Daily Briefs

Man dead, officer wounded in Orcutt

A “violent confrontation” with two sheriff deputies in Orcutt led to the shooting death of a San Juan Capistrano man Saturday afternoon. [SJCP] Santa Barbara Sheriff deputies fatally shot Kerry Flood, 52, at a mobile home park in Orcutt. The... (Continue reading)

Police and fire unions battle for binding arbitration

In response to a San Luis Obispo City Council vote to revisit the issue of binding arbitration, the city’s fire and police unions sent out a glossy brochure defending binding arbitration and their retirement packages. [Tribune] The pamphlet titled “We’re... (Continue reading)

Teens arrested for making death threats

Arroyo Grande Police arrested two juveniles on Friday for allegedly making threatening phone calls to at least seven Arroyo Grande High School students as well as numerous other victims throughout the country during the past two weeks. In some cases,... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo burglar detained by victim

A San Luis Obispo man and his friend stopped a burglar near the corner of Kentucky and Stafford streets shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Friday. Andrew Chisamore, 20, and a friend were walking home when they saw Matthew Wykoff, 19,... (Continue reading)

PG&E head to resign amid setbacks

Following a rocky year and mounting public pressure from some pubic officials and consumer advocates, PG&E Chief Executive Officer Peter Darbee announces he is stepping down.  [SanFranciscoChronicle] San Luis Obispo County’s largest employer confirmed that its chairman will retire April... (Continue reading)

Woman injured in hit and run

An unknown man fled the scene after crashing into a San Luis Obispo woman riding her bicycle at about 2 a.m. today. The man was traveling westbound on Buchon Street in a green Mazda Protégé when he struck the woman,... (Continue reading)

TV executive pleads no contest to embezzlement

The former head of San Luis Obispo County Public Access television pleaded no contest on April 11 to charges he embezzled funds from the nonprofit. [NewTimes] Anthony Pope was arrested on April 6 for embezzling $2,525 from the station. In... (Continue reading)

Governor Brown calls for better deal for prison guards

California Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated a contract with the politically powerful prison guards’ union that lets guards bank an unlimited amount of vacation time they get paid for when they retire at a substantial cost to taxpayers, a legislative analyst... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande students receive death threats

At least six Arroyo Grande High School students recently received phone calls and messages with threats that they will be harmed or killed. Similar calls have been reported throughout the country during the past two weeks. Police say it appears... (Continue reading)

County approves Carrizo Plain solar project

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a 250-megawatt solar project on the Carrizo Plain. After the Planning Commission approved SunPower’s project in February, a resident and three environmental groups appealed the decision. The... (Continue reading)