Randol White

News Director

Randol White is an accomplished and well-rounded broadcast journalist with nearly two decades of radio, television, web and print experience.

As the first-ever news director at KCBX public radio, he built a newsroom from the ground up, based on NPR-style reporting guidelines and blended with a strong focus on the issues and topics important to our local Central Coast audience. 

I love hearing from listeners, especially regarding current affairs and news topics they find most significant.  I’m thrilled to be at KCBX, where the newsroom actively seeks audience feedback for story coverage. — Randol White, News Director

During his years as a television news anchor for Santa Maria’s KCOY CBS 12, Randol greatly expanded his knowledge of Central Coast people, places, and politics while reporting on a wide range of stories. In addition, he spent nearly five years hosting news/talk programs on San Luis Obispo’s Krush 92.5 FM and KSCO AM 1080 in Santa Cruz, discussing the area’s agriculture, wine, and tourism scenes.

Randol’s Central Coast roots extend back to the late 1980s when he was a food science and nutrition major at Cal Poly. He later studied broadcast journalism at Humboldt State in Arcata, where he received the school’s “Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student Award” his senior year.

During the 90s and 2000s, Randol anchored and reported at stations in California, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Working through seven sub-zero winters at NBC 15 in Madison helped him gain appreciation for the mild climate he left behind on the West Coast.

Randol’s broadcast career began on California’s North Coast, working the audio board and providing news updates at Eureka’s KINS 980 AM and Power 96.3 FM. He soon took a job producing television newscasts and hosting public affairs shows at nearby KTVL CBS 10. He landed his first full-time television anchoring job at Medford, Oregon’s KTVL CBS 10 in 1996. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is Randol's childhood home. He has also reported and anchored at several stations in the area, including KGO AM 810, KTVU Fox 2, and NBC Bay Area.

When Randol isn’t working on his next radio news piece, he’s likely riding his bicycle on Central Coast roadways and paths. A proud bike commuter throughout his life, Randol also has a passion for public transit and sits on the City of San Luis Obispo’s Mass Transportation Committee. 

Randol lives with his husband Ricardo and their two dogs Papas and Florecita in San Luis Obispo. You can often see them shopping for veggies at the city’s Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Give Randol a call at: (805) 549-8855 ext. 115

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Crews on Tuesday were in the process of digging up the pipeline that failed exactly one week earlier, spilling an estimated 100,000 gallons of crude oil on nearby land and into the Santa Barbara Channel.

Plains All-American Pipeline Company said just about all of the oily soil surrounding the pipeline had been removed from the area as of Tuesday evening.

The affected section of pipe, once removed, will be sent to a third-party inspector to determine what could have caused the rupture.

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Musicians with the San Luis Obispo Symphony plan to meet sometime in the coming days to figure out the best path for moving forward. The meeting follows their recent vote of no confidence in response to the current Board of Directors' decision to sever its contract with Conductor Michael Nowak.

Barbara Spencer is a spokesperson for the musicians and said Monday, the manner in which they were alerted to Nowak's departure continues to be a sore spot. The Board sent out a press release before discussing the situation with the orchestra members.

San Luis Obispo County

There will soon be a new source of water to fight wildfires on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a contract with PG&E to purchase desalinated water produced out at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Supervisor Adam Hill says the plant only uses about 40 percent of its production capacity, so some of that excess water can now be used in CAL FIRE tanker trucks.

Central Coast residents concerned with protecting the area's coastal live oak trees are joining forces in the coming days to stop the spread of a serious disease. Sudden Oak Death (SOD) has been a problem in California for years, but now scientists have tools to track—and possibly slow—its spread.

Greg Perry, KCBX Net

The Amgen Tour of California riders began Stage 4 at the Pismo Pier Wednesday morning, rode south along Highway 1 into Santa Barbara County and looped back north through Arroyo Grande, the Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo before finishing in Avila Beach.

Stage 5 starts in Santa Barbara on Thursday morning and could very well be a wet ride for the participants with a front scheduled to push through right around race time.

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New water restrictions are set to go into effect on May 15 in the City of Paso Robles, targeting outdoor water uses including residential landscaping. New restrictions are an extension of ongoing watering restrictions that have been in place in the city.

Surendra Dara - University of California

The ongoing drought is causing headaches for local farmers, but according to numbers released Thursday by Santa Barbara County, it hasn't yet hurt the local agriculture industry enough to reverse overall production values.

2014 was another record year for the county's growers, who grossed nearly $1.49 billion. This number is the total of all ag sales in the county and should not be confused with profits.

Strawberries remain the county's top crop, with wine grapes coming in second. Broccoli placed third.

Brittany Graham

Scientists at Cal Poly will launch a free system Wednesday that could revolutionize the way Californians keep track of politicians in Sacramento. It's called Digital Democracy and it's something lawmakers haven't had to contend with—until now.

Rachael Williams

Star fish—or as biologists call them, sea stars—appear to be making a comeback along the West Coast. New scientific surveys show a large number of young stars in the coastal waters from the Monterey Bay up to the Washington coast. 

Sea stars have been suffering from a mass wasting disease in recent years. Die-offs like this have happend in the past, but have never been recorded at this magnitude and over such a wide geographic area, according to the UC Santa Cruz Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.

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San Luis Obispo County's housing market is among the hottest in the nation according to a new list published by Realtor.com and highlighted through ConsumerAffairs.

The rankings are based on home demand and speed of sale in the county's largest 200 markets. San Luis Obispo County landed at No. 13 behind Santa Cruz (No. 12) and just in front of Ventura County (No. 14).

City of King - KingCity.com

King City officials say they're concerned over a spike in violence, following a couple of gang-related murders in recent days.

The most recent killing happened Sunday, with one man shot to death in a car, one wounded and a four-year-old boy who witnessed the whole incident from the back seat.

Friday saw a similar situation, again with one man dead and one wounded.

The acting King City Police Chief says enforcement is getting beefing up through partnerships with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, CHP and several other jurisdictions, incuding Greenfield.

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Gas prices on the Central Coast are nearly 30 cents higher per-gallon than they were just a week ago. Statewide they've jumped 44 cents per-gallon over the past two weeks.

As of Thursday, a gallon of regular unleaded in San Luis Obispo County was going for $3.64, that's up from $3.34 last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. In Santa Barbara County, those numbers jumped from $3.23 to $3.56.

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The international awards are piling up for the UC Santa Barbara professor who helped create energy-saving LED lighting.

UCSB's Shuji Nakamura was named this year's Global Energy Prize Laureate, announced Thursday in Moscow. Nakamura is being recognized for his lighting invention that's helping to save billions of dollars in energy costs worldwide.

LEDs had been around for decades, but not the white light versions that are currently replacing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

Water Wise SB

    

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

Randol White - KCBX News

ALSOAre you using the original pronunciation of this popular California tourist destination? 

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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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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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.

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.

City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

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.

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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Crops in San Luis Obispo County are dropping in value, likely a result of the ongoing drought according to statistics released Tuesday.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture says 2014's overall values dropped by two percent, year over year.

“Despite challenging drought and unusual weather during 2014, agriculture in San Luis Obispo County remains strong and is well in reach of achieving, in the near future, the $1 billion milestone in overall value”, said Ag Commissioner Martin Settevendemie.

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The upcoming 2015-2016 sardine fishing season off the Central Coast will be closed in an effort to help rebuild the fish population, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

Council members made the decision at their current meeting in the Bay Area.

“While this is a sad day for all those dependent on a healthy sardine fishery, it is actually a good thing that this Council is addressing the problem directly, something you don’t always see across the nation or certainly, internationally,” said Council member Frank Lockhart.

Assemblymember Das Williams

State Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced Monday that he's running for Santa Barbara County's First District Supervisor seat, come 2016.

Salud Carbajal currently holds the First District seat, but Carbajal is one of several candidates now running for Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) congressional office.

Term limits will keep Williams from running for a fourth Assembly term. He easily won re-election back in November with more than 58 percent of the vote.

CAL FIRE

Monday was the official start of Peak Fire Season along the Central Coast, with agencies in Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties joining forces in preparation. 

The move ensures staffing at all California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) offices, including Station No. 11 in Cayucos which had been temporarily closed as part of a money saving measure.

CAL FIRE San Luis Obiso Chief Robert Lewin said the fire danger indicator signs were moved to "high" on Monday and there's potential for more severe conditions later in the week.

Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD)

Customers of the Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) will be paying more for water in the coming months as the District hooks up to an additional water source.

Michael LeBrun is the District's General Manager and says rates will jump by about 30 percent in July when the water starts flowing.

The new pipeline will bring water in from Santa Maria to help diversify Nipomo's options. Currently, the area's sole source is groundwater.

LeBrun says the project has been in the works for decades and is gaining in local support amidst the current drought.

A Central Coast based company that teaches online "how-to" courses on technology is being acquired by Silicon Valley giant LinkedIn.

The purchase price for Carpinteria-based Lynda.com is estimated at $1.5 billion dollars, which includes a combination of cash and stock.

"This is such an exciting moment in the 20-year history of lynda.com, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing than lynda.com and LinkedIn," said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of the board of lynda.com in a company statement.

Cal Poly faculty members can expect a boost in salary, according to a letter sent out Thursday by President Jeffery Armstrong.

In it, he says $2.5 million will go into salary adjustments over the next several years. This includes $500,000 this fiscal year, followed by $1 million next year.

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Warmer temperatures and the lingering drought in California could lead to increased levels of West Nile Virus, according to medical experts.

The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the state saw record virus activity in 2014.

Doctor Vicki Kramer runs the Vector-Borne Disease Program in the Department and said the Central Coast has been protected somewhat because of it's cooler temperatures. But, the drought and record warmth during the first few months of 2015 could make maters worse.

Roll Call video

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced Wednesday that she will not run again for her seat in Nov. 2016. She made the announcement in a video saying, "it's been a hard decision to make."

City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara will soon be in the business of generating hydroelectric power with the completed upgrade of a plant connected to Gibraltar reservoir.

The facility was built in the 1980s and went online in 1985, but it was taken offline in 1998 when the costs to run the plant—including federal regulatory fees—exceeded the revenue from power sales.

Cathy Taylor is the Water Systems Manager for the city and says Mayor Helene Schneider was passionate about restarting the power plant. The Mayor even took the issue to the lawmakers in Washington D.C.

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