California

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

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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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Business
10:10 am
Wed August 6, 2014

New survey shows California's regulations are not popular with small business owners

Credit Flickr member Phil Whitehouse

A survey out this week shows small business owners rank California near the bottom of a nationwide survey showing which cities and states offer the most business-friendly environments.

More than 12,000 business owners participated, making it the largest of its kind according to Thumbtack.com, the company that conducted it.

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Central Coast
6:23 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

National guard troops arrive at Camp Roberts for intensive wildfire training

Smoke and flames from the Oregon Gulch Fire burning along the California-Oregon border.
Credit Dennis Lee, ODF

Roughly 240 members of the California National Guard arrived at Camp Roberts Monday to being four days of intensive training on line-crew firefighting.

The guard supports the state's fire suppression efforts on an annual basis but not since 2007 has the need been great enough to warrant this level of training, said Captain Kara Siepmann.

"So that's about two days of classroom and two days in the field wearing their full protective equipment that Cal Fire issues them, and then they're ready to be deployed should the fire spark large enough to need them," said Siepmann.

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Travel
3:39 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Pacifica, CA

Broadcast date: 8/6/14

There's a place up Highway One, just outside of San Francisco, that is the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life, according to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast.  Pacifica California boasts some breathtaking panoramic vistas, hiking trails and expansive beaches plus a rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality. Travel correspondent, Molly Blaisdell takes us to Pacifica, to discover why it's a destination worth discovering.

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Education
5:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cal Poly highly ranked among California universities in new survey

The Poly Canyon Dorms, Baggett Stadium, and nearby agriculture centers on the north side of the San Luis Obispo campus.
Credit Flickr member Rob Bulmahn

The college ranking season has begun with Money Magazine's look at the best universities nationwide.

Cal Poly is within the top five percent of schools considered to be a good investment for your money. UCSB is within the top seven percent.

Among California schools, Cal Poly comes in at number eleven.

President Jeff Armstrong says in order to crack that top ten, Cal Poly needs to better its graduation rate.

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Lifestyle
2:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Local and fresh food options part of California Mid-State Fair fare

A 15C cheese platter is prepared in advance for the day.
Credit Heather Young

Courtesy of the Paso Robles Daily News

Several food vendors cater to ‘food-challenged’ visitors

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Health
4:43 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Red Cross asks for blood donations on the Central Coast this summer

A woman gives blood in Southern California during a drive to help with the summer's lagging supply.
Credit Tony Briggs, American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations as the organization is experiencing a looming shortage this summer. 

Since mid-May, the Red Cross has seen an eight percent drop in blood donations, about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The organization saw a large reduction this summer, particularly after Independence Day, which minimized the number of blood drives in early July. 

Tony Briggs, a spokesperson for the Southern California division says the Red Cross gets a lot of blood from high school and college students.

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Business
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

California's unemployment rate falls for June, Central Coast sees mixed numbers

The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained more than 24 thousand jobs in June, with education and health services seeing the largest increase. The state's construction industry saw the weakest growth. 

Olga Hernandez is a research analyst for the department and says the unemployment rate is measured by the number of people who are not actively part of the labor force and who receive unemployment insurance.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Supporters of 'Six Californias' say they're ready for November 2016 ballot

The proposed state of West California (shown in blue) would the the most populous of the six.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

The man behind a current effort to break up California into six different states says he has collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 statewide ballot.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper and supporters of the Six California's campaign plan to submit the first batch of signatures Tuesday morning at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 10:00 a.m.

The effort's website indicates the exact borders of the six states is still under consideration, asking for suggestions from visitors.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Candidate for California Secretary of State visits San Luis Obispo

Sen. Alex Padilla stops at the SLO Hot House during his Thursday visit.
Credit Gemma Jimenez

This November, California voters will decide who will serve in the state’s top offices, including Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, among others.

California State Senator Alex Padilla is the current front-runner for the Secretary of State race, coming in first place among a crowded field in the June primary, filled primarily with Democrats. He too is a Democrat who currently represents the state's 20th Senate District, which includes much of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.

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