Daily Briefs

Arroyo Grande hospital head resigns

The president and chief executive officer of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has resigned. Rick Castro, who served both roles at the Arroyo Grande medical center, gave the hospital his notice in June, to be effective July 31. No replacement has been announced.... (Continue reading)

SLO County to review sanitation district books

The San Luis Obispo County auditor-controller will evaluate two new employment contracts for engineering and administrative services at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District as part of a review of the district’s financial records. [TimesPressRecorder] The review was... (Continue reading)

California prison hunger strike: Authorities say it’s over but some inmates still refuse to eat

Inmates in 13 prisons throughout California Wednesday appear to have ended a three-week hunger strike, according to prison authorities, that began as a protest against conditions at the high-security, “super max,” Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County. [SF... (Continue reading)

California traffic fatalities lowest since 1944

The number of California’ traffic fatalities in 2010 was the state’s lowest since 1944, when one-tenth the number of vehicles drove one-sixteenth the number of miles, said Chris Cochran, spokesman for the California Office of Traffic Safety. [Mercury News.com] California... (Continue reading)

Oceano medical marijuana co-op proposed

The fight over medical marijuana is headed back to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors within the next few months.[Tribune] The owner of a medical marijuana collective in Goshen applied in May to open a similar shop in... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council increases parking fee

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted to officially amend four ordinances, allowing for significant increases in parking revenue. Residential parking permits, which remain a point of conflict between neighbors throughout the city, will now cost $10 each. Councilman Dan... (Continue reading)

Redistricting a win for Democrats

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature were frustrated this year in seeking Republican votes to close the state’s budget deficit by asking voters to OK billions of dollars in tax extensions. [FresnoBee] Brown was unable to garner support... (Continue reading)

FBI arrests Anonymous hackers, conducts raids

Federal agents on Tuesday arrested more than a dozen people around the nation with ties to the hacker group “Anonymous.” The arrests were made in nine states and the District of Columbia. [Montery Herald.com] In an indictment unsealed in U.S. District... (Continue reading)

Trial in CHP officer’s alleged murder begins

A murder trial is underway for a woman accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer while under the influence of methamphetamine. [Tribune] In his opening statement, defense attorney Tom McCormick said that Kaylee Ann Weisenberg, 23, wasn’t under the... (Continue reading)

Missing Arroyo Grande man’s body found on Kern River

The battered body of Derrick Rush, 28, of Arroyo Grande washed up on the bank of a Kern River campsite Saturday, ending a weeklong search by friends and family of the correctional officer who drowned. [Bakersfield.com] Rush had gone missing... (Continue reading)