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11:59 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Where Do We Stand After the Measles Outbreak?

Broadcast date: 5/21/2015

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3:08 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Mental Health and Aging

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

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3:16 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Stand Down: helping homeless or at-risk veterans

Host Fred Munroe will be speaking with Dana Cummings, the Veterans Services Officer with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Veterans Services about the many benefits and programs they have available and the upcoming Stand Down event benefitting homeless/at-risk veterans. Joining them is Janna Nichols Executive Director of 5Cities Homeless Coalition. She shares information on resources and support for homeless communities in San Luis Obispo County. 

Stand Down, for those veterans who are homeless/at risk or looking for work

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Community
10:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Stand Down

Broadcast date: 5/07/2015

San Luis Obispo County has a growing number of homeless. In January 2014, HUD reported that San Luis Obispo County had the 3rd largest unsheltered homeless population in the country. At the last point in time count there were over 200 homeless veterans in our community, with hundreds more at risk.

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6:20 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Grand Jury calls for Morro Bay code enforcement overhaul

Credit Randol White

Health and safety code violations in the City of Morro Bay are not efficiently tracked according to the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury.

In a new report, the jury found the city's current complaint-driven process is poorly managed. It recommends that a full-time enforcement officer be hired and that a new system for tracking violations be put in place.

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Community
1:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Peoples' Self-Help Housing celebrates 45 years on the Central Coast

Arroyo Grande's low-income Courtland Street Apartments during the construction phase in May 2014.
Credit Peoples' Self-Help Housing Facebook Page

Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) started 45 years ago in San Luis Obispo County, and since then has spread to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Current PSHH President John Fowler joined KCBX News Director Randol White to discuss the organization's history, as well as it's current achievements and challenges.

Fowler shared that PSHH—which has always been focuses on housing for low-income families and individuals—is considering an expansion into the much needed arena of work-force housing on the Central Coast.

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Community
5:03 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Nepalese students at UCSB lead fundraising for earthquake relief

Kathmandu, Nepal
Credit UCSB Current

The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in late April is unifying a small group of UC Santa Barbara students.  

These students are doing what they can to help family and friends who are half-a-world away.

Pawana Shrestha is working towards her Ph.D in electrical engineering at UCSB.

She said that before the quake hit, she only knew one other Nepalese student at the university. Now she and three others are working to raise money for infrastructure, food and water.

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5:42 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Central Coast students rally to help Nepal earthquake survivors

Credit Hands4Others

A Santa Barbara-based group recently sent a water purification system to Nepal that can provide enough clean water daily for 25-thousand people.

The local non-profit called Hands-4-Others (H4O) is made up of young people, mostly students, from Santa Barbara and other parts of California.  

H40 had their annual fundraising event just weeks before the Nepal earthquake. Funds from that event combined with immediate fundraising efforts by their members allowed them to ship off the purification system.

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12:23 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

CASA in the community: a look at efforts in San Luis Obispo County

KCBX reporter Jordan Bell speaks with members of CASA about their local efforts to help children in the community, as well as the organization's history and upcoming events.

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8:51 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Searching for Hope, Fighting for Life

Broadcast date: 4/30/2015

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5:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Full bounce back for Monterey County food bank following arson fire

Credit Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

The Food Bank of Monterey County could be back up to full-capacity by the end of the week. 

The quick turn-around comes after a devastating arson fire just four weeks ago.

The Food Bank's entire fleet of trucks as well as a key refrigeration unit were damaged in the fire last month setting back operations.

Melissa Kendrick is the Food Bank's Executive Director and says they're fortunate that critical food needs were addressed the entire time but at a greater financial cost.

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Community
4:12 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Navigating the Red “C”

Broadcast date: 4/16/2015

Hepatitis C is a silent disease. 

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Community
12:20 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Why Public Art Is Important?

Broadcast date: 4/9/2015

The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development.

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4:52 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Is Isla Vista's party culture showing signs of change?

Crowds from Deltopia 2015 in Isla Vista
Credit Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

    

Santa Barbara County law enforcement is saying a big thank you to the Isla Vista community for its cooperation during Deltopia this weekend.

The sheriff's department estimates the Deltopia crowd at roughly 10,000 people, a major decrease from last year's nearly 25,000 party-goers.

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3:11 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Strengthening Families, Preventing Abuse

Broadcast date: 4/2/2015

Child abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum. Why does child abuse occur?

Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children.  ACTION reports in San Luis Obispo County although there has been a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse from 2006 to 2012, the rate of cases was still higher than the state rate in 2012.

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