Small-business bankruptcies rise 81 percent

More grim economic news for the Golden State: The L.A. Times reports that small-business bankruptcies in California are up 81 percent for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, compared with the previous year. That compares to 44 percent for filings... (Continue reading)

A constitutional convention?

Next November’s ballot could be brimming with various propositions. There’s already talk of voters being asked to decide legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Now add a possible call for a statewide constitutional convention in Sacramento to the growing list.... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger awards Nipomo man Medal of Valor

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presented a Nipomo man with the Silver Medal of Valor on Dec. 10 for his heroic acts in protecting fellow motorists and helping to save the life of a Fish and Game employee. [Noozhawk] On June 9,... (Continue reading)

Man runs into traffic and is killed

A pedestrian who ran into traffic was hit and killed by an SUV on U.S. Highway 101 near Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. [KSBY] Reacting to a verbal altercation among passengers... (Continue reading)

When the Tribune gets it wrong

By JOHN SALISBURY “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” as penned by Mark Twain, seems an appropriate reply to the Tribune’s unfortunate and erroneous “Big Buzz” article from December 3. Our business has suffered greatly since The Tribune... (Continue reading)

Expect court delays due to budget woes

California budget woes are likely to be felt throughout the state trial court system, threatening hundreds of legal jobs and bringing the judicial process to a crawl. Cash-strapped Sacramento cut almost $400 million from the judicial budget and California courts... (Continue reading)

Federal agents bust human smuggling ring

Two Paso Robles women successfully relayed information through the Paso Robles Police that helped bust a human smuggling ring. [KSBY] The women’s boyfriends paid human smugglers to bring them to the United States from Mexico. The smugglers brought the men... (Continue reading)

PG&E rescues 2-1-1 Hotline

CalCoastNews has learned that PG&E is stepping in with an emergency grant of $20,000 to keep the countywide 2-1-1 call system in business at least through June 1, 2010. Expect the official announcement to be made early next week. The... (Continue reading)

Hearst Castle to introduce self-guided tour

Hearst Castle officials have announced a new self-guided tour of castle grounds, designed to allow visitors to explore the estate’s fabled gardens and Neptune Pool at their own pace. Starting in mid-March, special sunset tours will be introduced on Friday... (Continue reading)

Best man rigs newlyweds’ bed to tweet during sex

We’re sorry, but this is just too good not to share with you. This could be the best practical joke ever played on a newlywed couple. The Washington Post offers the deliciously wicked tale of the British best man who rigged... (Continue reading)