San Luis Obispo County

Phillips 66

The public will get a chance to sound off next week on a controversial rail project proposed for the Phillips 66 refinery near Nipomo. 

The project would increase the amount of crude shipped by train through the Central Coast. 

Monterey County Water Resources Agency

One of the biggest Central Coast water projects in decades is moving forward along the San Luis Obispo-Monterey County line.

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A Southern California law firm is continuing to investigate the source and scope of a cluster of contaminated residential drinking wells in San Luis Obispo County.  

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Thursday's approval of a mental health hospital by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission could soon be appealed to the County's Board of Supervisors for consideration. 

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This month is officially dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking on the Central Coast.

This week, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors declared January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Randol White, KCBX News

Another candidate is joining the race to represent the Central Coast in Congress. 

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More than a dozen Central Coast families are learning more about harmful chemicals detected in their drinking water. 

A number of residential wells south of the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport have tested positive for Trichloroethylene (TCE) and other toxic chemicals in levels above drinking standards. 

Flickr member: Patrick Berry

The Red Cross is looking for seasonal volunteers on the Central Coast to train for El Niño storm response.

Jessica Piffero is the Regional Director of Communications for the Red Cross and said they need to prepare people with basic shelter skills, like feeding and fetching supplies. 

The water at Central Coast beaches should be avoided over the next few days, the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health said on Monday.

Atascadero Police Department

The teen accused of threatening an Atascadero elementary school with a chemical weapon back in September will be tried as an adult.

Randol White

A recent reports ranks San Luis Obispo County among the best in the nation for women to own businesses. 

The company 'NerdWallet' analyzed nearly 200 metro areas zeroing in on factors crucial to small-business success, like local financing opportunity and business climate. They ranked the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande metro area number six in the nation. 

Jordan Bell

A local elementary school is now using a rare teaching tool, one used by just a handful of schools throughout the country.

Fifth graders at Oceano Elementary practice how to proceed at a four-way stop on the school's recently completed bicycle course. It's painted on the blacktop and simulates real-life traffic situations.

Flickr member: James Jones

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire says we've received enough rain on the Central Coast to lift an unusual burn ban for agriculture. 

Randol White

Experts say the San Luis Obispo County economy is strong and ranks up there with other California hot spots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. That was the message at Friday's Central Coast Economic Summit.

Looking forward they also say there's not reason to be pessimistic about 2016. 

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San Luis Obispo County says it is moving forward with the largest energy efficiency retrofit in county history after a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. 

Jordan Bell

The Cayucos Pier is set to reopen this weekend after a two year closure. This week, crews pressure washed the renovated pier to clean it before it opens to the public. 

Flickr user: Day Donaldson

Single-use plastic bags have been banned in San Luis Obispo County since 2012, requiring retailers to instead supply their customers with paper bags for ten cents, among other rules.

However, some Central Coast stores give plastic bags to their customers, despite San Luis Obispo County the bag ordinance. 

National Weather Service

Large stretches of the Central Coast could see flooding this week because of a combination of unusually high tides and a strong Pacific storm in the Gulf of Alaska. 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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