Daily Briefs

Local Red Cross cuts five positions

In another sign of the economic tsunami affecting the local nonprofit community, the San Luis Obispo County chapter of the American Red Cross slashed five positions on Wednesday, leaving only two full time and one half time positions. Sources told... (Continue reading)

Why did California approve a toxic pesticide?

This week, the state Assembly began hearings on why California regulators approved a cancer-causing pesticide for use in strawberry fields and other crops last December. [San Francisco Chronicle] The hearings come as environmentalists and farm workers have filed lawsuits against... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill wants protection–from the public

County supervisor and the current chair of the Board of Supervisors Adam Hill is seeking police protection during public comment period at each Tuesday meeting. [New Times] Hill has asked Sheriff Ian Parkinson to station a deputy in the chambers... (Continue reading)

Carter gets his special election on binding arbitration

The San Luis Obispo City Council decided Tuesday night to let residents vote in a special mail-in election to determine the future of binding arbitration for public safety employees. [Tribune] Council members unanimously agreed to put two issues before city... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo supervisors in favor of a new women’s jail

The San Luis Obispo County Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to move forward on plans to construct a new women’s jail. The current jail is overcrowded with at times more than 70 inmates packed into a space built for 43... (Continue reading)

Wine exports rebound

California’s wine business is booming again setting a new record in 2010, following a gloomy 2009. U.S. wine exports shot up 25.6 percent in 2010 to a record $1.14 billion in winery revenues, according to the San Francisco-based Wine Institute. Volume... (Continue reading)

Spotlight on salaries for redevelopment officials

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues to push for state redevelopment funds to be shifted over to education, the spotlight is beginning to shine on the salaries being paid to some heads of local redevelopment agencies. [California Watch] The state’s 400... (Continue reading)

Los Osos man shoots at juveniles for moving a log

A Los Osos man became angry with a group of juveniles playing near his home and allegedly shot at the youths on Sunday afternoon. The seven youths ages 12 through 14 were playing in the vicinity of Dan Richard Mulligan’s... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man arrested for assaulting sheriff deputy

A Paso Robles man arrested for assaulting a sheriff deputy and drug trafficking earlier this month has also been accused of pawning property stolen in California in Las Vegas. [WMIcentral] On Feb. 6, a license check during a traffic stop... (Continue reading)

Lawmakers cash in on three-day weekends

Lawmakers in Sacramento officially convened for less than half an hour on Friday — just long enough to legally entitle the 80 members of the Assembly and the 40 members of the Senate $568 each. [Union-Tribune] What happened?  On top... (Continue reading)