Daily Briefs

Settle settles the question: He’s not running

San Luis Obispo city councilman and Arroyo Grande resident Allen Settle has decided not to run for mayor in November. [E-Insider] Settle, who has served on the council in some capacity for 30 years, instead announced his intention to endorse... (Continue reading)

Community colleges hit by stalled budget

California is the only state to not pass a budget this year and, starting Thursday, the state community college system is scheduled to be the latest victim. [California Watch] Without a signed budget, state Controller John Chiang said his office... (Continue reading)

Battle over air quality and the dunes headed to the Board of Supervisors

San Luis Obispo County moves forward with plans to improve air quality on the Nipomo mesa by approving an agreement with the State Parks earlier today. [KSBY] The agreement creates a technical committee and a management oversight committee. Both are... (Continue reading)

Charges dropped against man charged with manslaughter

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney dropped charges of manslaughter against John Norris, the San Miguel man accused of shooting his wife in July 2009. [KSBY] Officials charged Norris with involuntary manslaughter in Tasha Norris’ death last July. Last... (Continue reading)

Fires rip through Kern County

Two fast-moving wildfires in Kern County Tuesday destroyed more than 30 homes and threatened an additional 150 structures about ten miles southeast of Tehachapi. [Los Angeles Times] About 200 firefighters were called out Tuesday afternoon to battle the West fire... (Continue reading)

California emergency room wait now four hours and 34 minutes

Visiting a California hospital emergency room last year meant waiting an average of four hours and 34 minutes–two minutes longer than in 2008 and 27 minutes longer than the national average. [California Watch] California ranks 40th in the U.S. for... (Continue reading)

Maldonado pays off $100,000 tax lien

Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado’s family business in Santa Maria paid $111,146 in back taxes Monday, following press reports of tax liens against the Central Coast Republican who is running for re-election. [LA Times] Maldonado’s campaign manager released a copy of... (Continue reading)

Cong. Kevin McCarthy tagged “Instant GOP Star”

Cong. Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes much of San Luis Obispo County, continues to enjoy a high media profile in Washington, D.C. The conservative Republican was just tagged an “Instant GOP Star” and made the list of “50 Politicians to... (Continue reading)

San Francisco considers banning pet sales

City officials are currently considering a proposal that would ban the sale of almost all pets in San Francisco. [LA Times] In the beginning, the regulation was meant to apply only to cats and dogs, as a means of discouraging... (Continue reading)

California law helps whooping cough spread

The recent rash in cases of whooping cough in California underscores some legal loopholes that experts say are helping the disease to spread. [California Watch] California is currently one of eleven states that do not require school children to get... (Continue reading)