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

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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'

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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

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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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

Credit Jordan Bell

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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