Daily Briefs


Text cash for Haiti

Central Coast residents who want to help the victims of yesterday’s horrific 7.0 earthquake in Haiti are being urged to text “HAITI” to “90999.” A $10 donation, charged to your cell phone bill, will be given automatically to the Red... (Continue reading)

Sewage release closes Oceano Beach

Public health officials closed Oceano Beach today as the result of a sewage release of between 160,000 and 180,000 gallons. The flow of partially treated sewage effluent was released into the Pacific Ocean from a pipe located some 4,000 feet off... (Continue reading)

Governor seeks to shift taxes to middle class

Sacramento observers believe Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is embracing a tax reform system for California that includes a major shift in the tax burden from the rich to the middle class. [Oakland Tribune] The strategy comes on the heels of a... (Continue reading)

Off-roader: CalCoast News is “Enviro-Nazi Press”

A leading advocate for off-roading in the Oceano Dunes has called CalCoastNews “our local Enviro-Nazi Press” in a letter published on a national off-roading blog. [Off Road] Kevin P. Rice of San Luis Obispo wrote the letter in response to... (Continue reading)

Homeless man busted for child porn in Oceano

A homeless man, accused of possessing child pornography, is being arraigned today in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Detectives from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department arrested Lawrence Alan Baughman on Jan. 7 in Oceano. Detectives traced thousands of... (Continue reading)

SLO police arrest transient for alleged attack on teenage girl

San Luis Obispo police arrested a transient Monday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl on the 1000 block of Olive Street. Police say Fritz Holmer was walking westbound on the sidewalk when he passed the girl, coming from... (Continue reading)

N.Y. Times profiles Dan De Vaul

Controversial San Luis Obispo rancher Dan De Vaul is in the national media spotlight today, thanks to a feature article in Monday’s New York Times. Reporter Jesse McKinley and photographer Josh Haner visited the Sunny Acres compound on Los Osos... (Continue reading)

Court blocks taping of Prop 8 trial

The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking plans to broadcast a trial involving California’s same-sex marriage ban. [San Francisco Chronicle] The federal trial in San Francisco, scheduled to begin Monday, originally planned to air the proceedings on a delayed basis via... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles couple arrested

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested a Paso Robles couple on charges relating to domestic violence and firearms possession. Deputies responded just before noon on Sunday to a domestic violence call in the 3000 block of Nacimiento Lake Drive in... (Continue reading)

L.A. doctor gets five years in bike rage case

An emergency room physician was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for assaulting two bicyclists in Los Angeles by driving in front of them and slamming on his brakes. [Los Angeles Times] Christopher Thompson, 60, was arrested on... (Continue reading)