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6:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Recount settles close race for Pismo Beach Mayor

A requested recount now confirms the original vote totals in the race for Mayor of Pismo Beach, where a two vote margin determined incumbent Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski.

The Mayor herself contributed to Kreowski's recount fund, an estimated $3000 required by San Luis Obispo County to initiate the process.

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3:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Recount requested in race for Mayor of Pismo Beach

The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.

Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.

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6:13 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Central Coast reaction to President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

President Barak Obama addresses the nation to explain his reason for issuing an Executive Order regarding immigration.

Reactions are mixed on the Central Coast to President Obama's Executive Order to ease some immigration restrictions in the United States, potentially shielding up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Yesenia Decasaus with the Central Coast Union of Domestic Workers says the President's actions validate the strong Latino vote back in 2012.

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7:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

UPDATE: Winner declared in race for Pismo Beach Mayor, Arroyo Grande still undecided

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 14, 2015 at 6:10 p.m.  

With no remaining ballots left to be counted, Incumbent Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly HIgginbotham is declared the winner over challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes.

The race had been as narrow as one vote, as of the previous count tally.

The final San Luis Obispo County election numbers were released late Friday afternoon. A recount will not take place unless one of the candidates calls for one.

ARROYO GRANDE

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Politics
4:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Election Day

Broadcast date: 11/4/2014

It's Election Day, and every candidate claims to have their pulse on the needs and desires of the citizens, but do they really know what matters to you?  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the issues that impact our lives and whether we feel that we’re being represented or ignored by those in office.

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3:57 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

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

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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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6:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Tight Sheriff's race in Monterey County could be decided by mail-in ballots

Sheriff Miller (left) during a National Night Out event.
Credit Monterey County Sheriff's Department

A close race for Sheriff-Coroner in Monterey County was still considered too close to call Wednesday night as nearly 34,000 ballots were left to be counted—about 45 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday's election.

The incumbent, Sheriff Scott Miller, was trailing Deputy Steve Bernal 51.4 to 48.6 percent in the numbers released by the County Clerk-Recorder Wednesday at 1:04 a.m. 

The remaining votes that still need to be processed and added to the totals consist of vote-by-mail (absentee), provisional, and other ballots that have some need for review.

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2:22 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Rep. Capps keeps Central Coast seat despite Republican wave nationally

Rep. Lois Capps is interviewed by local television reporter John Palminteri during her victory party held in downtown Santa Barbara.
Credit Jeremy Gehler

Tuesday was a tough day for Democrats nationally with Republicans extending their control in the House of Representative and taking control of the U.S. Senate.

In California however, Democrats swept all of the statewide offices and on the Central Coast Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) held on to her 24th District Seat for yet another term.

Final numbers show the incumbent victorious over her Republican challenger Chris Mitchum, 51.6 to 48.4 percent.

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12:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

San Luis Obispo votes to continue half cent sales tax

Credit SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

  Measure G passed Tuesday Night in San Luis Obispo, overwhelmingly with slightly more than 70 percent of the vote.

The Measure will continue the 1/2 cent sales tax in the city which is currently represented by Measure Y. Supporters of the Measure G committee include former elected leaders, community activists, environmentalists and some small business owners.

Recently re-elected Mayor of San Luis Obispo, Jan Marx, says she is glad the measure passed because they city would have faced budget cuts otherwise.

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11:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Anti-fracking fails by large margin in Santa Barbara County

Credit Wikimedia Commons / Environmental Protection Agency

Representatives from the "Yes On P" Campaign conceded early Tuesday night, with initial numbers showing a strong lead for opposition of the Measure. They say the campaign was the "beginning on the fight-- not the end."

Measure P was designed to ban the use of high-intensity oil extraction methods--including fracking, acidizing, and steam injection-- by future oil and gas projects on unincorporated Santa Barbara County land.

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5:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara moves forward with plan to place district elections on 2015 ballot

Santa Barbara City Hall
Credit Flickr member Scazon

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving forward with plans to put the issue of district elections before the voters in November 2015.

Members agreed during Tuesday night's meeting to direct staff to work on the issue. The city is currently facing a lawsuit demanding district elections be implemented.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cathy Murillo voted for the resolution to move forward and had a lot to say to those who brought the lawsuit prior to registering her vote. 

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5:53 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Measure P rallies hit the streets of Santa Maria as November vote nears

Yes on P supporters gathered Wednesday in front of Santa Maria's City Hall.
Photo by Jeanne Sparks

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.

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11:06 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Argument against San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

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ALSO: Hear the argument for Measure G

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 8 years. This "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.

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5:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UPDATE: SLO City Council fails to override Airport Commission for development plans

UPDATE: October 21, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

The San Luis Obispo City Council failed to garner enough votes on Tuesday night in an effort to override development restrictions put in place by the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).

Council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the override, but needed at least a 4 to 1 split for it to be succeessful.

Voting against the move were Council Members Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith. Mayor Jan Howell Marx, Vice Mayor Carlyn Christianson, and Council Member John Ashbaugh all voted in favor.

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10:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Argument in favor of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

Credit SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

ALSO: Hear the argument against Measure G  

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.

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