California

California rice growers could export product to China

Jul 25, 2017
Amadscientist/Wikimedia commons

For the first time in history, an agreement is in place that gives U.S. rice growers access to China, the world's largest consumer of rice.

Paul Towers

Salinas Valley farmworkers and advocacy groups made a trip to Sacramento this week to rally for a ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. 

California looks to GPS tracking to solve gas tax deficit

Apr 5, 2017
Capital Public Radio

Every time you pump gas in California, a portion of that price-per-gallon goes to building and maintaining roads. But the state’s transportation needs far outweigh the money generated.

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

Jan 24, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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.

California lemon farmers wary of imported fruit

Jan 5, 2017
Elton Morris/Creative Commons

The United States Department of Agriculture recent published a final rule to allow lemons from Argentina into the country, a decision that has the California lemon industry on edge. 

Final environmental docs for state water tunnel project released

Dec 22, 2016
www.californiawaterfix.com

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has released a 97,000-page environmental document on a plan to re-engineer the state’s water delivery system. Brown said it’s essential in maintaining a reliable water supply.

Methane emissions skyrocketing

Dec 12, 2016
USDA

California regulators are meeting this week to discuss plans to cut methane emissions 40 percent by 2030. The reduction is required under a recently passed state law and scientists now say global concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas are growing faster than at any other time in the past two decades. 

End of the road for California's Field Poll

Dec 9, 2016

The poll that gauged the opinions of Californians on political and social issues for nearly 70 years will cease operations next year. The director of the Field Poll announced today that the company will no longer release the non-partisan poll, which was founded in 1947 by Mervin Field.

Don Barrett/Flickr

Monterey County is now the seventh county in California to ban fracking. Voters there approved Measure Z last Tuesday by a margin of 11 points.

WATCH: Your guide to California's 17 propositions

Nov 7, 2016
Randol White

WHAT: KPCC's Larry Mantle and voting experts host a one-hour special "voter cram session" covering all 17 statewide ballot initiatives.

A Spirit Ed Journey

Oct 19, 2016
Vodka & Moonshine
Fr Ian M Delinger

On today's "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas", the emerging craft spirits industry leads to an educational adventure along the Central Coast, and some exploration in the kitchen as with vodka and moonshine. 

Chocolate: Uncovered!

Sep 29, 2016
Chocolate Bacon Cheeseburger
Fr Ian M Delinger

The debut of "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas" explores the world of chocolate and uncovers its surprising diversity that can be played with in your own kitchen...if you are adventurous enough.

Flickr member: Dylan's World

The City of Salinas is the latest Monterey County city to pass an ordinance on how marijuana can be grown and sold.

'End of Life Option Act' to take effect this summer

Mar 10, 2016
Senator Bill Monning

A law giving terminally-ill Californians access to a life-ending prescription is set to go into effect this summer.

Cal Poly School of Education

A powerful name in education along the Central Coast is expressing concern this week over California's teacher shortage.

Jessica Paterson

There is a push in Sacramento to lower the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) guidelines for drivers who transport passengers, like standard cabs Uber and Lyft. 

Tom Wilmer

  An ongoing push for improved working conditions in berry fields along the West Coast is set for ramp-up in the coming weeks.

Swarm of earthquakes shake California's eastern Sierra

Feb 16, 2016
USGS

A moderate earthquake hit along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Tuesday afternoon with the cities of Bishop and Big Pine along Highway 395 feeling the biggest jolt. 

Dan Williams

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is in the midst of a two-day hearing to consider the Phillips 66 rail spur project proposed near Nipomo. 

Hundreds of demonstrators protested the project Thursday outside the County Courthouse.

California's role in the future of solar technology

Jan 14, 2016
Jessica Paterson

Broadcast date: 01/13/16  

It hasn’t been long since the end of the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris. Just last month, the world’s leaders drafted broad goals for curbing the effects of climate change on the world’s nations. One of those goals is to pursue transformation towards sustainable development, with some specific parameters.

flickr member Don McCullough

 A local lawmaker is hoping her legislation will determine how drones can operate in California.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced a bill this week that would set comprehensive limits on where drones can fly. 

Flickr member: Patrick Berry

The federal government wants you to check your risk for flooding as California is likely to be hit with a series of large rain storms this winter. 

Jordan Bell

A local elementary school is now using a rare teaching tool, one used by just a handful of schools throughout the country.

Fifth graders at Oceano Elementary practice how to proceed at a four-way stop on the school's recently completed bicycle course. It's painted on the blacktop and simulates real-life traffic situations.

SLOCOG/Caltrans

Transportation funding is a real issue in California and along the Central Coast where major projects can no longer move forward because there’s just not enough money. 

J. Newman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

State officials say it's imminent that California's commercial Dungeness crab season will be canceled until further notice. 

It was announced Thursday morning that the recreational season is on hold as well. This follows a warning earlier this week about high levels of a deadly toxin called domoic acid. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

All Haggen stores throughout California, including several on the Central Coast, will likely be put up for sale as the Washington-based grocery chain looks to exit the area.

Jessica Paterson

  A bill to clarify where drones can fly in California is headed to the Governor's desk. 

Ventura County Fire

Central Coast-based fire crews are helping to control some of the dozen or more wildfires currently burning throughout the state.

UPDATE: Park Hill fire fully contained

Jun 23, 2015

Updated 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, June 24:  The Park Hill fire that burned 1,791 acres just east of Santa Margarita is now  fully contained.  PG&E crews continue to repair burned poles and lines in the area.  Cal Fire says the cost of fighting this fire is $3.5 million. 

Pipeline company releases tarball origin analysis

Jun 22, 2015
Jordan Bell

The origins of several tarballs collected on Southern California beaches late last month were confirmed Monday.

Plains All American Pipeline announced that they received a portion of the lab results analyzing tarballs found on beaches from Gaviota to San Clemente.

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