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Federal investigation into Atascadero shifts into high gear

Federal agents from several agencies including the FBI and FEMA were in the city of Atascadero a few weeks ago asking questions about the Printery – the city’s former youth center - and searching through records related to the alleged... (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)

Mr. Rick’s bikini contest, event photos

Contestants and the crowd alike were in for a hot time at Mr. Rick's fourth Annual Bikini Contest. Packed to the overflow with energy, cocktails, a thumping beat, and -- of course -- heel and string-clad contestants, the show made... (Continue reading)

IRS files lien against Maldonado for $100,000

The Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against property owned by Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and his family earlier this year, claiming the Santa Maria Republican owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes. [LA Times] It is the... (Continue reading)

Media asks: Where’s Sam Blakeslee?

The League of Women Voters is scheduled to host a debate Monday night at Cuesta College. All four candidates in the special state Senate election have been invited to participate. So far, only three are confirmed: Democrat John Laird, Independent... (Continue reading)

Is there fair justice?

He was convicted of felony manslaughter and drug possession, but he never spent a day in jail. In fact, he was permitted to leave the country to vacation in Europe while on unsupervised probation. Rubin family members are upset that Alex... (Continue reading)

One in three California teens can’t find a job

Consider it a new form of teenage angst: 34.5 percent of young workers in California were out of a job in June. [California Watch] Teens in California are having a tougher time than other teens around the country, where unemployment... (Continue reading)

Ashburn calls on Republicans to support gays

State Sen. Roy Ashburn, the conservative firebrand who recently admitted he was gay, is calling on fellow Republicans to wholeheartedly support civil rights for gays and lesbians. [San Francisco Chronicle] Ashburn made the call in an essay published on a... (Continue reading)

Madonna versus Lady Gaga, event photos

The dress code for one of the hottest parties of the year—Lady Gaga versus Madonna at the Native Lounge—said leave the jeans at home and throw on a corset instead. While the DJ played Madonna and Lady Gaga’s biggest hits,... (Continue reading)

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