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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.

Cal Poly Baseball grabs Big West Championship

May 19, 2014
Owen Main/ Fansmanship.com

 The Cal Poly baseball team is celebrating its first-ever championship in the Big West Conference. The title comes after a weekend sweep over Cal State Northridge in Southern California. 

The Mustangs finished the season with six straight victories, increasing the team's standings nationally to as high as No. 4 with the ESPN-USA Today poll. The team now moves into the post-season with the Division I regionals set for next week.

This will be the third time the team has made it this far, all three within the last five years, and all under Coach Larry Lee.

Central Coast sees more good jobs numbers for April

May 16, 2014

The latest unemployment numbers from the state of California show the Central Coast continues to have among the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

San Luis Obispo County's April jobless rate was 5.2 percent, while Santa Barbara County came in at 5.4.

Raymond McDonald is with the Santa Barbara County's Workforce Investment Board and cautioned that these numbers are new and will be adjusted over time, but he says it is encouraging to see numbers return to pre-recession levels.

The man who has been in charge of San Luis Obispo County's public works department for the past several years will become Oceano's new general manager this summer. Paavo Ogren is expected to begin running the Community Services District in July.

Mary Lucey is the vice president of the district board and told KCBX Friday, they're very excited to have somebody of Ogren's caliper ready to take charge.

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Issues and Ideas, May 21, 2014:

Who are you voting for in the race for San Luis Obispo District Attorney? Those running include:

  • Tim Covello (on ballot)
  • Dan Dow (on ballot)
  • Paul Phillips (write in)

If you haven’t made up your mind, listen to all three candidates—two on the ballot and a third official write-in—discuss their platforms. Debate moderated by Larry Rutter. 

Wave energy, business incubators, local events

May 16, 2014

GUEST:

Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), a non-profit working to generate jobs, promote start-ups, and increase investment throughout SLO County.

TOPICS:

  • Potential Wave Energy Projects are being considered for the central coast from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo
  • Business incubators are starting to spring up, including a new one in Goleta.
  • Business-related events coming to the Central Coast in the coming weeks.

​LINKS:

A 32-year-old Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charges after the sheriff's department says she left her nine-month-old son unattended in a hot car Thursday afternoon, with only the back windows partially rolled down.

The incident was reported to 9-1-1 by somebody at Goleta's Magnolia Shopping Center, where the woman had gone into a grocery store.

The temperature outside at the time was around 95 degrees, according to the sheriff's report.

VIDEO: Pismo Pier start to Stage 5 of Amgen Tour

May 15, 2014
Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

The temperature was hovering near 90 degrees as the Amgen Tour of California's Stage 5 kicked off along the Pismo Beach pier Thursday morning, well above normal for mid-May along the Central Coast.

Suzen Brasil with the City of Pismo Beach estimates some 5000 people showed up to cheer the riders at the pier and on connecting streets.

The route first took riders to Arroyo Grande for a sprint down Branch Street, then to a sizzling Santa Ynez Valley, up and over the San Marcos pass on Highway 154, with a finish finally in Santa Barbara around 4:00 p.m.

Cal Poly Student Affairs, the Mayor of San Luis Obispo, the Downtown Association, and local bar owners have all come to an agreement regarding the opening hours for local watering holes the mornings of graduation—they'll remain at 6 a.m.

Dominic Tartaglia, executive director of the Downtown Association, says the situation will be used as a way to educate students on responsible drinking. Cal Poly plans to roll out that campaign over the next few weeks.

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Riders in the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, encountered temperatures well above normal for the Central Coast during Wednesday's Stage 4 along Highway 1.

Heat records were broken throughout San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with many inland locations hovering at or near 100 degrees. Along the coast, where the riders spent most of their time, temperatures were a bit more moderate with 80s and 90s.

Twitter: @CALFIRE_SLO

THURSDAY UPDATE: 6:11 p.m.—Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators have concluded that the Miguelito Fire was started when untrimmed trees came into contact with a live power line.

Investigators say a 12,000 volt power line feeding the plant located at 2500 San Miguelito Rd. in Lompoc, contacted a tree causing embers to drop down and ignite the dry brush along the hillside.

Santa Barbara plastic bag ban starts Wednesday

May 12, 2014
Flickr member Taber Andrew Bain

Don't forget your reusable shopping bag, if you're headed into a Santa Barbara grocery store or pharmacy later this week.

Single-use plastic carryout bags will no longer be available and paper bags can be purchased for 10 cents each at all large stores as of Wednesday. Small stores have until mid-November to comply.

Lorraine Cruz Carpenter is an environmental specialist with the City of Santa Barbara and says she's heard very little push-back regarding the ban.

Two pro-business groups are lining up behind a plan to extend San Luis Obispo's half-cent sales tax for another eight years.

The Downtown Association has joined the SLO Chamber of Commerce, in calling on the City Council to put the extension on the November ballot.

Voters first approved the half-cent tax, known as Measure Y, back in 2006. It's due to expire this year.

The Downtown Association's executive director, Dominic Tartaglia says the association wasn't always entirely behind the measure.

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The Central Coast is well known for its award-winning wines, and in recent years, the Paso Robles region has become a favorite of wine critics.  

The area also faces challenges from drought and rapid growth.

Randol White shares insight into the many aspects of our local wine industry during his latest interview.

Information on the 32nd Paso Robles Wine Festival can be found at PasoWine.com

An attorney from Pismo Beach is entering the race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney—as a write-in candidate.

On Thursday, Paul Phillips submitted the final signatures he needed to qualify as an official write-in candidate, according to County Clerk Julie Rodewald.

Up until now, the contentious race for SLO County DA has been just between just the two candidates who will appear on June's ballot, Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, and Dan Dow, the Deputy District Attorney.

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The first woman appointed to the U-S Supreme Court will speak on the UCSB campus this Saturday at a free event that is open to the public.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will give a talk titled "Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age."

Wade Clark Roof is the director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life and says O'Connor's focus this weekend should be engaging.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

A longtime youth soccer coach in the Santa Ynez area is in custody on $100,000 bail, charged with sex crimes against a child.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says 42-year-old Jose Diaz was arrested Tuesday in Solvang for having sexual relations with a teenager when the girl was 14 and 15 years old. 

Diaz has been a coach with the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) girl's league for nearly two decades. Sheriff's detectives are concerned there may be more victims.

Randol White

Embarcadero Road is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and fishing businesses. Together they make up the community of Morro Bay’s celebrated waterfront.

All the lease sites along the waterfront are public property of the City of Morro Bay and are managed by the Morro Bay Harbor Department.

Eric Endersby oversees the waterfront leases as a part of his job as Morro Bay Harbor Manager and he says things are changing in the bay.

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There is a push to help control the number of drunk Cal Poly students attending this year's morning graduation ceremonies.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx says she was asked by leaders on campus to help organize a discussion with local bar owners. At issue, is the tradition of students hitting the bars very early on graduation morning and then, in some cases, being too inebriated to follow through with their ceremony.

The mayor says in some cases the graduates can't walk, disrupt the ceremony, and have even vomited on themselves.

Body of UCSB student found on beach in Isla Vista

May 4, 2014
A cropped version from Flickr member: Ryosuke Yagi

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) student whose body was found Sunday morning on the beach in Isla Vista.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler of Eureka, who was attending UCSB and lived in Isla Vista.

Around 7:00 a.m., a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below the 6800 block of Del Playa Drive and called 9-1-1, the sheriff's department said.

Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

The Santa Barbara County group working to get a fracking ban on the November ballot says it has turned in roughly 20,000 signatures to qualify its initiative.

The County Registrar of Voters must now go through the signature certification process. Should at least 13,201 check out, it will then be up to the Board of Supervisors to either adopt the initiative or put the measure on the ballot.

If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

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An investigation is underway into a violent incident this week at Atascadero State Hospital involving four staff members and three patients.

The California Department of State Hospitals says the patients attacked the staff members Tuesday night causing a struggle during which police officers used pepper spray.

Central Coast Business Week

May 1, 2014

This week for the business wrap-up, we speak with the Economic Vitality Corporation's CEO/President Michael Manchak about the following topics:

  • New commercial center on Monterey Street in San Luis Obsipo
  • First co-working space opens in Santa Maria
  • UCSB Economic Forecast set to be released next Thursday, Friday

A sexually violent predator living as a transient in Santa Barbara County will have his round-the-clock supervision extended for another year.

The Santa Barbara District Attorney's office announced Wednesday that 61-year-old Tibor Karsai will continue to receive monitoring through GPS, plus two guards provided through Liberty Healthcare.

Karsai has twice been convicted of rape, including one that took place in Santa Barbara in 1974. He was released to the county a year ago on a court ruling. He's been under 24-hour supervision since his release and lives in a motorhome.

Steven Puglisi Architecture - San Luis Obispo

The City of Paso Robles is in the midst of a hotel boom with more properties before the planning department than at any time in the city's history.

Susan DiCarli is the Paso Robles Planning Manager and says while every hotel or resort property may not make it to fruition, the level of potential development is impressive.

City of Paso Robles

Several Central Coast communities are facing severe water shortages this summer as our state’s historic drought drags on, and that's prompting many local leaders to consider short and long term remedies.

One of the newest proposals is to build a pipeline that could deliver emergency water to areas of San Luis Obispo County, including the City of Morro Bay.

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The  Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is pulling its sponsorship of Los Angeles Clippers home games in response to recorded racist comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The Chumash Casino Resort has been a sponsor of the LA Clippers for the past four years, according to Chumash media contact Mike Traphagen. As a "presenting sponsor," the Chumash Casino logo is printed on all Clippers home game tickets, and can be seen throughout the Staples Center.

http://go.farmbot.it/

It's a tough spring in California for committed gardeners who need to contemplate how our record dry spell will affect what they plant and tend to for this year’s fruit, vegetable, and flower gardens.

The complexities of gardening are what drive the passion for some. But others don’t quite possess the knowledge, talents, time, or even the physical abilities it takes to successfully work the soil. That's where a new invention, something called FarmBot, comes in.

San Miguel man arrested in high tech peeping case

Apr 24, 2014
SLO County Sheriff's Department

A San Miguel man is facing charges of breaking into local homes and installing wireless cameras in the bedrooms.

On May 18, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the area of Bonita Place and Verde Place in San Miguel. A suspect was identified at that time.

After a month-long investigation, deputies arrested 34-year-old Eutimio Contreras Anguiano in connection with the case.

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider raising the city's sales tax by a half percent. The goal would be to raise nearly $2 million with the primary purpose of funding road repairs.

Tuesday's decision simply directs city staff to gather public opinion, as well as construct language for a ballot measure to put before voters in November. The council will consider the staff proposal in June.

2014 SLO Film Fest sees record numbers

Apr 22, 2014

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) saw record attendance and income in March, according to the festival's marketing director Wendy Eidson.

Organizers say the event has been growing steadily in recent years with ticket sales up 35 percent from 2013. Overall admissions increased to 8500, beating the previous record by more than 12-percent.

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