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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Addiction, Abuse, and Treatment
11:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Opiates In Our Community

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%.

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2:41 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Garden Street Terraces Project Approved

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.

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Current Issues in Homelessness
7:19 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Efforts in SLO to Build a Homeless Service Center

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.

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5:45 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bike Month kicks off Thursday along the Central Coast

A Santa Barbara bicycle commuter in 2012.
Credit Lori - through CycleMAYnia website

A wide range of activities to celebrate bicycles as an efficient and healthy form of transportation are planned for the month of May in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

CycleMAYnia, a project of Traffic Solutions, is Santa Barbara County's effort to get more people on bicycles.  

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2:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bicycling on the Central Coast

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%.  

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