Google Will Devote $1 Billion To Try To Tame Housing Costs In SF Bay Area

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET Google is committing $1 billion to try to provide more affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where big tech firms have been blamed for putting home prices out of reach for anyone without a rich stock-option plan. Google says the money should result in 20,000 new homes added to the local market, over 10 years. "We hope this plays a role in addressing the chronic shortage of affordable housing options for long-time middle and low income residents," Google CEO...

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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone; CENTCOM Says It Was In International Airspace

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced Thursday that it had shot down a U.S. drone over its territory to send "a clear message" to America, but a U.S. official tells NPR that the targeted unmanned aircraft was operating in international airspace. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday that it downed an RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone that had entered Iranian airspace around Kouhmobarak district in country's south, near the Gulf of Oman. "Iranian...

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KCBX News wins national award

Jun 17, 2019
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The KCBX family is proud to announce the newsroom won a national Public Media Journalists Association (formerly known as PRNDI) award at this year's conference in Washington, DC. KCBX News reporter Tyler Pratt brought home the gold in a category we're not usually known for covering extensively—sports. Yet Tyler's feature on Cal Poly's timbersports had all the elements for a great radio story—terrific use of sound, humor, suspense and information.

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Despite speculation about bold moves—in a far left direction, even for this blue state—Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative Democrats actually landed a budget Thursday that’s surgical about new taxing and spending while still keeping promises to help poor Californians and working families.

A little wisdom shared at the right time can change the course of our life. What was the best tip you ever received and who delivered it? Tune in Today at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the value of listening to our elders and the importance of taken on the role of mentor for the generations coming up behind us. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.


Fracking has been a hot topic on the Central Coast ever since the Trump administration released an environmental review about the possibility of expanding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in Central California. We hear reactions from some in the neighboring community of Kern County to the plan. And Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback explains some fracking basics, including what is and isn’t known about the technique's impact on the environment. We also talk about emergency preparedness in San Luis Obispo County. KCBX's Greta Mart sits down with county planner Jillian Ferguson and emergency services coordinator Scott Milner about how they are planning for possible future man-made and natural disasters. Also, if you’re a Democratic presidential primary voter, how will you decide who gets your support? We chat with four undecided California Democrats. And we previously reported that Santa Barbara’s landfill is filling up. Soon, in July, trash and recycling curbside services will go up. We’ll find out how the city plans to use the fees to in an effort help improve how the city manages recycling and trash.

When asked why he climbed Mt. Everest, George Mallory famously replied, "because it was there." In the same spirit, brothers Ryan and Casey Higginbotham have completed two epic journeys paddling from Alaska to Mexico and from the Mexican border to the southern tip of Baja. What is it that drives this desire for extreme adventure? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and her paddleboarding guests about the physical and emotional highs, lows, triumphs and setbacks that inspire their adventurous spirits. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

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Residents of town of Paradise, destroyed in last year’s Camp Fire, are preparing to make some decisions on plans to rebuild. To assist in the process, students from California Polytechnic State University—Cal Poly—in San Luis Obispo have been working on envisioning a re-design of the town, part of a design studio course for third-year architecture students. This week they traveled to Northern California to unveil their finished, contemporary proposals and ideas for a new downtown Paradise. The students were excited to show off their hard work, but some in the community weren’t ready for such a forward-thinking approach to rebuilding a town with a rustic past.

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There's a new type of recycling facility in San Luis Obispo County that's turning food and green waste into power and compost. It's called an anaerobic digester, and it was built by global engineering firm Hitachi Zozen Inova. The company is touting it as the first of its kind in the United States for the specific way it recycles waste. 

Playing With Food: Vegan cheese with ease

Jun 3, 2019
Fr. Ian Delinger

Vegan cheese has come to the Central Coast, and if you think it’s a passing fad, find out what Father Ian discovered up in Paso Robles. Not only can you buy it and taste it, you can learn how to make it at home.

Fracking: Inside a BLM report, environmental impacts, and the public’s response

May 30, 2019

Fracking has been a hot topic ever since the Trump administration released an environmental review about the possibility of expanding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in Central California. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held three public meetings on the review; on May 21 in Bakersfield, May 22 in San Luis Obispo and May 23 in Santa Barbara.

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Arroyo Grande city officials kicked off discussions this week on how to generate more revenue, agreeing an estimated $3.5 million dollars is needed to fix the city's aging infrastructure. But the city's councilmembers don't agree on how to accomplish that. 


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