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The battle over the California state rock

One would think during a state budget crisis that more serious matters would be discussed in Sacramento, but a bill has been introduced calling for serpentine to be replaced as California’s official state rock. [NY Times] State Senator Gloria Romero... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger approval rating hits bottom

A new Field Poll reveals that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating has dropped to a record low–now tying him with Gray Davis, the man he replaced. [Sacramento Bee] Only 22 percent of Californians approve of the way the governor is... (Continue reading)

Will Neverland become a California state park?

When the idea was first proposed, it was shot down, but once again, there is serious talk of converting Neverland into a California state park. [Sacramento Bee] The Santa Barbara County estate of the late pop singer Michael Jackson is... (Continue reading)

Los Osos teen suffers medical complications after transplant

Holly Navolt, the 18-year-old lung transplant recovery patient, is back home with her family in Los Osos Monday after suffering several recent medical setbacks. Late last month, the teenager began having lung rejection problems, which led her to go into... (Continue reading)

Police and fire attack new budget task force

San Luis Obispo Firefighters Association and the San Luis Obispo Police Association are withdrawing their support for a new behind-closed-doors budget task force recently assembled by City Manager Katie Lichtig because of allegations of elitism. In an email sent out... (Continue reading)

Dispatches: Postcard from Arizona

By DAVID CONGALTON Greetings from the Grand Canyon State, where I have been holed up since Friday. Here until Monday morning. Four days isn’t much of a vacation, but I prefer to be away from home for only short spurts at a... (Continue reading)

Opposition to marijuana legalization increases

More voters who intend to vote in November now oppose Proposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, by a slight margin. [LA Times] A new statewide survey now shows 48 percent of Californians oppose Proposition 19, while 44... (Continue reading)

Poll: Newsom has 9-point lead over Maldonado

A new Field Poll shows that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom currently enjoys a 9-point lead over former state Senator Abel Maldonado in the race for lieutenant governor. [San Francisco Chronicle] The poll shows Newsom leading Maldonado, who was appointed... (Continue reading)

Scientists sent to help clean up oil spill to get minimum wage

A dozen California scientists currently working on the major BP oil spill in the Gulf are scheduled to have their pay slashed to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour by order of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [Capitol Weekly] The... (Continue reading)

Spotlight: What’s happening this weekend

After the all-day barbecues, fireworks and festivities of Fourth of July weekend, it’s time to relax a little bit and get back into the swing of a more relaxing weekend. The different events being held on the Central Coast in... (Continue reading)



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