At last count, 2,186 homeless individuals were living in the County of San Luis Obispo. Although this number is only slightly up from 2011, more than 86% of SLO residents reported being either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about homelessness in their community in a 2013 survey by ACTION for Healthy Communities.
While heart disease and lower respiratory disease remain leading causes of death in the U.S., 25% of household income is spent on transportation and 40% of car trips are less than 2 miles. In spite of these statistics, Americans are changing their behavior. From 2000 - 2011 we have seen a 47% increase in bicycle commuting in the United States. In San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles that number increases to an incredible 80%.
The San Luis Obispo Directed Giving Campaign Committee is introducing "Change For Change" to the the city Thursday morning. It's a program designed to help the homeless community through direct donations.
The committee, composed of members from the City of San Luis Obispo, the Downtown Association and United Way, has been working on this project for the past 18 months. Their goals are to provide public awareness regarding issues of panhandling and to raise funds to help combat homelessness.
Last year San Luis Obispo County placed number one in the state of California for real estate fraud and number four nationally. This unusually high rate of real estate scamming points to a serious need for education to protect individuals from falling victim to these crimes. Learning how to prevent, avoid, and report potential real estate fraud activity may help to ensure that you do not become the next victim.
Three libraries in San Luis Obispo County are expanding, or have recently expanded. Brian Reynolds visits with the San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library to find out what's in store for us as a result of library growth.
Each year, National Equal Pay Day reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. Due to a gender gap in pay, it takes women an extra three months of wages to make up that 23-percent difference.
Who is a Maker? What is a Hacker? Why are collaborative workspaces popping up around the globe? Learn why Maker Spaces are the growing platform that will provide the basic hands-on technical training needed to produce goods in our current economy. Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests Clint Slaughter, M.D., and CEO of SLO MakerSpace, along with Michael Bales and Steve Phillips, co-founders of Santa Barbara’s Hackerspace to explore the importance of these spaces as a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.
A year ago the "It gets Better" project went viral with messages of hope for bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens - how are we doing today in supporting those who continue to feel disenfranchised?
Lompoc is slated to house a DMV processing center for undocumented immigrant driving privilege applications later this year. The state will start issuing those cards in January 2015. A building on North H Street, which has been vacant for a very long time, will house the facility according to Mayor John Linn.
The DMV location will serve as a regional center, taking applications from a broad geographic area, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The specific building was chosen because if its substantial parking lot.
For individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, finding effective services to provide support, information and guidance is often an important step towards maximizing their potential and becoming independent members of their community. Host Fred Munroe will be joined by guests Joe Hoeflich and Eulalia Apolinar, program specialists with the Tri-Counties Regional Center to discuss the resources this program offers to our communities.