San Luis Obispo County

Diablo Canyon community settlement signed into state law

A new state law mandates that San Luis Obispo County and a coalition of local entities receive over $85 million dollars to help mitigate the closing of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill co-sponsored by Central Coast state lawmakers Bill Monning and Jordan Cunningham.

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'We'll Have It All Taken Care Of': Trump Promises Support To Flood-Soaked Carolinas

Updated at 5 p.m. ET President Trump is in the flood-soaked Carolinas Wednesday where, under sunny skies, he is getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast. "We're ready ... to do whatever we have to do to make this perfect," Trump said at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, where he received a briefing from state and local officials. "Nearly 20,000 federal and...

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Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Shaanxi Province in Northwestern China, just south of Inner Mongolia. Wilmer visits with Paul Su and Simon Zhang, talking about China’s relationship with countries around the world; the quest to mitigate pollution via solar, wind, and nuclear power; and the country’s mandate to transition to hybrid and electric vehicles.

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This week, the city of Salinas joined other cities across the U.S. that have created open data portals. Such portals are web tools that let anyone have a closer look at data that have been collected by different city agencies. Cities like Salinas provide data in the interest of being more transparent with their residents, but the practice could also help local governments function a little better.

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Where does the Central Coast get its water, our most fundamental of needs? Some comes in the form of rain filling up local reservoirs; some from the State Water Project, a long system of pipes and canals that carry melted snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the central and southern part of the state. And a significant amount comes from underground, pumped up via wells.

Until just four years ago, groundwater was totally unregulated in California. But extended droughts made it clear that Californians needed to figure how to manage the underground water supply.

Pesticide that harms children’s brains could soon be listed as toxic in California

Aug 1, 2018
Jeff Vanuga

A group of nine scientists on California's Scientific Review Panel agreed that a pesticide used on more than 60 crops, grown in the Salinas Valley and around the state, should be listed as a toxic air contaminant.

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In mid-July, after several months of Santa Barbara city officials engaging with restaurants and businesses in an effort to reduce waste in the city, the Santa Barbara city council voted to pass local laws banning plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery and polystyrene—also known as Styrofoam—food containers

But at their July 24 meeting, council members voted to dial that back a bit. City of Santa Barbara Environmental Services Outreach Coordinator, Bryan Latchford, worked on both ordinances and spoke with KCBX’s Tyler Pratt to help explain what happened.

How far have we come? And how far do we still have to go to understand, and make adjustments in, how we view and speak about gender, sexuality and equality for all? With each new generation comes a greater awareness of the wide spectrum of human experience and we are tasked to incorporate new language, new perspectives and a broader acceptance of those with whom we share this world. Tune in Tuesday at 2 in the afternoon for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guests Douglas Heumann and Keegan Meadows about their lives, loves and hopes for the future.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Annette McGivney, author of "Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth." McGivney is Southwest Editor for Backpacker Magazine and professor of journalism at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Fort Hunter Liggett

Recently, correspondent Tom Wilmer covered a combat training exercise at an Army base in Monterey County. In this segment, Wilmer visits with Brigadier General Shane Buzza, commander of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter Liggett, followed by insights from two of the troops.

Courtesy of SLO Opera

Every summer, a San Luis Obispo nonprofit puts on a kid's camp focused on an art form not usually considered a favorite of the under-18 set—opera. But as Carol Tangeman discovers, the region's professional opera company offers a whirlwind experience that gets local kids singing.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Shaanxi Province, China and visits with 24-year-old Dan Wang, a graduate student at Xi’an International Studies University. 

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