Daily Briefs


Will Neverland become a California state park?

When the idea was first proposed, it was shot down, but once again, there is serious talk of converting Neverland into a California state park. [Sacramento Bee] The Santa Barbara County estate of the late pop singer Michael Jackson is... (Continue reading)

Los Osos teen suffers medical complications after transplant

Holly Navolt, the 18-year-old lung transplant recovery patient, is back home with her family in Los Osos Monday after suffering several recent medical setbacks. Late last month, the teenager began having lung rejection problems, which led her to go into... (Continue reading)

Opposition to marijuana legalization increases

More voters who intend to vote in November now oppose Proposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, by a slight margin. [LA Times] A new statewide survey now shows 48 percent of Californians oppose Proposition 19, while 44... (Continue reading)

Poll: Newsom has 9-point lead over Maldonado

A new Field Poll shows that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom currently enjoys a 9-point lead over former state Senator Abel Maldonado in the race for lieutenant governor. [San Francisco Chronicle] The poll shows Newsom leading Maldonado, who was appointed... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande Chilis employees fired for toilet camera

A woman who had just used the restroom Chilies in Arroyo Grande discovered a cell phone camera hidden in a trash can by a restaurant employee and alleged video voyeur last weekend. The 41-year-old Porterville resident, who may have been... (Continue reading)

Scientists sent to help clean up oil spill to get minimum wage

A dozen California scientists currently working on the major BP oil spill in the Gulf are scheduled to have their pay slashed to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour by order of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [Capitol Weekly] The... (Continue reading)

Fraternity members sentenced in hazing death

Two more Cal Poly fraternity members have been sentenced to jail for their part in the fatal hazing death of 18-year-old pledge Carson Starkey. [KSBY] Starkey died in December 2008 after drinking too much alcohol as part of hazing ritual... (Continue reading)

State employees still allowed to accrue unused vacation time

Despite warnings, Sacramento continues to offer members of four different state employee unions the chance to rack up large amounts of unused vacation time. [California Watch] Tentative agreements on new contracts have already been reached with unions representing state patrol... (Continue reading)

Proposition 19 likely to decrease marijuana costs, increase consumption

A new report suggests that if Proposition 19 passes in November, the cost of marijuana in California could drop as much as 80 percent, and consumption would rise. [LA Times] Researchers at Rand’s Drug Policy Research Center issued a new,... (Continue reading)

Mountain lion killed in San Luis Obispo

A mountain lion was shot and killed in the backyard of a San Luis Obispo residence on the city’s northeast side on Tuesday night. [KEYT] San Luis Obispo Police responded to a 911 call that reported a cougar was in... (Continue reading)