Daily Briefs


ECOSLO official charged with embezzlement

The executive director of ECOSLO, a prominent Central Coast environmental group, is being charged with embezzlement. [New Times] Morgan Rafferty, who has served as executive director of ECOSLO since 2006, is alleged to have embezzled more than $33,000 as the... (Continue reading)

George Carpenter’s dog found alive near Gorda

The dog of missing San Luis Obispo man George Carpenter has been found. Scooter was found alive, near Gorda, on Highway 1 in Monterey County. Law enforcement officials are now concentrating their search for Carpenter in that area, despite heavy... (Continue reading)

Ed Arnold charged with one-two-three-four-five felony counts

The District Attorney’s office announced five felony counts Thursday against Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold. [KSBY] Arnold now faces criminal charges, including: First-degree residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal punishment on a spouse or cohabitant, criminal... (Continue reading)

Air America declares bankruptcy

Liberal talk radio network Air America, carried locally by KYNS 1340 AM, has ceased live programming and will soon file for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy. [Air America] The decision, effective immediately, was announced Thursday by Charlie Kireker, chairman of the... (Continue reading)

State of emergency throughout California

As heavy rain continues to thunder across California, Acting Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in five separate counties on Thursday, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange. Brown assumed authority with Gov. Schwarzenegger currently in Washington, D.C.... (Continue reading)

Rain. And more rain

Heavy rains, combined with rolling thunder and hail, continue to pound away on the Central Coast. PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey says steady rain will continue Thursday with another 2 to 3 inches of rain expected. A fourth storm front is... (Continue reading)

Insurance measure qualifies for June ballot

A controversial automobile insurance initiative officially qualified for the June ballot Wednesday, but the debate has already begun about whether it harms, or helps, consumers. [San Francisco Chronicle] The measure allows insurance companies to base their rates partly on a... (Continue reading)

Obama ratings drop in California

More bad news for President Barack Obama: His approval rating in California has dropped as voters become increasingly skeptical of his proposed health care reforms. [San Francisco Chronicle] A new statewide Field Poll shows that 56 percent of Californians support... (Continue reading)

Republicans target Senator Barbara Boxer next

Tuesday’s upset victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race reverberated all the way to California, as gleeful GOP members vowed that Senator Barbara Boxer is next. [San Francisco Chronicle] Boxer, seeking her fourth term in the U.S. Senate... (Continue reading)

Supreme Court blocks early release of prisoners

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked an attempt to allow the early release of 40,000 prisoners in California. [Los Angeles Times] The early release is being advocated as a way to reduce prison overcrowding in California. However, the Supreme Court decided... (Continue reading)