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10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New gun safety law was authored by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian

The California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.
Credit Jessica Paterson

     California has a new gun safety law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday. Assembly Bill 1591, written by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), will require that courts promptly submit reports of "armed prohibited persons" to the Department of Justice. Someone is considered "armed and prohibited" if they're determined to be a threat to themselves or others, due to a mental disorder or illness. "AB1591 is critical to improving gun safety in California," Achadjian said.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Father of slain Isla Vista student working to affect November midterm elections

Richard Martinez, the father of San Luis Obispo High School graduate and Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Martinez is hoping to influence the upcoming November mid-term elections. His goal is to shift the make-up of congress toward sensible gun reform. 

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Paso Robles City Council deadlocks over mobile medical marijuana dispensary ban

Paso Robles Library/City Hall
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UPDATE: July 16, 2018

The City of Paso Robles is unsure at this point how leaders will move forward with the issue of mobile medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tuesday night's well-attended city council meeting ended with a deadlock on the issue. Councilman John Hamon was absent leaving just four members and a two-two split.

City law bans brick-and-mortar pot dispensaries, but does not address mobile versions.

The council meets next on August 5, and the agenda for that meeting is still in the development stages according to the city.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Supporters of 'Six Californias' say they're ready for November 2016 ballot

The proposed state of West California (shown in blue) would the the most populous of the six.
Credit KQED - cropped from original

The man behind a current effort to break up California into six different states says he has collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 statewide ballot.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper and supporters of the Six California's campaign plan to submit the first batch of signatures Tuesday morning at the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 10:00 a.m.

The effort's website indicates the exact borders of the six states is still under consideration, asking for suggestions from visitors.

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Politics
7:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Assistant San Luis Obispo County DA heads to Santa Barbara County

Tim Covello (pictured left during debate) is heading to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office.
Credit KCBX News

San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, who lost to Dan Dow in a heated June primary race for the office of District Attorney, is headed to Santa Barbara County.

An announcement Thursday afternoon from current District Attorney Gerry Shea's office says Shea supports the decision, and he praised Covello for his time as a county prosecutor.

According to the announcement, Covello will continue to be a prosecutor with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Candidate for California Secretary of State visits San Luis Obispo

Sen. Alex Padilla stops at the SLO Hot House during his Thursday visit.
Credit Gemma Jimenez

This November, California voters will decide who will serve in the state’s top offices, including Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, among others.

California State Senator Alex Padilla is the current front-runner for the Secretary of State race, coming in first place among a crowded field in the June primary, filled primarily with Democrats. He too is a Democrat who currently represents the state's 20th Senate District, which includes much of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Paso Robles mayor decides to run for city council seat instead

The Paso Robles City Hall and Library
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The mayor of Paso Robles says he won't run for his current job in the next election, but does plan to run for a council seat.

Duane Picanco says he discussed the issue with his family and says he's decided it's time to let somebody new lead the city.

The term of mayor recently increased from two to four years which was the deciding factor for the mayor he told KCBX. Voters chose to increase the term in 2012.

Picanco has held the job since 2008 and was a councilman prior to that.

candidates can submit their nomination papers to the city as of July 14.

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Politics
7:02 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Gun violence bill advances in the California Senate

A gun bill introduced in the California legislature by Assemblymembers Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday in Sacramento.

It now heads to the appropriations committee where a vote is expected before mid August. If it passes that hurdle too, it would then move to the Senate floor for a vote.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Arroyo Grande on path to put 'charter city' status on November ballot

The Village of Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Credit City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

The Arroyo Grande City Council is expected to decide Tuesday night on whether to place the issue of becoming a charter city on the November ballot.

Several public hearings on this issue have been held in recent years by the council and an eleven member citizens advisory committee.

Supporters say the benefit of switching to charter status is to give residents and the city more control over local issues like elections and land use.

Those opposed, primarily labor unions, say charter cities can skirt the state's prevailing wage rule.

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Politics
10:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Interview: Richard Martinez

Richard Martinez
Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

It's been nearly a month since the mass shooting in Isla Vista that left seven dead, including the killer. Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Martinez was killed, has been speaking out since the incident, to put a stop to mass shootings. 

  "He was very active in sports and academics. His life touched a lot of people. He's really going to be missed. He was a great kid," Richard Martinez said.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Former San Luis Obispo County Congressman Kevin McCarthy on path for House Majority Leader

Former San Luis Obispo County Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
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Former San Luis Obispo County Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is the favorite to become the next Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

He now has some competition however from Idaho Republican and Tea Party favorite Raul Labrador.

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Politics
6:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

San Luis Obispo County has more to spend in 2014-15

San Luis Obispo County's 2014-15 budget is set to take effect on July first and includes dozens of projects that will get additional money because there's more to spend.

Guy Savage, the Assistant County Administrative Officer, says the county collected nearly $5.8 million more than the previous year in a variety of taxes, showing a stronger economy.

"We've been going through what we call the 'seven year pain plan' and this is the first year that we're not in the pain plan anymore," said Savage. "This is a very exciting year for us."

Politics
6:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fracking, oil drilling, topics of special session on Friday in Santa Maria

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is holding a special session Friday in Santa Maria to consider options for a ban on certain forms of oil drilling.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m.

The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians gathered enough signatures to get an initiative on the ballot which, if passed, would ban land uses related to fracking, acidizing, and other high-intensity gas and oil operations within the county's unincorporated areas.

Politics
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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Politics
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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