The latest annual report from the American Lung Association shows smoking on the Central Coast is still a problem in many communities.
The report gives mixed grades for Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Not a single city got an "A" grade, but Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo got B grades, as did unincorporated Santa Barbara County.
Vanessa Marvin is a senior director with the Lung Association and says there's still a lot of work to be done by many of the other the area's other communities.
San Luis Obispo County is the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco making it a primary spot for human trafficking within the state. The FBI recently named California a primary destination for human trafficking. Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Assistant District Attorney, Lee Cunningham, Director of the Victim/Witness Unit, Debbie Vallely and Rebecca Turner with Mountainbrook Community Church about their organizations' efforts to combat human trafficking in the county.
Volunteers are set to record thousands of images of the California Coast next week as the highest tides of the year are expected to hit the area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The volunteers are part of an effort to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact the lives of coastal Californians. It's called the California King Tides Project, and Central Coast representatives are on board to help document the event.
Central Coast Investigators are working with federal agencies to follow up on an emergency plane landing Friday morning in southern San Luis Obispo County, near Highway 166.
"A portion of that highway was closed to allow the plane to land," said sheriff's spokesperson Tony Cipolla in an email to KCBX. "The aircraft landed in a riverbed adjacent to highway 166 and flipped upside down."
There were two occupants on board the plane at the time of the landing, a male and female. Neither needed any medical attention, according to Cipolla.
The City of San Jose is the latest California municipality to express concern over an increase in crude oil shipments by rail.
The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to instruct the city manager to send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, asking members to take into consideration their concerns as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Phillips 66 refinery rail spur.
Last year the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo took ownership of the 900-acre parcel of land now known as the Pismo Preserve and this year they hope to open it to the public.
The organization raised more than $12 million last year to buy the land and make improvements, plus it finalized all the paperwork to switch it over to public use. Executive Director, Kaila Dettman says the Pismo Preserve is the beginning of a larger, county-wide effort, the Heart and Soil campaign.
Central Coast health experts say there is growing local concern over the disease known as 'Valley Fever'. The number of cases statewide is rising, with more than 4,000 reported in 2012—likely just a fraction of those who actually came down with it.
San Luis Obispo County Epidemiologist Ann McDowell says it's important that local health care professionals understand the disease, so they can diagnose it properly.
A $1.3 million trail improvement project at Montaña de Oro in San Luis Obispo County is now complete.
California State Parks says work on the Bluff Trail was completed ahead of schedule and will be open for the Thanksgiving weekend. Work began in early January and was scheduled to continue through December.
Ranger Rob Colligan says he believes with the predicted warm weather there will likely be a lot of activity on the trail tomorrow.
The project was designed to improve access under Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines.
The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.
A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.
A campaign targeted at dog owners kicked off Monday in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. The goal is to encourage people to pick up after their pets every time they relieve themselves on a trail, sidewalk or within a park.
David LaCaro is leading the effort for the City of Paso Robles where they marked abandoned dog waste with checkered flags Monday. He says part of this effort is to study the actions of pet owners.
The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.
Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.
Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.
County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.
Reports out of Europe say this year's olive oil harvest is falling short, which will likely lead to higher prices at the grocery store.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Spain—the world's largest olive oil producer—is expecting output this year to drop by more than 50 percent. The low yield is the result of several factors, including weather, tree stress, and insects the report states.