In 2013 ACTION reported more than three quarters of the people they interviewed in San Luis Obispo County were concerned about drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse. Among these groups of drugs, rates of opiate addiction across the nation are increasing at alarming rates. Last year, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) noted a dramatic 183% increase in emergency room intakes associated with pharmaceutical opiates and opioids from 2004 to 2011. Heroin intakes also increased by 21%.
The Garden Street Terraces Project has received its final approval from the City of San Luis Obispo after a long timeline of proposals, negotiations and redesign. Reporter Jordan Bell shares the stories of citizen activists who spoke out about the project in its early stages, as well as the vision of the project developer and others involved.
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.