Prayer will no longer be a part of Pismo Beach City Council meetings following a unanimous vote last night by the three council members in attendance.
The decision resolves a lawsuit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and a member of Atheists United SLO asking the city to end the practice.
The Pismo Beach city manager says the council's move was made to avoid a costly trial using taxpayer funds. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to pay the plaintiffs' legal fees of $47,500. In addition, the position of city chaplain was abolished.
Santa Barbara County has paid $30,000 to a former search and rescue volunteer who said she was sexually harassed by former undersheriff Jim Peterson.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted in closed session Tuesday to settle the issue with Valerie Walston, county counsel Mike Ghizzoni told KCBX on Wednesday.
The agreement requires Walston drop all current or future claims related to this matter against the county and its employees. It does not however affect any possible personnel action the county could still take against Peterson.
California restaurants and bars may be in luck after a unanimous vote last week in favor of Assembly Bill 2130.
The bill is an amendment to the Retail Food Safety Bill, commonly referred to as the "Glove Law," which went into effect this January. According to Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who wrote the initial legislation and the bill in consideration, the law was intended to be a non-controversial update to the existing food safety code.
A special session of the Santa Maria City Council drew an estimated 1200 people to the Fairpark on Thursday, ending with a 3-2 vote in favor of moving forward with the planning department's recommendation for the development of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility.
The session ran roughly from 3 - 11:00 p.m. with a strong protest presence against relocating the ICE office within Santa Maria.
The Santa Maria City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairpark to consider plans for a federal immigration facility which has sparked outrage among many of the city's residents.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE as the federal agency is called—wants to move its regional processing operations to a new facility in Santa Maria. The planning commission gave its approval for the location back in February in the midst of large community protests.
Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Central Coast on Friday and Saturday. He and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, met with teachers from the Santa Barbara Unified School District immediatly after landing at the Santa Barbara airport.
The Vice President is scheduled to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner in Montecito on Friday night. It's a gathering of just 25 people at $5000-a-plate, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.
A couple of arrests were made Friday afternoon at an international peace vigil being held at the entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Longtime Central Coast peace activist Dennis Apel and Salinas-based peace activist MacGreggor Eddy were the two people taken into custody by military police, according to event organizer Bruce Gagnon with the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.
An administrative law judge says the City of San Luis Obispo needs to reverse course and bring back binding arbitration for the city's police and firefighter unions.
Back in 2011, nearly 3-out-of-4 voters approved Measure B, which put an end to the arbitation practice. Voters also created the binding arbitration method back in 2000.
The judge says the city didn't follow proper procedure before putting the issue back on the ballot with Measure B. The City Council will meet in closed session this Monday to discuss options, including an appeal.
A Silicon Valley venture capitalist who believes California has become too large to manage received word Wednesday from Secretary of State Debra Bowen that he may begin circulating his voter petition to split up the state.
The proponent for the measure, Tim Draper, must collect signatures from eight percent of the state's registered voters by mid-July in order for his initiative to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. He launched his measure back in December.
Founded over 100-years ago, the NAACP is seen as a vanguard civil rights organization. But this institution was not the first to devote its efforts to advancing the cause of racial justice, as we learn from professor Susan Carle in her book, Defining the Struggle.