Improving the Quality of Life on the Central Coast
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Cost of Living in SLO County

Broadcast date: 7/31/2014

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5:56 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Santa Barbara program helps feed kids during summer months

More than 400 kids turned out Friday at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara for the Food4Kids concert and lunch.
Credit Carla Castilla

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.

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5:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Community coming together for Santa Barbara Clean-up Day

Volunteers help remove graffiti from a wall in Santa Barbara during the annual Community Clean-up Day.
Credit City of Santa Barbara

Several hundred volunteers are already confirmed for this weekend's annual effort to spruce up the city of Santa Barbara. It's called Community Clean-Up Day, and it's schedule for this Saturday.

Organizers say they anticipate at least 400 participants.

Groups will be assigned to several different project sites, including trash pick-up, graffiti removal, and a creek clean-up.

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Clean Energy
3:35 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Creating a Local Clean Energy Economy

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.

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Public Libraries
4:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

A New Chapter for Local Libraries

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.

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5:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Pride celebrations underway in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

Pride celebration at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Credit Pacific Pride Foundation

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.

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5:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Central Coast has wide variety of fireworks shows for 4th of July holiday

Credit Flickr member GoToVan

There are a large number of 4th of July fireworks displays and community celebrations being held Friday—and even Saturday—along the Central Coast.

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties have five shows each, but Monterey County does not have any fireworks displays this year (and hasn't for several years according to the visitors bureau).

San Luis Obispo County (courtesy of the Visit San Luis Obispo County)

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People with Disabilities
5:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Access as a Civil Right

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.

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3:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Pismo Preserve group aims for final donations at free Sunday music festival

Credit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County - video still

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.

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5:49 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Neighborhood alliance feels it can beat Cal Poly dorm plan

Planned freshman dorms near the Grand Avenue entrance to Cal Poly.
Credit Cal Poly

Residents representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Cal Poly's controversial dorm site are working to stop construction, and have recently filed a lawsuit to do just that.

The Alliance of SLO Neighborhoods filed the legal paperwork last month to prevent Cal Poly from moving forward with construction on the proposed freshman dorms.

Alliance Chairperson, Linda White, says her group wants Cal Poly to come up with solutions for what the group sees as major design flaws for the project. At issue, according to the group, is an inadequate Environmental Impact Report. 

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11:28 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Money and Politics

In a country with more than 300 million people, approximately 1% of “the 1%” contributed over a quarter of all disclosed political campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation. How is public policy impacted when such a small percentage of donors dominate our campaign finance system? As concerns about inequalities in political influence and government corruption grow, there are increasing calls to reform our system of campaign finance across the political spectrum.

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Mental Health
4:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Community Counseling Center of SLO County

 The Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo County is a non-profit organization that provides short-term, low-cost, professional counseling for people who would not otherwise be able to afford therapy.  The counselors are state licensed, insured professionals who volunteer their time and services.  Marisa Waddell talks with the center's executive director about what's available to Central Coast Residents.  

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6:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Isla Vista 'Give Sale' pulls in record sales for local non-profits

Items for sale during the 2013 Give Sale in Isla Vista.
Credit GIVE Project in Isla Vista Facebook Page

The sales numbers for last weekend's Give Sale in Isla Vista show the event raised a record $43,000—$6,000 more than last year.

That money will be dispersed at an event this Friday to the local participating organizations that provided volunteers for the event.

The items sold each year come from students who are moving out of the area, and include clothing, furniture, and books.

Organizers estimate more than 30 tons of merchandise was sold this year, keeping those items out of the local landfill.

The Give Sale has been a part of the community since 1990.

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Veteran's Health
5:07 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

PTSD: An Affliction of the Soul

Nationwide there are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Luis Obispo County alone, ACTION estimates veterans make up close to 10% of the population.  Reports suggest that some 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or Depression.  It’s believed that 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. PTSD can have potentially lethal consequences. Asking for help is extremely shaming, especially for combat arms soldiers.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Concerts in the Plaza kick off 19th year in San Luis Obispo

First event of the 2014 Concerts in the Plaza season in downtown San Luis Obispo
Credit Jordan Bell

Downtown San Luis Obispo's summertime tradition Concerts in the Plaza kicked off Friday evening in Mission Plaza, featuring the reggae rock group Nada Rasta.

"It's our first night of the season, and we have 13 weeks of shows so there's 12 more weeks to catch a show," said Dominic Tartaglia, head of the Downtown Association about the 19th year for the event. "Fourth of July we actually have a double-header starting at 2:00, so it'll be a great opportunity for people to come out and be a part of that."

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