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Issues & Ideas: Housing teachers, digesting methane, and a new addition to downtown SLO

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On this week’s Issues & Ideas, one Central Coast community is helping teachers fight affordability issues by housing them on school district land. 

Also, we hear about the Central Coast Queer Archive Project, which is documenting the area’s queer history. New hotels are popping up all over the Central Coast. The general manager of Hotel San Luis Obispo, recently opened in downtown SLO, stops by to talk about the hotel’s long road from concept to construction, and the types of customers the hotel hopes to attract with it’s new restaurants, bars, pool and rooms in the $400-$1000-a-night range. And we learn more about electric bikes on the Central Coast and how Central Valley dairy farms are embracing emissions-reducing technologies called methane digesters.

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
Erika joined KAZU in 2016. Her roots in radio began at an early age working for the independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012, Erika spent four years working as a television reporter. She’s very happy to be back in public radio and loves living in the Monterey Bay Area.
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