Daily Briefs

Cal Poly drops plans for Santa Barbara MBA classes

In a sign that some see as an omen of the post-Warren Baker era, Cal Poly is abruptly dropping previously announced plans to offer an MBA program in Santa Barbara. [Pacific Business Times] University officials made the announcement Friday, indicating... (Continue reading)

Governor: City salaries should be placed online

In the wake of the recent pay scandal involving Bell city officials, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that if local governments have “nothing to hide,” they should post the salaries of top officials online. [LA Times] The governor’s remarks came... (Continue reading)

Agents seize $1.7 billion of pot in Central California

Law enforcement agents arrested nearly 100 people this week in a sweep of marijuana-growing operations worth more than $1.7 billion in the Sierra Nevada range. [AP] Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said several Mexican drug cartels were involved in the... (Continue reading)

Settle settles the question: He’s not running

San Luis Obispo city councilman and Arroyo Grande resident Allen Settle has decided not to run for mayor in November. [E-Insider] Settle, who has served on the council in some capacity for 30 years, instead announced his intention to endorse... (Continue reading)

Community colleges hit by stalled budget

California is the only state to not pass a budget this year and, starting Thursday, the state community college system is scheduled to be the latest victim. [California Watch] Without a signed budget, state Controller John Chiang said his office... (Continue reading)

Battle over air quality and the dunes headed to the Board of Supervisors

San Luis Obispo County moves forward with plans to improve air quality on the Nipomo mesa by approving an agreement with the State Parks earlier today. [KSBY] The agreement creates a technical committee and a management oversight committee. Both are... (Continue reading)

Charges dropped against man charged with manslaughter

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney dropped charges of manslaughter against John Norris, the San Miguel man accused of shooting his wife in July 2009. [KSBY] Officials charged Norris with involuntary manslaughter in Tasha Norris’ death last July. Last... (Continue reading)

Fires rip through Kern County

Two fast-moving wildfires in Kern County Tuesday destroyed more than 30 homes and threatened an additional 150 structures about ten miles southeast of Tehachapi. [Los Angeles Times] About 200 firefighters were called out Tuesday afternoon to battle the West fire... (Continue reading)

California emergency room wait now four hours and 34 minutes

Visiting a California hospital emergency room last year meant waiting an average of four hours and 34 minutes–two minutes longer than in 2008 and 27 minutes longer than the national average. [California Watch] California ranks 40th in the U.S. for... (Continue reading)

Maldonado pays off $100,000 tax lien

Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado’s family business in Santa Maria paid $111,146 in back taxes Monday, following press reports of tax liens against the Central Coast Republican who is running for re-election. [LA Times] Maldonado’s campaign manager released a copy of... (Continue reading)