Central Coast

Traffic
6:27 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Busy holiday airport traffic made worse by regional pilot shortage

Travelers walk onto the tarmac to board a regional flight at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.

In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.

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Weather
6:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

December storm expected to slam Central Coast with huge waves

Large waves roll into Pismo Beach Wednesday evening. Forecast calls for wave heights to peak Thursday night into Friday.
Credit Amy Joseph - centralcoastpictures.com

In addition to the strong winds and significant rain expected Thursday and Friday, the Central Coast is likely to get hit was some very heavy surf.

The National Weather Service says western-facing beaches are most at risk from a major swell arriving late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect serious beach erosion because of the duration of the event.

Waves as high as 25 feet could be possible in some areas, and it's predicted that jetties and sea walls could be breached during periods of high tide.

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Central Coast
5:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Local food banks preparing for possible side effects of ongoing drought

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for food banks on the Central Coast as they work to satisfy holiday needs while maintaining the daily service they provide throughout the year. 

Locally, statistics show as many as one in four people suffer from food insecurity, with a large number of these being children and seniors. To help combat this, Food Banks function as a hub, partnering with hundreds of organizations to distribute food to the various regions.

During this time of year, food banks see a spike in donations of both food and money.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

With close races in SLO Co., some ballots still need to be counted

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

Ballot counters are taking a break Tuesday to observe Veteran's Day according to Julie Rodewald, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder.

  Although, midterm elections ended a week ago, determining new measures and elected officials, some races are still unsettled in San Luis Obispo County. 

Rodewald said provisional and mail-in ballots will determine tight races in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach Pismo Beach and Paso Robles.

The county will have reportable numbers Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Weather
6:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rain remains in the Central Coast forecast for Friday, chances improving

Satellite imagery showing the fast moving cold front expected to hit the Central Coast later this week.
Credit National Weather Service

The Central Coast is expected to see the strongest rain event of the season this Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as a fast moving cold front heads toward the area.

Bonnie Bartling is with the National Weather Service in Oxnard and says rain totals along the Central Coast will be more significant the farther north you go.

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Weather
6:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

High surf expected this week for Central Coast beaches

NOAA Radar of the storm system in the Pacific Northwest that is expected to generate high surf along the Central Coast this week.
Credit National Weather Service

A storm system brewing in the Pacific off the coast of Oregon and Washington is expected to affect the surf along the Central Coast.

There is a High Surf Advisory in place for the West to Northwest facing beaches of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties Monday evening through Wednesday.  

The National Weather Service says a large swell is moving into the area bringing surf of 8 to 12 feet, with some local sets as large as 14 feet. The peak wave action is expected Tuesday.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tips for evaluating ballot propositions before you vote

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

Reporter Jordan Bell spoke with Marilee Hyman, President of the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo, about how to evaluate ballot propositions.

Hyman discusses buzz words, endorsements and more.

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The last day to register to vote in California is October 20, 2014.

More information from the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters can be found on their website. Hyman also recommends the SmartVoter.org site.

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Environment
6:17 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Thousands of volunteers expected to hit Central Coast beaches this Saturday

Avila Beach is one of several Central Coast locations where there are organized cleanup efforts taking place September 20th.

This Saturday, September 20, is the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Several organized efforts are taking place along the beaches of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

In California alone last year it's estimated more than 70,000 people collected nearly a million pounds of trash.

Eben Schwartz is the marine debris manager for the California Coastal Commission. He says the Central Coast plays a big role in those numbers.

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Central Coast
5:39 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Morro Bay company on track to rebuild portion of Cayucos Pier for $1.7 million

"Cayucus Pier at Daybreak" by Barb Ignatius
Credit Flikr member indigo_iggy

The badly damaged Cayucos Pier is in line for a major makeover, and that process could start up relatively soon.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a $1.7 million bid to demolish and reconstruct a large portion of that pier.

The bid was submitted by the Morro Bay-based company Associated Pacific Constructors, Inc., and a yes vote is recommended by the county's General Services Agency.

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Environment
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Several Central Coast Costco stores part of EPA settlement

Costco stores in Oxnard, Goleta, Santa Maria, and Salinas will be updating their refrigeration systems under a new settlement with the EPA.
Credit Flickr member Chris Potter

Several Costco stores along the Central Coast will soon need to update their refrigerator systems under a company settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Costco will pay $335 million in penalties for federal Clean Air Act violations and will fix refrigerant leaks, among other improvements, the agency said in a media release.

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Santa Barbara County
11:13 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Damaging surf possible this week along south-facing beaches in Southern California

Credit National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Marie became a Category 4 storm Sunday morning as it moved north, hundreds of miles off the West Coast of Mexico and farther out into open ocean.

The National Weather Service predicts potentially damaging surf generated by the storm to impact south and southeast facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, with surf building on Tuesday and peaking Tuesday night into Thursday.

There is potential for some of the highest surf seen in recent years for a southerly event, with max sets of 10 to 15 feet possible.

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Central Coast
4:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Bill to ban future oil and gas projects off the California coast gets local support

An oil platform is seen off the Santa Barbara County coast.
Credit Flickr member DieselDemon

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning in favor of supporting a bill that would ban future oil and gas drilling projects within California's coastal waters. 

Here's a breakdown of how the individual supervisors voted:

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Farmer's Market Series
12:13 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Cal Poly grads reinvent online farm-to-table shopping

The founders of Farmgram collecting produce at San Luis Obispo's Thursday night farmers market on Higuera Street.
Credit Jess Wilcox

Founders of Farmgram, an online farmer's market, are hoping to make their product the main way people on the Central Coast buy food for their families.

Tyler Thomas and Adrian Godby are the co-founders of Farmgram and recent Cal Poly Architecture graduates. Regulars to the Thursday night farmer's market in San Luis Obispo are probably familiar with the two, holding their produce checklists, loading carrots, kale and strawberries on to their wagons.

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Environment
10:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

California's giant sea bass making a comeback after near extinction

Giant sea bass caught using nets at Pismo Beach.
Credit Bill Bookout

UC Santa Barbara researchers are asking recreational divers to participate in a giant sea bass census this week. According to researchers these fish can grow to more than 600 pounds and are making a comeback from the brink of extinction.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Saltwater intrusion threatening Central Coast groundwater

In blue are the selected locations of selected groundwater basins on the Central Coast
Credit California Water Foundation, groundwatervoices.com

A new report released Monday by the Groundwater Voices Coalition shows some Central Coast water supplies could be rendered useless if current conditions persist.

California's groundwater levels have been dropping for years but the recent drought has escalated the issue, and now seawater contamination is a growing threat to our supply on the Central Coast. 

Kate Williams from the California Water Foundation says it's normal to rely on groundwater during dry years, but this drought has caused people to rely solely on it, leading to things like over-pumping.

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