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Thursday evening, the City of San Luis Obispo is holding a town hall meeting on the city’s Rental Housing Inspection Program.  

The nearly two-year old mandatory program, called a neighborhood wellness program by the city, affects about 4000 rental homes. The city says over 60 percent of San Luis Obispo's housing stock, that's all dwelling units, is rental housing.

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On this Valentine's Day, KCBX reporter Bree Zender headed to San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza to ask passersby about their most romantic memory. She heard tales of love, tenderness and heartbreak and put together this montage of romantic memories. 

Local government roundup: 02/13/2017

Feb 13, 2017
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On this week’s local government agendas, Monterey County supervisors will consider adopting a resolution welcoming immigrants and refugees. 

Walmart scraps Atascadero development project

Feb 13, 2017
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After ten years of negotiations, a lawsuit, public outcry and thousands of staff hours spent working out possible traffic logistics, Walmart has called it quits on building a new store in Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County. 

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Caltrans has announced plans to reopen Highway 41 West at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 after a month-long closure due to landslides. 

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On Feb. 3, the state’s Historical Resources Commission nominated two Central Coast spots to the National Register of Historic Places. That’s the official listing of historic American buildings and locales kept by the National Park Service.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted three to two to formally oppose the creation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. In what turned out to be an all-day discussion - and at the end, a contentious board debate - dozens of speakers addressed the board, many waiting up to seven hours to have their say.

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Officials at Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria broke ground Monday for a new tech-based building. The $22 million dollar building will house 38 classrooms to replace the mobile classrooms that have been sitting on campus for years. 

San Luis Obispo adds 154 acres of open space to city's greenbelt

Feb 6, 2017
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Area hikers will soon have new trails to trek. The City of San Luis Obispo has closed a deal on a 154-acre parcel on the south side of the Irish Hills Natural Reserve. 

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On January 24, 2017, we invited three Central Coast millennials to the KCBX studio to hear their about their experience traveling to Washington DC for the weekend of January 19-22. They went to document the presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Moreover, the trio - two current Cal Poly students and one recent Cal Poly graduate - went with a mission; to make a short film on the events they witnessed and the people they met along the way.

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Criminal charges have been filed against the former Grover Beach police officer whose dog fatally attacked a resident and severely injured another in December. 

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Cal Poly officials say the university spent $15,800 on policing and temporary fencing for Tuesday evening’s Milo Yiannopoulos appearance and other campus events. The California State University system spent another $39,600 on salaries for the 90 police officers sent from other campuses to join Cal Poly police.

Camp Arroyo Grande back on the market

Feb 1, 2017
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The prospective buyer of the 30-acre children’s camp and retreat property Camp Arroyo Grande has backed out of the deal, and the property is once again on the market. The camp is 15 miles south of San Luis Obispo, and has hosted generations of both secular and religious campers. Many want to keep it that way.

City officials in Paso Robles are holding a public hearing on short-term rentals available via websites such as Airbnb and VRBO. For the past year, a task force has been working on draft policy to regulate such rentals.

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On Saturday, Central Coast freshman U.S. congressman Salud Carbajal announced the introduction of his first piece of legislation. With the California Clean Coast Act, Carbajal hopes to "permanently ban leasing of oil tracts off our coast, and thereby permanently banning offshore oil development off the California coast."

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January’s extreme rainfall — though a welcome blessing for many— posed a serious problem for San Luis Obispo county’s homeless community. 

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Conservative speaker and technology editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, is coming to Cal Poly on January 31, a stop on his current U.S. tour of college campuses called the “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has declared a countywide state of emergency due to damages from weeks of stormy weather. 

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against John Wallace, a former county administrator.

Transcript and analysis: Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address

Jan 24, 2017
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CapRadio, PolitiFact California, KQED and KPCC reporters annotate Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address delivered Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2017 in Sacramento. KCBX aired Gov. Brown's speech live at 10 a.m. Click here or click through slideshow to see speech and annotations.

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The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced Monday an expansion of its reservation land in the Santa Ynez Valley. The tribe says the Bureau of Indian Affairs has placed a 2.2 square mile property known as Camp 4 into federal trust. 

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An estimated 10,000 women, men and children turned out Saturday to participate in the Women’s March San Luis Obispo. Another estimated 10,000 people attended the Santa Barbara march. Similar events took place around the world and in many U.S. cities; all were sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the nation’s capitol one day after the presidential inauguration. 

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State park personnel and firefighters evacuated two dozen people trapped by a flash flood that destroyed cabins and vehicles Friday in El Capitan Canyon. The steep and narrow canyon is home to a private campground above El Capitan State Beach in Gaviota, about 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. 

Cal Poly, UCSB students organize walkouts to protest Trump

Jan 20, 2017
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Students at Cal Poly and University of California, Santa Barbara marched out of classes and through their campus in the rain today in response to Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. 

Phillips 66

A date has been set for appeal hearings in the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan. In early March, county officials will revisit a proposal by the oil company to build a rail line extension from the company’s Nipomo Mesa Refinery to the main rail line.

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Pismo Beach is once again on track for enacting a permanent ban on retail cannabis sales and commercial production within city limits. This week the city council passed a resolution prohibiting retail commercial stores, manufacturing and outdoor growth of the plant. 

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The two men who represent the Central Coast in Washington DC said Tuesday they plan to attend Friday’s presidential inauguration. But only out of respect for the office, not the man assuming it.

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The passage of California's Proposition 58 in November brings a return to more bilingual programs in the state's public schools. KCBX recently spoke with Lisa Vallejos, Senior Coordinator of English Language Arts, English Language Development, Literacy and Family Engagement at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. 

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Local organizers have kicked off a membership drive to restart a San Luis Obispo County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - better known as the NAACP.

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The City of Paso Robles is considering purchasing the former El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility property from the State of California. The facility hasn't been in use since 2008.