Daily Briefs

Nipomo construction manager’s truck firebombed

The construction manager of a housing project in Nipomo awoke early Wednesday morning to find his truck engulfed in flames, the result of a firebombing. [KSBY] Caught on video, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies are looking for an arsonist... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande cross burning suspects claim innocence

The  four defendants accused of committing a hate crime against a black teen in Arroyo Grande last year refused the San Luis Obispo District Attorneys office offer of plea agreements. As a result, a trial was set for May 7.... (Continue reading)

Judges in San Luis Obispo oppose money-sucking IT system

San Luis Obispo County’s trial court has become the focus of the battle of  whether to abandon a costly statewide case management system. [CourthouseNewsService] An audit of the project to install a California case management system (CCMS), resulted in criticism... (Continue reading)

“Online rumors” caused chief’s departure?

Two Paso Robles city council members have penned a “viewpoint” in The Tribune shoveling praise on fallen police chief Lisa Solomon, slamming county residents who have commented on her public behavior and sexual conduct, and criticizing news reports for causing... (Continue reading)

Date a student, lose pension?

Teachers who get involved in relationships with high school students, even those 18 and over, would be stripped of their retirement benefits if a bill introduced by a Modesto lawmaker succeeds. [SacramentoBee] Republican Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen introduced the legislation after... (Continue reading)

Car crashes into building, two injured

One man is in critical condition and another man is seriously injured after the car they were driving crashed into the Pacific Coast Center on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo on Monday at about 8:20 p.m. Allegedly driving at... (Continue reading)

Cross burning defendants offered plea agreements

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office offered plea agreements to the four defendants accused of committing a hate crime against a black teen in Arroyo Grande last year. [Tribune] On March 18, 2011, Jason Kahn, 36, Jeremiah Hernandez,... (Continue reading)

Free legal help for San Luis Obispo homeless

In an attempt to help homeless subjected to heavy fines from San Luis Obispo police for sleeping in their vehicles, attorneys Stew Jenkins and Saro Rizzo are working pro bono to stop what they see as illegal enforcement. At the... (Continue reading)

California lawmakers salaries highest in nation

Despite years of pay cuts spurred by the budget crisis, California legislator’ salaries remain the highest in the nation. [SacramentoBee] California lawmakers lead the nation with base pay at $95,291, trailed by Pennsylvania, $82,026, and New York, $79,500.  On Friday,... (Continue reading)

Purse snatcher stabs man in San Luis Obispo

Late Friday night, a 24-year-old man attempting to help a San Luis Obispo woman battle a purse snatcher was stabbed in the upper body, police said. Elizabeth Key and Christopher Sebastian were walking along Madonna Road near Los Osos Valley... (Continue reading)