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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 MoveOn.org 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.
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.
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.
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.