Daily Briefs


Man accused of Arroyo Grande home invasion

A Santa Maria man is accused of forcing himself into a rural Arroyo Grande home in mid-August and tying up two brothers before robbing them and pistol whipping one of the victims. Santa Maria police officers arrested Silas Nathaniel Kanady,... (Continue reading)

SLO Council votes to increase trash rates

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted to raise the rates for trash collection at Tuesday’s meeting. [KCOY] As of Nov. 1, customers can expect to see an across the board increase of 4.6 percent. For example, a homeowner who... (Continue reading)

Maldonado inflates campaign war chest

Abel Maldonado, seeking to challenge Lois Capps in the 2012 congressional election, is being accused of shifting around campaign funds in order to inflate reported figures. [SacBee] The former California lieutenant governor, originally from Santa Maria, has dropped big money into... (Continue reading)

OccupyCalPoly moves on SLO county courthouse

Members of a local spinoff of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest movement plan to set up camp indefinitely outside the San Luis Obispo County courthouse starting Wednesday. The announcement was posted on the Facebook page for “OccupyCalPoly.” “We will be... (Continue reading)

Sewage violations expensive for SLO

San Luis Obispo city taxpayers will pick up the $57,130 tab for a series of sewage dumps into local creeks dating back to 2008. The city violated water quality laws, according to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s... (Continue reading)

Idea pushed to tax California millionaires

Plans for a California attempt to tax millionaires have gotten a boost from the Occupy Wall Street movement. [MercuryNews] The California Federation of Teachers and a coalition of allies want to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot to... (Continue reading)

Dirty DUIs used to sway divorce judgments

Former and current law enforcement officers in Contra Costa County are under an FBI investigation for setting up DUIs for soon to be ex-wives, selling drugs and operating a brothel. [LATimes] A whistleblower told authorities a private detective had been... (Continue reading)

Atascadero appoints new police chief

The city of Atascadero announced the appointment of a new chief of police on Monday. Jerel Haley, currently a lieutenant with the Santa Maria police department, is slated to start his new post in mid-November. Former Atascadero Police Chief James... (Continue reading)

Public retirees twice as rich?

Retirement benefits for state and local public workers are significantly higher than the package awaiting those in the private sector, a study tracing a 20-year trend suggests. In an article for CalWatchdog, an independent investigative reporting group, Chriss Street said... (Continue reading)

California funding of public education hits all-time low

Government support of public education in the Golden State has dropped to a historic low, compared to the rest of the country, according to a new report by the California Budget Project. [California Watch] California ranks 46th in the U.S.... (Continue reading)