California

Health
5:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

UPDATE: Test for possible measles case in Santa Barbara County comes back negative

Credit Centers for Disease Control

UPDATE: Jan. 29, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.

The Public Health Department in Santa Barbara County said Thursday afternoon that it has received the laboratory test results for a possible measles patient, and says they came back negative.

All those who were potentially exposed will be notified directly and immediately released from any quarantine or isolation status.

The department still wants to urge residents to get vaccinated.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Volunteers asked to take photos of upcoming King Tides event in California

King Tide on December 12, 2012 at Port San Luis in San Luis Obispo County.
Credit Gordon Hensley - San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper

Volunteers are set to record thousands of images of the California Coast next week as the highest tides of the year are expected to hit the area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The volunteers are part of an effort to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact the lives of coastal Californians. It's called the California King Tides Project, and Central Coast representatives are on board to help document the event.

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Health
6:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Infant becomes Santa Barbara County's first recorded death from whooping cough

California is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, the worst the state has seen in 70 years.

The outbreak's latest fatality was a 25-day-old baby in Santa Barbara County. It's the county's first recorded death from the disease—also called pertussis—and only the second death in California since the outbreak started last year.

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Weather
5:16 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Let's talk about the weather: what to expect this year

Last year was the warmest on California's record books and it continued to move the state into it's prolonged drought.

John Lindsey is PG&E's Corporate Relations Representative and Marine Meteorologist. He says 2014 broke the previous record by 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Lindsey explains what to expect from 2015.

"We're definitely looking at a changing climate, a warming climate. A hypothesis is that if we do receive rain, storms could be more intense and it may produce longer and more prolonged drought," Lindsey said.

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Community
6:13 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Protest over Santa Barbara-based newspaper's headline to ensue Thursday

Credit Facebook event: Stop Biased & Irresponsible Journalism in SB

Santa Barbara community members have created a Facebook event called 'Stop Biased & Irresponsible Journalism in SB,' where more than 500 people have "joined" to protest the Saturday's headline in the Santa Barbara News-Press. In addition to the virtual protest, community members are planning a protest in Santa Barbara Thursday night in front of the paper's office. 

The headline which reads 'Illegals line up for driver's licenses" titled a story about AB 60,  a new law allowing people to apply for undocumented licenses in California.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Local lawmakers on Brown's sustainability goals

Credit Twitter feed @JerryBrownGov

Some Central Coast lawmakers are supportive of aspects of Governor Jerry Brown's Inaugural speech Monday.

Brown touched on the budget and stressed the importance of education and sustainability for the future of California.

Assemblymember Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara) says he agrees with the Governor's vision for the future and says that Brown focused on issues directly affecting the Central Coast.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

UCSB students want 'action' from Gov. Brown on educational finances

Credit Flickr user Ricardo Diaz

UC Santa Barbara students are supportive of Governor Brown's statement Monday on California higher education costs.

Brown said that he will not make California students the 'default financiers of colleges and universities.' 

Ali Guthy is the President of Associated Students at UCSB. She says that the sentiment represents 'everything' that students want from the governor, but that students intend to hold him accountable.

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Central Coast
2:17 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

DMV offers investigation option to prove identity of those applying for undocumented licenses

San Luis Obispo Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Credit Dylan Foster

The California Department of Motor Vehicles began accepting applications for undocumented driver licenses Friday.

Field offices on the Central Coast were busy with many people waiting outside the San Luis Obispo office.

Jessica Gonzalez is a spokesperson for the DMV and she says that the 170 field offices and the four driver licenses processing centers in California will experience a large influx of people in the coming weeks. 

By noon Friday, the California DMV saw more than six thousand applicants and had nearly 95 hundred appointments booked across the state.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Promising new tool will allow public to easily search the dealings of Sacramento lawmakers

The California State Capitol Building
Credit Jessica Paterson

Your ability to easily search California legislative hearings—complete with full audio transcripts—is about to take a big leap forward.

A $1.2 million grant to Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) will help fund this program, called Digital Democracy.

This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents.

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Business
4:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New study shows women gaining in business, but California Senator says more progress needed

A speaker addresses a crowd at the Professional Business Women of California conference.
Credit http://pbwcconference.org/

A study released Thursday shows women in business have made some progress in serving on boards and securing high paid positions in California.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says its a top goal of hers to increase the percentage of business women in leadership positions. She authored a resolution last year—the first-of-its-kind in the nation—urging California's 400 largest publicly-held corporations to do just that.

The UC Davis study shows only about one-in-nine top executives or board members are women, a slight increase over the previous year.

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Politics
7:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

State Senator hosts public meeting to prepare for climate change

Credit Live Stream: Climate Change Impacts on Critical Infrastructure

State Senator Hannah-Beth held a public hearing in Santa Barbara earlier today to address Climate Change and Emergency management.

The hearing was designed to discuss the risks associated with climate change and what's left to be done. Panels of experts presented Climate Change reports and examined how climate change has already affected California.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Register to vote: Deadline is today in California

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

Monday, October 20, 2014 is the final day to register to vote in the November 4 Midterm Elections.

In California, you can register online through the Secretary of State's website.

State law also stipulates that your voter registration application must be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days prior to Election Day.

MONTEREY COUNTY (MAIL or IN PERSON)

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Education
6:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Thousands on Central Coast taking part in ShakeOut earthquake simulation drill

More than 200,000 people in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties are expected to take part in Thursday's Great California ShakeOut. The vast majority of those are students.

The annual event is a way for families, schools, businesses, and government organizations to plan for the next "big one." This year, the earthquake simulation is set to take place at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Despite its name, people  participate worldwide.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Six Californias plan falls short in bid to qualify for 2016 ballot

West California is shown in dark blue and includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

The man behind the Six Californias initiative says he will work to prove the signatures collected were valid. This, in response to the state's denial today to place the proposition on the November ballot in 2016.

Billionaire Timothy Draper released a statement this afternoon saying he's confident a full check will confirm there were more than enough valid signatures.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Quagga and zebra mussels a concern for boaters this holiday weekend

Credit U.S. Geological Survey, July 24, 2014

Officials in California are hoping Labor Day boaters will help keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels in check this Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Californians have a unique opportunity to enjoy numerous natural resources,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. “Doing your part to clean, drain and dry before heading out to recreate will help keep them free of quagga and zebra mussels, as well as other invasive species.”

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