11:34 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian set to announce run for Congress

Assemblymember Achadjian speaks with his 35th District supporters in an agricultural setting.
Credit Katcho Achadjian Facebook Page

The office of Central Coast Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) said Thursday that the politician plans to announce his bid on Friday for the 24th Congression District seat being vacated by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) next fall.

Achadjian's announcement is scheduled to take place at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Sunken Gardents at 11:00 a.m., with the Assemblymember flanked by numerous local Republican leaders.

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6:46 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Das Williams set to run for Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

Assemblymember Williams during the introduction of the Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package.
Credit Assemblymember Das Williams

State Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) announced Monday that he's running for Santa Barbara County's First District Supervisor seat, come 2016.

Salud Carbajal currently holds the First District seat, but Carbajal is one of several candidates now running for Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) congressional office.

Term limits will keep Williams from running for a fourth Assembly term. He easily won re-election back in November with more than 58 percent of the vote.

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5:50 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Oil and gas regulatory bill set for debate in Sacramento

The oil and gas fields near San Ardo in Monterey County, Calif.
Credit Randol White, KCBX

Revamping the state's oil and gas watchdog group will be the topic of discussion in Sacramento next week.

The push comes from a Central Coast politician who wants to see far more oversight of local drilling operations. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson said the watchdog group has not been doing its job of protecting and informing the public.

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6:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rep. Capps tours Central Coast after retirement announcement

Rep. Lois Capps visited the Paso Bamboo Farm & Nursery in Paso Robles on Thursday, as part of an effort to highlight the importance of agriculture and small businesses to the Central Coast economy.
Credit Chris Meagher, Rep. Lois Capps

Just a day after announcing her planned retirement in 2016, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) visited San Luis Obispo County Thursday to meet with health officials about climate change.

A local nutrition program called Women, Infants, Children (WIC) is working climate change into its model. The WIC program gives vouchers for food and educates participants on healthy options.

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11:25 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates already lining up to run for Lois Capps' seat in 2016

Credit Roll Call video

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced Wednesday that she will not run again for her seat in Nov. 2016. She made the announcement in a video saying, "it's been a hard decision to make."

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6:07 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

The 2016 General Election already heating up for SLO County candidates

The fate of Wild Cherry Canyon near Avila Beach is an election issue for District 3 candidates.
Credit Kara Woodruff

A political race in San Luis Obispo County is heating up well ahead of the 2016 General Election.

The District 3 Supervisor Seat, currently held by Adam Hill, has at least three people running for it, including the incumbent. The area includes the beach cities of Pismo and Grover, more than half of the City of San Luis Obispo, and the communities of Edna Valley and Avila. 

Supervisor Adam Hill has held the seat since 2008 and says he plans to be on the ballot in November 2016 for a third term.

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3:30 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Santa Barbara working to quickly create City Council districts before November elections

Santa Barbara's downtown core.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

The City of Santa Barbara is working on plans to set up new city council districts for the upcoming November 2015 election.

Until now, the city's council members were elected at-large—meaning any registered voter in the city could cast a ballot for any of the council seats.

The move to districts is the result of a court ruling and settlement under the state's 2001 voting rights act.

Kristy Schmidt is Santa Barbara's Administrative Services Director. She says the city is currently collecting information from the public on forming the geographic boundaries.

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5:48 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Central Coast as wedding destination serves as initiative behind new assembly bill

Local Assemblymember Das Williams introduced a bill Monday that aims to mitigate issues surrounding large events such as weddings.

Williams says the Central Coast hosts many large weddings every year and big events like these create traffic and public safety problems for locals.

He says a lot out-of-towners host these weddings and many of them do not get permits.

The bill proposes that local governments can assess a larger fine for county land use and development code violations.

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5:25 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bob Jones Trail extension approved by County Board of Supervisors

The 4.5 mile extension of the trail would begin at the historic Octagon Barn in San Luis Obispo.
Credit SLO County Bike Coalition

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to certify the final environmental impact report and approve the project alignment of the final section of the Bob Jones Trail.

Anne Wyatt is on the steering committee of the Friends of the Bob Jones Trail.

She said the vote was a 'feel good moment' and they are certainly celebrating, but they're gearing up for the next steps.

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11:25 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Watch: President Obama at White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

President Barak Obama signs an executive order on cybersecurity information sharing following an address on the Stanford campus Friday.

(From WhiteHouse.gov) The President delivers remark at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect American consumers and companies from growing threats to consumers and commercial networks.

The Summit brings together major stakeholders on consumer financial protection issues to discuss how all members of our financial system can work together to further protect American consumers and their financial data, now and in the future.

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6:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Longtime Paso Robles city manager retiring at end of the year

The longtime city manager for Paso Robles says he plans to retire at the end of the year. Jim app has served as the city's top administrator for nearly two decades.

"It has been said that one of life's greatest gifts is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing," said App in a press release. "It has been an honor to work on behalf of the people of Paso Robles these past 25 years."

He said he made the announcement early, in order to give the City Council "ample time to find an able successor."

App said it's his intent to retire on December 30, 2015.

6:06 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

UPDATE: Beverage industry pushes back against bill for warning labels on sugary drinks in California

Credit Flickr member Alan

California's soda industry is fighting back after Central Coast State Senator Bill Monning announced this week a renewed effort to put warning labels on sugary drinks.

The Industry group CalBev calls the bill misguided and said that they don't believe warning labels are an effective policy for promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Roger Salazar is a CalBev spokesperson and says the bill unfairly singles out the beverage industry while ignoring other junk food.

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5:15 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Rep. Lois Capps wants oil company to pay for clean-up of any future Keystone XL spills

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) argues for an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill.
Credit C-SPAN

Members of congress approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Wednesday with a bi-partisan House of Representatives vote of 270-152.

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) tried to attach one final amendment to fund any future oil spill clean-up efforts.

The amendment would have required operator TransCanada pay into a special fund through an eight cents-per-barrel tax.

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5:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Local state senator proposes 'End of Life Option Act'

Credit Senator Bill Monning


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

Credit Richard Martinez Twitter feed @riromtz

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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