Daily Briefs

California’s ‘whale’s tail’ license plate gets remake

One of California’s most popular specialized license plates, the “whale tail,” got a makeover recently as a result of a legal battle between the California Coastal Commission and artist Robert Wyland. [San Francisco Chronicle] The commission unveiled the redesign Tuesday,... (Continue reading)

Missing Charles Jackson of Morro Bay found dead

The body of Charles Jackson, 79, of Morro Bay, and missing since July 18, was found Monday in a car at the bottom of ravine along Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero. [The Tribune] Jackson’s 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo... (Continue reading)

State agencies risk losing federal stimulus funds

Some state agencies risk losing more than $250 million in federal stimulus funds that would benefit low-income households and provide retrofits on residential, commercial and government properties. [Sacramento Bee] If the money isn’t spent by next spring, the federal government... (Continue reading)

Rep. Lois Capps will run for re-election in new 24th District

Eight-term incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat, announced Friday that she will run for re-election in the newly configured 24th Congressional District. [Santa Maria Times] Capps has represented the 23rd District, which was redrawn recently by the Citizens Redistricting Commission based on 2010 Census... (Continue reading)

CHP officer warned prior to fatal crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Prior to the traffic accident that killed California Highway Patrol Officer Bret Oswald outside Paso Robles, a driver stopped to warn the officer that cars coming around a bend had an obstructed view of him. Testifying in... (Continue reading)

Reminder: Ramos memorial service set for Saturday

A public memorial service to honor journalist and Cal Poly professor  George Ramos has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6 in Morro Bay. Ramos, 63, died last month after suffering a heart attack in his Morro Bay home. Friends, students,... (Continue reading)

Man attempts to lure Atascadero children into van

Local law enforcement officers are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to lure four Atascadero children into a van on Monday morning by offering them a ride. Sporting a long grey beard and driving a red Volkswagen van with... (Continue reading)

Maricopa traffic cops will back off of motorists

Motorists driving through Maricopa can breathe a little easier now that the police department has revamped its policy for citing traffic violations. The town of 1,200 in western Kern County had turned into a trap of sorts where in the... (Continue reading)

Former ECOSLO director will face jury trial

Morgan Rafferty, accused of embezzling funds from two nonprofit organizations, will stand trial in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Sept. 6, more than two years after being charged for grand theft. [The Tribune] Rafferty, 48, is accused of taking... (Continue reading)

Redistricting Commission approves final draft maps

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved the final drafts of the state’s controversial new district maps today, setting off what many expect to be a flurry of lawsuits over the next two weeks. [CaliforniaWatch] The commission now has until Aug.... (Continue reading)