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Murdered Santa Maria man owed drug taxes

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury transcripts suggest that a Santa Maria gang brutally murdered and tortured 28-year-old Anthony Ibarra over a drug tax debt. [KEYT] Gang members tortured and killed Ibarra on March 17 at a residence on West Donovan... (Continue reading)

Gov. Brown signs business incentive bill

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Thursday revamping an economic program in an effort to encourage manufacturing and job growth in California. [MercuryNews] Brown initially objected to continuing the business incentives calling the program outdated and inefficient but later compromise... (Continue reading)

Solar homes in state multiplying

Home solar systems were installed by California homeowners at a record rate last year, with the equipment generating a total of 391 megawatts of electricity, according to data released by the government. (San Francisco Chronicle) A rebate program for solar... (Continue reading)

Men’s Colony inmates join statewide hunger strike

Inmates at the California Men’s Colony have joined a statewide hunger strike over the treatment of prisoners, just as state officials are trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that prison conditions have improved. The California Department of Corrections and... (Continue reading)

Republican gubernatorial candidate brings his roadshow to Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Most observers of California politics expect Governor Jerry Brown to remain in office for yet another term. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly does not. Though Donnelly is most known for bringing a loaded gun into an airport and... (Continue reading)

Twin Maras born at the Atascadero Zoo

The Charles Paddock Zoo announced the unexpected birth of twin baby Maras on July 6. Maras, or Patagonian Cavies, are small rodents native to South America. The twin’s birth came as a complete surprise to staff who had not noticed... (Continue reading)

FEMA disallows $2.7 million in Atascadero relief funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is asking the city of Atascadero to return $2.7 million in funding it received illicitly following the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake. In April 2012, nearly eight years after the San Simeon Earthquake damaged the... (Continue reading)

Man who drove off Pismo Beach cliff identified

Pismo Beach police have identified a man who died Tuesday evening after driving off a cliff as 33-year-old Sean Ramirez of Los Osos. Ramirez drove his white truck off a cliff just south of the Best Western Shelter Cove Hotel... (Continue reading)

CalPERS halts release of pension database

Two days after announcing its plan to unveil a public database containing pension information for all retirees in its system, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System chose to delay the creation of the database. [Sacramento Bee] CalPERS said Wednesday that... (Continue reading)

Bankrupt California city to vote on sales tax hike

The city of Stockton, which last year became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, will vote on whether or not to raise taxes to help ease its financial troubles. [News10] The Stockton City Council voted Tuesday night to... (Continue reading)