Community

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

Broadcast date: 4/19/2018

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is the region's only professional opera company, and one of only four Grand Opera companies in the state. Productions boast full orchestras, choruses, ballet, and original, complete sets and costumes. They do this by collaborating with other non-profit organizations that share their vision of artistic excellence. Their diverse events range from elegant and intimate recital series to exciting educational experiences and spectacular grand opera and musical theatre productions.

Broadcast date: 4/12/2018 

Talking about your end of life wishes can be difficult but making sure your loved ones and doctors know what kind of medical treatment you want is a very important and necessary step in receiving quality and compassionate medical care if or when the need should arise. National Healthcare Decisions Day is dedicated to helping Americans start conversations about advance care planning, and exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers to take action, because avoiding these decisions can lead to unwanted care, ineffective treatments and both patient and family suffering.

Spring is the season full of promise and wonder - new life, new possibilities and a return to the vitality of a world come alive after a long, dreary winter. Sounds a bit like the seasons of marriage - which begin with eternal hope, basking in the warmth of love and connection and then slowly fading into periods of waning light, disappointment and loneliness, followed by the cold, feelings of anger, despair and loss.

Broadcast date: 4/5/2018

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be joined by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal who represents the 24th Congressional District of California. The District includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Since assuming office in January of 2017, the Congressman has actively served the Central Coast. He is a member of both the  House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on the Budget, as well as participates in over twenty caucuses.

Broadcast date: 3/29/2018

Have you ever wondered why practical money management isn't more commonly taught in schools? Have you ever wondered what it would take to help students be good with money? Pockets Change is a new creative way to empower students to change their financial paths, by inspiring financial capability, teaching financial literacy through the universal language of Hip Hop.

We are in an era when acts of violence have become almost commonplace. We have calls for reform, regulations and more mental health care; we call, we write, we argue, we march. But what no one seems to do is understand or address the factors that lead someone to plan and execute an attack on others. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the gaping holes in our social fabric that lead to acts of despicable desperation.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX

Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest gun violence in communities and schools. Local March For Our Lives events coincided with a national rally in Washington, DC.

Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County was no exception. 

Michael L. Baird

Marches and rallies held in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Monterey and other Central Coast locales attracted thousands of participants Saturday, calling for gun control and honoring American school students killed in gun violence.  

CA Military Dept. Foundation

There are two big events planned for Saturday in San Luis Obispo; one is the March for Our Lives, during which area students and supporters will demonstrate for gun control. The other event celebrates military culture, and offers the public a rare opportunity to visit Camp San Luis Obispo, an active California National Guard base. 

  In 1848, 300 women and men gathered in Seneca Falls, NY for the inaugural Women's Rights Convention, advertised as a convention to discuss social, civil and religious conditions and the rights of women. Tune in Tuesday at 2 pm for a conversation with the reluctant therapist Elizabeth Barrett  from the Women's Rights National Historic Park in western New York, about the role of history in making the women's marches and #metoo movements possible today.

Broadcast date: 3/15/2018

Just over a month ago, 17 innocent people, high school students and staff, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were gunned down and killed by a lone gunman, a former student at the school.  Dozens more were injured.

With so many causes needing our attention, how do we narrow our focus in a way that can really make a difference and prevent the inevitable burnout and overwhelming feelings that often accompany activism? Elizabeth Barrett leads a conversation about one of the keys to sustaining our mental health: service to others. How do we each create our own authentic was of taking action?

  

Broadcast date: 3/8/2018

SunWork Renewable Energy Projects is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help make solar more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers. SunWork pushes to change the shape of our energy landscape, they do this by providing opportunities to individuals to make a meaningful impact on the environmental problems we face as a community. SunWork’s philosophy is to empower people to tackle renewable energy opportunities.

Women are rising in many ways, socially, politically, emotionally and fiercely; stepping into the spotlight and leading the way toward revolutionary change. Although women have always been an instrumental part of our cultural story, starting movements, developing patents, making discoveries and blazing new trails- but women have been widely ignored in the telling of our shared history- and their abilities have been vastly underestimated. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, celebrating women’s accomplishments and place in the world as we honor international Women’s Day and women’s history month.

Broadcast date: 3/1/2018

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week we will be changing the conversation around food, body image and eating disorders. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. Eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. And no one has to struggle alone.

For 28 years the Bioneers have fostered a community of revolutionary thinkers and visionaries working together to re-imagine how we can live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. The challenge for leaders and activists is how to maintain their energy and focus at a time when change is needed in so many areas. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers, about the journey to creating a new understanding of leadership and how love, the feminine and embracing our own power may be the path to a new world.

Abbie Bullen

A small Burmese refugee community known as Pa Koe is nestled in the hills of Northern Thailand. It’s home to about 150 people who live in homes with no electricity, and until recently, no clean water either. A group of Cal Poly students engineered a solution. 

Broadcast date: 2/22/2018

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is just around the corner! As a premiere 6-day annual event, the SLOIFF showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues. From cutting edge documentaries to tried and true cinema classics, the SLOIFF celebrates film on the ‘big screen’ by offering something for everyone.

Central Coast Voices

Feb 15, 2018

Host Kris Kingston Barker spoke to guests from Cal Poly Center for Service in Action; Bradley Kiker, Megan Riviore, and Philip Goodwin. They shared information about the upcoming conference taking place at Cal Poly, to bring awareness to issues of social justice. The conference is Friday Feb. 16 and Saturday Feb 17, and is open to the community.

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.

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