California’s ‘whale’s tail’ license plate gets remake

One of California’s most popular specialized license plates, the “whale tail,” got a makeover recently as a result of a legal battle between the California Coastal Commission and artist Robert Wyland. [San Francisco Chronicle] The commission unveiled the redesign Tuesday,... (Continue reading)

State agencies risk losing federal stimulus funds

Some state agencies risk losing more than $250 million in federal stimulus funds that would benefit low-income households and provide retrofits on residential, commercial and government properties. [Sacramento Bee] If the money isn’t spent by next spring, the federal government... (Continue reading)

Rep. Lois Capps will run for re-election in new 24th District

Eight-term incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat, announced Friday that she will run for re-election in the newly configured 24th Congressional District. [Santa Maria Times] Capps has represented the 23rd District, which was redrawn recently by the Citizens Redistricting Commission based on 2010 Census... (Continue reading)

CHP officer warned prior to fatal crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Prior to the traffic accident that killed California Highway Patrol Officer Bret Oswald outside Paso Robles, a driver stopped to warn the officer that cars coming around a bend had an obstructed view of him. Testifying in... (Continue reading)

Kid Rock shows musical chops at fair gig

By COLIN JONES If someone said I could be any rock star I wanted, I would probably take Sammy Hagar. After attending Wednesday’s Kid Rock concert at the California Mid-State Fair, I may have to reconsider. The Kidster, born Robert... (Continue reading)

What next for Los Osos?

OPINION By JOE SPARKS With the decision of Judge Robin Riblet to accept the Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) Chapter 9 (Bankruptcy) Plan of Debt Adjustment, the five-year odyssey of the LOCSD through local, state, and federal courts is... (Continue reading)

Reminder: Ramos memorial service set for Saturday

A public memorial service to honor journalist and Cal Poly professor  George Ramos has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6 in Morro Bay. Ramos, 63, died last month after suffering a heart attack in his Morro Bay home. Friends, students,... (Continue reading)

Man attempts to lure Atascadero children into van

Local law enforcement officers are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to lure four Atascadero children into a van on Monday morning by offering them a ride. Sporting a long grey beard and driving a red Volkswagen van with... (Continue reading)

County official admits to manipulating air quality forecasts

Manipulations of air quality forecasts in the south San Luis Obispo County region caused as many as 100 days to be given “yellow,” moderate alert, rather than “green,” safe air quality, status. An official at a San Luis Obispo County Air... (Continue reading)

Maricopa traffic cops will back off of motorists

Motorists driving through Maricopa can breathe a little easier now that the police department has revamped its policy for citing traffic violations. The town of 1,200 in western Kern County had turned into a trap of sorts where in the... (Continue reading)