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Protests get violent in Costa Mesa as Trump rally draws to a close

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Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Protestors, Trump supporters and police gather outside a rally for Donald Trump at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Thursday night, April 28, 2016. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Hundreds of protesters closed streets and clashed with police around the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa Thursday night following Donald Trump's first campaign rally in Southern California.

The teen birth rate is dropping nationwid, especially among Hispanic and black girls, and those same statistics are mirrored here on the Central Coast. 

Kenya Wildlife Service

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Kenya Wildlife Service in is planning to burn the largest amount of ivory in history.  The event will take place at Nairobi National Park.

AP / File

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

San Luis Obispo County

Governor Jerry Brown will not block the release of a 24-year-old prisoner convicted of brutally killing an elderly San Luis Obispo man back in 2005. 

Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina As Running Mate

Apr 27, 2016
Reed Saxon / AP

California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina talks to volunteers and supporters at California GOP election night headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

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A new survey shows Santa Barbara is one of only two U.S. cities where women earn over ten percent more than men on average.

California Counts Poll: What do you want to ask our US Senate candidates?

Apr 26, 2016

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring, and KPBS, as part of the multi-station California Counts election collaborative, will host a live debate May 10 at KPBS in San Diego with the top five candidates running to succeed her.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz will answer questions on the economy, immigration, health care, crime and policing.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

Dan Tuffs for KPCC

College of the Canyons students Devon Miller, Mohammad Qayum and Jose Martinez are all members of the community college's political science club. Miller says although he supports Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, he doesn't care who his peers vote for as long as they vote. Dan Tuffs for KPCC

With the presidential primary just six weeks away, eyes are turning to California and the hundreds of Democratic and Republican delegates statewide who are up for grabs. 

The five leading candidates for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat mixed it up Monday night in a debate that was at times feisty, funny and civilized, but did little to change the fundamental dynamics of the race. The front runner, Attorney General Kamala Harris, escaped mostly unscathed and gave as good as she got on issues ranging from immigration to what some say is an aversion to political risk.

James Gathany

The first relatively wet rainy season in years has local health officers looking for ways to control the number of mosquitos on the Central Coast. 

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Santa Ana high school cultural ethnics and history teacher Ben Vazquez, 45, invites guests on the food tour in Little Arabia to try some of Kareem's Restaurant hummus, salad and baba ganoush. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

With the California primary and elections around the corner, a pair of Orange County activists is trying to unite the region’s ethnic groups to build minority-voting blocs.

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

A grass that grows in the coastal waters and tidal lands of the Central Coast is seeing a rapid decline in habitat.

Randol White - KCBX News

A project is in the works to relocate the water pumping barge at Cachuma Lake to accommodate receding lake levels.

Central Coast Wild Heritage

A U.S. Senate hearing will consider on Thursday the preservation of 245,000 acres of land along the Central Coast. 

San Ysidro Ranch

Voters in Santa Barbara County will likely have a say this November on whether to raise a tax aimed at tourists to the area. 

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane, gesture at supporters as they take a walk in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mary Altaffer / AP

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

Every April, the townspeople of Lindsay pack the pews of a local church, as fathers in cowboy boots proudly escort their daughters down the aisle. They’re the college-bound young women elected as the Orange Blossom Festival Queen and her court. This year, they’re all young women of color.

Queen Angela Bolaños says that’s a sea change from a time when the royal court was almost always made up of white farmers’ daughters.

Greg Perry, KCBX Net

The Amgen Tour of California is coming to a couple Central Coast cities next month and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at those locations. 

Randol White - KCBX News

The ride-sharing company Uber received clearance late last week to begin pick-up operations at the San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP).

Screenshot of Disney's Finding Dory trailer

One Central Coast town has good reason to be excited about the upcoming release of the feature animated film "Finding Dory," the sequel to the extremely popular "Finding Nemo." 

California Counts: What do you want to ask our US Senate candidates?

Apr 15, 2016

In the months leading up to California's primary election, we've been closely following our state's U.S. Senate campaign. 

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is retiring, and our partner station, KPBS in San Diego, will host a live debate May 10 with the top five candidates running to replace her. California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Tom Del Beccaro and Ron Unz will answer questions on the economy, immigration, health care, crime and policing.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office

A two-year-old Salinas Valley boy was found safe Thursday afternoon after being the subject of an Amber Alert abduction earlier in the day. 

Skatebiker at English Wikipedia

There is a plan in the works to visit Alpha Centauri, the nearest star beyond our own Sun. It's a journey of some 25 trillion miles. 

 The effort to mobilize voters to go to the polls is a grueling process. Over Spring Break, the Sacramento State Civic Engagement Center took high school and college students door-to-door to register voters in one of Sacramento's historically low voter turnout neighborhoods. 

Take a walk with some of the students.

 

During their spring break, high school students volunteer to hand out voter registration forms in South Sacramento on March 24, 2016. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

 

Strawberries top 'Dirty Dozen' list of produce with detectable pesticides

Apr 12, 2016
Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

The Central Coast's number one cash crop is taking a hit from an environmental watchdog group for what it calls an excessive use of pesticides. 

Jae C. Hong / AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference as he is joined by individuals who identify themselves as family members of victims who were killed, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jae C. Hong / AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has picked a veteran GOP strategist to run his California campaign just weeks before vote-by-mail ballots go out, leaving his campaign with a lot of work to do in very little time.

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