Cal Poly names new president

Cal Poly has selected a new president after finishing a second national search. In a statement released Wednesday morning by the university, officials announced that Jeffrey Armstrong, currently dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State... (Continue reading)

California: Who will teach our children?

During the last seven years, the number of Californians becoming teachers has dropped 45 percent, even as student enrollments are expected to rise by 230,000 over the next decade and another 100,000 teachers are expected to retire. [California Watch] Teaching,... (Continue reading)

Gearhart’s casino – the final gamble

Amidst assurances that then President George W. Bush was poised to sign off on the first step towards the development of an Indian owned casino in Paso Robles, the Salinan Indian Tribal Council entered into an agreement with four venture... (Continue reading)

Christiansen drops bid for San Luis Obispo council seat

City Hall sources tell CalCoastNews that Carlyn Christiansen has decided not to apply for the open seat on the San Luis Obispo City Council. Christiansen, currently serving as a county planning commissioner appointed by Supervisor Adam Hill, made her decision known... (Continue reading)

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)

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)

Unplug Wikileaks? Enact a federal Shield Law instead

OPINION BY PETER SCHEER — The Obama administration has made no secret of its desire to unplug Wikileaks, the whistleblower website infamous for data dumps of classified records. Of the few options available to the government, the best is one... (Continue reading)