Daily Briefs

Huge power outage dims South state

A power outage of monumental proportion has darkened San Diego County and parts of Southern Orange County, Palm Springs and Baja, Mexico, NBC Los Angeles is reporting. More than 1.4 million Pacific Gas & Electric customers, and others in outlying... (Continue reading)

Hidden camera found in Woods Humane Society bathroom

Police suspect a San Luis Obispo man of placing hidden cameras in several bathrooms and child pornography. After a visitor reported suspicious activity in a bathroom at the Woods Humane Society to the  San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office, deputies... (Continue reading)

Is SLO firing fighting firefighter?

City officials appear to have taken the first steps toward terminating the employment of San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason, including filing of a formal accusation in the wake of a June 4 bar room altercation in which he... (Continue reading)

Woman thwarts carjacking attempt

Arroyo Grande police are hunting a knife-wielding, foul-smelling man who attacked a 25-year-old woman after she had stopped her car briefly in a residential neighborhood. The unidentified Santa Maria woman was left with minor injuries in the Sept. 6 incident,... (Continue reading)

Man snatches baby, is foiled

A man grabbed a year-old baby at a San Luis Obispo bus stop Tuesday but was stopped by the child’s mother and others witnessing the incident, according to police. Langdon James, 19, a San Luis Obispo resident, allegedly walked up... (Continue reading)

SLO proposed bag ban speeding up

In a presentation before the San Luis Obispo City Council Tuesday night, Integrated Waste Management Association manager Bill Worell laid out a plan in which a county ban on single use plastic and papers bags would go into effect September... (Continue reading)

Supervisors agree to compromise on redistricting

Following public outrage over a proposal by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to adopt an unpopular redistricting option, the board voted unanimously on Tuesday to change their plans. More than two dozen Templeton residents spoke against supervisors... (Continue reading)

Illegal workers exploiting tax credit

A federal tax law passed in 2001 intended to widen the income tax collection net apparently had the opposite effect, opening the floodgates for massive fraud, according to a recent government report. Undocumented individuals not authorized to be employed, milked... (Continue reading)

State justices liking Prop. 8 backers’ claims?

State Supreme Court justices Tuesday appeared to be receptive to arguments by backers of California’s same-sex marriage ban that proponents of Prop. 8 should have legal authority to defend their measure in court. [SanFranciscoChronicle] Several justices suggested during oral arguments... (Continue reading)

California ready to help combat Texas fires

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A state fire official told CalCoastNews today that California is ready to respond to a request from Texas authorities “should it come” as wildfires in the Lone Star State explode in dry, windy conditions. Texas Forest Service... (Continue reading)