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  • Some locals turn to public transportation amid gas price hike

    October 8, 2012 9:34 PM

    The high cost of gas prompted people to change their driving habits. From carpooling, to riding the bus, some people are doing whatever they can do to avoid spending money at the pump. Santa Maria Transit said, so far, they haven't seen any big increase in their numbers... more »
  • Santa Maria High School awarded check for literacy program

    September 10, 2012 10:12 PM

    Santa Maria High School was given a big check Monday to help improve student literacy. United Way and PG&E handed over a $7,500 check which will go to the school's "Power Reading" program. KSBY visited a freshman class Monday, where the majority of students read at a fourth... more »
  • Santa Barbara man arrested in connection with the death of Allison Meadows

    June 11, 2012 7:20 PM

    The Santa Barbara District Attorney will decide Tuesday what charges will be filed against 28 year-old L. Tyrone Richardson of Santa Barbara. Richardson was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of Allison Meadows, also of Santa Barbara, who was killed last week in Montecito. 26 year-old... more »
  • CHP reminds drivers and motorcyclists about road safety

    May 8, 2012 10:31 PM

    A Paso Robles motorcyclist died Tuesday, after a crash early morning. The California Highway Patrol said the motorcyclist and a Honda sedan collided. It happened on State Route 229, near Route 58. The CHP said it appears the motorcyclist came out of a turn too wide, and may have... more »
  • Central Coast fire officials prepare for a busy fire season

    May 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    As fire officials throughout the Central Coast prepare for an active fire season, the extended runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport will be getting a lot of use this summer. About 1,700 feet were added to the already 6,700 feet runway. Tanker planes will be flown in during... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    March 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast. The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
  • Strawberry growers ahead of the game this season

    March 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Strawberry season doesn't officially start on the Central Coast until spring. But some growers are getting ahead of the game. According to the California Strawberry Commission, California produces almost 90% of the nation's strawberries. About 25% of the strawberries in California are grown in Santa Maria. Strawberry picking... more »
  • California Community College Fee Waiver recipients on the rise

    February 27, 2012 9:07 PM

    According to California Community College Chancellor, Jack Scott, more students are receiving fee waivers this year. The state-issued fee waivers helps qualified low-income students pay tuition. Since more students are receiving them, the 112-campus system faces a $149 million deficit. This is on top of an already $400 million... more »
  • Road leading to Guadalupe Dunes now open

    February 22, 2012 10:10 PM

    If you want to take advantage of the nice beach weather, the road to the Guadalupe Dunes is finally open again. The road collapsed last March because of heavy flooding. Visitors had to walk a mile to get to the dunes. People who live in Guadalupe and beachgoers... more »
  • Much needed rain causes inconvenience for locals

    January 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    The much needed rain storm has come and gone. It was a short stay for the first rainfall of the new year, but it was just enough for Central Coast residents. According to Santa Maria city officials, there were no problems on the roads. The California Highway Patrol said... more »
  • DA urges lawmakers to close rape law loophole

    August 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    The Santa Barbara County District Attorney is fighting to close a loophole in state law that allows some rapists to get away. The legislation would make it rape for a man to have sex with a woman by impersonating her boyfriend. The current law only makes it a crime... more »
  • Senate leader ponders budget cuts to GOP districts

    April 27, 2011 7:15 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate says he is interested in the possibility of targeting Republican districts for budget cuts if GOP lawmakers continue their refusal to let Californians vote on tax extensions. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday told reporters he has... more »
  • Mixed reaction to proposed state soda tax

    April 26, 2011 1:53 AM

    A proposed state tax could make you think twice before reaching for that sugary drink. If passed, the new soda tax would add a penny per fluid ounce on sweetened beverages. That's 12 cents on an average can of soda. The tax would raise an estimated $1.7 billion statewide... more »
  • Calif. DMV unveils new Android app

    March 23, 2011 1:28 PM

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles launches a new smartphone application. Wednesday, the DMV unveiled the new Android app called "DMV NOW." The department says the application will allow folks to find local offices, check on wait times, get directions to an office, take sample written driving tests and... more »
  • California getting rid of 100 watt light bulbs

    March 3, 2011 10:26 PM

    California is the first state in the nation to begin phasing out standard 100 watt light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient ones. The new rules are part of a nationwide effort to become more environmentally friendly. New incandescent bulbs use less energy, but burn just as brightly.... more »
  • California phasing out 100 watt light bulbs

    March 3, 2011 12:52 PM

    California is phasing out 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy- efficient bulbs that produce the same amount of light. A federal mandate passed in 2007 requires all states to start changing over on January 2012, but Congress gave California permission to start early. The California Energy... more »
  • Cal snaps losing streak, stuns UCLA 76-72 in OT

    February 21, 2011 12:33 AM

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Jorge Gutierrez scored 34 points, Markhuri Sanders-Frison had 12 points and California held on to beat UCLA 76-72 in overtime Sunday night to snap a four-game losing streak in thrilling fashion. The Bears blew a 12-point lead and overcame Malcolm Lee's stunning buzzer-beater at the end of... more »
  • Jones' 22 points guide USC past California 78-75

    February 18, 2011 1:17 AM

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Maurice Jones scored 22 points, all in the second half after being coming off the bench for the first time this season, and Southern California beat California 78-75 on Thursday night. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Stepheson scored 10 to help USC... more »
  • Number of million-dollar homes sold in California up in 2010

    February 11, 2011 12:34 PM

    California sees its first gain in the number of million-dollar homes sold since 2005. According to real estate tracking firm DataQuick, overall California home sales declined last year. But, the number that sold for $1 million or more in 2010 rose for the first time in five years. ... more »
  • DMV driver license delays frustrating drivers

    January 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    It's been a long, rocky road for thousands of Californians who are still waiting to get their driver's license and they are tired of the delays. The DMV began issuing a newly-designed and more secure driver's license in October. The new cards have special security measures built in, designed... more »
  • Local diners weigh in on second phase of California's "Calorie Law"

    January 14, 2011 1:33 AM

    You will now notice more than just food items listed on the menu at your favorite chain restaurant. The "Calorie Law" took effect in July of 2009. It required any California restaurant with more than 20 outlets to have calorie information on its premises, not just on the company web... more »
  • Controversial pesticide approved in California

    December 1, 2010 9:41 PM

    After months of debate, California regulators have approved a controversial pesticide for fruit and vegetable growers. Methyl iodide faced heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups. They said it could poison air and water. The new pesticide will replace methyl bromide, which is being phased out because it damages the... more »
  • Maldonado will sign order to protect California coast

    October 12, 2010 12:57 PM

    Safeguarding California's coastline from disastrous oil spills is the focus of an executive order Acting Governor Abel Maldonado will sign this morning in Goleta. The Executive Order will address the state's oil spill contingency plans and blow out prevention practices. Maldonado led the official state delegation to bring... more »
  • Special election has high stakes for California politics

    June 21, 2010 2:29 PM

    Voters will soon decide who should fill Abel Maldonado's 15th Senate seat. It's a hotly contested race between Republican Sam Blakeslee from San Luis Obispo and Democrat John Laird from Santa Cruz with a significant impact. A win for Laird would put the Democrats within one seat of having a... more »
  • Public meeting to discuss proposed PG&E rate increase

    June 14, 2010 6:28 PM

    The state Public Utilities Commission is inviting members of the community to weigh in on a proposed rate increase by PG&E. PG&E is proposing to increase some customers' rates at the beginning of 2011 in order to raise $1.1 billion dollars within the year. The meeting will be held... more »
  • CHP warns drivers of Memorial Day enforcement period

    May 26, 2010 11:55 AM

    Memorial Day travelers will be seeing an increased California Highway Patrol presence on the roadways. The CHP reminds all drivers to drive safely and buckle up this holiday weekend. This weekend is what the agency calls a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), meaning every available officer will be out on... more »
  • Governor reacts to latest unemployment numbers for California

    May 21, 2010 12:07 PM

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California has a long way to go before it can recover from the recession. That's the statement his office has released in response to the latest unemployment numbers, released Friday. It says the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.6 percent in April, but the... more »
  • California's unemployment rate remains unchanged at 12.6 percent

    May 21, 2010 11:52 AM

    California unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.6 percent for April. That's according to the latest figures from the California Employment Development Department. That state department says nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 14,200 last month. That means that California has gained some 56,400 jobs since the beginning of 2010. Still,... more »
  • Powering through Proposition 16

    May 18, 2010 9:25 PM

    Tonight, we're shedding some light on Proposition 16. It's a controversial proposition surrounding whether the public should decide if a city or county can enter the power business. If Prop 16 passes, it would require a two-thirds majority vote from the public before starting or expanding electric service. So... more »
  • Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown to speak at UCSB

    May 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    The only major Democratic primary candidate in the governor's race will speak this afternoon at UC Santa Barbara. Jerry Brown is California's Attorney General. He served as state governor from 1974-1982 and later as the mayor of Oakland. The UCSB Campus Democrats, a student group, is sponsoring the free... more »
  • Locals hold budget rally in San Luis Obispo

    May 14, 2010 2:46 AM

    California's budget woes are on the minds of people all across the state, including here at home. On the eve of Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget announcement, a dozen people rallied in San Luis Obispo outside of Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee's office. They want to encourage him to support getting rid... more »
  • Governor vetoes smoking ban at CA state parks

    May 4, 2010 2:21 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have banned smoking at all California state parks and beaches. The cigar smoking-governor said Monday that such a ban would be an improper intrusion of government into people's lives. He often invites state lawmakers into his smoking... more »
  • Award-winning storyteller will perform at Santa Maria library

    May 3, 2010 5:04 PM

    Award winning storyteller, Diane Ferlatte will perform on May 13 at the Santa Maria Public Library. An African-American storyteller from Oakland, California, Ferlatte has an extensive repertoire which includes fables, folktales, legends, ghost tales, historical tales and personal stories. Her first program, designed for students ages 14 and... more »
  • Federal gay marriage trial set to wrap up in June

    April 28, 2010 4:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal trial to determine if California's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution is scheduled to wrap up in June after a months-long hiatus. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday tentatively scheduled the closing arguments for June 16. After hearing more than... more »
  • High court denies quick ruling on Calif. furloughs

    April 22, 2010 4:54 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court is denying Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to speed up a final decision on whether the state can legally furlough more than 200,000 state employees. The one-sentence order rejected the governor's request that the high court combine seven appeals court lawsuits. ... more »
  • Fish and Game to vote Wednesday on bear hunting proposals

    April 20, 2010 2:08 AM

    The California Fish and Game Commission is expected to vote Wednesday on proposals that would dramatically expand bear hunting across the state. The California Fish and Game Department unveiled those proposals back in January. Among them, would be to expand bear hunting in San Luis Obispo County. Last... more »
  • Five local schools named on 2010 list of California Distinguished Schools

    April 19, 2010 1:45 PM

    Five Central Coast schools have been named on the 2010 list of California Distinguished Schools. The State Superintendent announced Monday that 484 state elementary schools have been selected for this year's list. Four Santa Barbara County schools and one San Luis Obispo County school have made this year's list.... more »
  • California jobless rate hits modern record at 12.6 percent

    April 16, 2010 11:56 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's unemployment rate hit a modern record of 12.6 percent in March, though it was up only a fraction over the previous month. The state Employment Development Department also reported Friday that non-farm payroll jobs increased by 4,200 during the month as the economy shows... more »
  • California sell-off plan appears to have a high cost

    April 15, 2010 2:16 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to sell two dozen state office buildings would cost California taxpayers $5.2 billion in rent over the next 20 years. According to financial documents analyzed by The Associated Press, the long-term price of leasing is far more than the state stands... more »
  • State sets aside $55.98 million for Hwy 46 widening project

    April 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    The California Transportation Commission has set aside $55.9 million for the second phase of the Highway 46 widening project in Whitley Gardens, east of Paso Robles. Caltrans says the funding comes from Proposition 1B, a $20 billion transportation bond measure that was approved by voters in November 2006. Construction... more »
  • Obama to raise money for Boxer in Calif. on Monday

    April 12, 2010 11:44 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says President Barack Obama will go to Los Angeles on Monday to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer. The president's intentions to head to California had been known for weeks, but not the date. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because... more »
  • Calif. lawmakers pass housing-crisis tax relief

    April 8, 2010 3:16 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Californians who were hurt by the housing crisis could soon receive a measure of good news that would save them thousands of dollars in taxes. The Legislature passed a bill Thursday helping homeowners who received mortgage modifications, lost their homes to foreclosure or sold their houses... more »
  • Florida and California strawberry growers could be in competition this spring

    April 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Strawberry lovers are having a good spring with unusually low prices for the fruit in many places. At Publix supermarkets on Florida's Gulf Coast, shoppers can buy a pound of locally grown berries for $1.25. Prices elsewhere were a bit higher: $1.49 a pound... more »
  • Calif. sport salmon fishermen ready their reels

    March 30, 2010 3:16 PM

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) Recreational salmon fishing off the California coast is back on this year, after a two-year break because of low salmon returns. The short sport season starts Saturday and is currently scheduled to last through the month of April. That window could be extended by the... more »
  • California's unemployment rate holds steady for February

    March 26, 2010 11:43 AM

    California's unemployment is hovering at the all-time high rate of 12.5 percent. That's the most recent news from the California Employment Development Department. It says Californians lost some 20,400 jobs in February. That rate is unchanged from January's unemployment rate. To provide some perspective on the economy, the unemployment... more »
  • Former Mid-State fair CEO dies at age 70

    March 22, 2010 6:32 PM

    A man who made a lasting impact on the California Mid-State Fair has died. Mid-state fair officials say former fair CEO Maynard Potter passed away in Idaho Friday. He was 70-years-old. Potter was the CEO of the Mid-State Fair for 25 years. Under his leadership, the fair officials say... more »
  • SoCal median home price up in Feb from Jan

    March 16, 2010 12:50 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tracking firm says the median home price in Southern California rose 10 percent last month from February 2009, its third consecutive year-to-year increase. San Diego-based MDA DataQuick reported Tuesday that last month's median of $275,000 was up from $250,000 in February 2009 and up... more »
  • Report: Nearly 1 in 4 Californians uninsured

    March 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says nearly a quarter of Californians under age 65 had no health insurance in 2009. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study reported in Monday's Los Angeles Times said the state's uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million last year. That's up from... more »
  • 3 California men injured when car rolls down cliff

    March 15, 2010 11:42 AM

    JENNER, Calif. (AP) - Three California men are lucky to be alive after their car veered off a highway and rolled 120 feet down a coastal cliff. The California Highway Patrol says the Toyota Corolla veered off Highway 1 on Sunday and went over the cliff, landing on a... more »
  • Council eyes Calif., Oregon, Wash. salmon changes

    March 11, 2010 1:01 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California salmon fishermen may not get much, if any, time on the ocean this year. The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets Thursday in Sacramento and is expected to issue three proposals that outline where West Coast fishermen would be allowed to cast lines and nets.... more »
  • California condor couple lays egg at Pinnacles park

    March 9, 2010 1:23 PM

    PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. (AP) - Biologists are celebrating the first condor egg laid by a mating pair at Pinnacles National Monument in more than a century. Park spokesman Carl Brenner says a female released in the park in 2004 and a male released the same year at Big... more »
  • Series of small earthquakes shake southern California overnight

    March 9, 2010 12:20 PM

    UNDATED (AP) - A series of earthquakes have rattled California areas in the south. The largest was a magnitude-4.0 quake at 8:18 last night some 14 miles east-southeast of Julian in rural San Diego County. That was followed by a magnitude-3.3 at 11:54 p.m. in the Coso Junction area... more »
  • Rascal named Ugliest Dog at SoCal contest

    March 8, 2010 2:39 PM

    It was one dog gone ugly contest in southern California this past weekend. The 15th annual Del Mar Ugly Dog Contest was held near San Diego. While many dogs lined up to be the ugliest of the bunch, only one pooch could walk away with the prize. That lucky... more »
  • NASA to repair deep space antenna in California

    March 8, 2010 1:24 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The deep space antenna that relayed Neil Armstrong's famous "one giant leap for mankind" declaration from the moon to a rapt American audience will be offline for eight months for repair. Work will begin this week to replace a steel donut-shaped bearing on the aging... more »
  • California shut out of federal "Race to the Top" funding

    March 4, 2010 1:38 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has been shut out for the first round of a $4.3 billion school-funding competition promoted by the Obama administration. Thursday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Education is a blow to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reform supporters in the state Legislature. Other states... more »
  • Students, teachers rally to protest education cuts

    March 4, 2010 11:52 AM

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Millions of students, teachers and parents are expected to rally throughout California and many other states to protest deep cuts in funding for schools and universities. Demonstrations, marches, teach-ins and walkouts are planned nationwide Thursday in what is being called the "March 4th National Day... more »
  • Sex offender charged in Chelsea King case

    March 3, 2010 6:05 PM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 30-year-old sex offender has been charged with murdering a 17-year-old San Diego County girl who vanished after heading off for a run in a park. Prosecutors say John Albert Gardner III also faces a special allegation of rape or attempted rape, and a count... more »
  • Jerry Brown officially enters California governor race

    March 2, 2010 2:01 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrat Jerry Brown has entered the race for California governor, giving the party an iconic candidate in a contest expected to be the most costly in state history. The state attorney general, who served two terms as governor in the era before term limits, officially... more »
  • Poll: Californians want budget cuts, not new taxes

    March 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new survey shows half of California voters prefer closing the state's projected $20 billion budget deficit through spending cuts rather than tax increases. The Field Poll, which was released Tuesday, shows 29 percent favor an equal mix of cuts and tax hikes. Just 13 percent... more »
  • California judge rules state furloughs illegal, orders back pay

    February 26, 2010 10:17 PM

    A court ruling could put more money in the hands of thousands of state workers. An Alameda County judge ruled Thursday that Governor Schwarzenegger illegally furloughed more than 50,000 state employees. The state must now pay all employees their full salaries and stop the three-day per month furloughs.... more »
  • Judge rules some state furloughs illegal, orders back pay

    February 26, 2010 12:06 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An Alameda County judge is ordering back pay for more than 50,000 state workers he ruled were illegally furloughed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch on Thursday ordered the state to pay all employees who work in nearly 70 departments their full... more »
  • 2 Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies shot in Northern California

    February 25, 2010 3:39 PM

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Authorities say two Fresno County deputies have been shot during an unspecified investigation in Northern California. Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice says he did not know the condition of the deputies who were shot Thursday, but they have both been taken to a hospital. Authorities say the... more »
  • California lawmakers say, "Let's clean up the language!"

    February 25, 2010 11:58 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are trying to make the Golden State a little cleaner - at least when it comes to foul language. On Thursday, the state Assembly is scheduled to vote on a resolution calling for a statewide "Cuss Free Week," to occur annually during the first... more »
  • Democratic candidate for California's Lieutenant Governor to visit San Luis Obispo

    February 25, 2010 8:43 AM

    A democratic candidate running for California's Lieutenant Governor will visit the Central Coast Thursday. Los Angeles Councilwoman, Janice Hahn, will meet with community leaders and the public during her campaign stop. Her message is of higher education reform, improving the economy and protecting the California coastline. Two public... more »
  • Big California solar project gets tentative OK from US

    February 23, 2010 11:40 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Obama administration has given preliminary approval for $1.4 billion in loan guarantees for a massive solar-energy project in California's Mojave Desert. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday that BrightSource Energy was in line for the financing help to build solar-energy plants to power... more »
  • Andre Birotte confirmed by Senate as US atty

    February 11, 2010 11:18 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Andre Birotte Jr. as the next U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. Birotte, currently inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, was confirmed by the Senate Thursday. He was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama. The 43-year-old... more »
  • State senate confirms Maldonado nomination for Lt. Gov.; vote sent to Assembly

    February 11, 2010 1:05 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has voted to confirm Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's pick for California lieutenant governor, sending the nomination to the Assembly. Senators voted 26-7 on Thursday in favor of Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria. If the Assembly approves him later in the day,... more »
  • Gubernatorial candidate, Steve Poizner, visits SLO

    February 4, 2010 2:44 AM

    The Republican candidate for Governor says he's preparing to ramp up his campaign. Steve Poizner spoke to Republicans at the San Luis Obispo Country Club Wednesday night. He made it clear that his campaign centers on tax cuts. Poizner and his opponent, Meg Whitman, have been at the... more »
  • Prop 8 supporters show some churches opposed ban

    January 21, 2010 1:09 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers defending California's gay marriage ban started the eighth day of a federal trial by producing campaign fliers and other documents showing some churches in the state opposed the ballot measure that established the ban. Stanford University professor Gary M. Segura spent his second day Thursday... more »
  • Calif. adds 2 human trafficking task forces

    January 11, 2010 4:41 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is adding two task forces dedicated to combatting human trafficking. The California Emergency Management Agency announced Monday it will award nearly $3 million to create the task forces and support the six already in operation. Agency spokesman Jay Alan says the money will help the... more »
  • Protest outside federal gay marriage trial in San Francisco

    January 11, 2010 12:18 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 100 people are demonstrating outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco as the trial for California's gay marriage ban begins. Most of the demonstrators are gay marriage supporters, who took turns addressing the crowd with a microphone Monday morning. They support the overturning of Proposition... more »
  • Schwarzenegger says health care bill a 'rip-off'

    January 10, 2010 12:27 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a "rip-off" for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it. In an interview airing Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press,... more »
  • Gay marriage foe wants out of Prop. 8 trial

    January 8, 2010 8:20 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A vocal gay marriage opponent who volunteered to become a defendant in the case challenging California's same-sex nuptial ban is now asking to be removed from the case. Hak-Shing William Tam was one of the five official sponsors of Proposition 8 who formally "intervened" in a... more »
  • At least 16 people killed on California highways over holiday weekend

    December 28, 2009 1:22 AM

    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says 16 people have been killed on state highways over the Christmas holiday weekend so far, the same number of fatalities for the same time period last year. The number of drunk driving arrests made by the CHP is up, however - to... more »
  • The federal government releases new plan to revive CA delta

    December 23, 2009 11:48 AM

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The federal government is releasing a new action plan aimed at relieving California's water crisis and restoring the vast freshwater estuary that provides drinking water to 25 million residents. The report issued Tuesday spells out six federal agencies' coordinated efforts to study the factors harming fish,... more »
  • California Mid-State Fair receives high honor

    December 21, 2009 1:40 PM

    The California Mid-State Fair board of directors says they've been given the Agricultural Award of Excellence Best of Division from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. The award was given specifically for the new Mission Square and commercial kitchen project, which was launched last year. There are a total... more »
  • CA unemployment fell slightly in November

    December 18, 2009 12:06 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that California's unemployment rate fell slightly in November - down to 12.3 percent from 12.5 percent a month earlier. California was among 36 states that saw unemployment fall last month. But it remains among the worst-off states... more »
  • Judge: Schwarzenegger can't furlough prison guards

    December 17, 2009 3:03 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A judge has ruled against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order for thousands of California prison guards. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch on Thursday sided with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and ordered the state to pay prison guards back for the days... more »
  • Fewer people dying in California prisons

    December 15, 2009 12:56 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The death rate for California inmates dropped for a second consecutive year, but a federal receiver overseeing prison medical care says more can be done to stop prison deaths. Receiver Clark Kelso says the annual inmate death rate dropped to 215 deaths per 100,000 prisoners in... more »
  • Economists say the Golden State will need a few years to recover

    December 9, 2009 12:04 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Economists predict a grim couple of years for California. The quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released this morning says the failure of California legislators to enact spending reductions hammered out during budget negotiations will put a drag on the state's economic recovery. Growth will be stalled... more »
  • Los Angeles lawmaker lines up votes for Assembly Speaker

    December 3, 2009 12:45 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Assembly Speaker Karen Bass says a fellow Los Angeles Democrat has lined up enough support to become the next speaker of the California Assembly. Assemblyman John Perez would be the first openly gay lawmaker to hold the post, one of the most powerful positions in state... more »
  • 13 people inducted into the California Hall of Fame

    December 2, 2009 6:30 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and feisty football commentator John Madden are among those entering the California Hall of Fame. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver will induct 13 people into the hall after a red carpet... more »
  • DMV offices will be closed all Fridays in December

    December 1, 2009 3:04 PM

    The Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding customers that all public offices will be closed on Dec. 4, 11, and 18. It's part of an executive order Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed in July as a way to save the state money. All offices will also be closed on Christmas... more »
  • Odds look slim for Calif gay marriage vote in 2010

    November 30, 2009 8:23 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The chances of California voters being asked to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriages next year are looking more remote after another prominent political group announced that more time is needed to build a winning campaign. Rick Jacobs, founder of the Los Angeles-based Courage... more »
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may owe back taxes

    November 28, 2009 12:55 AM

    California is in financial trouble, but could the state's own governor have a bit of trouble too? TMZ.com is reporting that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has an active lien for failure to pay tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes. The website displayed documents that were filed in Los Angeles... more »
  • Central Coast among top holiday travel destinations

    November 25, 2009 2:13 PM

    The Automotive Club of Southern California expects Thanksgiving travel to rebound this year, with 2.19 million Southern California residents hitting the road. That is an 8 percent increase compared to last year. According to AAA, the top 5 destinations for people living in Southern California are: 1. Las... more »
  • Maldonado officially accepts nomination for lieutenant governor

    November 24, 2009 4:58 PM

    Today in Los Angeles, Governor Schwarzenneger officially nominated state senator Abel Maldenado to serve as the next lieutenant governor of California. Maldonado grew up in Santa Maria, the son of a immigrants and says he has fulfilled the American dream. Nevertheless, the 42 year old vowed never to forget his... more »
  • 3.4 and 3.9 quakes shake California

    November 24, 2009 9:57 AM

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Earthquakes struck both ends of California Tuesday morning but no damage or injuries are reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-3.9 wquake struck at 6:34 a.m. off the San Diego County coast. It was centered 23 miles southeast of San Clemente Island and 67... more »
  • High Unemployment - Dealing with The Job Search

    November 20, 2009 10:10 PM

    The latest unemployment news for California isn't good. Another modern record was set when the numbers grew to 12.5% for October. That was up three-tenths of a percent from September's 12.2% mark. The numbers locally for San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County also grew to 9.1% and 8.8%... more »

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