Water Issues and Drought
12:40 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Central Coast water restrictions and expert gardening tips

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Here are some helpful websites and phone numbers for getting the latest drought information in your area:

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6:06 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Bill to reduce psychotropic drug prescriptions for foster youth moves past first hurdle

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A bill aimed at reducing the frequency at which foster children are prescribed psychotropic drugs is one step closer to becoming law. 

Nearly one in four children in foster care are prescribed psychotropic drugs. These include anti-depressants, sedatives, and anti-psychotics.

Central Coast Senator Bill Monning (D- Carmel) is the bill's author and said that too often children are prescribed these drugs without proper oversight and that psychotropic drugs can having negative lasting effects.

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6:37 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Santa Barbara Airport ready for $3.37 million in safety upgrades

Time-lapse landing lights at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
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The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is getting ready to begin $3.37 million in safety upgrades, now that it has received a $3,026,481 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The project includes new runway lighting, fences to keep wildlife away from moving aircraft, and improvements to help maintain the pavement's structural integrity.

Airport Director Hazel Johns says most passengers likely won't notice the changes, but they are important in bringing the airport up to current standards.

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Paso Robles
5:46 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

ROH-blays or ROH-buhlz: How do you say wine country?

The eastern entrance to Paso Robles along Highway 46.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

KCBX, Central Coast Public Radio, is  launching a new series called Local Lingo, where we explore some of the words, expressions, and place names that make up the Central Coast's vernacular.

We begin with a trip to San Luis Obispo County's largest wine growing region, Paso Robles.

Step into the J Lohr Winery tasting room and there's a good chance you'll meet up with Willis Rieser, or Willy as he's called by most. He deals with tourists from around the world, all day long, and he tells them the "grapes are coming from Paso Robles (said ROH-buhlz), from J Lohr."

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5:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Full bounce back for Monterey County food bank following arson fire

Credit Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

The Food Bank of Monterey County could be back up to full-capacity by the end of the week. 

The quick turn-around comes after a devastating arson fire just four weeks ago.

The Food Bank's entire fleet of trucks as well as a key refrigeration unit were damaged in the fire last month setting back operations.

Melissa Kendrick is the Food Bank's Executive Director and says they're fortunate that critical food needs were addressed the entire time but at a greater financial cost.

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Science & Technology
11:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Password generator designed by Cal Poly professor creates secure combos that are easy to remember

Credit Flickr member Liz Foreman

Statistics show the most Americans are extremely lazy when it comes to creating secure, unique passwords. According to SplashData's annual list for 2014, these are the five most popular passwords found on the Internet:

  1. 12345
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123

Easy-to-break passwords like these—and many other variations—are a weak link in your overall web security.

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6:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Rock legend Neil Young plays surprise concert at SLO Brew

Rock legend Neil Young performing at SLO Brew.
Credit Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Rock legend Neil Young played some of his old favorites and some new sets during a surprise sold-out performance last night at SLO Brew in downtown San Luis Obispo. 

"I was working a booth at the farmers market and somebody came up and said Neil Young is playing at SLO Brew," said Douglas Shinoda who was one of the few who was able to get into the sold-out show.

Young was joined on stage by Lukas Nelson—Country legend Willie Nelson's son—with whom he's apparently collaborating on a new project.

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3:28 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Firestone Brewery says drought was factor in strong odor coming from ponds

The canning line at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles.
Credit Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

The largest brewery on the Central Coast, Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, is working to solve an odor problem that has plagued the brewery and local neighbors for days.

Brewing requires a lot of water, and much of that water can be collected and saved, so Firestone Walker Brewery decided to build water retention ponds for that purpose. The problem is that once the ponds started to fill up with water from the brewery, bacteria started to grow and put off a foul odor. 

Adam Firestone, one of the company's founders, says this clearly wasn't part of the plan.

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7:17 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Members of the Lucia Mar teachers union approve salary agreement

Members of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) voted to ratify a tentative agreement reached earlier this month with the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Bargaining between LMUTA and the District had come down to the wire, with teachers threatening to strike within days.

"This is welcome news and the District congratulates LMUTA and its members for bringing our lengthy negotiations process to conclusion," the District said in a statement.

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7:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Santa Barbara County business leaders meeting to address broadband access

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Business leaders in Santa Barbara County are coming together Friday in an effort to ensure high speed internet access is available county-wide.

The Santa Barbara Broadband Task Force will meet in Buellton with a goal of expanding the service, says Ken Oplinger with regional Chamber of Commerce.

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6:53 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

UCSB ranked No. 1 public 'Green College' in the US

The UCSB campus and Storke Tower
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In honor of Earth Day next week, the Princeton Review is out with its national list of the Top 50 Green Colleges—and UCSB comes in at No. 1 for public schools.

UC Santa Barbara ranks No. 3 overall, with private schools Lewis and Clark (Oregon) and Green Mountain (Vermont) making the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively.

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6:47 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Cal Poly holds listening session to address anger over faculty wages

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong holds a listening session with faculty members upset over salaries and the size of the university's administration.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong held a listening session with faculty members Thursday afternoon in an effort to stem growing anger over wages, and what's referred to as "administrative bloat."

Armstrong said the session went well, and that he heard a lot of "pent-up emotions" coming from faculty members who have not received salary adjustments for years. He did note that situation has now changed.

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11:34 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian set to announce run for Congress

Assemblymember Achadjian speaks with his 35th District supporters in an agricultural setting.
Credit Katcho Achadjian Facebook Page

The office of Central Coast Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) said Thursday that the politician plans to announce his bid on Friday for the 24th Congression District seat being vacated by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) next fall.

Achadjian's announcement is scheduled to take place at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Sunken Gardents at 11:00 a.m., with the Assemblymember flanked by numerous local Republican leaders.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:22 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Arroyo Grande to consider Stage I drought restrictions

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The City of Arroyo Grande will soon consider moving into Stage I drought conservation status according to Mayor Pro Tem Kristen Barneich. She said Wednesday night that staff is working on a proposal for the council to consider at an upcoming meeting.

Barneich said she believes the report will be recieved by council either at the next meeting on April 28, or the following meeting on May 12.

Tuesday night, the council approved new measures to help meet the governor's water reduction demands of 25 percent.

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6:01 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Central Coast jobs report shows strong growth, but too many low-paying positions

Credit Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

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