Daily Briefs


Anne McMahon dies

Anne McMahon, former journalist, administrative aide, and well-known local environmentalist, died Saturday night following a seven-month struggle against cancer. McMahon, surrounded by family members, died at her home in Santa Margarita. A graduate of Cal Poly, McMahon, 57, worked as... (Continue reading)

Man runs into traffic and is killed

A pedestrian who ran into traffic was hit and killed by an SUV on U.S. Highway 101 near Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. [KSBY] Reacting to a verbal altercation among passengers... (Continue reading)

Expect court delays due to budget woes

California budget woes are likely to be felt throughout the state trial court system, threatening hundreds of legal jobs and bringing the judicial process to a crawl. Cash-strapped Sacramento cut almost $400 million from the judicial budget and California courts... (Continue reading)

Jesus versus Santa Claus

A controversial Christmas lawn display in Nipomo is getting national attention, thanks to stories broadcast on both CNN and Fox News.  KCOY Channel 12 reports that artist Ron Lake has created a display depicting Jesus holding a shotgun over the... (Continue reading)

Federal agents bust human smuggling ring

Two Paso Robles women successfully relayed information through the Paso Robles Police that helped bust a human smuggling ring. [KSBY] The women’s boyfriends paid human smugglers to bring them to the United States from Mexico. The smugglers brought the men... (Continue reading)

State population growth slows

People still might be migrating West, but not necessarily to the Golden State. California’s population grew less than 1 percent in 2008, the slowest growth rate in more than a decade. The minimal growth barely kept up with the number... (Continue reading)

Free Christmas dinner offered by Brad’s

Brad’s Restaurant in Pismo Beach is opening its doors on Christmas Day from 1 to 6 p.m. to provide a holiday dinner for those in need. A traditional Christmas meal including turkey, ham and all the trimmings, will be served.... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly grad killed in family shooting

A grandmother and her daughter, a Cal Poly graduate, chose death for themselves and two children rather than temporarily allowing the children to be placed in the custody of her former husband’s sister. [Orange County Register] Elisabeth Fontaine, 38, had... (Continue reading)

Arnold’s approval hits new low

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating as governor has dropped to a new low, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. [Los Angeles Times] Voters, concerned by the economy and the state’s dismal finances, give the governor poor... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande Councilman Arnold arrested

Edward Arnold Jr., an Arroyo Grande City Council member, was arrested early Wednesday morning. A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said Arnold was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and inflicting corporal injury on... (Continue reading)