Community

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

Broadcast date: 2/15/2018

This week The Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is hosting the 16th Annual Change the Status Quo: A Social Justice Conference. This conference aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. Through guest speakers, inspiring workshops, and engaging sessions, students will leave the conference with a new-found sense and understanding of social justice, and how they can take ownership of their role in moving the needle with regard to social change.

The heart of Skid Row in the heart of Los Angeles
Thomas Wilmer

Skid Row in Los Angeles is home to more than 2,000 homeless who sleep on the streets, in doorways, alleys, under bridges, and on streetcars. Skid Row is just a slice of a larger population of homeless in Los Angeles County with a total homeless population of around 60,000. And this does not include the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach—three of the County’s larger towns.

Carla Contreras, Deputy Director of Store Operations at Saint Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store
Saint Vincent de Paul Los Angeles

Saint Vincent de Paul’s downtown Los Angeles Thrift Store, the largest in Los Angeles County and one of the largest thrift stores in America, provides quality merchandise to those in need as well as a burgeoning trade with millennials and Gen Z.

The secret is out that that this is the place to score a great bargain—and it’s a win-win as all proceeds go to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s various programs including the Cardinal Manning Center in the heart of Skid Row.

Broadcast date: 2/8/2018

In December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to roll back the 2015 net neutrality rules. This, despite the 5.09 million comments made, of which 99.3% were about net neutrality to the FCC. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. So, what happens next, and if net neutrality is ending, what does this mean for individuals and businesses?

Greta Mart

Santa Barbara County officials are asking Montecito residents to suggest ideas on how to rebuild. After the January 9 mudslides and debris flow destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 21 people, crews have been working around the clock to remove hundreds of tons of mud, dirt and boulders from Montecito’s streets. In the process, county staff are trying to make longer term decisions about what’s next. 

Broadcast date: 2/1/2018

The plan for new offshore drilling proposed off the California Coast by the Trump Administration -- said to be the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. history— along with local concerns over the threat of expanded oil production and fracking in San Luis Obispo County, has bought worry to many along the Central Coast.  Memories of recent devastating oil spills in Santa Barbara and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, both of which caused massive environmental disasters, are still fresh in people’s minds, as well as numerous reports of increased earthquake activity in fracking areas.

Greta Mart/KCBX

An estimated 4,000 people gathered in downtown San Luis Obispo Saturday for the 2018 Women’s March event. Organized by the group Women’s March SLO, a rally replaced the march of 2017, which motivated an estimated 10,000 to walk around downtown in the pouring rain.

Broadcast date: 1/18/2018

Momentum is building in many communities to reform the nation's cash bail system. According to a recent report issued by the Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroups the system is “unsafe and unfair,” “exacerbates socioeconomic disparities and racial bias,” and disproportionately advantages those with big bank accounts. However, there is obvious resistance in many communities, and especially from specific interest groups like the bail bond industry.

California Covered?

Jan 11, 2018

Broadcast date: 1/11/2018

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. Most experts would agree that the ACA has increased the availability of health insurance to the American people, as well as their access to care. When President Obama took office in 2009, more than 50 million Americans were uninsured, or nearly 17 percent of the population. Since the implementation of the ACA, the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped to 8.8 percent.

Broadcast date: 1/4/2018

Last year’s the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 brought 5,000,000 to the streets worldwide in response to the newly elected president and his administration. This moment, quickly turned into an important worldwide movement, focusing on human rights and social and environmental justice issues. Now, to mark the anniversary of the historic inaugural march and celebrate the continued work and resistance, a second powerful event is set for January.

Deadline nears for public comment on National Park Service's proposed fee increase

Dec 22, 2017
Flickr Creative Commons/Edward Stojakovic

The deadline for submitting public comment on the Trump Administration’s plan to raise fees at 17 national parks is 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 22. 

Broadcast date: 12/21/2017

Domestic violence happens everywhere, including right here on the Central Coast. It does not know any boundaries of age, race, religion, or even socioeconomic status. Approximately 40% of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Last year, 1700 people in San Luis Obispo County sought relief from domestic violence. 

To prevent domestic violence, it takes a community. Today, Stand Strong, formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo County, is calling on all community members to come together and support one another with dignity, respect and compassion to prevent violence.

Although technology does provide many positive benefits for learning, it can also have many negative effects on child development and many believe it can rob children of their ability to function in the "real world." Join Kris Kington-Barker as she and her guests discuss how the Savvy Leadership Academy endeavors to empower today's youth with a foundation of leadership skills and knowledge, cultivating self-confident, well-mannered and prepared leaders of our future.

It is no longer possible to ignore the breadth and depth of sexual misconduct in our society. Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist Elizabeth Barrett about the many faces and contributors to our current sexual revolution. It's still about power, gender imbalance, and social conditioning.

Broadcast date: 12/7/2017

As countless allegations of sexual harassment continue to send shockwaves throughout the United States, leaving few industries untouched, and everyday more #metoo stories are shared, it is becoming impossible to deny that women face discrimination in America. Yet, gender based discrimination is much more than sexual harassment in the workplace--reaching far beyond these stories, affecting many other areas of women’s lives and can have profound impacts on a women’s quality of life, her family, and the health of the community.

Broadcast date: 11/30/2017

This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

In the poll, about a third of Asian Americans say they have personally experienced racial or ethnic slurs and people making negative assumptions or insensitive or offensive comments about their race or ethnicity. Overall, Asian Americans report numerous personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life. Kris Kington Barker will join this important conversation with a local perspective with guests Elliott Gong, with the Central Coast Chinese Association (CCCA), and members of the Japanese Student Association at Cal Poly, BJ Yebisu, past President, and Jarrett Shirouzu, they will discuss discrimination in the Asian American community and share experience and views. They will examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home. You are invited to join the conversation and share your thoughts…we would like to hear from you about your personal experiences with discrimination. Call in a be part of the discussion at (805) 781-3875.

Brian Reynolds interviews Rick London, CEO of United Way SLO and Chair of the Board of Directors Hans Poschman to discuss the history and leadership of the United Way.

Broadcast date: 11/16/2017

This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

Today we will be turning our attention to the experiences and views of Native Americans & Indigenous Peoples. In the new poll, overall, Native Americans report substantial and significant personal experiences of discrimination, across many areas of life.  The report shows that 75% of Native Americans believe there is discrimination against Native people in America today. Kris Kington Barker will join this important conversation with a local perspective. Her guests Violet Cavanaugh, Northern Chumash Tribal Co-Chair. 35th District representative for the Democratic Party and Roberto Monge, Co-founder of City Repair SLO will talk about the experience and views of Native Americans & Indigenous Peoples and examine both the state of discrimination in America and discuss issues and attitudes closer to home.

Dustin Valette chef at Valette Restaurant, Healdsburg. Cailfornia
THOMAS WILMER

The path of destruction of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes and more than 25 wineries was indiscriminate. For example, the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County was spared, but none-the-less there’s not a soul who was not directly affected. 

Broadcast date: 11/9/2017

Have you felt discriminated against in the workplace? In health care? What about interactions with law enforcement?  This week we will continue our coverage of the release of a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

Broadcast date: 11/2/2017

Have you felt discriminated against in the workplace? In health care? What about interactions with law enforcement?  This week we will continue our coverage of a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

Detroit graffiti art at Farmers Market neighborhood
THOMAS WILMER

At the conclusion of WWII Detroit, Michigan claimed than 2.1 million citizens, today there are less than 700,000. Thousands of single-family houses have disappeared from the landscape--some city blocks have less than three houses standing— a sobering, mostly greenscape landscape. Join Kelly Kavanaugh, urban activist and owner of Wheelhouse Detroit Bikeshop as she talks about reinventing Detroit and some of the obstacles created by an infusion of investors from across the country.

Rachel Showalter

Meals That Connect is San Luis Obispo County's senior nutrition program, and serves free lunches to over 500 county residents every day. 

Broadcast date: 10/26/2017

This week we will be joining with other NPR member stations as part of a series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America." The program will be rooted in a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This unique survey of more than 3,400 respondents asked people about their personal experiences with discrimination across a range of areas of life. Central Coast Voices will be joining the conversation with a local perspective, both examining the state of discrimination in America and discussing issues and attitudes closer to home.

The panoramic vistas from atop the Hilton SF Union Square captures the diverse neighborhoods surrounding.
THOMAS WILMER

Frank Manchen, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tenderloin Community Benefit District in San Francisco, talks about the infusion of new businesses, nightclubs, and attractive rents that are attracting millennials with an adventurous spirit. 

More than Sad

Oct 19, 2017

Broadcast date: 10/19/2017 

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, maintain that nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or 1 person every 13 minutes. This exceeds the rate of death from homicide and AIDS combined. Currently, more people die by suicide than from automobile accidents. Half of these deaths occur by use of a firearm.

Broadcast date: 10/12/2017

Driven by a grassroots collaboration of friends and business owners, must! charities works with existing non-profit organizations to evoke major change resulting in sustainable programs. Must! is dedicated to improving the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County and in just a few short years has already has invested $1.5 million into our community. The organization’s success stories include CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and a partnership with the Food Bank Coalition.

Broadcast date: 10/5/2017

Conscious Aging is a unique program for seniors looking for guidance, meaning making, connection, and community to help fortify themselves for their aging years. The focus of the Conscious Aging workshop series is to invite shifts in consciousness away from self-limitation, lack, isolation, and fear and toward expansiveness, inclusiveness, wholeness, connection, and compassion. People assume that the solutions we’re seeking come from outside ourselves, but it’s important to recognize that some of the problems—as well as their solutions—arise from within us. In other words, it’s about consciousness.

Bree Zender


KPRL is a small AM radio station in Paso Robles. They pride themselves in broadcasting news, talk and sports across the northern part of San Luis Obispo County. And for about 50 years, KPRL broadcast football games for the Paso Robles High School Bearcats.

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