Kaitlyn Tolin

New Trump rule could eliminate food stamps for almost 200,000 Californians

The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday that will cut off food stamps to roughly 688,000 American adults by requiring states to enforce work requirements. According to the latest numbers from San Luis Obispo County's social services department, approximately 825 of the 9,000 CalFresh recipients in the county will lose assistance under the new rule. CalFresh is the California nutrition program that administers the federal SNAP program.

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Pelosi Says House Democrats Will Draft Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Thursday morning that House Democrats will move ahead with drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump, though she did not define the scope of those articles. "His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution," Pelosi said, referring to Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals while hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid were on hold earlier this year. The...

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San Luis Obispo’s attorney says the city now has until the end of January to either start changing the way it elects council members, or decide to fight a legal threat over its current election system.

If any renters in San Luis Obispo recently received an eviction notice, it could possibly be unlawful. City officials have passed an emergency tenant protection ordinance seeking to prevent unjust evictions and unreasonable rent hikes. About 65 percent of San Luis Obispo residents are renters.

The local law took effect immediately after the city council passed it on November 26. According to the city manager, the council found the issue acute enough to only require one hearing to pass the ordinance.

New Trump rule could eliminate food stamps for almost 200,000 Californians

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Kaitlyn Tolin

The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday that will cut off food stamps to roughly 688,000 American adults by requiring states to enforce work requirements. According to the latest numbers from San Luis Obispo County's social services department, approximately 825 of the 9,000 CalFresh recipients in the county will lose assistance under the new rule. CalFresh is the California nutrition program that administers the federal SNAP program.

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The Danish-themed city of Solvang is asking for feedback as city staffers work on rebranding tourism efforts. Right now, surveys are being sent out to residents and businesses. The city council will consider those when making decisions on tourism marketing later in December. 

Being of service to others by giving of our time, or our money, is one of the foundations for maintaining our mental health. On this Giving Tuesday tune in for a convesation with The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about how we choose to be charitable and what it does for our well being. What organizations do you support, and why? 

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The San Luis Obispo County board of supervisors may soon introduce an ordinance to ban the sale of electronic smoking devices in the unincorporated areas of the county. According to the Dec. 10 board meeting agenda, a public hearing on the issue could be slated for January 14. The issue comes before county officials as a bipartisan group of national lawmakers—including seven from California—sent a letter to President Trump this week urging a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes.

Meanwhile, two Central Coast cities—Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande—have already begun the process of banning the sale of all vaping products in their jurisdictions. But not all city leaders are in favor of complete bans, and some business owners say the move will slash half their business and fortify the black market.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with design engineer Will King and director of design engineering Garrett Smith at SRAM’s high-tech bicycle component facility in San Luis Obispo. King and Smith talk about the company's nonprofit initiative in support of World Bicycle Relief and SRAM’s upcoming fundraiser/open house on December 13. World Bicycle Relief provides locally-assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural areas of developing countries around the world, connecting them with education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

On the latest Issues & Ideas, a San Luis Obispo artist is working to find more employment opportunities for artists in the community. Jami Ray is the founder of Lamplight Arts Collective, a grassroots group of local independent artists working together to bring live art to San Luis Obispo and, hopefully, create paying gigs for Central Coast artists. We recently sat down with Ray to learn more about live art and the collective—which will be showcasing live art at the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market on Thursday, December 5.

How California is rewriting the law on online privacy

Dec 2, 2019
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Our actions online have created a vast trove of information worth billions of dollars. Every time we search, click, shop, watch, send, receive, delete or download, we create a trail of data that companies can use to figure out our tastes and interests. We also hand over information when we use social media or loyalty programs at our favorite stores.

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All evacuations have been lifted in Santa Barbara County even as firefighters—and the rain—continue to work on putting out the Cave Fire, which started Monday in the Los Padres National Forest. What began as a small brush fire has now burned thousands of acres, and forced thousands of people to flee from areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta. But for many in the community, the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday were just part of the California new normal.

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