Daily Briefs

Gang members plead no contest for November crime spree

Four Fresno gang members pleaded no contest recently after leading police through a three-county crime spree last November that ended when San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended them. [KION] Ramiro Vasquez, Joe Hernandez, Jr., and Manuel Del Real, all pleaded... (Continue reading)

Baskin: “People will die” if SLO measures pass

The president of the San Luis Obispo firefighters union warned Friday that “people will die” if local voters pass two ballot measures in the upcoming August special election. Erik Baskin made the prediction during a live radio interview Friday afternoon... (Continue reading)

How much money should a CSU president make?

The debate over how much money a California State University president should be paid flared up again with word that the new president of San Diego State University will make $100,000 more annually than his predecessor. [LA Times] Dr. Elliot... (Continue reading)

Woman assaulted and robbed at SLO motel

Two men and a woman were arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting and robbing a woman who was staying at the Best Western Hotel in San Luis Obispo. At about 3:40 p.m., officers responded to a report of a robbery at... (Continue reading)

SLO homeless man dies from fire

A homeless man who had been staying along the creek that runs behind the Elk’s Lodge in San Luis Obispo, died Friday night after his tent caught on fire, possibly from a candle. [KSBY] A woman who was in the... (Continue reading)

Wasps to be released in Los Osos

State agricultural officials are releasing hundreds of tiny wasps in Los Osos neighborhoods to try to control infestations of the light brown apple moth that damages fruit and other plants. “There is no risk to pets, humans or any other animals,”... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly professor gets Harvard grant

Victor Valle, a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Cal Poly who was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters at the Los Angeles Times, has been named a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study... (Continue reading)

TSA agent arrested for stealing from passengers

Police arrested a TSA agent accused of stealing electronic devices from passengers and stuffing them down his pants before putting them up for sale online. [Broward/Palm Beach New Times] The Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said 30-year-old Nelson Santiago... (Continue reading)

Central Coast higher education costs skyrocket

All but one of the San Luis Obispo County area public higher education campuses are on a new list produced by the U.S. Department of Education showing colleges and universities with the fastest-rising tuition and fees – and those campuses... (Continue reading)

Government plans large-scale marijuana raids in six California counties

Marijuana growers in the Mendocino National Forest will be the targets of the largest series of law enforcement raids ever conducted in Northern California. [California Watch] Later this summer, as illegal grow operations start winding up for the surge in... (Continue reading)