Daily Briefs

SLO is quick to kill wild pigs

Residents and tourists alike are enjoying Johnson Ranch, the one-year-old open space park tucked away at the intersection of S. Higuera and Ontario Road in San Luis Obispo. However, city officials are stymied by what to do about the wild... (Continue reading)

7.2 earthquake rocks southern California

An earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude, felt by an estimated 20 million people in Mexico, southern California, and across the Southwest, struck Sunday afternoon. [Los Angeles Times] The Easter Sunday quake, centered in Mexicali, was the strongest to strike the... (Continue reading)

Voter initiative wants to raise tax on wine 12,675%

California wine lovers are becoming uncorked over a voter initiative, intended for the November ballot, that would increase the excise tax on wine by 12,675 percent. [KSBW] Under the proposed Alcohol Harm and Related-damages Act of 2010, the current tax... (Continue reading)

Four SLO juveniles arrested for explosive devices

Four 17-year-old male juveniles, all residents of San Luis Obispo, were arrested late Friday night for possession of explosive devices. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 10:30 p.m. Friday, following an alleged incident near the intersection of Pacific and... (Continue reading)

Five local school districts make state watch list

Five San Luis Obispo County school districts have been placed on California’s fiscal “watch list.” [California Watch] Atascadero Unified, Lucia Mar Unified, Paso Robles Joint Unified, San Miguel Joint Union Elementary, and Shandon Joint Unified have all been given “Qualified... (Continue reading)

State lawmakers keep their schedules private

California lawmakers, supposedly public servants, continue to keep their daily schedules private, despite attempts by the Associated Press to gain access to 2009 records. [Associated Press] All but one of the 120 current members of the Senate and the Assembly... (Continue reading)

Criticism of Palin’s CSU speech mounts

Increased pressure is coming from all directions, demanding that California State University officials reveal publicly the amount of money former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is being paid for an upcoming speech on the Stanislaus campus. [Orange County Register] University... (Continue reading)

The Big Kahuna lands at KSTT 101.3 FM

In a major shake-up on the local FM dial, radio personality Steve Marchese, known to Central Coast listeners as the “Big Kahuna”, joins KSTT 101.3, starting Friday morning. Marchese replaces Bill Pesso, who was let go by El Dorado Broadcasters... (Continue reading)

How California dodged new offshore oil plan

Political will–and strong environmental opposition–seems to explain how California and some other states are being excluded from President Obama’s new plans to increase offshore oil drilling. [California Watch] Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters that “the strategy does not include... (Continue reading)

California freeing violent inmates

In an attempt to save money, the state of California is releasing prisoners early, including some who were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly. [Associated Press] The state’s early release... (Continue reading)