Daily Briefs


Meet the “Million dollar tortoises”

A northern California energy company will pay $25 million to relocate 25 threatened desert tortoises who live on the site of a proposed massive  solar power plant in rural San Bernadino County. The move by Oakland-based BrightSource Energy, as reported... (Continue reading)

Arnold seeks help from feds

Faced with a $21 billion budget deficit, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning to Washington for help. However, the governor, according to published reports, isn’t seeking more stimulus money or a bailout. Instead, Schwarzenegger is expected to ask President Obama to... (Continue reading)

Here comes Restaurant Month

SLO County restaurants are gearing up for January and the annual Restaurant Month celebration. Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle gave the event some nice regional coverage in their Travel section. Designed to keep business hopping in the traditionally slow post-holiday period,... (Continue reading)

Kevin McCarthy, Republican recruiter

As some aging Republicans have become entirely too divisive, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has managed to get broad support from a party hoping for a big win in 2010. [Miami Herald] McCarthy, chosen by Congressional insiders as the Republican member... (Continue reading)

Warm holiday wishes from CalCoastNews

We’d like to take a moment to thank you, our readers. We’re here because of your interest in our community- the people and places that make it such a unique place to live. We have much to celebrate as 2009... (Continue reading)

13 hours a week now average for Net users

A new study shows that the average person is now spending around 13 hours a week on the Internet, including email. This week’s Harris Poll found that 80 percent of all Americans currently go online, either through work or the... (Continue reading)

“Red Sharpie” bank robber arrested

Law enforcement officials today announced the arrest of a man alleged to be the “Red Sharpie” bank robber, suspected in a string of bank robberies on the Central Coast and in southern California. Anthony William Frisco, 44, who recently resided... (Continue reading)

De Vaul vs. Gibson on KGO radio

Controversial San Luis Obispo rancher Dan De Vaul and Bruce Gibson, chair of the SLO County Board of Supervisors, made separate call-in appearances Monday night on the Gene Burns radio show. Burns, who hosts a weeknight talk show on KGO... (Continue reading)

Small-business bankruptcies rise 81 percent

More grim economic news for the Golden State: The L.A. Times reports that small-business bankruptcies in California are up 81 percent for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, compared with the previous year. That compares to 44 percent for filings... (Continue reading)

A constitutional convention?

Next November’s ballot could be brimming with various propositions. There’s already talk of voters being asked to decide legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Now add a possible call for a statewide constitutional convention in Sacramento to the growing list.... (Continue reading)