Daily Briefs

Governor to motorists: Drive carefully

Five California Highway patrol officers have died in the line of duty during the last two months, including three who were hit and killed by motorists on freeway or highway shoulders. The back-to-back deaths of two officers on Sunday, including... (Continue reading)

CHP officer killed in Paso Robles

A California Highway Patrol officer was struck by a motorist at Spanish Camp and River Roads in Paso Robles around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to the CHP, a woman driving a Toyota Corolla turned a corner at high speed... (Continue reading)

San Francisco requires posting of cell phone emission levels

San Francisco once again serves as the trend setter by becoming the first U.S. city to require retailers to post notices detailing the amount of radiation emitted by the cell phones they sell. [San Francisco Chronicle] The Board of Supervisors... (Continue reading)

Who will be the new county sheriff?

An impressive primary performance by Ian Parkinson underscores the challenge facing runner-up Joe Cortez as the two face off in the general election to decide who will be the next San Luis Obispo County Sheriff. [Tribune] Parkinson, a San Luis... (Continue reading)

Nitrate contamination widespread on Central Coast farms

Thousands of farm owners up and down the Central Coast have wells that have been affected by nitrates due to heavy fertilizer use. [Mercury News] Scientists believe that fertilizers are the leading cause of nitrate pollution in California groundwater. The... (Continue reading)

Couple detained over questions about kidnapping and prostitution

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating allegations of kidnapping and prostitution involving a teenage girl from Santa Barbara. Deputies pulled over a white Cadillac on Highway 1 in Morro Bay Friday afternoon and questioned two women and one... (Continue reading)

Ten initiatives makes the November ballot

Ten statewide measures have officially qualified for California’s November election. [Capitol Weekly] The deadline was Thursday and more than half of the ballot measures, requiring sufficient signatures from voters, qualified at the last minute. Get ready to rumble, experts warn.... (Continue reading)

Kathy Smith attempts return to San Luis city council

A former San Luis Obispo city councilwoman who resigned from office in 1998 to move out of state, has decided to seek her old spot in November. Kathy Springer Smith filed a Candidate Intention Statement with city officials this week.... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly names interim engineering dean

Mohammad Noori will step down as dean of the engineering college on June 30 and Erling Smith, the vice provost for programs and planning, will assume the duties of the dean until a new dean is found, according to an... (Continue reading)

Welfare recipients access ATM machines (in casinos)

A new statewide review has discovered that California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half the casinos in California. [LA Times] An investigation by the Los Angeles Times... (Continue reading)