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7:05 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

New state law addresses violence at Atascadero State Hospital

Governor Brown signed two bills into law Monday that were introduced by local Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian. They're designed to help reduce violence in state hospitals and to tackle their rising costs of running those hospitals.

Both bills have been a long time in the making, with many negotiations according to Achadjian.

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Politics
5:55 am
Thu September 25, 2014

San Luis Obispo County's DA decides to move up retirement date

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Gerald Shea announced Wednesday that he's moving up the date of his retirement.

He's asked the Board of Supervisors to appoint District Attorney-Elect Dan Dow to the position on November 7.  The move would cut short Shea's date of departure by two months.

Dow won a contentious election this past June against former San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello.

Politics
2:41 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Six Californias plan falls short in bid to qualify for 2016 ballot

West California is shown in dark blue and includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

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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Politics
6:21 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Governor's race: LIVE debate at 7p on KCBX

Credit Flickr member Ed Uthman

KCBX will be airing the one-and-only debate between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Neel Kashkari in the 2014 California race for Governor.

The debate coverage starts at 7:00 p.m., and comes to KCBX courtesy of The California Report.

A Field Poll released Thursday morning shows Brown with a 16-point lead over Kashkari, 50 to 34 percent.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Current California politics

Broadcast date: 8/20/14

We'll also head up to Sacramento for the latest news affecting California politics.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Dollar Democracy

Broadcast date: 8/18/14

According to political science professor Peter Mathews corporations and lobbyists are dominating American Democracy.  He says this has resulted in a shift in government over the past few decades. The U.S. has the greatest gap between the rich and poor since the Great Depression.

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Military
3:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Soldier Girls

Broadcast date: 8/11/14

More women served in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other war, yet their role has been hotly debated.  In her book, “Soldier Girls,” writer Helen Thorpe details what really happened to three women who served in the military during the last decade.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Santa Barbara leaders not planning to appeal gang injunction ruling

Members of the Santa Barbara Police Department.
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The City of Santa Barbara will not work to overturn a recent court ruling denying local law enforcement's years-long push for a city-wide gang injunction.

Mayor Helene Schneider says the City Council accepts and respects Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne's decision, and that the city will continue to use all local resources available to protect residents from gang violence. She made the official announcement at the start of Tuesday night's public council meeting.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Paso Robles clears way for mobile medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana for sale at Dank Depot in Long Beach (now closed).
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The City of Paso Robles is preparing to issue its first-ever license for a mobile medical marijuana dispensary, according to its Administrative Services Department.

The City Council decided Tuesday night not to move forward with a mobile dispensary ban and voted 3-to-2 in favor of adopting a report that outlined their legal status.

It took a business application to move the issue to where we are today, says Jim Throop, the city's Director of Administrative Services. \

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Politics
6:14 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Mobile medical marijuana dispensary issue heads back to Paso Robles City Council

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
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The City of Paso Robles will once again take up the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries at its meeting on Tuesday, August 5.

Earlier this month, the Paso Robles City Council deadlocked on the issue, as only four members were present allowing for an even split.

Currently, Paso Robles has a law against brick-and-mortar dispensaries, but there is nothing in the code that bans mobile versions.

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Politics
10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New gun safety law was authored by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian

The California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.
Credit Jessica Paterson

    
California has a new gun safety law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday.

Assembly Bill 1591, written by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), will require that courts promptly submit reports of "armed prohibited persons" to the Department of Justice.

Someone is considered "armed and prohibited" if they're determined to be a threat to themselves or others, due to a mental disorder or illness.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Father of slain Isla Vista student working to affect November midterm elections

Richard Martinez, the father of San Luis Obispo High School graduate and Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Martinez is hoping to influence the upcoming November mid-term elections. His goal is to shift the make-up of congress toward sensible gun reform. 

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Paso Robles City Council deadlocks over mobile medical marijuana dispensary ban

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
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UPDATE: July 16, 2018

The City of Paso Robles is unsure at this point how leaders will move forward with the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tuesday night's well-attended city council meeting ended with a deadlock on the issue. Councilman John Hamon was absent leaving just four members and a two-two split.

City law bans brick-and-mortar pot dispensaries, but does not address mobile versions.

The council meets next on August 5, and the agenda for that meeting is still in the development stages according to the city.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Supporters of 'Six Californias' say they're ready for November 2016 ballot

The proposed state of West California (shown in blue) would the the most populous of the six.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

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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Politics
7:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Assistant San Luis Obispo County DA heads to Santa Barbara County

Tim Covello (pictured left during debate) is heading to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office.
Credit KCBX News

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, who lost to Dan Dow in a heated June primary race for the office of District Attorney, is headed to Santa Barbara County.

An announcement Thursday afternoon from current District Attorney Gerry Shea's office says Shea supports the decision, and he praised Covello for his time as a county prosecutor.

According to the announcement, Covello will continue to be a prosecutor with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office.

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