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Traffic
6:27 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Busy holiday airport traffic made worse by regional pilot shortage

Travelers walk onto the tarmac to board a regional flight at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.

In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.

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Crime
6:09 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Car stolen nearly three decades ago soon to be back with rightful owner

Stolen 1967 Ford Mustang will soon be returned to its rightful owner, a San Benito County woman.
Credit CHP Salinas

A Central Coast woman will get an early Christmas on Monday when she picks up a classic car that was stolen from her 28 years ago.

The California Highway Patrol office in Salinas matched the vehicle to the San Benito County woman's original police report (she lived in Monterey County in 1986), after doing a vehicle identification number search on a 1967 Ford Mustang that was being registered.

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Sports
6:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Santa Maria High School student on track to represent the US at 2016 Olympics

17-year-old Carlos Balderas (left) says he trains daily for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
Credit SMJUHSD

A teenager from Santa Maria High School has earned a chance to compete to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Balderas is 17-years-old, 5 foot 8, and has a record of 127 wins and about nine losses, according to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. He recently won a key fight at the World Championships Team Trial in Tennessee by defeating a National Golden Gloves Champion in the lightweight final round bout.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:29 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

'Exceptional' drought levels shrink in California

The most recent Drought Monitor map of California shows significant improvement for many areas of the state.
Credit The National Drought Mitigation Center

Less than half the state of California is now considered to be in exceptional drought status—or D-4—the highest intensity level as measured by the Drought Monitor.

This is the first time since July that has occurred. Four to 12 inches of rainfall in recent days is responsible for the change.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Airport Land Use Commission meets for first time post SLO City Council override

San Luis Obispo County's Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) met Wednesday for the first time since the San Luis Obispo City Council voted against the commission's restrictions for development.

Last week the council moved forward with its General Plan update, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and in doing so overrode the commission.

ALUC Members heard a presentation by the city at Wednesday's meeting regarding the LUCE.

Politics
5:50 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Central Coast Senators fill leadership positions in Sacramento

Central Coast Senator Bill Monning is now the California Senate's Majority Leader after an announcement Wednesday by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

Monning's district includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz Counties and a portion of Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. The Majority Leader serves as the main floor manager for de León.

Monning says he looks forward to serving in this leadership position.

Community
5:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Homeless housing facility opens in Isla Vista

Santa Barbara County says nearly three dozen homeless individuals will soon have a roof over their heads as a new housing facility has opened its doors in Isla Vista.

It's called the Pescadero Lofts and the first people began moving into their apartments Wednesday. The county's Housing Authority hopes to have everyone moved in by Christmas.

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Science & Technology
6:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Earthquake warning system partially funded in new federal budget

A seismogram display from Black Mountain in San Luis Obispo County showing a micro earthquake that occurred at near Parkfield on December 14, 2014.
Credit USGS

An omnibus federal funding bill that is headed to President Obama's desk after passing in both the US Senate and House of Representatives includes $5 million to develop a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the funding is just a down payment and she wants to see the program fast-tracked before the next major quake strikes.

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Weather
6:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Clean-up underway following giant West Coast storm

Rock slide on Highway 1 near Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County
Credit Cal Trans

Clean-up and utility crews were hard at work throughout the Central Coast Friday, in the wake of Thursday night's big storm. Strong winds and heavy rain caused massive power outages, flooding, and property destruction throughout the KCBX listening area.

As of Friday evening, PG&E reported roughly 6,500 customers still without power, down from a peak of 12,000 Thursday night.

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Water Issues and Drought
1:02 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Drought designations for California don't budge despite series of Pacific storms

A Cal Trans crew working to reduce flooding on Interstate 280 in the San Francisco Bay Area (Photo taken Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014).
Credit CHP San Francisco Twitter: @CHPSanFrancisco

A series of Pacific storms—some of them rather strong—are showing promising signs of a wet rainy season for the Central Coast and California.

Meteorologists have made it abundantly clear following each passing storm that the rainfall received was not enough to end the drought.

It's hard for people to comprehend when they see images of flooding throughout the state.

So how much will it take, and where do we sit currently?

Brad Rippey is a Meteorologist with the USDA and tracks California’s water needs through the National Drought Mitigation Center. 

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Education
12:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Fall Commencement: A brief history of Cal Poly's December ceremony

Credit Flickr member Tan Huynh

Cal Poly students are preparing for Saturday's Fall Commencement, a tradition that started in 1955. 

Although Fall Commencement started in the '50s, there were only two ceremonies that decade. It returned to Cal Poly in 1984 with only 262 graduates that December. This ceremony marks the 30th consecutive year the university has held Fall Commencement.

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Community
10:47 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Homeless Services Center gets unanimous vote from SLO Planning Commission

Project rendering: Main facility entrance

Designs for a new Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo are moving forward after unanimous approval Wednesday night by the city's Planning Commission.

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Business
6:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

National survey: Employees rank Central Coast company among the best Top Ten tech firms

A Central Coast company is considered one of the Top Ten tech firms to work for in the United States. San Luis Obispo-based MindBody made the ranking on a survey by the employment website GlassDoor.

Company Co-Founder and Cal Poly alum Rick Stollmeyer says they're thrilled about the survey's results.

He says MindBody represents a growing trend of new firms choosing San Luis Obispo as their base.

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Politics
6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

SLO City Council moves forward with update to general plan

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

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Weather
6:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

December storm expected to slam Central Coast with huge waves

Large waves roll into Pismo Beach Wednesday evening. Forecast calls for wave heights to peak Thursday night into Friday.
Credit Amy Joseph - centralcoastpictures.com

In addition to the strong winds and significant rain expected Thursday and Friday, the Central Coast is likely to get hit was some very heavy surf.

The National Weather Service says western-facing beaches are most at risk from a major swell arriving late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect serious beach erosion because of the duration of the event.

Waves as high as 25 feet could be possible in some areas, and it's predicted that jetties and sea walls could be breached during periods of high tide.

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