Daily Briefs

A bank by any other name

American Principle Bank in San Luis Obispo is planning to change its name to American Perspective Bank in order to avoid litigation by global giant Principal Financial Group. Currently, American Principle Bank officials are waiting for shareholders, expected to meet... (Continue reading)

50 percent of Californians now support gay marriage

A new public opinion poll finds that, for the first time, more Californians now support gay marriage than are opposed to it. [Los Angeles Times] According to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, 50 percent of respondents... (Continue reading)

UC system to consider three-year degree; other changes

The University of California is considering dramatic changes, including offering three-year bachelor’s degrees and enrolling more out-of-state undergraduates. [Los Angeles Times] On Tuesday, the UC’s Commission on the Future heard a set of ten proposals aimed at making the 10-campus... (Continue reading)

Mothers for Peace officially challenge license renewal

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace officially filed papers Monday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Washington, D.C., opposing the license renewal of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. Mothers for Peace spokesperson Jane Swanson said attorney Diane Curran... (Continue reading)

Looks like California is going to pot

It looks like enough signatures have been gathered to place a voter initiative on the November ballot that would legalize marijuana in California. [Los Angeles Times] Supporters credit Los Angeles County with putting the signature drive over the top. Election... (Continue reading)

Smoking ban at beaches and parks approved

California lawmakers voted Monday to ban smoking at 278 beaches and state parks in one of the nation’s far-reaching regulation of tobacco. [Los Angeles Times] The new legislation calls for fines up to $100 for those caught smoking at a... (Continue reading)

Karl Rove coming to town

It must be a Republican dream come true — Karl Rove, popularly referred to as “Bush’s Brain,” is coming to town Saturday, March 27. The political consultant, strategist, pundit, and author–the man credited with getting George W. Bush into the... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles ready to fill in hole created by 2003 earthquake

After nearly seven years, the city of Paso Robles is finally ready to begin work on filling in its so-called “hole from hell,” the last grim souvenir from the earthquake of 2003. [Los Angeles Times] The hole, 20 feet deep... (Continue reading)

Dunes air pollution debate continues this week

The recent study by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD), linking poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa to offroad vehicles in the Oceano Dunes, is on the agenda at several public meetings this week. The South County Advisory Council... (Continue reading)

Public universities may still have unsafe buildings

More than 180 public university buildings in California–including two at Cal Poly–have been judged too dangerous to occupy during a major earthquake, according to a new investigation. [California Watch] University officials, critics claim, have known about seismic problems with the... (Continue reading)