Daily Briefs

Dumb criminal of the week

We love this story out of Watsonville about the guy who threatened to get more bang for his buck out of a local bank. [Santa Cruz Sentinel] Mark Smith, 59, was arrested last week, after walking into a Watsonville bank,... (Continue reading)

Ed Arnold waives preliminary hearing

Former Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold, facing multiple criminal charges involving domestic violence and assault, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, clearing the way for a criminal trial. [Tribune] Arnold, 45, faces five charges, including domestic violence... (Continue reading)

Mobile marijuana distributor arrested

Grover Beach Police arrested a Pismo Beach man for selling marijuana out of an illegal mobile marijuana dispensary on Sept. 12. At approximately 3:20 p.m., someone reported a man was selling marijuana out of a van on the 100 block... (Continue reading)

PG&E ordered to inspect all natural gas lines

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced Sunday that PG&E has been ordered to inspect its entire natural gas system in response to last Thursday’s explosion in San Bruno. [NBC News] CPUC President Michael Peevey said in the Sunday afternoon... (Continue reading)

KCBX gets $60,000 grant to boost HD signal

KCBX, San Luis Obispo County’s public radio station, is receiving a $60,000 federal grant through the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB) to improve the station’s digital signal. Cong. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) made the announcement Friday. Her office helped secure... (Continue reading)

Reporter admits mistake about Brown and taxes

The former CNN reporter who said ex-Gov. Jerry Brown’s eight years as governor resulted in higher taxes now admits he made a mistake in his original 1992 article. [MercuryNews] Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman is running TV ads that... (Continue reading)

Maldonado takes charge in San Bruno

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is off to Asia on a trade mission, so the responsibility for coordinating the government’s response to Thursday’s gas pipe explosion in San Bruno has fallen squarely on the shoulders of Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado. [LA Times]... (Continue reading)

Fire raises questions about transmission line safety

As investigators search for clues to Thursday night’s devastating San Bruno fire, questions are being raised about the safety of natural gas transmission lines maintained by PG&E. [LA Times] Four people were killed, dozens were injured, and 37 homes were... (Continue reading)

Final cost of special election: $750,000

The special state Senate elections from last June and August will end up costing San Luis Obispo County $750,000. [Tribune] County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald says the cost of the election to replace Abel Maldonado does not include the four other... (Continue reading)

This week’s dumbest criminal

This weeks dumbest offender award goes to a man who was arrested for attempting to sneak some marijuana through security at the Hart Senate Office Building. [Politico] Marcus Stanley, an economic adviser to Sen. Barbara Boxer, had worked on the... (Continue reading)