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6:31 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Santa Barbara PD sees some good and bad trends within the city

The City of Santa Barbara's latest police statistics show some positive trends regarding crime rates.

Sergeant Riley Harwood says robberies are down 40 percent year-over-year so far in 2014, and that continues a trend started in 2012.

Other forms of thefts—including those from vehicles—are also lower than last year.

However, the department says aggravated assaults have been on the rise, and this year is on track to be among the highest recorded.

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6:17 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Thousands of volunteers expected to hit Central Coast beaches this Saturday

Avila Beach is one of several Central Coast locations where there are organized cleanup efforts taking place September 20th.

This Saturday, September 20, is the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Several organized efforts are taking place along the beaches of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

In California alone last year it's estimated more than 70,000 people collected nearly a million pounds of trash.

Eben Schwartz is the marine debris manager for the California Coastal Commission. He says the Central Coast plays a big role in those numbers.

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5:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pismo Beach hotel plans move forward with unanimous council vote

Artist rendering of the 104 room hotel set to be built adjacent to the Pismo Beach pier.

Plans to build a large hotel next to the Pismo Beach pier are moving forward after a unanimous vote Tuesday night by the City Council.

The plans had previously been approved by the Planning Commission, but the project was appealed last month by residents forcing it to be heard by the council.

The 104-room hotel has plans for a rooftop pool, restaurant and commercial retail space. There is also a business center and convention space.

Underground parking remains part of the plan, but had some adjustments made by the council.

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5:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

California after-school programs take a healthy turn with governor's signature

Students in the after-school program at San Luis Obispo County's Los Ranchos Elementary.
Credit Randol White

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday by local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create an after school program aimed at giving students healthier options.

It's called the California Distinguished After School Health recognition program—or DASH.

In order to be DASH certified, programs must limit "screen time"—the time spent looking at computers or television—and serve healthful foods daily, requiring fruits and vegetables, and banning foods with high sugar or sodium content.

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Water Issues and Drought
2:14 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Cambria's emergency water solution moves forward with a strong mix of community opinion

Credit KCBX News

The residents of Cambria are among the most severely impacted by the ongoing drought conditions on California's Central Coast.

Unlike most other locations, the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) has a single source for its water supply. Should the local wells run dry, the district would be forced to truck in fresh supplies, which was the fear heading into this fall and winter.

Conservation on the part of residents and businesses however has helped to maintain well levels, putting off such a scenario for the immediate future.

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5:56 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

It's official, Pismo Preserve now owned by Land Conservancy of SLO County

Credit SLO Land Conservancy

The 900-acre parcel of land comprising the hills overlooking Pismo Beach officially became known as the Pismo Preserve Tuesday morning.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County says it closed escrow and took ownership of the property at 10:00 a.m.

The organization raised $12.3 million this year to buy the land and make improvements, plus it finalized all the paperwork to switch it over to public use.

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5:42 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Central Coast counties get portion of $2.8 million environmental judgement against national retailer

Credit Flickr member Mike Mozart

A Monterey County judge ordered Tuesday the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods to pay $2.8 million in penalties related to environmental violations.

A total of 38 California counties sued the Massachusetts-based corporation known as TJX Companies for dumping hazardous pollutants at its stores throughout the state.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley says the settlement "marks a victory for the environment and should also serve as a strong message to other companies and individuals that engage in illegal disposal practices."

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Santa Barbara County
6:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara's South Coast included in Red Flag Warning

Credit Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: September 16, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

The Red Flag Warning in effect for Santa Barbara County was expanded Tuesday to include the county's entire South Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning through Midnight Tuesday. It indicates critical fire weather conditions have moved into the area.

Meteorologists say a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and excessive heat for a fifth straight day is to blame.

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Santa Barbara County
5:48 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Missing swimmer at Arroyo Burro Beach prompts large rescue effort

Credit Santa Barbara County

Rescue teams were searching for a missing swimmer at Arroyo Burro beach in Santa Barbara County Friday afternoon.

Witnesses tell authorities that a male swimmer was seen going in the water with his dogs this afternoon. The dogs were seen returning to shore, but not the man.

Santa Barbara County Fire says a helicopter was called in to search the area in addition to a Harbor Patrol boat and jet ski. Two rescue swimmers also combed the area for about a half an hour, but found nothing.

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San Luis Obispo County
4:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

RTA promotes need to raise paratransit fares on Runabout service

RTA's Runabout paratransit service in San Luis Obispo County.
Credit Flickr member So Cal Metro

There is a plan in the works to boost the fares of San Luis Obispo County's Runabout bus service operated by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

The paratransit service is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program that provides service complementary to the fixed-route transit lines available in communities county-wide.

People have to quality for the service, showing they have physical or mental disabilities that keep them from riding the fixed-route busses.

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Water Issues and Drought
4:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

San Luis Obispo County struggles to get businesses on board with drought survey

Retired U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Raul Ramirez talks to Sikander Jassar about the damage the drought has caused to a vineyard in the Lamont farming community in southeastern Joaquin Valley in Kern County, CA on Feb. 26, 2014.
Credit USDA photo by David Kosling

Local jobs and businesses are being affected along the Central Coast as a result of the lack of water available this summer. But just how much the drought plays a role in any economic hardship is difficult to quantify currently because business owners are reluctant to share that information.

When the State of California issued a drought emergency back in January, it set into motion a number of projects to help those affected. Counties for instance are tasked with sending monthly reports to the state detailing jobs lost and business hardships directly due to a lack of water.

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3:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cuesta College banking on November bond measure, celebrating Promise Program.

Credit Cuesta College

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

This is part four of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities.

Dr. Gil Stork is the president of Cuesta College. He speaks with News Director Randol White about the college district's upcoming $275 million bond measure. Also discussed is how the new Promise Program is working for incoming San Luis Obispo County high school graduates.

Dr. Stork's audio was captured at Cuesta's KGUR studios courtesy of John Arno and Michael Larson.

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2:41 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Six Californias plan falls short in bid to qualify for 2016 ballot

West California is shown in dark blue and includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

The man behind the Six Californias initiative says he will work to prove the signatures collected were valid. This, in response to the state's denial today to place the proposition on the November ballot in 2016.

Billionaire Timothy Draper released a statement this afternoon saying he's confident a full check will confirm there were more than enough valid signatures.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
10:10 am
Fri September 12, 2014

TechPitch event gives Central Coast entrepreneurs a chance to shine

The upcoming 4th Annual TechPitch event is put on by the SLO HotHouse in partnership with Cal Poly and the greater San Luis Obispo community.

Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation and Chelsea Brown, Media Coordinator with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discuss the details with KCBX News Director Randol White.


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9:08 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hot weekend ahead for Central Coast has some local officials on their toes

The lakebed of a nearly dry Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo can be seen surrounded by brown hills.
Credit KCBX News

Some hotter than normal temperatures have arrived on the Central Coast and are expectd to peak this coming weekend. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Richard Abrams with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management says the agency works closely with public health and county fire at times like this.

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