5:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

New bills introduced in Sacramento to prevent gun violence

California's State Capitol Building in Sacramento
Credit Jessica Paterson

There are two new bills being considered in Sacramento to address gun violence in California. They were introduced Wednesday by State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

SB 505 would require law enforcement to search a database for gun purchases prior to conducting a welfare check on somebody who may be a danger to themselves or others. Also SB 580, which would provide additional funding to enforce existing gun laws.

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6:20 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Bill aimed at reducing gun violence introduced in House and Senate by California lawmakers

Rep. Lois Capps calls for a moment of silence to honor those killed in Isla Vista last month.

A trio of top California politicians, including Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps, brought new legislation Thursday to both the U-S House and Senate aimed at reducing gun violence.

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Pause for Safety Act in the Senate, while Representative Capps (D-Santa Barbara) took the bill to the House. The legislation is designed to help ensure that family members can go to a court to seek a "gun violence prevention order."

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5:31 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Fourth of July Fireworks cleared for another year in Lompoc

A child holds a Safe and Sane sparkler at arm's length.
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Safe and Sane Fireworks will be sold again this year within the City of Lompoc for the Fourth of July holiday, following a vote last night by the city council.

An emergency ordinance to ban their sale through the end of 2014 was placed on the agenda over concerns for an extremely dangerous fire season.

The vote failed three to two.

Lompoc legalized Safe and Sane fireworks last year. A portion of the proceed help pay for enforcement of illegal fireworks.

Sales also help pay for the city's official fireworks display, which is held this year on July 5.

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5:23 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

All eyes on November for winners of Tuesday's election

Poll workers in the Bay Area on Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Credit Jeremy Raff/KQED

A new round of campaigning is just beginning for the candidates involved in three separate Central Coast races that have been extended to November as a result of Tuesday’s primary elections.

Longtime incumbent and Democrat Lois Capps secured her spot in the race for California's 24th Congressional District. She faced a record number of challengers under the state's new "top two" primary system.

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9:21 am
Wed June 4, 2014

San Luis Obispo County's District 4 Supervisor seat now between Ray and Compton

It was a three person race for San Luis Obispo County's District 4 Supervisor's seat, currently held by Governor Brown appointee Caren Ray.

Ray gathered 42.6 percent of the vote on Tuesday, putting her in second place.

Challenger Lynn Compton topped the vote totals with 46.43 percent.

Compton and Ray will now face off in November, because nobody got more than 50 percent.

Mike Byrd came in a distant third with 10.8 percent of the vote.

9:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Morro Bay mayor keeps seat after Tuesday's election

Morro Rock as seen from the Morro Bay harbor.
Credit Randol White

Only one mayoral race was on the ballot for Central Coast voters on Tuesday, and that was for the City of Morro Bay.

Incumbent Jamie Irons will keep his job after garnering 56.73 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning, to challenger Carla Wixon's 42.84 percent.

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9:06 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Congresswoman Lois Capps to face Republican Chris Mitchum in November

Representative Lois Capps' 24th District congressional seat serves all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and had a wide range of challengers on this year's primary ballot with eight different people, including Republicans, Democrats and one Independent.

Capps has held the seat since 1998, taking over for her late husband who held it prior to her.

As of Wednesday morning, Capps took in the highest number of votes on Tuesday with 44.5 percent. Her challenger this November will be Republican Chris Mitchum who garnered 15.6 percent of the vote.

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8:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Dan Dow wins race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney

Winner of the San Luis Obispo County's District Attorney Race, Dan Dow.
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One of the more hotly contested races on the Central Coast this spring was the one for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney.

Overnight numbers show Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow the winner with more than 53 percent of the vote to Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello's nearly 45 percent.

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7:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Updated California June primary election returns

California's State Capitol Building
Credit Jessica Paterson

Numbers will start updating after polls close at 8:00 p.m. on June 3, 2014.

The latest vote tallies can be found by following these links for the Central Coast counties listed:

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6:24 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Low Central Coast turnout expected for June Primary

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Santa Barbara County Clerk Joe Holland says he is expecting a low voter turnout on Tuesday, June 3 in comparison to November elections.

“When you have a June gubernatorial primary they tend to be on the low side in terms of turnout,” Holland said. “I’m hoping we can exceed 40 percent but it’s probably going to be between 35 and 40 percent turnout for Santa Barbara County.”

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5:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Infographic: Party registration and gubernatorial outcomes in California

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California's primary election on Tuesday is expected to have a very low turnout, despite being a race that will help determine the state's top political office.

In addition, this is the first election in California's history to use the top-two primary system for statewide office positions.

Sacramento's Capital Public Radio Network has created the attached infographic depicting the state's party registration and the results of gubernatorial races over the years.

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11:33 am
Sat May 31, 2014

WATCH: Shrinking middle class, campaign finance reform—topics of symposium at Cal Poly

Cal Poly's Alex and Faye Spanos Theater
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Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts will host a free, public even on campaign finance reform Monday night called “Money in Politics: What Could Go Wrong?”

Political Science Professor Michael Latner will lead the panel featuring Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC); Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School professor and renowned author; Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Emmy award-winning producer and correspondent; and William Ostrander, Citizens Congress 2014 director.


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6:01 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Rep. Capps calls for moment of silence to honor Isla Vista murder victims

Congresswoman Lois Capps calling for a moment of silence in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) addressed Congress on Wednesday evening, slowly announcing the names of each of the victims of Friday's murderous rampage in Isla Vista.

The Central Coast congresswoman pledged to do all she can to prevent this sort of tragedy in the future.

She then called on members of congress to join her in remembering all of those affected with a moment of silence.

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7:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Santa Barbara considers district elections for its city council

The City of Santa Barbara is considering changing how its council members are elected, by moving from an at large representation to a district-based version.

Those against the current system feel minority groups are under-represented with the council's current makeup.

Nina Johnson is the assistant to the City Administrator and says local groups have been pushing for this change.

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6:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Pismo Beach City Council votes to allow goats

Dana McGregor takes "Goatee" out for a paddleboard ride.
Credit Facebook page: Goatee "The Surfing Goat"

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.—

The Pismo Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to have city staff write up an ordinance to allow residents to keep up to four goats with an annual permit.

Goats would be allowed in public parks as well.

The council voted 4-1, with the only one dissenting vote from council member Mary Ann Reiss. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2014—

The Pismo Beach City Council will consider changing its policy on goats within city limits at Tuesday night's meeting.

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