Local government roundup: 10/16/17

This week in Central Coast county government: the Santa Barbara County board of supervisors is expected to vote on medical cannabis regulations.

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Lighter Winds Aid Firefighters Working To Contain California Blazes

Authorities are increasingly optimistic that they have turned the tide in their week-long battle against the deadliest wildfires in California's history. Lighter winds were helping firefighters both in the air and on the ground to contain the majority of the biggest fires, and rain forecast for later in the week would further boost their efforts, NPR's David Schaper reports from Santa Rosa. At least 41 people have died as a result of the nearly two dozen fires — the latest a firefighter...

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Drought affects Cambria's approach to Amgen Tour

Mar 7, 2014
Randol White

The drought is playing a big role in how the village of Cambria will host the Amgen Tour of California stage 4 finish in May. 

At the start of this month, leaders in Cambria put into effect mandatory water restrictions to deal with a declared water shortage emergency. At a town informational meeting Thursday night with Amgen organizers, city officials, local business owners and citizens, local concerns—including the water issue—were addressed. 

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.

Egg-producing states pile on against California law

Mar 6, 2014
Randol White

A growing number of states are joining a recently filed lawsuit aimed at bringing down a California law regulating egg producers.

Representatives from Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Oklahoma signed onto a lawsuit today, that was filed last month in Fresno's Eastern District Court by Missouri's Attorney General, Chris Koster.

The major egg producing states are worried about a law set to take effect next year that would require out-of-state farmers provide enough room for chickens to stand up and spread their wings, if they're to sell their eggs in California.

New analysis: little relief, more dry weather ahead

Mar 6, 2014
National Drought Mitigation Center

The storms that soaked parts of the Central Coast last week, may be the last we'll see of that size for the remainder of the rainy season.

The National Drought Mitigation Center has released its predictions for the coming months, and as far as the Central Coast and most of California are concerned, we can expect more dry days ahead.

How tobacco and alcohol are marketed to kids

Mar 5, 2014
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community

The smoking of electronic cigarettes will soon be banned in many public areas throughout Santa Maria and Los Angeles after city council votes in both cities on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, health leaders in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are trying to bring attention to the way e-cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol products are marketed to children.

Tom Wilmer

Last week's wet weather on the Central Coast was welcome relief for local farmers and ranchers dealing with a string of the driest months on record here in California.

However, as we heard prior to, during, and after the storm systems,  we still have a long way to go before there is any chance of dropping the term "drought." 

Santa Maria Sun reporter Camillia Lanham has been following the extended dry spell with a two part series on how the local ag community is dealing with it. 

SLO Film Fest on the rise

Mar 5, 2014
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is now underway, with opening night ceremonies at the Fremont Theater.

You may spot television's Adam West in town, as he's in San Luis Obispo to talk about the new documentary Starring Adam West, focused on his life and career. West played television's Batman in the 1960s, and is the voice of the Mayor West on the Fox cartoon Family Guy.

Brian Lanzone, KCBX

Slide guitarist, virtuoso banjo player, and singer-songwriter Tony Furtado makes a visit to the KCBX studios. 

He plays a few songs, and chats with Marisa Waddell about his instruments, the evolution of his musical style, and his other artistic life -- working with clay.  Special thanks to audio engineer Brian Lanzone.

UCSB to get massive new research facility

Mar 4, 2014
UCSB

Plans to build a massive new $74 million research center on the UCSB campus just got the final funding it needs to become a reality. The plan is to break ground in late spring or early summer. Professor Frank Doyle says the facility will usher in the next generation of research at UCSB. "Despite the absence of a medical school on campus, we are now making ground-breaking accomplishments in the research domain in the medical field," said Doyle.  "This building gives us a home to put the scientists together shoulder-to-shoulder to accomplish those interdisciplinary projects." Plans had been i

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Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho   Achadjian says he is still working on the language for a bill to create a Paso Robles Water Management District.

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