Daily Briefs


Bronze memorial vandalized

A San Luis Obispo city-owned bronze sculpture, sentimental to the Chinese community, is damaged after being vandalized several times within the last six months. Two bronze parts of the Chinese Iron Road Pioneers statue, which sits in San Luis Obispo’s... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly knew, ignored coach’s transgressions

Cal Poly officials have known for years that serious, repetitive allegations against women’s volleyball coach Jon Stevenson were credible, but ignored the ample evidence and refused to act until prodded by imminent newspaper exposure. [NewTimes] Stevenson started this season as... (Continue reading)

Baby Naya dies after six weeks in hospital

Naya Jane Manalo, the seven-week-old Nipomo baby girl who waged an uphill battle against an ecoli infection almost from the day she was born, died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital. The baby’s mother, Jamie Maraviglia-Manalo, director of marketing for... (Continue reading)

Supervisors want place on quake panel

In a decision steeped in unspoken suspicion, San Luis Obispo County supervisors Tuesday sought to install their own earthquake expert on a panel now eying Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, and to have PG&E ratepayers offset the $70,000 a year... (Continue reading)

John Laird will not run for state Senate

John Laird announced today that he will not run for the State Senate in 2012. “This was not an easy decision to make,” Laird said in a press release. “Serving the Central Coast in the State Assembly was one of... (Continue reading)

Flooding fix sought by supervisors

Oceano’s annual winter flooding will be addressed by San Luis Obispo County officials with a short-term solution search in order to deal with looming inclement weather. No “simple fixes” exist for the long term, according to one county supervisor. Supervisor... (Continue reading)

ASH patient accused of attempted rape

A patient at the Atascadero State Hospital was arrested for the attempted rape of a hospital employee, kidnapping and indecent exposure. At about 11:30 a.m. on September 6, hospital officials said Leroy Parker, 35, assaulted an unnamed employee.  Her coworkers... (Continue reading)

UC Regents to consider another tuition hike

University of California regents are expected to consider a proposal Thursday that would raise student tuition by at least 8 percent—and as much as 16 percent. [San Francisco Chronicle] Basic tuition could top $22,000 in just four years, not including... (Continue reading)

Four face hate crime trial

Burning a cross in the front yard of an Arroyo Grande family has earned a trial for four people accused of a hate crime, Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy ruled Monday. Duffy ruled Monday there was enough evidence to try... (Continue reading)

Central Coast residents owe millions in taxes

At least five Central Coast individuals may be targeted by a major legislative effort to penalize tax scofflaws by suspending professional or drivers’ licenses of the state’s worst offenders. Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) has pushed his bill to the... (Continue reading)