5:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Local state senator proposes 'End of Life Option Act'

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) is introducing SB 128, the "End of Life Option Act."
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A Central Coast lawmaker wants Californians to legally have an option to end their lives when diagnosed with a terminal condition.

Senator Bill Monning (D- Carmel) co-authored the proposed legislation with Lois Wolk (D- Davis) which would give someone with less than six months to live the ability to procure an 'end of life' prescription. Two independent physicians must first determine the terminal nature of the illness and the patient must be mentally competent to be eligible for the self-administered, lethal prescription.

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6:17 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Richard Martinez invited by Rep. Lois Capps to President Obama's State of the Union address

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Richard Martinez, the father of slain UC Santa Barbara student Christopher Michaels-Martinez, is an invited guest at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech in Washington D.C.

Central Coast Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) has worked with Martinez on shaping gun violence legislation and invited him to attend.

Martinez says he's hoping the 114th Congress will address the issue of gun violence. He's working with the group Everytown to lobby for new gun laws.

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6:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

San Jose City Council unanimous in concern over planned Phillips 66 oil-by-rail expansion

The potential for increased oil shipments along the Southern Pacific rail line through San Jose is cause for concern among council members.
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The City of San Jose is the latest California municipality to express concern over an increase in crude oil shipments by rail.

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to instruct the city manager to send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, asking members to take into consideration their concerns as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Phillips 66 refinery rail spur.

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3:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Central Coast expert on Cuba discusses changes to US foreign policy

"Colors of Havana"
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Last month, the Obama Administration drastically changed decades of foreign policy guidelines for relations with Cuba.

A Washington Post poll released in late December showed nearly 75 percent of Americans support the lifting of travel restrictions to that county, and roughly 2-out-of-3 back ending a trade embargo, and improving relations.

Charles Barclay is a former U.S. diplomat in Havana and was among the key players working to free Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor released as part of the sweeping changes.

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5:55 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New DMV field office proposed to handle surging numbers in Santa Maria

The Department of Motor Vehicles field office in Santa Maria was built decades ago for a population just a fraction of the city's current size.
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Santa Maria may see a new DMV field office in the coming years, if one Central Coast lawmaker has her way. 

Local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson helped get more than 15 million dollars added to the Governor's budget proposal to build a new DMV facility. 

The current field office was built in 1969 and since then the city's population has tripled. Senator Jackson says the city needs a new DMV now more than ever.

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5:49 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

City of SLO determines standards for homestay rentals

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The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted new standards for short-term homestay rentals Tuesday night, allowing use of this type of rental within the city.

These are rentals occupied for less than 30 days. A major distinction between homestay rentals and vacation rentals is homestay rentals require the owner to prove they live there. Vacation rentals are still prohibited in neighborhoods for which they are not zoned.

The ordinance also requires one additional parking space, two rooms and that a responsible party must only be a 15 minute drive away. 

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3:26 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

God and Empire

Broadcast date: 1/05/15

Biblical scholar, John Dominic Crossan, surveys the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that cannot be ignored in these turbulent times.

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3:00 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Rep. Capps sworn in Tuesday to 114th Congress

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Representative Lois Capps was sworn in today in Washington D.C. as a member of the 114th Congress. The Congresswoman took an oath of office on the House floor and was sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner. 

“It is an honor and privilege to represent the 24th Congressional District, and I look forward to continuing to represent the people and communities of the Central Coast in Washington D.C.,” Capps said. “There are a number of challenges facing our country and I am eager to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the important issues before us.”

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6:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Local lawmakers on Brown's sustainability goals

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Some Central Coast lawmakers are supportive of aspects of Governor Jerry Brown's Inaugural speech Monday.

Brown touched on the budget and stressed the importance of education and sustainability for the future of California.

Assemblymember Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara) says he agrees with the Governor's vision for the future and says that Brown focused on issues directly affecting the Central Coast.

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5:16 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

State Senator's bill to prevent gun violence takes effect in 2015

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Local Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson authored eight senate bills this year that take effect Thursday. One of these aims to help prevent gun violence.

Senate Bill 505 requires law enforcement agencies to create policies encouraging officers to search California's database of gun purchases before conducting a 'welfare check.' 

She says that this would have been helpful in the case of the Isla Vista killings in May, when roughly three weeks before the massacre, law enforcement visited Elliot Rodger to check on his well-being, but were not aware of firearms.

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5:00 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Promising new tool will allow public to easily search the dealings of Sacramento lawmakers

The California State Capitol Building
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Your ability to easily search California legislative hearings—complete with full audio transcripts—is about to take a big leap forward.

A $1.2 million grant to Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) will help fund this program, called Digital Democracy.

This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents.

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12:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Mayor Jan Marx on San Luis Obispo's 2014

Mayor Jan Marx started her third term as mayor of San Luis Obispo this December. At the start of her new term, she and the City Council adopted a major update to the City's Land Use and Circulation Element, which details how land can be used in the city. She shares about that and other projects the city has embarked on and projects the community will see in the new year.

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5:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Airport Land Use Commission meets for first time post SLO City Council override

San Luis Obispo County's Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) met Wednesday for the first time since the San Luis Obispo City Council voted against the commission's restrictions for development.

Last week the council moved forward with its General Plan update, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and in doing so overrode the commission.

ALUC Members heard a presentation by the city at Wednesday's meeting regarding the LUCE.

5:50 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Central Coast Senators fill leadership positions in Sacramento

Central Coast Senator Bill Monning is now the California Senate's Majority Leader after an announcement Wednesday by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

Monning's district includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz Counties and a portion of Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. The Majority Leader serves as the main floor manager for de León.

Monning says he looks forward to serving in this leadership position.

6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

SLO City Council moves forward with update to general plan

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

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