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KCBX News began covering stories in February, 2014. The first on-air newscast happened during All Things Considered on March 3, 2014. KCBX added local news content to Morning Edition in September, 2014.

In the years since, KCBX News has had local stories featured on NPR and The California Report.

Megan Schellong/KCBX

There's a new youth ballet company in San Luis Obispo, striving to bring world-class instruction to young dancers and exceptional performances to Central Coast audiences. 

Tess Whittlesey

KCBX News welcomed Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal to the studio this week to talk about a variety of issues: the proposal to decommission the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, what's happening in Washington DC, and the most pressing concerns he hears from his constituents. Here's KCBX News Director Greta Mart in conversation with Rep. Carbajal.

County government contracting bill reduces local control, say opponents

Aug 29, 2017
Ttoolan/Wikimedia Commons

Opposition is growing against a bill in the California Legislature that would add strict new requirements before any counties can contract out for government services.

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

San Luis Obispo County

This week Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal is hosting a town hall meeting specifically about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The state’s last nuclear power plant - owned by Pacific Gas and Electric - is expected to close in 2025, if the California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E's request to do so.

Big Sur's Henry Miller Library looks at branching out

Aug 25, 2017
Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination. But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it. So the library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now it’s executive director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent. 

Becerra and Carbajal host Santa Barbara town hall

Aug 25, 2017
Courtesy of https://carbajal.house.gov/photos/

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal are hosting a town hall Saturday in Santa Barbara. Joining them will be California Assemblymember Monique Limon and California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

The future boundaries of the Carrizo Plain National Monument are still in question, although it appears the monument’s protected status won’t be entirely abolished. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he was not recommending the elimination of any national monuments. However, he did say that a "handful" could be reduced in size. 

After Santa Maria's Foster Road Jail closed last year, people arrested in northern Santa Barbara County are now taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail - 60 miles away.  The county did have a contract with a cab company to transport those people back to Santa Maria upon release, but the company went out of business. Most detainees simply don't have a way to get to back to North County, especially late at night when the buses aren't running. 

San Luis Obispo's Measure B-17 defeated

Aug 22, 2017

San Luis Obispo voters have rejected an effort to permanently bar the city from establishing a rental housing inspection program. According to preliminary election night results, Measure B-17 was defeated by a wide margin: 71 percent of voters said no, with 29 percent voting in favor of the initiative.  

August 22 is the last day of San Luis Obispo’s special election for Measure B-17. All vote-by-mail ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. 

Bob Wick, BLM California

Later this week the U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to announce a recommendation for the status of the Carrizo Plain National Monument

Bree Zender


Ivy Bottini is a feminist, actor, artist and activist. She’s probably best known for designing the logo for the National Organization for Women, or NOW. And now, she’s the subject of a new original play called InclusIVitY: The Ivy Bottini Story.

Hundreds attend San Luis Obispo vigil for Charlottesville

Aug 15, 2017
Megan Schellong/KCBX

In response to the August 11 and 12 events in Charlottesville, Virginia, San Luis Obispo locals held a vigil on Wednesday evening. Called Outshine the Darkness, around 1,000 people gathered to express solidarity with those across the nation protesting hate groups and white supremacists. Organizers invited Central Coast residents to "unite our community against hate, racism and bigotry."

CA lawmakers seek to streamline affordable housing approval

Aug 14, 2017
California State Senate video archive

California lawmakers are weighing several ideas to encourage – or force – cities and counties to speed up the approval process for housing projects. The proposals are part of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to address California’s high housing costs.

Pride comes to Santa Maria

Aug 11, 2017
Courtesy of Audy Macdonald

The Santa Maria LGBTQ community is celebrating its first ever Pride event this weekend. 

Krista Almanzan

The landslide at Mud Creek – about 25 miles north of Hearst Castle – is the largest ever on the Central Coast. It buried and broke apart a section of California's famed State Route One. To fix it, CalTrans has decided to build a road over the massive slide.

City of Arroyo Grande

A months-long investigation into Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill found misconduct. The inquiry was paid for by the city of Arroyo Grande and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. Besides serving as mayor, Hill is the city's representative on the sanitation district's board of directors. 

Carol Tangeman

While the struggle over health care continues in Washington D.C., a San Luis Obispo County doctor follows his dream by providing top quality care - at no cost to the patient.

Bree Zender/KCBX News

After multiple public records requests from local news agencies, San Luis Obispo County refused to provide any of the 100 hours of video footage related to the death of county jail inmate Andrew Holland, according to County Council Rita Neal

Measure B-17 backer alleges election fraud

Aug 6, 2017

A local renter and treasurer of SLO Voice, the ballot committee in favor of Measure B-17, is alleging San Luis Obispo's mayor, city council and city attorney altered the language of the special election ballot now before city voters.   

Megan Schellong/KCBX

If you hike up San Luis Obispo’s Islay Hill, at the top you’ll find a standing cow sculpture with binoculars pointing east. This fiberglass cow is called 'Moo With a View,' and it’s one of 101 similar artworks that appeared all over San Luis Obispo, as part of CodwParade SLO.

That was the local version of a worldwide art display founded in Chicago in 1999. Since then, CowParade has expanded to about 80 international cities. Here in San Luis Obispo County, the cows were on display from September 2016 through May 2017.

Central Coast marine sanctuaries under review

Aug 3, 2017
Courtesy of C.King/Simon/MBNMS

Just like the current review of 27 national monuments across America by the Department of the Interior, the federal Department of Commerce is looking to possibly revoke protected designation of 11 marine sanctuaries. 

CalTrans to rebuild Highway 1 on top of massive Mud Creek slide

Aug 2, 2017
Courtesy of John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that destroyed a stretch of Highway 1 north of Ragged Point earlier this year is to not clear it. Instead, CalTrans will build a road on top of it. 

Behind the scenes with Atascadero's robotics champions

Aug 2, 2017
Courtesy of Team 973

A Central Coast high school robotics team is number one in the country. Atascadero High School's Greybots team won gold at the 2017 championships, held in Houston, Texas. Last week, KQED's John Sepulvado visited the team at their workshop and brings us this report:

Bree Zender

Local activists took to the front lawn of the San Luis Obispo Veteran’s Hall Monday afternoon to protest President Trump’s tweet suggesting a ban on transgender people serving in the military. 

Greta Mart

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a civil rights inquiry at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Unarmed missile to launch from Vandenberg

Aug 1, 2017
Staff Sgt. Jim Araos

UPDATE 8/2/17 9:26 a.m.: The missile launched at 2:10 a.m., said the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs office. To watch the video, click here.

The U.S. military is planning a missile launch this week from the Central Coast's Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

Andrew Epperson

There’s currently $1.4 trillion dollars owed in student debt. And that number is only growing. On July 1, student loan interest rates increased by three-quarters of a percentage point. 

Andrew Epperson

Cal Poly students who signed up to live in a private bedroom this coming school year won’t be living alone after all. The incoming class is the projected largest in Cal Poly’s history, and that means more students will need housing in an already tight market. 

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