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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Oceano/Nipomo Dunes and Phillips 66 refinery as seen from Highway 1. San Luis Obispo County Supervisor-Elect for District 4, Lynn Compton, will be addressing air quality issues related to these locations early in her term.
KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with San Luis Obispo County’s new 4th District Supervisor, Lynn Compton (R-Nipomo), about her visions and plans for her tenure.
Top issues for the politician include a new rail spur to the Phillips 66 refinery, air particulate matter generated by the Oceano/Nipomo Dunes, groundwater management, and Huasna Valley oil exploration.
Compton is a longtime resident of Nipomo and beat incumbent Supervisor Caryn Ray (D-Arroyo Grande) in the November Mid-Term Election.
San Luis Obispo city leaders will take another stab at passing a blueprint for the city's development at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
The Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) looks at traffic and housing through 2035. Aspects of the plan don't agree with guidelines established by the state-run Airport Land Use Commission, so the council will need at least four members to vote for an override in order to push the LUCE through.
The San Luis Obispo City Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to move forward with its plans for future housing and transportation needs, despite restrictions that are currently in place for such development surrounding the airport and beyond.
The City Council discussed the topic at its meeting Tuesday night, but did not bring it up for a vote because newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire wants an extra week to hear from the public.
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.
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.