Daily Briefs


Brush fire in Santa Margarita

Firefighters are battling a 50 acre brush fire in a rural area of Santa Margarita near the top of California State Route 229 within less then a mile from homes. The fire was started by fire crews burning brush. The... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly plane crash: 50 years later

Cal Poly is planning a special memorial ceremony during Saturday’s football game against  St. Francis University to mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 16 players, the team manager, and an alumni booster. [LA Times] Survivors of... (Continue reading)

Police run bear out of town

San Luis Obispo police officers were able to chase a 200 to 250 pound black bear from the populated area of Marsh and Santa Rosa Streets to a more rural area closer to open space late Wednesday night. Residents first... (Continue reading)

Armed robber hits Fremont Theatre

San Luis Obispo Police officers are searching for a man who robbed an employee of the Fremont Theatre at gunpoint on Wednesday night. Police said the man entered an unlocked office, brandished a black gun and demanded money. The robber... (Continue reading)

DMV employee tells transgender woman: You’re going to hell

A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee is accused of sending a letter to the home of a Bay Area transgender woman calling her “an abomination” and telling her that she is going to hell. A press release from the... (Continue reading)

Will marijuana legalization eradicate the black market?

Supporters of Proposition 19 liken their cause to the lifting of prohibition on alcohol nearly 80 years ago. Making pot legal and regulating it like alcohol, they say, could raise millions in tax revenues and wipe out the black market,... (Continue reading)

California consumers still reluctant to spend

A new survey by Citibank California indicates many state residents have permanently altered their saving and spending behavior, despite feeling better about the economy’s prospects. [LA Times] Roughly 60 percent of the respondents said they had cut back on credit... (Continue reading)

New database lists city-county salaries

In the wake of the city of Bell scandal, state officials unveiled a new website Monday detailing the salaries of city and county workers across California. [LA Times] The  new site, created by State Controller John Chiang, allows users to... (Continue reading)

Vandenberg beaches remain closed after shark attack

The beaches near Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County continue to be closed following Friday’s fatal shark attack on a young surfer. [Santa Maria Times] “Right now, that’s a safety precaution,” said Vandenberg spokesman Jeremy Eggers. “We’ll re-evaluate... (Continue reading)

Rape accusation against Whitman’s son kept quiet

The son of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman was accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate while a student at Princeton University–a school that lists Whitman as one of its most generous donors. [Gawker] Critics contend that the incident has... (Continue reading)