Daily Briefs

SLO proposed bag ban speeding up

In a presentation before the San Luis Obispo City Council Tuesday night, Integrated Waste Management Association manager Bill Worell laid out a plan in which a county ban on single use plastic and papers bags would go into effect September... (Continue reading)

Supervisors agree to compromise on redistricting

Following public outrage over a proposal by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to adopt an unpopular redistricting option, the board voted unanimously on Tuesday to change their plans. More than two dozen Templeton residents spoke against supervisors... (Continue reading)

Illegal workers exploiting tax credit

A federal tax law passed in 2001 intended to widen the income tax collection net apparently had the opposite effect, opening the floodgates for massive fraud, according to a recent government report. Undocumented individuals not authorized to be employed, milked... (Continue reading)

State justices liking Prop. 8 backers’ claims?

State Supreme Court justices Tuesday appeared to be receptive to arguments by backers of California’s same-sex marriage ban that proponents of Prop. 8 should have legal authority to defend their measure in court. [SanFranciscoChronicle] Several justices suggested during oral arguments... (Continue reading)

California ready to help combat Texas fires

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A state fire official told CalCoastNews today that California is ready to respond to a request from Texas authorities “should it come” as wildfires in the Lone Star State explode in dry, windy conditions. Texas Forest Service... (Continue reading)

Man abducted during home invasion in Grover Beach

Police are investigating a Grover Beach home invasion and abduction that occurred at about 6:15 a.m. on Monday. The male suspect entered an unlocked residence on the 400 block of Manhattan Avenue, brandished a firearm at a male resident, and... (Continue reading)

Gas pipes crumbling, government bungling?

The condition of gas transmission pipelines all across the United States is being grossly misrepresented by the nation’s top regulators, taking a “friendly tone” toward the industry. [SanFranciscoChronicle] The newspaper obtained a copy of a draft report by the federal... (Continue reading)

SLO County redistricting battle continues

Amidst heavy public protest, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today in favor of a controversial redistricting plan that would separate Templeton into three districts. Last week, the Supervisors received 72 pages of letters... (Continue reading)

Shining a brighter light on public officials

An Orange County lawmaker is pushing a plan to force greater financial accountability by public officials and certain high level government employees, but opposition from those affected is stiffening. Sen. Lou Correa, R-Orange County, ushered his bill, SB 46, through... (Continue reading)

18 foot shark sighted in waters off Cambria

An approximately 18-foot shark sighted in the waters off Cambria prompted authorities to post warning signs along the beach. Cal Fire officials determined the report to be a credible sighting of a shark 50 yards off Leffingwell Landing. As a... (Continue reading)