State officials ready Obamacare

California’s newly-formed “health exchange” has been approved by the Obama administration and becomes the 19th such program nationally to gain endorsement from the federal government. (Sacramento Bee) “Covered California” will provide subsidized coverage for hundreds of thousands of state residents... (Continue reading)

Homeless protection bill launched

A bill designed to protect “some of society’s most vulnerable members” has been introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Ammiano calls his prospective legislation AB5 “The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act” and sets out to build... (Continue reading)

Arnold appoints planning commissioner and aide

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor-elect Debbie Arnold has appointed her representative on the Planning Commission and her legislative aide. [Tribune] Arnold, who will be sworn in on January 7, named North County real estate broker Don Campbell to the Planning... (Continue reading)

Obama eases immigrants’ residency rule

Illegal immigrants with immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens can be fast-tracked to permanent residency under a rule issued Wednesday by the Obama Administration. (Los Angeles Times) The executive action by the Department of Homeland Security will affect about 10... (Continue reading)

Plane crashes into the Oceano Dunes, one dead

A small plane crashed into the Oceano Dunes on Wednesday at about 4:20 p.m. [KSBY] The pilot, the only person aboard, died in the crash. The San Luis Obispo County Coroner is on the scene. CalCoastNews will provide more information... (Continue reading)

Ty Hill pleads guilty to murder, no death penalty

Ty Hill pled guilty to participating in the murder of Dystiny Myers on Wednesday in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. Hill was facing the death penalty while his four co-defendants are facing murder charges in the... (Continue reading)

Movie review: Silver Linings Playbook

By MIRANDA FORESMAN I honestly can’t remember the last time I sat around waiting for a movie to hit a theater near me. Silver Linings Playbook looked like my kind of story as soon as I read about it last... (Continue reading)

Naked man in San Jose wields gun and sword on New Year’s Day

Police arrested a naked man in San Jose carrying a samurai-like sword and a loaded assault rifle on New Year’s Day. [Mercury News] “This could have gone really bad,” San Jose police spokesman told the Mercury News. “Things could have... (Continue reading)

Newspapers shrink, one expands

While most newspapers throughout the state are shrinking, one California newspaper owner has chosen to increase quality and content. [Huffington Post] The Orange County Register has increased its community news section nearly five-fold, added more investigative reporting and about 75... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly float wins humor prize in Rose Parade

The Cal Poly rose float won the Bob Hope Humor Trophy Tuesday for the most comical entry into the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade. [KCOY] Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Pamona’s joint effort float, “Tuxedo Air” consisted of penguins... (Continue reading)