Daily Briefs

No Food 4 Less for Arroyo Grande

Food 4 Less is no longer a proposed tenant for a planned project at East Grand Avenue and South Court Street in Arroyo Grande. [Tribune] Local residents signed petitions opposing the discount grocery store and voiced their opposition to the... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man found guilty of attempted murder

A jury found an Atascadero man guilty of attempted murder on Tuesday for the slashing of a man’s throat at Mr. Rick’s bar in Avila Beach in February. Michael Simmons, 43, began arguing with David Stratton at the local night... (Continue reading)

Reiss appointed to Coastal Commission (for now)

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has selected former Pismo Beach mayor Mary Ann Reiss to serve on the California Coastal Commission. [KSBY] Reiss, who was elected to a new term on the Pismo Beach City Council last month, will replace Katcho Achadjian,... (Continue reading)

Wacky Quaids make the pages of Vanity Fair

Randy and Evi Quaid, who skipped out on a Santa Barbara court appearance last summer and fled to Canada, convinced that “Star Whackers” are out to get them, have been officially dubbed “Hollywood’s Craziest Couple.” [Vanity Fair] The veteran actor... (Continue reading)

AT&T rated worst by consumers for cell service

Consumers have decided that AT&T provides the worst cell phone service in the country. [LA Times] A new study by Consumer Reports finds that AT&T ranked behind first-place U.S. Cellular. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile also scored higher than the exclusive... (Continue reading)

Opponents and proponents of gay marriage argue in federal court

As a gaggle of noisy protesters shouted through bullhorns and brandished signs outside, lawyers for the backers and opponents of the initiative to ban gay marriage made their case inside a federal appeals courthouse Monday. [CaliforniaWatch] The 2 1/2-hour hearing... (Continue reading)

Violent weekend in Santa Maria leaves one dead

Two shootings and one stabbing have left one dead and three injured in Santa Maria over the weekend. A man suffered gun shot injuries Friday night in a drive-by shooting near the corner of Stowell Road and Western Avenue just... (Continue reading)

State lawmakers want to keep their cars (the ones you pay for)

California remains the only state in the nation to provide vehicles to its rank-and-file lawmakers for unlimited use and it’s a policy not likely to change in the near future. [AP] The state purchases cars for lawmakers like Sam Blakeslee... (Continue reading)

Mercury might cause homosexual behavior in birds

Mercury poison is being blamed for causing some male birds to display homosexual behavior. [NatureNews] American white ibises exposed to mercury are more likely to engage in same-sex pairings than unexposed American white ibises. Peter Frederick, an ecologist at the... (Continue reading)

Gun involved in Highway 58 murder-suicide

The two bodies found in a vehicle off Highway 58 south of Creston died in a murder-suicide on Wednesday morning. The victims, Stephanie Rodriguez, 19, of Templeton and Hugo Castillo, 22, of Atascadero, were found in a car that went... (Continue reading)