San Luis Obispo County

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A powerful storm brought heavy rains, gusty winds and pounding waves to the Central Coast Friday and early Saturday morning. Power outages across the region closed schools and businesses Friday morning in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, and as of Saturday morning, many customers remain without power. Weather forecasters say another storm system will arrive Monday, President's Day. Here's an update on Central Coast storm-related news:

Greta Mart

January’s extreme rainfall — though a welcome blessing for many— posed a serious problem for San Luis Obispo county’s homeless community. 

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has declared a countywide state of emergency due to damages from weeks of stormy weather. 

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against John Wallace, a former county administrator.

Phillips 66

A date has been set for appeal hearings in the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail plan. In early March, county officials will revisit a proposal by the oil company to build a rail line extension from the company’s Nipomo Mesa Refinery to the main rail line.

Piedras Blancas now a national monument

Jan 12, 2017
Wilderness Society

On Thursday, President Obama included Piedras Blancas in an expansion of the California Coastal National Monument.

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The San Luis Obispo County Opioid Safety Coalition is celebrating its first anniversary.

Of the 58 counties in California, San Luis Obispo ranks in the top third in opioid abuse and prescribes over a quarter more opioid-based medication than the California average. The Coalition was formed last January to fight against growing opioid abuse in San Luis Obispo County.

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Boulders slid onto Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Tuesday night after over 13 inches of rain in the Big Sur area. The road has been cleared, but forecasters say more rain expected this weekend may compound damage.

Greta Mart

Stormy weather continues to affect the Central Coast, with minor flooding in areas of San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. KCBX spoke with PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey late Wednesday afternoon to find out more about what's in store. 

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In San Luis Obispo County, an estimated 30,000 adults have limited literacy skills in English. In Santa Barbara County, about 18 percent of adults lack basic English literacy skills, that’s 50,000 people. And in Monterey County, according to Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 28 percent of adults - or eighty to ninety thousand people - are unable to read or understand written English.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon is one of the top draws for tourists from China
Thomas Wilmer

Ten years ago, Chinese tourists visiting the Central Coast was a blip on the screen. Today, China is the number two inbound demographic, close behind Canada and Mexico. It’s anticipated that Chinese tourists will soon become number one demographic. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County about the explosive growth and distinctive cultural dynamics of visitors from China. 

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New numbers released this week show that only about half of marijuana cultivators in San Luis Obispo County have registered their grows with the county after officials passed an ordinance requiring it. 

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Some San Luis Obispo County residents who have recently changed their party affiliation have received two ballots in the mail.

Randol White

Voter registration in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties is at an all-time high. 

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A northern San Luis Obispo County resident has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

Ann McDowell with San Luis Obispo County Public Health told KCBX on Thursday that the person was infected while traveling to Morales, which is south of Mexico City. 

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It's no surprise that housing on the Central Coast is expensive making it hard for young people to afford to live here and for businesses to attract and retain a solid workforce. 

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Cities throughout San Luis Obispo County are officially asking the State of California for more of a say in the closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was preparing to file supplemental court papers later this month, after a federal judge this week blocked any new fracking on BLM land in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and other Central California counties.

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Nearly two years ago, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County solidified a deal to take ownership of 900 acres of property, in its effort to create what’s now known as The Pismo Preserve. 

KCBX News, Karen Garcia

A building abandoned for decades in one San Luis Obispo community could soon be restored as supportive housing for people with mental illness.

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The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the county now has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2009. 

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UPDATE - August 29, 2016 at 5:17 p.m.

Hearst Castle reopened for tours Monday after being shut down for more than a week as a safety precaution in response to the Chimney Fire burning nearby. It came within a couple of miles of the historic buildings on the Hearst property. 

KCBX News, Bree Zender

A new food recycling program is starting Monday here on the Central Coast. You’ll be able to put food directly into the green yard waste bins if you have them. Patti Toews from the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority is here to talk with us about it.

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Effective immediately, PG&E said Tuesday it will cease any efforts on its part to renew the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operating licenses.

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Santa Barbara County is moving forward with a plan to give residents and businesses the option of choosing sustainable energy when picking a power provider. 

Randol White

One of the most closely watched political races on the Central Coast—if not California— this primary season is not yet fully decided. 

South County Transit changes routes, logo and raises fares

Jun 8, 2016
San Luis Obispo Region Transit Authority (RTA) Facebook Page

A Central Coast transit agency is going through a bit of a makeover in an effort to bring fares up to date and adjust routes to fit demand. 

UPDATE: Camp Roberts brush fire now in 'mop-up' mode

May 18, 2016
Camp Roberts Facebook Page

UPDATE: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 3:54 p.m.

The Comander of Camp Roberts says crews are mostly in the mop-up stage of controlling a roughly 3500 acre fire on installation grounds.

The Printery - The Masonic Temple, Landmark Facebook page

An effort to save Atascadero's historic Printery Building is getting some help from San Luis Obispo County Tax Collector Jim Erb. 

SoCalGas Pipeline Safety: Hydrostatic Pressure Testing (Short Version) video

Natural gas pipelines are being tested, starting this week in Pismo Beach, using hydrostatic pressure testing.

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