Daily Briefs

Deputies destroy 31,000 marijuana plants

Californians may be getting ready to debate Proposition 19, the proposed legalization of marijuana this fall, but closer to home, law enforcement isn’t debating what to do about pot growers. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies seized and destroyed approximately... (Continue reading)

New Times barred from city budget meeting

New Times was shown the door when a reporter tried to cover the first meeting of a new advisory committee, formed to provide input to the San Luis Obispo city manager on budget issues. [New Times] The Financial Sustainability Task... (Continue reading)

Surfer bitten by shark in Shell Beach

A 19-year-old man was bitten on the foot by a small shark while surfing Friday evening near Shell Beach. Beaches are remaining open, though Advisories have been posted. The young man was attacked just before 7 p.m. by a shark,... (Continue reading)

State worker pay cut now a standoff

Both sides in Sacramento seem to be claiming victory on the issue of a temporary pay cut for state workers. The courts ruled once again Friday in favor of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s right to pay state workers a minimum wage... (Continue reading)

Controller refuses to cut state workers’ pay

State Controller John Chiang announced Thursday that he would strongly defy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order to pay state workers minimum wage “until the courts hand down a final resolution.” [LA Times] Earlier in the day, the governor had ordered all... (Continue reading)

Undersheriff blood-alcohol content was 0.086

The San Luis Obispo County undersheriff recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.086. [Tribune] The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08. According to the Atascadero Police report, Steve Bolts... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee, Laird agree to five debates

Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird will meet in five debates between now and the August 17 state Senate runoff election. The two candidates advanced after the June 22nd primary from an original field of four candidates. Blakeslee accepted... (Continue reading)

State employees play: You pay

Time once again for another state auditor’s report of state employees misbehaving on company time. [California Watch] Many of the investigations were based on whistleblower complaints and address a wide range of sordid allegations including: taking improper gifts, falsifying travel... (Continue reading)

Hey 19: Marijuana legalization ballot measure assigned a number

Proposition 19. Get used to it, because you’re going to be bombarded for the next four months by a cacophony of media messages concerning Proposition 19, which is now the official designation for the November ballot measure involving marijuana legalization.... (Continue reading)

Woman arrested in death of Paso CHP officer

An Atascadero woman has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s death of a California Highway Patrol officer. [Tribune] Kaylee Weisenberg, 22, remains in County Jail on a bail of $56,500 after being released from Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton where... (Continue reading)