Daily Briefs

Bar association investigates prosecutorial misconduct

The California State Bar Association is reviewing the records of 130 prosecutors statewide accused of misconduct, and will consider disciplinary action. [Mercury News] The report by Northern California Innocence Project at the Santa Clara University School of Law found that... (Continue reading)

Brown and Whitman’s top contributors

There has been a lot of debate about the cash being spent on California’s gubernatorial race, but who is actually taking out their checkbooks [CaliforniaWatch] So far Republican candidate Meg Whitman has spent $140 million, more than any other U.S.... (Continue reading)

Four Flying Samaritans killed in Baja plane crash

Four members of the San Luis Obispo County chapter of Flying Samaritans, a medical volunteer group, were killed Friday afternoon when their private plane crashed about 90 miles south of Tijuana. [Tribune] The team was en route to San Quintin,... (Continue reading)

Two people struck and killed by jilted driver

An Oceano man killed two people in Pismo Beach in an attempt to harm himself in front of a restaurant his former girlfriend was working in, at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, sources said. Jerardo Iriarte, 19, of Oceano drove... (Continue reading)

Nasdaq threatens Pacific Capital Bancorp with delisting

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission said that Pacific Capital Bancorp, the parent company of First Bank of San Luis Obispo, has to get their stock price above $1, or potentially be delisted from the Nasdaq stock market. [PacificCoastBusinessTimes] Pacific... (Continue reading)

County demands blogger remove personal information

UPDATE: Ochs reported on Friday that all personal information has been removed from his blog at the request of county counsel. Ochs said he took the information down shortly after he received the email. San Luis Obispo County Counsel Warren... (Continue reading)

Kidnapping and premeditated murder charges added to teen’s alleged killers

The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s office added charges of premeditated murder, kidnapping and torture to the prior charges leveled against the five defendants accused of killing 15-year-old Dystiny Myers. [KCOY] Because of the enhancements, Cody Miller, Jason Greenwell, Ty... (Continue reading)

Kids’ products have high levels of lead at Target, Wal Mart

An Oakland-based environmental group is claiming that new lab tests show high levels of lead in children’s products being sold at Target and Wal Mart stores. [California Watch] The Center for Environmental Health found that kids’ chairs and bean bags,... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee moves to the middle

Newly-elected Central Coast state senator Sam Blakeslee may be moving to the political middle. [Capitol Weekly] Last week, Blakesleee, who was considered more conservative in his Assembly days,  took the unusual step of hiring a Democrat as his press secretary.... (Continue reading)

You owe $14,165 to pay for your city’s employees pensions

A new study about the precarious nature of pension shortfalls is likely to take the debate up a few notches. [Business Insider] Researchers are warning that thanks to unrealistic expectations, cities and states have much bigger pension shortfalls than they’re willing... (Continue reading)