Daily Briefs

New funding options unlikely for community colleges

A task force on California’s community colleges – formed in part to study alternative funding options – appears highly unlikely to recommend drastic changes in the way the state funds its community colleges. [CaliforniaWatch] Instead, the group’s draft recommendations focus... (Continue reading)

We still love Prop. 13: Field Poll

Californians still love their 33-year-old Prop. 13, the property tax reduction amendment, according to the results of the latest field poll released today. By more than two to one, voters told pollsters that they would vote to endorse the measure... (Continue reading)

Off-roader federal land policies under scrutiny

Increased regulation of off-road vehicle use on forest lands got roasted this week at a congressional hearing in Sacramento, setting the stage for a GOP-led legislative effort to open more land to grazing and mining, and banning future national monuments.... (Continue reading)

Northern SLO County ranked nation’s smoggiest small metropolitan area

Environment America ranked San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles as the nation’s smoggiest small metropolitan area–an area with a population of less than 250,000–in a report released Wednesday. [KSBY] Overall, the area was ranked number 17 of the nation’s... (Continue reading)

Union status for farm workers?

Farm workers will find it easier to unionize under provisions of a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. [SF Chronicle] Also awaiting the governor’s approval is a proposed law that would ban the practice of openly carrying unloaded handguns in... (Continue reading)

SLO Man accused of murdering his mother appears in court

A San Luis Obispo man accused of murdering his mother and shooting at a police officer with a shotgun, appeared in court Wednesday morning for his arraignment. Judge John Trice granted Christopher Shumey, who was represented by Patricia Ashbaugh, a time... (Continue reading)

Republican-backed group battles against redistricting maps

A Republican-backed group announced that it plans to file a petition in the state Supreme Court on Thursday to block newly drawn Senate maps from going into effect. The petition, filed by Sacramento attorney Charles Bell Jr. on behalf of... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Frank Mecham running for re-election

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham announced he intends to pursue a second term on the board in a press release on Tuesday. “I am honored and privileged to serve San Luis Obispo County and the folks of the... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill heads for divorce court

UPDATE: Third District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill and his wife Virginia Hill apparently reached a settlement, according to courtroom staff who waited for about an hour in case either party in the divorce proceeding decided to show... (Continue reading)

SLO man dies in traffic accident

A San Luis Obispo man was killed Monday in a traffic accident at Buckley Road and Thread Lane in San Luis Obispo shortly after 6 p.m. Daniel Nadalsky, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene. Several others involved in the... (Continue reading)