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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5:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Oceano ready for new General Manager to start this summer

The man who has been in charge of San Luis Obispo County's public works department for the past several years will become Oceano's new general manager this summer. Paavo Ogren is expected to begin running the Community Services District in July.

Mary Lucey is the vice president of the district board and told KCBX Friday, they're very excited to have somebody of Ogren's caliper ready to take charge.

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4:58 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Monday is registration deadline for voting in June primary

Credit Flickr member Vox Efx

A reminder that this coming Monday, May 19, is the last day to register to vote if you'd like to participate in California's primary election on June 3. Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office says you can find an application at any DMV, and at most public libraries and government offices. It's likely too late to have an application mailed to your home, but the state's voter hotline number is (800) 345-VOTE (8683). In the State of California, you can also register to vote online.

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Local Politics
2:09 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

LISTEN: San Luis Obispo DA Candidate debate

(Left to right): Tim Covello, Dan Dow, Paul Phillips
Credit KCBX News

Issues and Ideas, May 21, 2014:

Who are you voting for in the race for San Luis Obispo District Attorney? Those running include:

  • Tim Covello (on ballot)
  • Dan Dow (on ballot)
  • Paul Phillips (write in)

If you haven’t made up your mind, listen to all three candidates—two on the ballot and a third official write-in—discuss their platforms. Debate moderated by Larry Rutter. 

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12:21 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Cambria hosts Monday's supervisor candidate forum

A San Luis Obispo County District 2 Supervisor candidate forum will be held Monday night in Cambria.

Incumbent Bruce Gibson and challenger Muril Clift are both scheduled to attend.

District 2 includes the coastal communities of Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, as well as portions of San Luis Obispo.

The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County. 

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6:10 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

New write-in candidate shakes up race for San Luis Obispo County DA

An attorney from Pismo Beach is entering the race for San Luis Obispo County District Attorney—as a write-in candidate.

On Thursday, Paul Phillips submitted the final signatures he needed to qualify as an official write-in candidate, according to County Clerk Julie Rodewald.

Up until now, the contentious race for SLO County DA has been just between just the two candidates who will appear on June's ballot, Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello, and Dan Dow, the Deputy District Attorney.

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8:46 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Council members reject proposed medical marijuana ban for San Luis Obispo

Standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday evening's city council meeting in San Luis Obispo.
Credit Hank Hadley, KCBX

A standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday evening's San Luis Obispo City Council meeting was successful in persuading council members against supporting an ordinance to ban the growing, processing and distribution of medical marijuana within city limits.

The special session to consider the ban started around 4:00 p.m., and ended with a 4-1 vote against it.

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6:15 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Santa Barbara city council set to vote on desalination plant

Santa Barbara's decommissioned desalination plant could be started up again as a source for emergency water.
Credit City of Santa Barbara

The first public move toward restarting Santa Barbara's mothballed desalination plant will be presented to the city council tomorrow.

The plant was used briefly in the 1990s to turn salty sea water into a source of potable drinking water for the city. It's been sitting idle now for more than 20 years.

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6:53 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Governor Brown makes a stop in San Luis Obispo to talk local control

Governor Jerry Brown meets with San Luis Obispo County leaders on Thursday afternoon.
Credit Twitter feed @JerryBrownGov

Governor Jerry Brown made quiet trip to San Luis Obispo this week, meeting with county law enforcement and judicial leaders.

His goal Thursday afternoon, according to the Governor's office, was to discuss his prison realignment law which gives more local control in the area of criminal justice.  The governor also discussed a new funding formula for school districts.

Both issues will have financial implications at the county level.

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6:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Signatures submitted for Santa Barbara County fracking ban

The group Santa Barbara County Water Guardians has turned in 20,000 signatures to get an anti-fracking measure on November's ballot.
Credit Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

The Santa Barbara County group working to get a fracking ban on the November ballot says it has turned in roughly 20,000 signatures to qualify its initiative.

The County Registrar of Voters must now go through the signature certification process. Should at least 13,201 check out, it will then be up to the Board of Supervisors to either adopt the initiative or put the measure on the ballot.

If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

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1:08 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Citizens Congress

The first national meeting of Citizens Congress 2014 is set for early June in San Luis Obispo County.  Director William Ostrander details the groups effort to remove the influence of money in politics.

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7:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Sales tax hike could go to Atascadero voters in November

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to consider raising the city's sales tax by a half percent. The goal would be to raise nearly $2 million with the primary purpose of funding road repairs.

Tuesday's decision simply directs city staff to gather public opinion, as well as construct language for a ballot measure to put before voters in November. The council will consider the staff proposal in June.

6:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rep. Lois Capps discusses California's panga problem

A pair of panga boats—often used for fishing, but increasingly used for drug running along the California coast.
Credit Flickr member jE norton

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved at its Tuesday meeting, spending $493,000 in federal grant money to purchase a 27-foot defense vessel to aid in the fight against pangas—small, wooden drug running boats that come up the coast from Mexico and in most cases are carrying large amounts of marijuana.

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