Community

Reports focusing on the latest community events and happenings along California's Central Coast.

KCBX's Jordan Bell speaks with Kate Morgans, the CEO of the north county Boys and Girls Club of America, about what’s going on this summer and what’s new with the program.

Broadcast date: 7/30/2015

A Promotora is a lay Hispanic/Latino community member who is offered special training so that they can provide basic health education in their community.

Joe Johnston

It’s peak farmer’s market season and there’s a greater variety of fruits and vegetables than really any other time of the year. Yet we’re pretty spoiled here on the Central Coast, with high quality produce all year round. 

Broadcast date: 7/23/2015

People of Faith for Justice are an interfaith alliance in San Luis Obispo County, dedicated to promoting peace and justice for all.

Broadcast date: 7/16/2015

Parents are often confronted with significant barriers to obtaining high quality child care. Among these obstacles are often low wages and high costs.  

Broadcast Date: 06/23/2015

When we look back over the course of our lives it's important to pay more attention to the many different stories that made up our journey than to focus on one major assessment.

07/07/2015  

One of the keys to good mental health is a commitment to something greater than oneself. What connects you to your community, culture and country?

Broadcast date: 7/9/2015

An overwhelming 90 percent of California voters support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. So where is California and the nation headed with comprehensive immigration reform?

The Odyssey Project

Jul 1, 2015

Broadcast date: 7/2/2015

How can Homer’s Odyssey help incarcerated youth?  The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process. It takes youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara County and pairs them with undergraduate students from UC Santa Barbara. 

Broadcast date: 6/25/2015

The National Institute for Health defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.”

The No Kid Hungry campaign is raising awareness for its free summer food program.

Today nearly 300 children attended a concert at Grogan park in Santa Maria and got a free lunch of a peach, taco and milk.

Organizers want to get the word out to kids and their parents about the 39 locations around the county where children 18 and younger can get free meals during the summer.

Santa Maria Expands Recycling Program in Parks

Jun 24, 2015

The City of Santa Maria is raising awareness about a new recycling program in its parks. A pilot program has been a success and the city plans to expand. 

So far, Santa Maria has placed 35 blue recycling containers at four of the most used parks including Priesker Park, the location of the Get Recycling Program awareness day on June 24.

The recycling program started in March. Mark van de Kamp with the Santa Maria City Manager's Office says that at first they noticed a sizeable amount of trash mixed in with recyclables.

The city then partnered with the community organization CAUSE to create educational videos about recycling in both Spanish and English. These videos can be seen on the city's website.

King City appoints new police chief with community input

Jun 22, 2015
City of King - KingCity.com

King City named new Chief of Police on Monday. The city has been looking for a new police chief since a corruption scandal surfaced in February of last year.

The police department is in the middle of rebuilding it's strained relationship with the community.

Broadcast date: 6/18/2015

As we prepare to celebrate the historic passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 25 years ago, although much progress has been made, much remains to be done.

Habitat for Humanity of San Luis Obispo County has been part of the community for nearly 20 years. They construct, rehabilitate and revitalize homes in neighborhoods for very-low to low income communities.

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with the CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Julia Ogden, of San Luis Obispo County about how they're expanding their mission.

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