Daily Briefs

California seniors may have nowhere to go

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating Medi-Cal funding for adult day health programs and senior advocates across California are concerned. [Contra Costa Times] The proposed cuts, which would save $104 million annually, are part of Sacramento’s attempts to address the... (Continue reading)

Santa Monica sushi restaurant closes after whale meat controversy

The Santa Monica restaurant  facing federal charges for illegally serving endangered whale meat appears to be closed. [Los Angeles Times] On Friday, the management of The Hump, an upscale eatery at the Santa Monica Airport, posted an announcement on its... (Continue reading)

San Francisco sues over PG&E ballot measure

The city of San Francisco and a group of government-owned utilities went to court Thursday to try and block a Pacific Gas & Electric-sponsored measure on the June ballot. [San Francisco Chronicle] Critics claim that Proposition 16 is merely a... (Continue reading)

Desperately seeking food in California

More and more Californians are going hungry, a situation that is likely to worsen in a state rocked by recession and high unemployment. [California Watch] A six-month study by California Watch and USC found record numbers of people overwhelming food... (Continue reading)

Fess Parker, TV’s Davy Crockett, dies

Early television icon Fess Parker, who went on to become a controversial Santa Barbara real estate developer has died at the age of 85. [Los Angeles Times] Parker rose to national stardom on television in the mid-1950’s, thanks to his... (Continue reading)

Bruce vs. Marshall vs. Pandora?

The last-minute entry of Marshall Ochylski into the District 2 county supervisor race against incumbent Bruce Gibson has tongues wagging around Los Osos. Sources tell CalCoastNews that the upcoming June election battle is actually a contest between Gibson, seeking his... (Continue reading)

FPPC rejects Crawford complaint

The California Fair Political Practices Committee  (FPPC) has rejected a complaint alleging a conflict of interest involving a San Luis Obispo County Parks Commissioner. The complaint, filed by Santa Margarita blogger Ron Crawford, argued that Parks Commissioner Pandora Nash-Karner of... (Continue reading)

State lawmakers travel data kept secret

California taxpayers spent $2 million on plane travel for their elected representatives during a recent 2 1/2 year-period, but the Legislature in Sacramento won’t disclose the destinations or produce proof that the trips were really official state business. The reason... (Continue reading)

State’s prison population down for third straight year

California’s inmate population dropped in 2009 for the third straight year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States. [Los Angeles Times] There was an overall drop of 4,257 inmates last year–relatively small according to experts.... (Continue reading)

Former city attorney David Hunt arrested

Police arrested a former Pismo Beach and Morro Bay city attorney on suspicion of felony spousal battery Sunday night in Santa Ana. [OrangeCountyRegister] David Hunt has been serving as the Newport Beach city attorney since December 2008. Police said that... (Continue reading)