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Lawmakers cash in on three-day weekends

Lawmakers in Sacramento officially convened for less than half an hour on Friday — just long enough to legally entitle the 80 members of the Assembly and the 40 members of the Senate $568 each. [Union-Tribune] What happened?  On top... (Continue reading)

PG&E wants to pass San Bruno costs off to customers

Last year’s fatal pipeline blast in San Bruno is costing more than PG&E expected and the utility may ask customers to help foot the bill. [SF Chronicle] PG&E officials said Thursday that the costs for dealing with the Sept. 9... (Continue reading)

The Big Laugh in Atascadero, event photos

It was another night of outrageous comedy and unique audience participation at the Big Laugh Comedy show last Saturday night. The show’s producer and local comedian Lizette Mizelle brought a group of outrageous and fabulous comedians to Atascadero’s Lake Pavilion.... (Continue reading)

Cayucos and Morro Bay balk on hiring lobbyist long-term

The Morro Bay City Council and Cayucos Sanitary District board have been brimming with confidence over the past year or so that its proposed new wastewater treatment plant, scheduled to cost untold millions and certain to saddle ratepayers with significant... (Continue reading)

Jan Marx wants seat on Coastal Commission

Jan Marx, who just took office as mayor of San Luis Obispo, following a narrow election victory in November, has decided to seek a seat on the California Coastal Commission. [Tribune] The mayor’s surprise announcement on Tuesday puts her in... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo City Council battling over binding arbitration

After a contentious debate, San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to call for a special council meeting next week to discuss repealing or revising binding arbitration and pensions for public safety employees. Next Tuesday, the council is slated... (Continue reading)

LA county worker found dead at desk — one day later

A Los Angeles County worker died in her cubicle on Friday, but her body wasn’t discovered until Saturday afternoon. [KTLA] Rebecca Wells, 51, was found slumped over her desk in the county Department of Internal Services in Downey by a... (Continue reading)

Steven Smith not guilty of attempted murder

A jury found Steven Smith, the man on trial for shooting a pregnant woman in Paso Robles, guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter on Monday afternoon. The jury found Smith not guilty of attempted murder, attempted murder of a fetus and... (Continue reading)

California scores high on new misery index

Times are tough in California, but are they miserable? According to a new survey, the answer may be a resounding “Yes.” [BBC] Four California cities are ranked in the top five, according to the latest America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities... (Continue reading)

Guantanamo detainees to Berkeley?

The Berkeley City Council is set to vote this week on a recommendation from its Peace and Justice Commission that allows one or two “cleared” Guantanamo Bay detainees to resettle in the Bay Area town. [SF Chronicle] Peace and Justice... (Continue reading)