November ballot

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A growing number of Central Coast residents are choosing to vote-by-mail, but not everyone is clear on whether postage is necessary. 

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Central Coast residents who signed up to vote-by-mail will start getting their ballots this week. The packets would have gone out on Monday, but the Postal Service was closed for Columbus Day. 

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With 17 measures on the California statewide ballot, for the upcoming November election, it is the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since March of 2000. With hot button issues like marijuana legalization, the repeal of the death penalty, school funding, and gun laws before voters, just to name a few, it’s not just the decision whether to read the record setting 224-page voter guide that is daunting.

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San Luis Obispo County voters will have a new half-cent sales tax to consider on the November ballot that's aimed at raising money to pay for the county’s transportation infrastructure. 

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The City of Salinas is the latest Monterey County city to pass an ordinance on how marijuana can be grown and sold.

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The pool of candidates vying for the 24th District Congressional seat continues to grow with a total of seven candidates in the race.

Nipomo resident Tyler Gross announced his candidacy to represent the Central Coast in Washington Wednesday night. 

With close races in SLO Co., some ballots still need to be counted

Nov 11, 2014
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Ballot counters are taking a break Tuesday to observe Veteran's Day according to Julie Rodewald, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder.

  Although, midterm elections ended a week ago, determining new measures and elected officials, some races are still unsettled in San Luis Obispo County. 

Rodewald said provisional and mail-in ballots will determine tight races in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach Pismo Beach and Paso Robles.

The county will have reportable numbers Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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Rallies both for and against a proposed fracking ban in Santa Barbara County hit the streets of Santa Maria Wednesday around lunchtime.

The Yes on Measure P supporters initiated the effort to rally North County voters. The No on Measure P side got wind of it and staged their own counter demonstration.

Representatives from both sides tell KCBX the interactions were civil. They say anywhere between 70 and 100 people participated with more more people showing up for the yes side.

Argument in favor of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

Oct 21, 2014
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On November 4, 2014, voters in the city of San Luis Obispo will decide whether they want to extend a half-cent sales tax for another eight years.

The "general purpose" tax was originally passed in 2006 as Measure Y. This year’s version is known as Measure G, and does come with some changes.

Register to vote: Deadline is today in California

Oct 17, 2014
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Monday, October 20, 2014 is the final day to register to vote in the November 4 Midterm Elections.

In California, you can register online through the Secretary of State's website.

State law also stipulates that your voter registration application must be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days prior to Election Day.

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The man behind the Six Californias initiative says he will work to prove the signatures collected were valid. This, in response to the state's denial today to place the proposition on the November ballot in 2016.

Billionaire Timothy Draper released a statement this afternoon saying he's confident a full check will confirm there were more than enough valid signatures.

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The man behind a current effort to break up California into six different states says he has collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 statewide ballot.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper and supporters of the Six California's campaign plan to submit the first batch of signatures Tuesday morning at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 10:00 a.m.

The effort's website indicates the exact borders of the six states is still under consideration, asking for suggestions from visitors.

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This November, California voters will decide who will serve in the state’s top offices, including Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, among others.

California State Senator Alex Padilla is the current front-runner for the Secretary of State race, coming in first place among a crowded field in the June primary, filled primarily with Democrats. He too is a Democrat who currently represents the state's 20th Senate District, which includes much of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.

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The mayor of Paso Robles says he won't run for his current job in the next election, but does plan to run for a council seat.

Duane Picanco says he discussed the issue with his family and says he's decided it's time to let somebody new lead the city.

The term of mayor recently increased from two to four years which was the deciding factor for the mayor he told KCBX. Voters chose to increase the term in 2012.

Picanco has held the job since 2008 and was a councilman prior to that.

candidates can submit their nomination papers to the city as of July 14.

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The issue of fracking, acidizing, and other forms of oil and gas extraction in Santa Barbara County is headed to the November ballot.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors met Friday for a special session in Santa Maria to discuss an oil drilling measure brought by the group Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, who collected roughly 16,000 valid signatures this spring.

An overflow crowd, both for and against the proposed ban, turned out for the public comment period.

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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has ordered a report to detail how a ban on specific methods of oil extraction would affect the local economy, and any legal ramifications that might stem from implementing such a ban.

The board will meet again next month in Santa Maria to finish discussing the proposal, and whether it will end up on this November's ballot.

If passed by voters, the ban would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

The Santa Barbara County Clerk says a local group has collected enough signatures to qualify a proposed ban on fracking for a public vote. Santa Barbara County Water Guardians has been working on the issue for the last couple of months. The county's board of supervisors now has the option of either vote the initiative into law directly or bring it to voters on the November ballot. Members may also decide to order a report on the impact of the initiative.