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KCBX News Update: SLO Transit wins award, and SLO City Council advances nighttime hiking ordinance

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SLO Transit recognized for improving bus services for those with disabilities

San Luis Obispo’s public transportation system has won an award for improving bus service for those with disabilities.

SLO Transit was one of just three transportation agencies in North America to earn an Innovation Award from the American Public Transportation Association in 2021.

SLO Transit became the first public transit system in the world to incorporate smart lights that cue riders to bus functions, such as when doors open and close, or when a wheelchair ramp is being deployed.

“The City will continue to introduce technology and innovation that will improve the rider experience and encourage public transportation as the preferred method of travel in the City,” Public Works Director Matt Horn said.

SLO City Council votes to establish nighttime hiking ordinance for Cerro San Luis

The San Luis Obispo City Council narrowly voted to advance a new nighttime ordinance for the Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve at a special meeting on Nov. 9.

The ordinance would permanently allow for hiking and biking at the reserve into the winter evening hours until 8:30 p.m. Since 2018, a pilot program has allowed the city to issue up to 65 permits daily for access to about 4.9 miles of trails within the preserve.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of the ordnance, with opposition from local environmental activists as well as Councilmember Jan Marx. Opponents argued that the expanded hours would disturb the habitat of local animals and plants.

The ordinance will be put up for a final vote at their regular meeting on Nov. 16.

Former CA Governor Jerry Brown convenes expert group on wildfires

Former California Governor Jerry Brown has convened a group of experts and ex-government officials to tackle one of state’s biggest problems: Wildfires. CapRadio’s Scott Rodd reports.

Former CA Governor Jerry Brown convenes expert meeting on wildfires

Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
Brett Vollrath is a KCBX intern and a journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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