Daily Briefs

Police union battles to keep binding arbitration

The San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association is seeking a temporary restraining order against the city in an attempt to delay its goal to have the public vote on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make... (Continue reading)

Sheriff restores internal affairs unit

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson is bringing back an internal affairs unit to investigate citizens’ complaints brought against sheriff’s department personnel. Under former sheriff Pat Hedges, the internal investigation unit was disbanded. Last year there were 25 complaints... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach discussing police merger

Facing significant budget cuts, the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach are discussing combining their police departments. [KSBY] Arroyo Grande City Council will consider the merger which would save from $850,000 to $1 million a year on Tuesday. According... (Continue reading)

Teens charged in Boy Scout building arson

Police arrested two teens Monday for burning down the Arroyo Grande Boys Scouts of America building. Caleb Joseph Pelletier, 18, of Creston and an unnamed 16-year-old Arroyo Grande High School student were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, arson, burglary and... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former First Couple of California, are now living apart as they decide the future of their 25-year marriage. [LA Times] Shriver, 55, moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion weeks ago and the couple... (Continue reading)

Feds pouring money into California Homeland Security

Amid the slashing of state and school budgets, the federal government is pouring Homeland Security dollars into California at record rates. [SFGate] In 2010, California received $268 million worth of security spending, about 16 percent of the nearly $1.7 billion... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo man nabbed after high speed chase

A San Luis Obispo man with outstanding warrants was arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase Saturday that started in Atascadero and ended in Monterey County. Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the Atascadero Police tried to stop Steven Christopher... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles couple pleads to harboring illegal aliens

A Paso Robles couple pleaded guilty late this afternoon to federal charges of harboring illegal aliens who were smuggled into the United States and worked under sub-standard conditions at the couple’s elder care facilities. Maximino Morales, 45, and Melinda Morales,... (Continue reading)

California ranks worst state for business

For the seventh year in a row, California tops the list as the worst state to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual "Best & Worst States" survey which took the pulse of 550 CEOs across America. The executives evaluated... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly tops own patent record

Cal Poly reports that three patents have been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to university faculty this academic year—a record number of patents earned for a single year. In an announcement this week, Cal Poly’s Research and... (Continue reading)