Daily Briefs

IRS files lien against Maldonado for $100,000

The Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against property owned by Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and his family earlier this year, claiming the Santa Maria Republican owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes. [LA Times] It is the... (Continue reading)

Oxnard considers becoming “Oxnard Shores”

Grover City became Grover Beach a few years back and the tourists responded. Now Oxnard is officially considering a name change to . . . Oxnard Shores. [Pacific Coast Business Times] The Oxnard Convention and Business Bureau hired an outside... (Continue reading)

Media asks: Where’s Sam Blakeslee?

The League of Women Voters is scheduled to host a debate Monday night at Cuesta College. All four candidates in the special state Senate election have been invited to participate. So far, only three are confirmed: Democrat John Laird, Independent... (Continue reading)

How did your favorite local radio station do?

The new ratings for Central Coast radio stations were announced this week and two local stations slugged it out for the top spot in overall listenership. [StationRatings.com] County favorite KKJG (“The Jug”) was in first place once again, but found... (Continue reading)

Unemployment benefits to continue through November

The California Employment Development Department announced Thursday that it would immediately begin processing retroactive benefits for more than 400,000 residents, following President Obama’s signing of an unemployment benefits extension bill. [Los Angeles Times] The House voted 272 to 152 early... (Continue reading)

County whooping cough cases second highest in state

With 258 cases of whooping cough, San Luis Obispo County is ranked in the top two for the number of pertussis cases in the state, according to the California Department of Public Health. Six infants have died in California of... (Continue reading)

One in three California teens can’t find a job

Consider it a new form of teenage angst: 34.5 percent of young workers in California were out of a job in June. [California Watch] Teens in California are having a tougher time than other teens around the country, where unemployment... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly vice president loses battle with cancer

Sandra Garderbring Ogren, Cal Poly vice president for advancement, died Tuesday after a long bout with cancer. Cal Poly President Warren Baker broke the news to the Cal Poly community in an email Tuesday morning: “I am sorry to report... (Continue reading)

Prado Road to be on November ballot in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo voters will decide the future direction of the proposed Prado Road extension in November. [Tribune] In a post-midnight vote, the City Council agreed unanimously to put the new initiative on the November ballot. The council decision came... (Continue reading)

Ashburn calls on Republicans to support gays

State Sen. Roy Ashburn, the conservative firebrand who recently admitted he was gay, is calling on fellow Republicans to wholeheartedly support civil rights for gays and lesbians. [San Francisco Chronicle] Ashburn made the call in an essay published on a... (Continue reading)