5:49 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

City of SLO determines standards for homestay rentals

Credit Jordan Bell

The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted new standards for short-term homestay rentals Tuesday night, allowing use of this type of rental within the city.

These are rentals occupied for less than 30 days. A major distinction between homestay rentals and vacation rentals is homestay rentals require the owner to prove they live there. Vacation rentals are still prohibited in neighborhoods for which they are not zoned.

The ordinance also requires one additional parking space, two rooms and that a responsible party must only be a 15 minute drive away. 

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San Luis Obispo County
4:18 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Land Conservancy to protect more SLO County land this year

Pismo Preserve
Credit Kaila Dettman

Last year the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo took ownership of the 900-acre parcel of land now known as the Pismo Preserve and this year they hope to open it to the public. 

The organization raised more than $12 million last year to buy the land and make improvements, plus it finalized all the paperwork to switch it over to public use. Executive Director, Kaila Dettman says the Pismo Preserve is the beginning of a larger, county-wide effort, the Heart and Soil campaign.

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3:00 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Rep. Capps sworn in Tuesday to 114th Congress

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Representative Lois Capps was sworn in today in Washington D.C. as a member of the 114th Congress. The Congresswoman took an oath of office on the House floor and was sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner. 

“It is an honor and privilege to represent the 24th Congressional District, and I look forward to continuing to represent the people and communities of the Central Coast in Washington D.C.,” Capps said. “There are a number of challenges facing our country and I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the important issues before us.”

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Central Coast
2:26 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Safeway Inc. to pay nearly $10 million for environmental violations

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Safeway Inc. is paying nearly $10 million as the result of an investigation that found more than 500 stores, including some Central Coast stores, were violating environmental regulations. 

District attorneys in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, along with 39 other California district attorneys and two city attorneys announced the settlement Monday.

The settlement resolved allegations that Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak 'n Save stores and distribution centers were improperly handling and disposing of hazardous and pharmaceutical waste.

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6:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Local lawmakers on Brown's sustainability goals

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Some Central Coast lawmakers are supportive of aspects of Governor Jerry Brown's Inaugural speech Monday.

Brown touched on the budget and stressed the importance of education and sustainability for the future of California.

Assemblymember Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara) says he agrees with the Governor's vision for the future and says that Brown focused on issues directly affecting the Central Coast.

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5:21 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

UCSB students want 'action' from Gov. Brown on educational finances

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UC Santa Barbara students are supportive of Governor Brown's statement Monday on California higher education costs.

Brown said that he will not make California students the 'default financiers of colleges and universities.' 

Ali Guthy is the President of Associated Students at UCSB. She says that the sentiment represents 'everything' that students want from the governor, but that students intend to hold him accountable.

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Central Coast
2:17 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

DMV offers investigation option to prove identity of those applying for undocumented licenses

San Luis Obispo Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Credit Dylan Foster

The California Department of Motor Vehicles began accepting applications for undocumented driver licenses Friday.

Field offices on the Central Coast were busy with many people waiting outside the San Luis Obispo office.

Jessica Gonzalez is a spokesperson for the DMV and she says that the 170 field offices and the four driver licenses processing centers in California will experience a large influx of people in the coming weeks. 

By noon Friday, the California DMV saw more than six thousand applicants and had nearly 95 hundred appointments booked across the state.

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12:17 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cal Poly float earns honors in 2015 Rose Parade

Tom Zasadzinski - Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly's student-built float earned special honors at the Rose Parade Thursday morning in Pasadena.

The float called 'soaring stories' won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float.

85 percent of the flowers on the Cal Poly float came from within the state. Just before the final judging Wednesday, it was certified as California Grown by the California Fresh Cut Flower Commission.

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5:16 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

State Senator's bill to prevent gun violence takes effect in 2015

Credit Jessica Paterson

Local Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson authored eight senate bills this year that take effect Thursday. One of these aims to help prevent gun violence.

Senate Bill 505 requires law enforcement agencies to create policies encouraging officers to search California's database of gun purchases before conducting a 'welfare check.' 

She says that this would have been helpful in the case of the Isla Vista killings in May, when roughly three weeks before the massacre, law enforcement visited Elliot Rodger to check on his well-being, but were not aware of firearms.

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3:56 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Tips to protect plants with freezing temperatures ahead

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The Central Coast is seeing freezing temperatures this week, creating conditions that can be harmful to some plants.

To protect plants from extreme frost damages, water plants thoroughly.  Todd Davidson is the owner of Sage Ecological Landscapes and Nursery in Los Osos. He says some people may think watering creates ice, but it's actually protecting plants. 

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5:24 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Surprise! California cold snap is good news for local kiwi farmers

Credit California Kiwifruit Commission

The ongoing cold snap hitting California and the Central Coast is expected to hit its peak on New Year's Day in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey Counties.

Low temperatures are forecast to drop into the upper teens and low twenties in some of the Central Coast's inland valleys.

While a cold spell like this spells trouble for vulnerable commercial crops like citrus and avocados, one local crop actually thrives on the cold: kiwifruit.

Bob Criswell runs Mallard Lake Ranch in Nipomo and says people often think of Kiwi as a tropical fruit, and it's not.

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3:16 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Investigators say 'no signs of foul play' in death of Los Osos woman

27-year-old Margay Edwards posing with her car. Edwards' body was found in the Nevada desert on Sept. 25, 2014. Her car was found on Oct. 4, 2014 after the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. Air Unit made a fly-over search.
Credit Nye County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)

Forensic investigators in Nevada say they do not believe foul play was involved in the case of a missing Los Osos woman whose body was found in the Nevada desert earlier this year.

Nye County Sheriff Anthony DeMeo says a pair of autopsies, crime scene details, and cell phone records show no signs of foul play related to the death of Margay Edwards.

The 27-year-old's last known contact with people was on September 14th near a dry lakebed, and she did not appear to be in any danger at the time according to witnesses.

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Central Coast
5:22 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

How common are California shark attacks?

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A man recovering from a shark attack on the Central Coast this weekend is out of the hospital Monday. Although this is the second shark attack this year in San Luis Obispo County, experts say they're still uncommon. 

Even more uncommon are fatal attacks says Traci Larinto a Senior Environmental Specialist for the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

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5:00 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Promising new tool will allow public to easily search the dealings of Sacramento lawmakers

The California State Capitol Building
Credit Jessica Paterson

Your ability to easily search California legislative hearings—complete with full audio transcripts—is about to take a big leap forward.

A $1.2 million grant to Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) will help fund this program, called Digital Democracy.

This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents.

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3:17 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Central Coast Amtrak route sees big jump in ridership during the holiday season

The Pacific Surfliner pulls into Santa Barbara's Amtrak station.
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More travelers are choosing to take the train along the Central Coast than in years past, especially as part of holiday travel.

Amtrak California says it's seeing record ridership for the Pacific Surfliner, which services San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as well as Southern California.

November ridership had levels not seen in more than a decade, despite low gas prices.

Matt Rocco is a Cal Trans spokesperson and says he believes there are several reasons why the service is seeing a jump in ridership levels.

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