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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Land Conservation
1:22 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Shaping Communities through Land Conservation

On the Central Coast, citizens, agriculturalists, and local policy makers have long recognized the importance of agriculture to their communities, and understand that land use choices and decisions impact not only the owners of the land but also the lives of neighbors and the community at large. A history of interest in managing development and growth and in preserving the physical and social amenities of open spaces and rural areas has long been a high priority to policy makers, public officials, and citizens in San Luis Obispo County.

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2:55 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden's video message for UCSB graduates

Image still from Vice President Joe Biden's message to the UCSB graduating class of 2014.

Vice President Joe Biden has issued a special video statement for UC Santa Barbara's graduating class of 2014, which was sent to all students and some 21,000 alumni.

The message is in response to a petition created by outgoing senior Kyley Scarlet, the Internal Vice President for the Associated Students, who was pulling for a commencement address by First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Issues of Social Justice
2:30 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Modern Day Slavery—The Crime of Human Trafficking

What is human trafficking? This serious offense carries no simple answer to that question. This problem, inherent in almost every country across the globe, is multifaceted and complex and its victims are increasing in numbers.  The human trafficking industry globally earns an expected $32 billion every year. And California is no stranger to these crimes.

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Science and Technology
10:26 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Alternative Fuels Here and Now

Alternative vehicles are becoming increasingly mainstream now that infrastructure improvements and lowered costs have made the benefits of improved fuel economy, increased energy security, and decreased environmental and health risks harder to dismiss.  In 2013 the Vehicle Technologies Market report found more than 500,000 hybrid vehicles were sold, and the sale of electric vehicles increased to more than 100,000 units sold. There are currently at least 24 different types of electric vehicles on sale or in production.

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3:48 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Cuesta College Community Programs

Whether you're looking for an art class, a music program, swimming and recreation, or a summer program for your kids, Cuesta College Community Programs has much to offer.  Marisa Waddell talks with two of Cuesta's program directors about what's available on campus this summer.

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Community Parks
1:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Park For All Children

Brian Reynolds talks with Paul Ready and Russ Lovell as they prepare to embark on the creation of a 33 acre park that will accommodate children with all physical abilities. Learn how this pursuit was started and how close Jack’s Helping Hands are to reaching their goal.

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Addiction, Abuse, and Treatment
12:44 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Continuing the Conversation...Opiates in Our Community

Opiod abuse and addiction to such drugs as heroin and prescription painkillers, like oxycontin, is considered  a serious public health issue, and can have potentially devastating consequences on the individual, family and community.  What treatment options are available for individuals battling this deadly disease? How can we work as a community to help families and individuals dealing with these issues?

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3:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lompoc considers reinstating ban on fireworks this 4th

A Safe and Sane style firework.
Credit Flickr member HarmonyRae

The City of Lompoc is considering reinstating its ban on "Safe and Sane" fireworks following last week's Miguelito Fire. Council members will take up the issue at the next scheduled meeting on June 3.

The long-standing ban on fireworks was lifted last year during the lead-up to the Fourth of July holiday.

Council member DeWayne Holmdahl says he voted against allowing fireworks last year, and will vote the same way at the next meeting, should it come up for a vote.

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6:58 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

County contributing $1.1 million for Pismo Preserve purchase

Area of the proposed Pismo Preserve
Credit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County - video still

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to use $1.1 million dollars as part of an effort to buy land that could one day make up the Pismo Preserve.

"Thrillingly we just approved $1.1 million!" Supervisor Adam Hill, whose district includes the proposed project, said in an email to KCBX.

The money will come from a fund known as the Park Public Facility Fee.

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2:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Heed Your Call

Entrepreneur and author David Howitt provides a modern day manifesto for those who feel disconnected and unfulfilled.

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