The City of Paso Robles

Old Paso Robles Youth Correctional Facility has new owners; council approves redevelopment plans

The long-vacant Paso Robles Juvenile Facility on Airport Road has new owners with big plans to redevelop the 137-acre site, which was presented at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Covered in barbed wires, security cameras and filled with dilapidated buildings, the Estrella Boys School has been empty since closing in 2008. “Since then, there has been a standing question in the community of what's going to become of the site as it continues to become more blighted and deteriorate over...

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Texas Democrats Are Pressing Their Congressional Counterparts To Expand Voting Rights

Updated June 16, 2021 at 2:30 PM ET A group of Democratic Texas state lawmakers traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with congressional Democrats and Vice President Harris as part of a broader effort to pressure those in their party to pass far-reaching voting rights and election reform legislation. The Texas lawmakers met Tuesday with staff of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a key opponent of the bill, called the For the People Act. Manchin himself did not attend. "I think they heard...

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In the United States, approximately 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. That’s more than 10 million people each year.

Those people are closer to home than you may think.

In the upcoming play titled “My Name Is,” the Central Coast-based group Resilient Souls tells the story of one individual and her survival of domestic violence.

The City of Paso Robles

The long-vacant Paso Robles Juvenile Facility on Airport Road has new owners with big plans to redevelop the 137-acre site, which was presented at the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Covered in barbed wires, security cameras and filled with dilapidated buildings, the Estrella Boys School has been empty since closing in 2008. 

“Since then, there has been a standing question in the community of what's going to become of the site as it continues to become more blighted and deteriorate over time,” Community Development Director Warren Frace said.

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As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the City of San Luis Obispo is deciding whether to keep some pandemic-era changes, like dining parklets.

The city installed the outdoor dining parklets for restaurants when indoor operations were shut down.

The parklets are spaces that are built out onto the street and utilize parking space in front of the businesses, at no cost to the restaurants.

Luke Schwartz is the transportation manager with the City of San Luis Obispo. He said the city is asking people to fill out a survey about whether to keep the parklets.

   In the world of childbirth, parenting and post-partum support, the role of fathers is often overlooked and undervalued. In honor of Father's Day, host Elizabeth Barrett and The Birth Bruja, Eri Guajardo Johnson, have a conversation about the positive impact of healthy masculinity as support in the birth room and in parenthood, as well as the importance of inclusive prenatal and birth care for trans men.

The City of Pismo Beach

A long-planned water recycling project for the Five Cities area — Central Coast Blue — hangs in uncertainty after the City of Arroyo Grande unanimously voted on June 8th to withdraw from the project unless their demand for a shared operating agreement is met.

Angel Russell

It's never been more costly or competitive to buy a house in California. According to The California Association of Realtors, the median price for a single-family home is now above $800,000. In light of that, a housing project in San Luis Obispo is hoping to give locals a leg up in the market. 

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In this edition of Issues & Ideas, researchers at UCSB have made a breakthrough in using gene-editing technology to create sterile male mosquitoes. We’ll visit Edna Contemporary, a fine art gallery tucked behind Basalt Interiors in downtown SLO; as part of KCBX's Arts Beat, Lauren Walike talks to owner Sheryl Daane Chestnut. It’s time for summer camp, and experts say that in addition to COVID-19, racial justice movements of the past year could lead to a revamping of current camp culture. U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in southern Monterey County is on target to reach their goal of Net-Zero energy resiliency to critical facilities by 2022 via a new micro-grid. The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce's Jim Dantona speaks with Mark Lisa, CEO of Tenet Health Central Coast, about how healthcare on the Central Coast is changing as a result of Covid-19. Note: Tenet Health is a financial supporter of KCBX. And finally, we’ll learn about the Coastal Dunes California Writers’ Club, which brings together published and yet-to-be published authors so they can share knowledge and encouragement.

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Cal Poly graduates and their families gathered at a newly built outdoor Jewish community gathering space this weekend, June 12, for a commencement ceremony.

The new outdoor pavilion sits on a 10-acre gathering space known as Makom Hillel.

It’s a 60-foot-wide hexagon with an interior seating space that acts as a small amphitheater. It features a small fire pit in the center that can double as a prayer space.

Angel Russell

Cal Poly University engineer students have invented a robot that can help disabled surfers get in and out of the water. The students tested the all-terrain wheelchair during a demonstration Friday, June 11 in Pismo Beach. 

U.S. Army

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from U.S. Army Reserve Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County for a conversation with Commander Colonel Charles Bell.

Bell shares recollections of his accomplishments and challenges at Fort Hunter Liggett as Garrison Commander for the past 24 months. He also shares insights about his new assignment in Salt Lake City, Utah as Chief of Staff for the 76th Operational Response Command.

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