Daily Briefs

Trial in CHP officer’s alleged murder begins

A murder trial is underway for a woman accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer while under the influence of methamphetamine. [Tribune] In his opening statement, defense attorney Tom McCormick said that Kaylee Ann Weisenberg, 23, wasn’t under the... (Continue reading)

Missing Arroyo Grande man’s body found on Kern River

The battered body of Derrick Rush, 28, of Arroyo Grande washed up on the bank of a Kern River campsite Saturday, ending a weeklong search by friends and family of the correctional officer who drowned. [Bakersfield.com] Rush had gone missing... (Continue reading)

Karl Rove’s crusade against Lois Capps

A conservative group linked with Republican strategist Karl Rove has launched an ad campaign targeting 10 vulnerable House Democrats, including Congresswoman Lois Capps, who are up for reelection in 2012. [WallStreetJournal] Crossroads GPS plans to run ads for the next... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s proposed bag ban moving forward

Single-use paper and plastic bags could be banned at San Luis Obispo County’s larger grocery stores as early as Jan. 1, 2013, under an ordinance proposed by the county’s Integrated Waste Management Authority. At an authority meeting last week, board... (Continue reading)

Courts hit hard in California budget cuts

Courthouses throughout California may soon be forced to put up “closed for business” signs as the state grapples with record budget cuts. [Mercury News.com] The state’s 58 trial courts will be the hard hit as they prepare to absorb $350... (Continue reading)

Randy Quaid’s Santa Barbara extradition denied

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office announced Friday that actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi Quaid will not be extradited from their residence in Canada back to California to face felony and misdemeanor charges. [TorontoSun] The Quaids have repeatedly... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College delays pay cuts for top administrators

The Cuesta College Board of Trustees voted last week to delay voluntary pay cuts for interim College President Gil Stork and the college’s three vice presidents – amounting to about $36,390. [Tribune] In May, the college’s board of trustees approved... (Continue reading)

Conservative group asks for referendum on gay, lesbian text requirement

A conservative organization based in Sacramento filed documents Friday to begin a voter referendum regarding the recent passage of a bill requiring schools to teach the contributions of gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual individuals. [SFGate.com] Paulo Sibaja of the Capitol... (Continue reading)

14 arrested in North County gang sweep

San Luis Obispo County law enforcement officers arrested 14 people during a parole, probation and gang compliance sweep of the North County on Thursday. “We employed a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to the operation.” said Incident Commander Brian Hascall, of the... (Continue reading)

Kristin Smart story to go national on Monday

The case of Kristin Smart, the Cal Poly student missing for the last 15 years, gets national exposure Monday night, thanks to a television show on the Lifetime Channel. Smart’s story will be the subject of next week’s episode of... (Continue reading)