Daily Briefs

SLO fire likely started by a cigarette

A weekend San Luis Obispo house fire that injured five people apparently began on a couch, possibly started by a cigarette, fire officials said. Nine people in their 20s escaped the blaze of the white two-story older home early on... (Continue reading)

Seeing to the safety of fire victims

A federal grant will help the San Luis Obispo Fire Department locate and rescue fire victims more quickly with new thermal imaging equipment. The $49,000 Department of Homeland Security grant was announced by Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-23rd District), who said... (Continue reading)

Community colleges need more state oversight?

Several bills introduced during the past few years have tried – unsuccessfully – to reform the California Community Colleges system known for having a large percentage of public attendance and lower than national graduation rates. [CaliforniaWatch] Of the six community... (Continue reading)

State Parks’ plan seeks to avoid closures

A variety of plans to manage the state park system to avoid widespread closures of California’s 278 facilities has been completed by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and distributed to lawmakers. Financial problems plaguing the system still may result in... (Continue reading)

Five injured in San Luis Obispo fire

Five college students in their 20s were injured in a fire that destroyed a house on the corner of Johnson Avenue and Buchon Street early Sunday morning. One of the nine students living in the home jumped out of a... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach attorney pleads to embezzlement

The Pismo Beach attorney accused of embezzling more than a quarter-million dollars from a deceased client’s estate plead no contest on Thursday to a charge of embezzlement. William Peter Terhune, 57, is accused of transferring nearly $275,000 from the estate... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay chief tapped for undersheriff

A Cal Poly graduate who now heads a beach city police force is San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson’s choice as undersheriff. Tim Olivas, chief of the Morro Bay police department, will replace the retiring Martin Basti. Olivas was... (Continue reading)

Disability access law may get tweaked

A Southern California lawmaker is offering a proposal to change the state’s disabilities law to combat what he calls “extortion of businesses” by exploitive individuals and lawyers. Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) introduced legislation to allow businesses more time to... (Continue reading)

Atascadero and Paso Robles violating personnel rules

Atascadero and Paso Robles employees are breaking rules that limit the amount of vacation accrual leaving Atascadero with $887,320 and Paso Robles with $1,646,575 in unfunded liability, according to Grand Jury report (pdf) released Thursday. In Paso Robles and Atascadero,... (Continue reading)

Rob Bryn, sheriff’s voice, dies

A longtime law enforcement spokesman, Rob Bryn,  died today, according to friends. He was the public information officer for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. No other information regarding Bryn’s death was made available. He commented to local media... (Continue reading)