Daily Briefs


Teacher pink slips out of sync with budget impasse

Dozens of San Luis Obispo County teachers received final layoff notices last week in compliance with the state-imposed deadline of May 15, even though school districts are still in the dark about their financial status for the coming school year.... (Continue reading)

Prison union battles staff searches

Random staff searches that are part of an effort to curb the smuggling of cell phones into state prisons are drawing objections from the powerful union representing correctional officers. [CaliforniaWatch] Union officials contend the monthly searches of all employees are... (Continue reading)

Plane crash at Oceano Airport

A single engine aircraft crashed at the Oceano airport at about 11 a.m. today, said San Luis Obispo Sheriff department officials. The small plane crashed as it was landing on the runway. Rescue personnel were not called and no one... (Continue reading)

Diablo Canyon under extra scrutiny

Diablo Canyon power plant operators must verify by June 10 under oath that they have updated and adopted additional safety and equipment procedures mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after the 9/11 attacks. [CaliforniaWatch] The order issued on Wednesday is... (Continue reading)

70 state parks get the ax

Seventy state parks across California including Morro Strand State Beach will be closed starting in September and completed in July 2012, State Parks’ officials announced on Friday. The governor’s mansion, Limekiln State Park in Big Sur Redwood forests and some... (Continue reading)

Cambria’s fire chief reinstated

Cambria’s Fire Chief Mark Miller will be running the department again on Monday, said Jerry Gruber, Cambria Community Services District interim general manager. [Tribune] On April 12, former general manager Tammy Rudock created a firestorm when she fired Miller. The... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly president reacts to second campus rape

Cal Poly president Dr. Jeffrey Armstrong issued a statement Friday condemning a pair of sexual assaults that occurred against female students in less than a week. Campus police say a second student reported being raped in her campus dormitory room... (Continue reading)

Rape suspect turns himself in

Police arrested a Cal Poly student Thursday after he was identified as the main suspect in a reported rape of a drunk and unconscious “college-aged” woman at a fraternity house last Saturday night. Joseph Trupiano, 23, was taken into custody late... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles fire damages six apartments

A Thursday evening fire at an apartment building in Paso Robles damaged six apartments and forced 22 people including 12 children from their homes. [KSBY] Firefighters responded to the fire that broke out between to apartment buildings on Park Street... (Continue reading)

Oceano board appoints ex-official and newcomer to vacant seats

Oceano Community Services District board members voted unanimously to appoint former board member Rick Searcy along with Felma Hurdle to the board on Wednesday evening. Searcy and Hurdle were appointed to fill vacancies created by the resignations of Jim Hill... (Continue reading)