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6:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Isla Vista residents ask California college students to 'stay away' this Halloween

Credit KCBX News - Jordan Bell

Students at more than a hundred colleges and universities in California are being encouraged to avoid Isla Vista this Halloween. Letters went out Thursday to the various schools  from the Associated Students at UC Santa Barbara and students Santa Barbara City College.

October marks the new academic school year for UC Santa Barbara. Students have moved back Isla Vista this month, after a tragic close to their last academic year. 

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Community
4:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

City of Goleta approves parking restrictions in anticipation of Isla Vista Halloween crowds

Credit City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is preparing for the upcoming Halloween weekend by cracking down on parking in neighborhoods adjacent to Isla Vista.

City leaders say residents will get two free temporary street parking permits for each household. Only residents with valid permits will be able to park on the streets in the affected area between noon on Friday, October 31 and Sunday, November 2 at 6 a.m.

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An Update & Open Enrollment News
1:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Implementing Health Reform

Broadcast date: 10/30/2014

In 2013 the most recent ACTION report showed that a growing number of San Luis Obispo residents were without insurance, with 12% in 2006 and increasing to 18% in 2013.  The report noted that only 26% of Spanish-Speaking parents had health insurance.  Lack of insurance can be a significant barrier to quality health care, and in many cases results from rising health care costs.

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Creating Real, Lasting Change
12:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

United Way’s ‘CPR’

Broadcast date: 10/23/2014

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Community
5:47 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

New bikes on the way for 200 Central Coast foster care kids

Employees of CoastHills Credit Union working on a bike destined for a local foster kid.
Credit Scott Coe, Coast Hills Credit Union

Two hundred foster kids living on the Central Coast will soon have new bicycles, thanks to a project connected to the upcoming Make a Difference Day.

Teams of CoastHills Credit Union employees assembled the new bikes inside the historic Edwards Barn in Nipomo on Columbus Day. The workers came from throughout the Central Coast, from Santa Cruz to Ventura Counties. The company used the holiday as a day to organize its Bikes for Kids effort.

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Sustainable Food Systems
2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Keeping Local Agriculture Local

Broadcast date: 10/16/2014

Supporters of building local, sustainable and fair food systems believe that by connecting members of our community to the abundance of local food and farming in the County they can bridge the gap between what people eat and where it comes from, and in doing so, can  strengthen the food culture and the relationship people have with their food. These efforts have the potential to foster strong connections among farmers and have the ability to not only nourish our community, but make local food products more accessible for everyone.

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Crime
6:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Gang Prevention: Roads to Re-entry

Broadcast date: 10/9/2014

Is gang violence a problem on the Central Coast? When residents where asked what their main public safety issues were in the recent ACTION survey, 63% reported gang violence as a top concern.  The rate of concern varied drastically based on where people lived, with San Luis Obispo and North Coast residents responding as low as 46%, and North and South County residents as high as 73%. Are these levels of concern valid?

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Community
4:51 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Santa Barbara's State Street design named among the best in the nation

La Arcada Streetscape
Credit City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's popular State Street was designated Wednesday as one of the ten best streets in the nation by the American Planning Association (APA).

Each October the APA names 30 streets worthy of recognition for their superior planning.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider says she's very proud of the designation and realizes it took generations of leaders to make it happen.

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Suicide Prevention
6:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

We All Play a Part in Preventing Suicide

Broadcast date: 10/02/2014

According to the CDC, with over 38,000 people dying by suicide in the U.S. each year, the numbers of deaths from suicide now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention claims as many as 90% of individuals dying by suicide have treatable mental disorders, many of which have gone untreated or discovered.  

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Teen Drug Addiction
6:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Lighthouse: Raising Awareness, Saving Lives

Broadcast date: 9/25/2014 

The battle with illicit drug abuse among teens, as well as the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, continues across our country. Unwilling to standby as the children in their community were losing this war, one Central Coast community has come together to join in the fight.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Why Voting Matters: The November 4th Election

 

Broadcast Date: 9/18/2014

 

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Community
6:52 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Meters pay off for San Luis Obispo homeless population

On Tuesday, the City of San Luis Obispo, the Downtown Association and United Way will present a check for $8500 to the Friends of Prado Day Center.

A series of brightly colored machines resembling parking meters were installed throughout San Luis Obispo's downtown this past spring as a way to collect money for the local homeless population.

On average, the meters have collected more than $125 per month in loose change and credit card payments.

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Community
5:24 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

San Luis Obispo-based 9/11 memorial will include I-beam from Twin Towers

San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Dept.

The City of San Luis Obispo will soon have a 9/11 memorial that will include an actual piece of the Twin Towers. It'll be the first such memorial on the Central Coast.

When completed, this community collaboration project will have taken about 8 years says Melissa Mudgett with the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

Mudgett says back In 2007, Captain Matt Callahan was working for the fire department when he noticed other California cities were creating 9/11 memorials with artifacts included in their designs.

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The ABC's of Literacy

Broadcast date: 9/4/2014

The San Luis Obispo Literacy Council reports as many as 25 million Americans cannot read or write. There are an estimated 25,000 functionally illiterate adults in San Luis Obispo County alone. 

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Community
1:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Plans for new homeless center in San Luis Obispo moves forward

The entrance to the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo, situated across the street from where plans are in the works to build a new homeless services center
Credit Jannes Giesell

Services for the homeless in San Luis Obispo are set to expand greatly as plans for a new homeless center are moving forward with an infusion of $500,000 from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors last month.

For those living on the streets of San Luis Obispo, life is made a bit easier with the help of food and shelter services, but currently there are two main centers offering different services in the city and they're more than three miles apart.

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