Daily Briefs

Hearst vs. Fiscalini: The prequel

Recent news coverage of the shooting of the three Hearst Ranch zebras suggests an undertone of dislike between ranchers David Fiscalini and Stephen Hearst. This current battle is nothing new to people who have followed the two families over the... (Continue reading)

California schools rank 30th in nation

California schools received a C grade and ranked 30th in the nation in an annual education survey released Tuesday. [CaliforniaWatch] The annual Quality Counts report, published by Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, is based on surveys sent to the... (Continue reading)

Outrage continues over shooting of Hearst Ranch zebras

The national media is picking up the local story of the three zebras who wandered off Hearst Ranch on Jan 5, only to be shot and killed by two ranchers. [LA Times] Two of the three zebras showed up on... (Continue reading)

California man arrested for threatening to kill a congressman

A California man accused of threatening to kill Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) following the tax cut debate has been arrested and is expected to make his initial appearance today at 3 p.m. in federal court in Riverside, California, according... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach Chamber embezzlement charges under dispute

The former chief executive officer for the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce pleaded not guilty to grand theft by embezzlement on Tuesday amid allegations that additional monies are missing. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s complaint says Rebecca McMurry... (Continue reading)

Charges dropped against two medical marijuana providers

A Paso Robles couple arrested for operating a mobile medical marijuana dispensary will not face jail time for operating their service because they are no longer facing charges. One of Rachel and Charles Tamagni’s attorneys, Patrick Fisher, said that officials... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles woman arrested for infants death

Police arrested a Paso Robles woman on Saturday in connection with the death of her 3-month-old daughter. On June 16, police responded to the home of 42-year-old Erin Christine Martin to reports of an unresponsive baby. The infant was pronounced... (Continue reading)

New law prohibits internet impersonations

Among the new laws that went into effect on January 1, California Senate Bill 114 makes it a misdemeanor to “credibly” impersonate another person on the web “for the purpose of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person.” These impersonations... (Continue reading)

Father fights off gang members in Grover Beach

Two gang members required medical treatment after a father fought to protect his family during an alleged random assault by three members of a Santa Maria gang at Grover Beach Elementary School on Saturday. “It is not unusual to see... (Continue reading)

Employee benefits puts Berkeley $310 million in debt

New figures being released indicate that the City of Berkeley, which recently gave its city manager a hefty salary increase , has $310 million in unfunded liability for promised employee benefits. [Contra Costa Times] A report by the City Auditor... (Continue reading)