Volunteers are set to record thousands of images of the California Coast next week as the highest tides of the year are expected to hit the area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The volunteers are part of an effort to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact the lives of coastal Californians. It's called the California King Tides Project, and Central Coast representatives are on board to help document the event.
Central Coast Investigators are working with federal agencies to follow up on an emergency plane landing Friday morning in southern San Luis Obispo County, near Highway 166.
"A portion of that highway was closed to allow the plane to land," said sheriff's spokesperson Tony Cipolla in an email to KCBX. "The aircraft landed in a riverbed adjacent to highway 166 and flipped upside down."
There were two occupants on board the plane at the time of the landing, a male and female. Neither needed any medical attention, according to Cipolla.
Two Paso Robles elementary schools will reopen as normal Friday morning, after both were put on lockdown Thursday for separate, unrelated causes.
Pat Butler Elementary School was the first affected, after two students reported they were threatened by an armed man near the campus during recess. The kids say the man was just outside the athletic field fence and had a shotgun or rifle.
The lockdown stayed in place until 2:15 Thursday afternoon, following an orchestrated search of the area.
The City of San Jose is the latest California municipality to express concern over an increase in crude oil shipments by rail.
The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to instruct the city manager to send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, asking members to take into consideration their concerns as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Phillips 66 refinery rail spur.
A massive solar project in southeastern Monterey County got a unanimous thumbs up Wednesday from the Monterey County Planning Commission.
First Solar spokesman Steve Krum said members voted 8 to 0 in favor of approving the California Flats Solar Farm.
"The decision was to recommend to the Board of Supervisors to Certify the EIR, to approve the Development Agreement and approve the project," said Carol Allen, Senior Secretary for the Monterey County Resource Management Agency.
Last month, the Obama Administration drastically changed decades of foreign policy guidelines for relations with Cuba.
A Washington Post poll released in late December showed nearly 75 percent of Americans support the lifting of travel restrictions to that county, and roughly 2-out-of-3 back ending a trade embargo, and improving relations.
Charles Barclay is a former U.S. diplomat in Havana and was among the key players working to free Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor released as part of the sweeping changes.
California is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, the worst the state has seen in 70 years.
The outbreak's latest fatality was a 25-day-old baby in Santa Barbara County. It's the county's first recorded death from the disease—also called pertussis—and only the second death in California since the outbreak started last year.
A Cal Poly fraternity is no longer welcomed by the university and the rest of the Greek System, including both sororities and fraternities, is on social probation.
The university announced the moves Tuesday, following the third sexual assault reported this academic year associated with Greek houses.
Keith Humphrey is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly and says these cases are affecting the health and safety of students. Although the university has paused all social activities in response, regular chapter operations can continue.
A couple of environmental lawsuits filed against Monterey County were settled Tuesday—at least for the time being.
Landwatch Monterey County and The Open Monterey Project sued back in 2010 following the adoption of the new county's General Plan. Those two lawsuits were combined.
The plaintiffs were concerned with management of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, encroachment of agriculture on the county's hillsides, blockage of wildlife corridors, and other aspects regarding the county's agriculture and wine industries.
A process to place the monarch butterfly on the federal Endangered Species List is underway. It's part of an effort to protect it from rapidly declining numbers.
Over the past several years, the annual count for monarch butterflies has seen a gradual upswing at the popular grove in Pismo Beach. Cal Poly Professor Denis Frey has been tabulating the local migration numbers since the early 90s, and has shown wide swings in peak totals, according to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove website.
Last year was the warmest on California's record books and it continued to move the state into it's prolonged drought.
John Lindsey is PG&E's Corporate Relations Representative and Marine Meteorologist. He says 2014 broke the previous record by 1.6 degrees Celsius.
Lindsey explains what to expect from 2015.
"We're definitely looking at a changing climate, a warming climate. A hypothesis is that if we do receive rain, storms could be more intense and it may produce longer and more prolonged drought," Lindsey said.
The Santa Barbara News-Press office building was vandalized sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning according to Sgt. Riley Harwood of the Santa Barbara Police Department.
He says comments were spray painted on the building and pink paint had been splattered on it. This comes after the paper released a headline Saturday which used the word 'illegal' to describe people applying for undocumented licenses under the new AB 60 law.
Santa Barbara community members have created a Facebook event called 'Stop Biased & Irresponsible Journalism in SB,' where more than 500 people have "joined" to protest the Saturday's headline in the Santa Barbara News-Press. In addition to the virtual protest, community members are planning a protest in Santa Barbara Thursday night in front of the paper's office.
The headline which reads 'Illegals line up for driver's licenses" titled a story about AB 60, a new law allowing people to apply for undocumented licenses in California.