Jessica Paterson

California counties aren't spending available mental health funds, says state auditor

The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money. San Luis Obispo County had a $14.7 million fund balance at the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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Justice, FBI, Intelligence Bosses Meet At White House Amid Snooping Standoff

Updated at 3:12 p.m. Top intelligence and law enforcement leaders were set to meet Monday at the White House amidst an escalation of pressure by President Trump on the FBI's Russia investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were set to meet on Monday with Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, NPR confirmed. The president has been on offense against DoJ and the FBI following press reports that...

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Starting May 7, San Luis Obispo County voters will begin receiving vote-by-mail ballots in their mailbox for the June 5 primary election. According to the county’s elections office, about seventy percent of all eligible voters don’t wait to go to the polls on June 5 - they vote via a mailed-in ballot. 

A California native himself, San Luis Obispo resident Dr. Matt Ritter is passionate about the state's native plants. Ritter teaches in the biological sciences department at Cal Poly and just came out with a new book titled California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora.

KCBX's Greta Mart invited the professor to the KCBX studio this week to talk about his recent work, the county's flowers and why it's important to keep a check on invasive plants.

Broadcast date: 5/3/2018

Are you feeling stressed out by things in your life? Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, issues with employment, a hard time at school, financial difficulties, poor health, or even the death of a loved one. While some stress can be good for you, if stress becomes chronic it can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and even a weakened immune system. Stress has even been shown to contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Learning healthy ways to manage stress is vital for maintaining your overall health.

Monterey County joins lawsuit over 2020 census

May 2, 2018
US Census Bureau

Monterey County is joining a lawsuit over the 2020 U.S. census. The lawsuit aims to stop the Trump Administration from asking about citizenship status in the upcoming nationwide population count.

Ears on Art: Wire works and printmaking

May 2, 2018

On May 2 we meet with Beverly Brown, a local artist who works wonder with wire. She will be a participant in the Open Studios Art Tour bonus weekend taking place May 5 and 6 throughout the county. Details at ARTS Obispo.org.  

And on May 9 we talk about printmaking with Mae Wilson. Making use of several printmaking techniques, Mae explores imagery that ranges from fantasy to every day objects.

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San Luis Obispo County’s Oceano Dunes is a complex of coastal sand dunes with a 5.5-mile stretch of drivable beach, the only place in California where it’s legal to drive off-highway vehicles along the water's edge. In an effort to control air pollution in the area, there will soon be about 100 fewer acres on which to go four-wheeling at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

In a society obsessed with youth and beauty - how far should we go in an attempt to meet social standards for appearance? Enhancing our appearance might be good for our soul and mental health. But we may need to redefine our beauty ideal. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist about the often precarious quest for our best self.

SB County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE 4/30/18: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for more help with the Golden State Killer case. Since a suspect was arrested last week, local investigators are reexamining evidence, leads and tips from when the killer was thought to be operating in Santa Barbara County. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo is accused of committing crimes from Santa Maria and Carpinteria between 1978 and 1986. Now the Sheriff’s Office has released new sketches and photos of DeAngelo from the 1970s. They are asking anyone who remembers seeing him or knowing him to call the sheriff’s criminal investigations bureau at (805) 681-4150 or leave an anonymous tip at (805) 681-4171 on the sheriff’s website.  

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If you wake up early this coming Saturday and look to the north, or the south - depending where you on are on the Central Coast - you may see history in the making. 

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California Polytechnic State University student Kate Tenley looked over at a large security fence blocking off part of campus. Police and security personnel with metal hand detectors stood at all blocked-off entrances to the area.

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