Daily Briefs

Laird picks up six newspaper endorsements

As the clock ticks down towards next Tuesday’s special election for Abel Maldonado’s former state Senate seat, the battle of the newspaper endorsements is heating up. Last week, Republican Sam Blakeslee received the endorsement of The Tribune. In a press... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly brings $469 million to the economy

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo brings an estimated $469 million annually to the local economy through campus expenditures and off-campus student spending, according to a recently released report from the California State University System Office of the Chancellor. In addition,... (Continue reading)

Whitman funnels $91 million into campaign

Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor, contributed another $20 million to her war chest for a total of more than $91 million in personal donations. [WallStreetJournal] Whitman’s has said she will contribute up to $150 million from her own... (Continue reading)

Special election one week away

The special election to fill the state Senate seat of Abel Maldonado is now one week away and the environment, thanks to the British Petroleum oil spill, is dominating the race between Democrat John Laird and Republican Sam Blakeslee [Mercury... (Continue reading)

Special election heats up on the Central Coast

Capital staffers from both Republican and Democratic parties have flocked to the Central Coast to promote their respective candidates to fill the 15th Senate District seat recently vacated by Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. [CapitolWeekly] A special election is set for... (Continue reading)

PG&E knew Proposition 16 was losing

Reports indicate that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) sunk nearly $50 million trying to get Proposition 16 passed in California’s recent June 8 primary–even though they knew it was a losing cause. [San Francisco Chronicle Campaign insiders are now saying... (Continue reading)

Cambria hotel owners file bankruptcy

The owner of the new El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa in Cambria filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has plans to sell one of the most sophisticated retreats on the Central Coast. [PacificCoastBusinessTimes] The Cambria Moonstone development firm filed... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly honors interned Japanese-American students

A small, but important, and certainly long overdue, ceremony took place last week at Cal Poly as President Warren Baker awarded 31 honorary degrees to Japanese-American students who were forcefully relocated from the West Coast in 1942. [LA Japanese Daily... (Continue reading)

Tribune endorses Blakeslee in special election

The Tribune endorsed Sam Blakeslee Sunday for the special June 22 election, calling the Republican assemblyman, “the best bet when it comes to representing the interests of San Luis Obispo County in the state Senate.” [Tribune] Blakeslee is running against... (Continue reading)

Senator wants guns on Amtrak trains

A Republican U.S. senator, trying to force Amtrak to allow train passengers to carry guns on board–or face shutdown, has obtained the support of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). [Raw Story] The GAO ruled last week that an amendment inserted... (Continue reading)