Daily Briefs

Gearhart’s benefactors unveiled

An Atascadero woman and another from Texas each pledged $50,000 to keep former North County developer Kelly Gearhart out of jail. The sister of former developer Ron Hertel, Camile Tompkins, pledged to cover half of Gearhart’s bail while Tiffany George,... (Continue reading)

All steamed up over fatal oak blight

A new way has been found to battle a particularly lethal plant disease called sudden oak death, which periodically plagues this region and can cause huge financial losses. The baffling and complex disease, it has been discovered, can be eradicated... (Continue reading)

Mission Prep athletic director target of anti-gay vandalism

Two acts of vandalism that targeted the gay athletic director of Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School in San Luis Obispo are being investigated as hate crimes. [Tribune] In April 26, gay athletic director of Mission College Preparatory Catholic High... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man dies in Templeton car crash

A 22-year-old Paso Robles man died early Wednesday morning when his car crashed into a tree on South El Pomar Rd. near Rancho Rd. in Templeton. California Highway Patrol officials said a Templeton resident heard a speeding car followed by... (Continue reading)

Hill claims red ink stains his coffers

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Adam Hill’s reelection campaign put him in debt, according to the county supervisor, but it really didn’t. Nevertheless, he’s appealing to supporters — and to more than a few folks who opposed him — for money in... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria teen claims officer raped her

A former Police Explorer in Santa Maria filed a federal lawsuit on Aug. 7 against the city, members of its police department and the estate of Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr., alleging that Covarrubias used his position of authority to rape... (Continue reading)

CalPERS tops San Bernardino creditor list

The city of San Bernardino owes $143.3 million to the California Public Employees Retirement System placing CalPERS at the top of the city’s creditor list. [Press-Enterprise] CalPERS, which runs a $234 billion pension system for more than 1.6 million state... (Continue reading)

New fees for rural SLO County residents

Later this week, thousands of San Luis Obispo County rural residents will begin receiving bills for a new annual “fire prevention fee” levied by the state of California and criticized by opponents as unnecessary and illegal. Gov. Jerry Brown proposed... (Continue reading)

Push to list great white sharks as endangered

Environmentalists have petitioned the state and federal governments to have great white sharks off the coast of California declared endangered. [LATimes] According to recent studies, about 220 adult and near-adult great white sharks inhabit the waters of California’s central coast... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man steals police car for bank robbery get away

An Atascadero man allegedly robbed a Chase Bank in Santa Maria, fought with an officer and stole a Santa Maria police car before injuring several people in a series of collisions. [KSBY] Phillip Craig Bailey, 43, allegedly told the teller... (Continue reading)