Daily Briefs

SLO voters to decide on binding arbitration

San Luis Obispo City Council voted Tuesday in favor of a mail in election on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make changes in retirement benefits. Facing a $4.4 million shortfall in the 2011-2012 fiscal year,... (Continue reading)

Nipomo woman arrested for tax and loan fraud

A Nipomo woman was arrested Monday on charges she orchestrated a tax scheme involving stolen identities, as well as a loan fraud scheme in which she allegedly submitted false income tax returns that overstated her income in an effort to... (Continue reading)

Maria terminates Arnold after learning of love child

Former California First Lady Maria Shriver left her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger last January after the former governor admitted fathering a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff. [LA Times] Shriver moved out of... (Continue reading)

Third student rape reported to Cal Poly

A third woman in a matter of days reported she was raped, in a trio of unrelated cases alarming the Cal Poly community. The University Police Department said a woman reported she was raped in her room at the school’s Poly... (Continue reading)

SLO police union’s binding arbitration challenge denied

San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association’s request for a temporary restraining order against the city in order to stop the public from voting on binding arbitration and a charter that requires voter approval to make changes in retirement benefits was... (Continue reading)

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)