near the corner of Stowell Road and Western Avenue just... (Continue reading)