San Luis Obispo County

Business
6:01 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Central Coast jobs report shows strong growth, but too many low-paying positions

Credit Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:57 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Drought hurting crop value in San Luis Obispo County

Credit Flickr member Fried Dough

Crops in San Luis Obispo County are dropping in value, likely a result of the ongoing drought according to statistics released Tuesday.

The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture says 2014's overall values dropped by two percent, year over year.

“Despite challenging drought and unusual weather during 2014, agriculture in San Luis Obispo County remains strong and is well in reach of achieving, in the near future, the $1 billion milestone in overall value”, said Ag Commissioner Martin Settevendemie.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rep. Capps tours Central Coast after retirement announcement

Rep. Lois Capps visited the Paso Bamboo Farm & Nursery in Paso Robles on Thursday, as part of an effort to highlight the importance of agriculture and small businesses to the Central Coast economy.
Credit Chris Meagher, Rep. Lois Capps

Just a day after announcing her planned retirement in 2016, Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) visited San Luis Obispo County Thursday to meet with health officials about climate change.

A local nutrition program called Women, Infants, Children (WIC) is working climate change into its model. The WIC program gives vouchers for food and educates participants on healthy options.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

GUESTS:

Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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Education
4:56 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Camp Hapitok's cancelled summer session—back on again

Credit Camp Hapitok website

Camp Hapitok, local camp for children with speech and language disorders, was expected to shut down this summer, but now may continue running. 

Recently, Friends of Hapitok announced the camp would have to shutter for the summer.

The problem was a county review found the camp's agreement opened the county up to liability issues. In order to be in compliance, the county needed to remove itself as the legal employer.

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Community
6:13 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Food Bank plans to change its structure for serving SLO County

Credit Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

One of the largest organizations to provide much needed meals to hungry people along the Central Coast, confirmed plans Thursday for a major change to its operation.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County wants to shut down its facilities in Paso Robles and Oceano so that it can consolidate those operations into one larger warehouse that's centrally located.

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San Luis Obispo County
6:09 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Organizers say Camp Hapitok will not host 2015 summer session

Children playing a game at Camp Hapitok in July of 2012.
Credit Camp Hapitok website

Organizers of a summertime tradition for kids with speech and language disorders in San Luis Obispo County said that the camp won't happen this summer. 

Camp Hapitok has been hosting summer sessions for more than 40 years.

Dr. James Brescia is the County Superintendent of Schools and said that as he prepared to renew the annual agreement between the County and the organization,  he had the relationship reviewed by legal counsel.

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Education
5:35 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Cuesta College secures accreditation for the next six years

Credit Cuesta College

The organization that determines whether community colleges in the West are competent to teach students is clearing San Luis Obispo County's Cuesta College for the next six years.

The news is a relief for the institution, that in recent years hasn't always seen such favorable reviews.

The college has been working to maintain it's accreditation since 2008, when it was first placed on probation.

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Health
5:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Several Central Coast cities receive 'F' grades from American Lung Association

Credit Flickr member: Fried Dough

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.

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San Luis Obispo County
12:23 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Fighting human trafficking on the Central Coast

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.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Widespread reports of shaking following light Central Coast earthquake

Credit USGS 'Did You Feel It?' Map

A light-to-moderate earthquake hit the Central Coast this morning with people throughout Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties reporting to have felt it. 

The 4.4 temblor struck along the San Andreas Fault east of Greenfield and Soledad.

The quake was also felt in the Central Valley areas of Fresno, Madera and Visalia.

No damage has been reported.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Volunteers asked to take photos of upcoming King Tides event in California

King Tide on December 12, 2012 at Port San Luis in San Luis Obispo County.
Credit Gordon Hensley - San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper

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.

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Central Coast
12:06 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Plane with engine trouble makes emergency landing in riverbed near Hwy 166

Nobody was injured in Friday morning's aircraft incident near Highway 166 in southern San Luis Obispo County.
Credit Twitter: CALFIRE_SLO

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.

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Politics
6:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

San Jose City Council unanimous in concern over planned Phillips 66 oil-by-rail expansion

The potential for increased oil shipments along the Southern Pacific rail line through San Jose is cause for concern among council members.
Credit Flickr member Drew Jacksich

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.

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San Luis Obispo County
4:18 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Land Conservancy to protect more SLO County land this year

Pismo Preserve
Credit Kaila Dettman

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.

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