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"You don't pay $1.9 billion for a company to tear it apart," says MindBody CEO

The billion dollar deal that puts San Luis Obispo's MindBody in the hands of a San Francisco investment company is finalized. The health and wellness tech company filed its final documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision on February 15, and is now under the ownership of Vista Equity Partners. MindBody CEO Rick Stollmeyer—who founded the company 19 years ago—has been tight-lipped on the deal until it went though. But Friday morning, Stollmeyer stopped into the KCBX studios to talk about the merger.

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Microsoft Workers Protest Army Contract With Tech 'Designed To Help People Kill'

Microsoft workers are calling on the giant tech company to cancel its nearly $480 million U.S. Army contract, saying the deal has "crossed the line" into weapons development by Microsoft for the first time. They say the use of the company's HoloLens augmented reality technology under the contract "is designed to help people kill." In a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith, the workers also say the company is failing to inform its engineers "on the intent of the...

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A group of people spent the day Friday in San Luis Obispo thinking and talking about some serious issues involved with the planned decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

MindBody

The billion dollar deal that puts San Luis Obispo's MindBody in the hands of a San Francisco  investment company is finalized. The health and wellness tech company filed its final documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision on February 15, and is now under the ownership of Vista Equity Partners.

MindBody CEO Rick Stollmeyer—who founded the company 19 years ago—has been tight-lipped on the deal until it went though. But Friday morning, Stollmeyer stopped into the KCBX studios to talk about the merger.

The city of Paso Robles is going back to the drawing board when it comes to regulating short-term rentals. The city council passed an urgency ordinance earlier in February to address growing noise and parking complaints, but this week the council had to repeal that ordinance due to a conflict of interest.

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was in San Luis Obispo this week to crown Cal Poly the winner of the inaugural California University and College Ballot Bowl. That's a new competition from the Secretary of State's office and various nonprofits aiming to encourage voting among California's students. Of the schools that competed, Cal Poly students and administrators registered the largest number of students to vote in the 2018 election: 3,178.

Many economists would argue that the key to progress and therefore, happiness, is obtaining and enjoying material goods. The tiny remote kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, has taken a different approach. Rather than trying to measure progress by the popular idea of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), they are looking to measure it through Gross National Happiness (GNH), believing the goal of amassing material wealth does not necessarily lead to happiness.  

Chris Beland has a remarkable life story—one that not many people would wish for—and that story might have just as easily been one of tragedy, but instead it's been a journey that has led to music, a wealth of self-awareness and a circle of riches in extended family and friends. Tune in for conversation and song with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, and her guest: singer, songwriter and gentle soul, Chris Beland— an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things.

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What will California's climate feel like in 60 years? For many urban areas, possibly just like much warmer and drier areas of Mexico. That’s according to a new interactive map based on global climate data released this week, which features several Central Coast cities.

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Before retiring in 2015, San Luis Obispo resident Alex Karlin was a judge for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or the NRC, the federal regulatory body for commercial nuclear power plants. Karlin now sits on the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel, which was created and appointed by plant owner PG&E.  Karlin and the county of San Luis Obispo, among others, are calling for an independent panel overseeing the decommissioning process. In a recent studio interview we'll be airing in two parts, Karlin also speaks about a number of issues surrounding the planned closure of Diablo Canyon—from spent fuel storage to what will happen to the pristine acreage around the facility owned by the now-bankrupt PG&E.

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The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District is no longer facing a deficit, forecasted in December to be as large as $3 million dollars, according to interim superintendent Julian Crocker.

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On this week's Issues & Ideas, we talk with retired Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge Alex Karlin, who is calling for independent panel to monitor the Diablo Canyon decommissioning. We find out more about the financial crisis and recent loss of leadership in Paso Robles schools, and talk about the 32nd annual "Share The Love Foundation Fashion Show." And we get to know San Luis Obispo police chief Deanna Cantrell and her poetry. Those stories and more on this week's episode of Issues & Ideas.

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