Politics

Reports focusing on the latest political news and trends along California's Central Coast.

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

First-time delegate Tony Leal is a long way from home - and not just geographically.

"Well, if you don't mind getting spit at, talked down to, cursed at, thrown rocks at, thrown bottles at, then you're okay," says Leal. "And that's what it's like to be a Republican in my district."

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Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

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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. 

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Gun control advocates make a lot of claims about how easy it is to get a firearm in America.

California GOP delegate ShirleyHusar officially announces the state's 172 votes for Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

 

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: California delegates voted Tuesday to officially name Donald Trump as the Republican party's presidential nominee. Two Californians also took to the main stage Tuesday night.

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A fireworks display wrapped up the opening party at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 2016.

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An urgency ordinance to protect native oak trees in San Luis Obispo County was added to the books Friday. The County Board of Supervisors approved the measure 4-1 during a special session. 

Randol White, KCBX News

Santa Barbara County leaders said Thursday they're disappointed by a nearly unanimous Congressional committee vote on Wednesday regarding nearly 1400 acres of controversial land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

San Luis Obispo County

The controversy surrounding oak woodland clear cutting by Justin Vineyards on its properties in North County San Luis Obispo is now making its way to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

How can you tell if a driver is stoned?

Jul 13, 2016

In a famous scene from the Coen Brothers' cult classic "The Big Lebowski," Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski is cruising behind the wheel of his car, tunes blasting as he sips beer and smokes pot. In a classic stoner move, he tries to flick his lighted roach out the window - except that it's closed. The burning roach ricochets onto his lap, causing him to wildly swerve and then crash into a garbage can.

 

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Proposition 63, a gun and ammunition control initiative on California’s November ballot, would require instant background checks for the sale of ammunition statewide.

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FILE: Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

As the rest of the country turns to the national political conventions and vice presidential picks, in California, the final counts from the state's primary election results still await certification by the Secretary of State.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla has until Friday to sign off.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s achievements are many: Body builder. Movie star. Governator. Honorary Forest Ranger.

Yes, he was named an Honorary Forest Ranger by the federal government.

As Hillary Clinton makes headlines as the first female presumptive presidential nominee for a major party, there's an interesting contrast in local politics.

Among the 15 Los Angeles City Council members representing nearly 4 million residents, Nury Martinez is the only woman.

"I am embarrassed I have no explanation," Martinez said of the numbers. "People are in shock that [in] the second largest city in the country, we have this gender issue in Los Angeles."

The picture around the state isn’t much better when it comes to gender equality.

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Supporters of the Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson gather in Pasadena at the second annual Politicon event. Johnson was one of the conference's headliners. Mary Plummer/KPCC

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson told a small, but enthusiastic group this weekend that they may be looking at the next U.S. president given the upheaval of this year's campaign for the White House.

California Department of Water Resources

Map showing all 21 critically overdrafted groundwater basins in California. Agencies charged with managing the basins must be created by June of next year. California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy

The state’s new groundwater management laws mean Californians no longer have unfettered use of water underground.

State law will require the creation of local agencies with sweeping powers to meter wells, tax, and penalize anyone who overuses groundwater.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

A Crocker Water truck fills underground storage tanks for a homeowner near Paso Robles whose well no longer pumps enough water.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Two years ago, California became one of the last states in the West to pass a law to manage groundwater. The political will to do so took decades. But the bigger battle may be putting the law into practice. 

Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County may be a perfect example of how hard it’s going to be. 

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

UPDATE: New numbers for Central Coast primary results

Jun 10, 2016
Randol White

The election offices for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara  and Ventura Counties are out with updated returns for several key California Primary races.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Randol White

One of the most closely watched political races on the Central Coast—if not California— this primary season is not yet fully decided. 

California Voters Approve Proposition 50

Jun 8, 2016

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

California will have an all-Democrat battle this fall for its first open U.S. Senate seat in nearly 25 years.

Attorney General Kamala Harris leads a field of 34 candidates with 39.6 percent of the vote, followed by Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with 18 percent. The top Republican, former state party chair Duf Sundheim, trails with 8.7 percent. 

John Locher / AP

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Lynwood, Calif. Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

California voters will choose between two Democrats in the contest to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a historic matchup made possible by California’s top-two primary system.

On Tuesday, Californians will send two U.S. Senate candidates to the November general election. Under the state’s “top two” primary system, those candidates can be from any political party – but polls show two Democrats in the lead.

Of the 12 Republicans on Tuesday’s primary ballot, just three have drawn enough support to qualify for televised debates.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally Sunday evening at Sacramento City College.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned furiously throughout California this weekend ahead of Tuesday's primary. Clinton wrapped up with a rally in Sacramento Sunday night.

Clinton gave her standard stump speech - about half an hour - before a full house at the Sacramento City College gymnasium.

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