San Luis Obispo County

Jordan Bell speaks with members of San Luis Obispo County CASA  who are searching for volunteers to become advocates for infants and toddlers during this crucial time in their brain development. 

Jenny Lindsey: YouTube video still

Hear the extended interview with Nate Avery and Tanya Avery, close friends with Isaac Lindsey, Templeton High School Junior who was severely injured this month during a football game. 


Local environmental groups are preparing for International Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event begins Saturday morning at several dozen sites throughout the Central Coast.

Fresno County Sheriff's Department - Sept. 7, 2015

Wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevada are responsible for the brown skies being seen over the Central Coast on Friday.

CAL FIRE and USFS crews 'making progress' on Cuesta Fire

Aug 20, 2015
Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Crews battling the Cuesta Fire on Thursday were facing windy conditions and rugged terrain as they worked to get a handle on this 3500 acre wildfire that started Sunday night.

Randol White, KCBX News

Home prices are on the rise along the Central Coast according to the latest numbers reflecting the local real estate market. 

Santa Barbara County Fire

San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services now says an intense thunderstorm was responsible for Monday's oil spill near Cuyama off Highway 166. 

Flickr member Taber Andrew Bain

An ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags in unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County goes before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. 

Grand Jury Report Says San Luis Obispo County Behind in Efforts to Conserve Energy

Jun 25, 2015
Spencer Marley/KCBX

A San Luis Obispo County grand jury report released this week says the county is currently behind in its efforts to conserve energy at its facilities.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires all cities and counties to develop specific plans to reduce energy consumption.

In response to this, San Luis Obispo County crafted its Energy Wise Plan in 2011.

Included in the plan was a promise to reduce energy consumption by 15% in county facilities by 2020.

The grand jury report states that the county has struggled to meet these goals.

The report also finds an energy manager position has been vacant for three years and the county lacks the adequate software to monitor the consumption at its approximately 200 facilities.

Updated 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, June 24:  The Park Hill fire that burned 1,791 acres just east of Santa Margarita is now  fully contained.  PG&E crews continue to repair burned poles and lines in the area.  Cal Fire says the cost of fighting this fire is $3.5 million. 

Avila Pier closes in anticipation of necessary repairs

Jun 23, 2015


San Luis Obispo County piers are getting much needed repairs this summer.  The Avila Pier was closed to the public last week due to safety concerns.

UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted, fire mostly contained

Jun 22, 2015

The Park Hill fire that burned 1800 acres just east of Santa Margarita this weekend is 60 percent contained.

CAL FIRE crews are battling the largest wildfire to hit the Central Coast this year. At more than 1200 acres, the Park Hill fire near Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County was just 15 percent contained as of Sunday morning. 

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday morning the county's budget for the coming 2015/2016 fiscal year, totaling $562.1 million.

Health and human services and public education make up about 60 percent of the total budget, according to Whitney Szentesi with the county's Administrative Office.

About $2.1 million of the budget will go to a variety of community programs, including homeless services and programs to drive economic development and foster the arts.

Citrus Research Board

San Luis Obispo County is stepping up efforts to trap and track a pest that threatens the area's multi-million dollar citrus industry.