Neighborhoods and police departments throughout the Central Coast are getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out.
The annual event is designed for people to get to know there neighbors and local law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime.
Aside from the numerous local get-togethers, Sergeant Chuck Strange with the Lompoc Police Department says a block party will be held in the parking lot of Lompoc High School with free food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m.
In Santa Maria, a similar event takes place at Veterans Memorial Community Park and runs from 4 to 8p.
Lompoc's massive new Public Safety Training Complex is opening to the public on Saturday, August 2.
The 68 acre facility is part of Allan Hancock College and cost 38-million to build.
It will serve as a training location for fire fighters, law enforcement, medical teams, hazmat crews—even lifeguards. It's also designed to accommodate training related to homeland security and disaster response.
Highlights of the complex include a firing range, a 1.3 mile high speed track, and a six-story training tower with multiple fire props.
Efforts to fund a new public hiking space in the hills overlooking Pismo Beach may soon have an unexpected source of money.
SLOCOG, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments had set aside money for upgrades to the Pirate's Cove area. However, the California Coastal Commission only approved a small portion of the proposed improvements leaving an estimated $175,000 on the table for another project.
Brian Reynolds interviews the organizers of a cultural institution on the Central Coast. We’ll hear from Obon Festival event coordinator Tom Nishikawa, and members of the Imichi Taiko Performance Drumming and Odori Dance Company as they prepare to present Japanese and Buddhist Culture to our community.
The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club has had an important presence on the Central Coast since 1962. The group has been influential preserving local lands, including Montana de Oro State Park and the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area. Marisa Waddell talks with the chapter’s director and a member of its executive committee about current efforts, like the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act now before Congress, and a campaign for a national marine sanctuary that would extend from Cambria to Santa Barbara.
More than 27,000 low-income Santa Barbara County children count on their school lunch programs to help stay nourished. However, when summer comes and school lets out, food insecurity can become a serious problem.
But now, there's a program in place to help feed those kids healthy breakfasts and lunches, five days a week for eight weeks. It's part of the No Kid Hungry campaign and it was spearheaded by Oscar-winning actor and Santa Barbara resident Jeff Bridges. Locally, it's called Food4Kids.
As communities throughout the state continue to look for opportunities to increase the availability of clean energy, many are looking at the feasibility of forming Community Choice Aggregations. What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)? CCA allows communities to pool together participating electricity customers for purchasing and generating power on their behalf.
Although many may think traditional libraries have outlived their purpose; these evolving institutions are seeing a resurgence as cornerstones of education, innovation, somewhere to access new technology, and a place to create community. Nowhere may this be truer than on the Central Coast where libraries are thriving. According to the California State Library, between 2010 and 2011 in San Luis Obispo County a total of 2,432,510 items were checked out.
Annual gay pride celebrations are underway along the Central Coast and will continue through Sunday.
Thousands are expected to turn out for Santa Barbara's main pride event at Leadbetter Beach on Saturday and San Luis Obispo's festival on Sunday in Mission Plaza.
In addition to these, both counties have a variety of other social and informational events. One popular annual offering is the free legal forum held at the San Luis Obispo County Library tomorrow morning.
Since 2010 the County of San Luis Obispo has seen a marked increase in the number of people with disabilities. ACTION reported in 2013 at least 14% of survey respondents either had a permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limited a major life activity, or there was someone in their household who did. Although many would consider access for people with disabilities as a civil right, too often people with disabilities are treated as a social minority.
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is working to acquire a 900 acre private ranch and turn it into public lands surrounding Pismo Beach. It's called the Pismo Preserve, and the group still needs nearly a half a million dollars to achieve the goal.
Organizers hope this Sunday's Jazz and Blues Festival at Dinosaur Caves Park will help.