Daily Briefs


Marin County tries to bypass PG&E

Marin County is poised to become California’s first to set up its own public power agency–unless Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) can block them in the courts, or on the ballot. [San Francisco Chronicle] Last Thursday, the upstart Marin Energy... (Continue reading)

Atascadero couple arrested for attempted murder

An Atascadero couple face charges of attempted murder, following a fight Friday night at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach. Michael Darrien Simmons, 43, and Janet Ella Simmons, 50, were both arrested by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies, after Michael... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger due in SLO on Monday

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to pay a visit to San Luis Obispo Monday morning. The governor is coming to town to promote his new jobs initiative and the proposed sales tax exemption for so-called “green manufacturing.” Schwarzenegger is scheduled... (Continue reading)

Mustang Village armed robbery attempt foiled

A masked robber with a semiautomatic handgun attempted to rob two security guards at Mustang Villiage in San Luis Obispo earlier today. Michael Leon and Otis Vanadore were finishing up their shift just after midnight at the student housing complex... (Continue reading)

Maldonado insists he’s against offshore drilling

State Senator and lieutenant governor nominee Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) insists he’s still opposed to any oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. [Capitol Alert] Maldonado made the comments during a Tuesday conference call with reporters. “My vote remains the... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College placed on probation

Cuesta College has been placed on probation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and could lose its accreditation if it does not address problems that have plagued the college for the past few years. Accreditation is... (Continue reading)

Regulators close Weyrich’s Carlton Hotel restaurant

Government regulators shut down the restaurant at The Carlton Hotel on Feb. 2 because of unpaid taxes, CalCoastNews has learned. According to an Atascadero city official, regulators from the Board of Equalization pulled the restaurant’s seller's permit because of un-paid taxes.... (Continue reading)

Gail Wilcox gets $180,000 to settle county lawsuit

San Luis Obispo County has decided to pay Gail Wilcox $180,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit she filed last summer. The decision to make the settlement was announced by county counsel Warren Jensen late Tuesday afternoon. Wilcox, the former... (Continue reading)

SLO Farmers Market turns to city council for help

Supporters of the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market Association are expected to turn out at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. [SLO Farmers Market Association] At issue is the recent decision by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to terminate its... (Continue reading)

Academy Award nominations announced

“Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” are heading for a showdown on Oscar night, with the announcement Tuesday morning of the nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. [Deadline Hollywood] Both the science fiction 3-D thriller and the war-on-terror drama scored... (Continue reading)