12:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

San Luis Obispo votes to continue half cent sales tax

Credit SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

  Measure G passed Tuesday Night in San Luis Obispo, overwhelmingly with slightly more than 70 percent of the vote.

The Measure will continue the 1/2 cent sales tax in the city which is currently represented by Measure Y. Supporters of the Measure G committee include former elected leaders, community activists, environmentalists and some small business owners.

Recently re-elected Mayor of San Luis Obispo, Jan Marx, says she is glad the measure passed because they city would have faced budget cuts otherwise.

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11:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Anti-fracking fails by large margin in Santa Barbara County

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Representatives from the "Yes On P" Campaign conceded early Tuesday night, with initial numbers showing a strong lead for opposition of the Measure. They say the campaign was the "beginning on the fight-- not the end."

Measure P was designed to ban the use of high-intensity oil extraction methods--including fracking, acidizing, and steam injection-- by future oil and gas projects on unincorporated Santa Barbara County land.

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5:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara moves forward with plan to place district elections on 2015 ballot

Santa Barbara City Hall
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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving forward with plans to put the issue of district elections before the voters in November 2015.

Members agreed during Tuesday night's meeting to direct staff to work on the issue. The city is currently facing a lawsuit demanding district elections be implemented.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cathy Murillo voted for the resolution to move forward and had a lot to say to those who brought the lawsuit prior to registering her vote. 

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5:53 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Measure P rallies hit the streets of Santa Maria as November vote nears

Yes on P supporters gathered Wednesday in front of Santa Maria's City Hall.
Photo by Jeanne Sparks

Rallies both for and against a proposed fracking ban in Santa Barbara County hit the streets of Santa Maria Wednesday around lunchtime.

The Yes on Measure P supporters initiated the effort to rally North County voters. The No on Measure P side got wind of it and staged their own counter demonstration.

Representatives from both sides tell KCBX the interactions were civil. They say anywhere between 70 and 100 people participated with more more people showing up for the yes side.

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11:06 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Argument against San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

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ALSO: Hear the argument for Measure G

On November 4, 2014, voters in the City of San Luis Obispo will decide whether they want to extend a half-cent sales tax for another 8 years. This "general purpose" tax was originally passed in 2006 as Measure Y. This year’s version is known as Measure G, and does come with some changes.

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5:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

UPDATE: SLO City Council fails to override Airport Commission for development plans

UPDATE: October 21, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

The San Luis Obispo City Council failed to garner enough votes on Tuesday night in an effort to override development restrictions put in place by the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).

Council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the override, but needed at least a 4 to 1 split for it to be succeessful.

Voting against the move were Council Members Dan Carpenter and Kathy Smith. Mayor Jan Howell Marx, Vice Mayor Carlyn Christianson, and Council Member John Ashbaugh all voted in favor.

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10:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Argument in favor of San Luis Obispo’s Measure G

Credit SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

ALSO: Hear the argument against Measure G  

On November 4, 2014, voters in the city of San Luis Obispo will decide whether they want to extend a half-cent sales tax for another eight years.

The "general purpose" tax was originally passed in 2006 as Measure Y. This year’s version is known as Measure G, and does come with some changes.

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4:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Register to vote: Deadline is today in California

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Monday, October 20, 2014 is the final day to register to vote in the November 4 Midterm Elections.

In California, you can register online through the Secretary of State's website.

State law also stipulates that your voter registration application must be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days prior to Election Day.


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11:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tips for evaluating ballot propositions before you vote

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Reporter Jordan Bell spoke with Marilee Hyman, President of the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo, about how to evaluate ballot propositions.

Hyman discusses buzz words, endorsements and more.

Election Day is November 4, 2014. The last day to register to vote in California is October 20, 2014.

More information from the San Luis Obispo League of Women Voters can be found on their website. Hyman also recommends the SmartVoter.org site.

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7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

San Luis Obispo County looking to split General Services into four new departments

San Luis Obispo County is looking to dissolve its current General Services Department and in its place, create four new departments.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday during the regularly scheduled supervisors meeting.

The new departments would include General Services, Information Technologies (IT), Parks and Recreation, and Airports.

County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi says the move should allow for greater focus in the given areas.

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10:20 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Arroyo Grande City Manager details why he's leaving City Hall in wake of summer scandal

The Village of Arroyo Grande
Credit City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his position in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an incident this past summer at City Hall.

Adams and a female employee were found after hours by police at the facility sparking controversy within the community.

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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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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.

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.
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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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6:21 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

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

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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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