Angel Russell

Reporter

Angel Russell started her career in journalism as a reporter and producer for KREX on Colorado's Western Slope; she later moved to the Central Coast to work for KSBY as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. She holds a BA in journalism with a minor in philosophy from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing guitar and piano, and hanging out with her dog and husband.

Angel Russell

As COVID testing sites are seeing a spike in patients, a new requirement is now in effect for California state workers to show proof of vaccination — or they will soon be mandated to get tested for the virus weekly.

People's Self-Help Housing

There’s an affordable housing crunch throughout San Luis Obispo County, and to help meet the demand, a new housing development project in Pismo Beach is aiming to provide supportive housing to working families, transitional youth, and formerly homeless individuals. 

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Pismo clams are starting to show up in numbers not seen in decades on their namesake beach, Pismo Beach. While the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) is optimistic about the potential bright future of recreational fishery, they warn we aren’t there yet.

KCBX News, Randol White

As the seat for SLO County’s clerk-recorder remains open since Tommy Gong resigned, the county’s clerk-recorder office is busy preparing for the Governor’s recall election.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County health officials are reporting a significant shift in pandemic numbers, seeing positive infection rates they haven’t seen since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More than a month since the state's reopening, health officials say they are beginning to notice cases of COVID-19 rising, with an uptick in patients returning to hospitals seeking care from the virus.

While the surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the nation is overwhelming some hospitals, on the Central Coast, patient numbers are still relatively low but increasing.

Robert Cook, Chief Nursing Officer for Twin Cities Community Hospital, said the Delta variant of the virus is partially fueling the upswing. 

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As part of the KCBX Arts Beat, we're taking a look at how three local music organizations survived the pandemic: Festival Mozaic, the SLO Symphony, and Infinite Music. In our 3rd episode of KCBX's 12 part series 'Beyond the Furrows" reporter Francisco Martinez explores how labor trafficking affects farmworkers and what’s being done locally. The Land Conservancy of SLO County is starting to assess usage potential for the Santa Rita Ranch along Highway 46. You’ll hear from Around Downtown's Bettina Swigger as she speaks with Erica Crawford of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. Finally, we’ll join Fr. Ian Dellinger as he explores sheep milk ice cream on Playing With Food.

The City of San Luis Obispo

As cities across the country grapple with the issue of police responding to mental health and substance abuse crisis related calls, the city of San Luis Obispo is expanding on one program — and creating another — to help shift intervention away from law enforcement, and into the hands of health-related experts.

San Luis Obispo Symphony

The pandemic shut down live musical performances last year, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony was no exception.

SLO County Office of Education

With COVID19 cases back on the rise, and kids returning to school in a few weeks, health officials are urging parents to get children 12 and older vaccinated. But not every pediatric office has the ability to give the vaccine.

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After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Mid-State Fair returns Wednesday — bringing back crowds, rides, and live musical performances.

Usually, planning for a fair takes several months. But this year, with the uncertainty of when things would re-open, fair organizers only had a few weeks to pull it off. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates

Child abuse cases in San Luis Obispo County saw a drop during the pandemic, but with in-person schooling starting back up, SLO County child advocacy group C.A.S.A. — Court Appointed Special Advocates — said they are preparing for an influx of child abuse cases.

C.A.S.A. of San Luis Obispo County is made up of volunteers designated by a judge to work in the best interests of children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect.

Teresa Tardiff, executive director of C.A.S.A. SLO County, said during the pandemic, child abuse cases took a plunge.

The City of Pismo Beach

In the past two weeks, the San Luis Obispo Regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has been called in to assist in two separate barricaded suspects situations. One in Pismo Beach resulted in a peaceful arrest of the suspect, while the other in Paso Robles ended in a fatal shooting of the suspect while police were attempting arrest.

Angel Russell

A new housing program in SLO County aims to take more than 150 people off the streets. The Housing Authority of SLO (HaSLO) is calling the program “Welcome Home." The organization said finding homeless people needing housing is the easy part, but finding landlords willing to take these people in is proving challenging. 

San Luis Obispo County Government

Following the state’s recent decision to extend its COVID-19 eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, San Luis Obispo County officials are encouraging both landlords and renters who have fallen behind on their bills to seek financial assistance.

California State Parks

Small, translucent blobs are washing up along the Pismo Beach shoreline, and they may start showing up along the coast up to Monterey soon.

Downtown SLO

The City of San Luis Obispo has increased the fee to park downtown, and will be decreasing the hours of free street parking in the next couple of weeks. While the city said the increase will help fund a parking garage project, some downtown business owners and employees are opposing the changes.

Angel Russell

For kids in California, it won't be as easy as clicking and agreeing to the terms and conditions to open an account on social media platforms. Soon, they will have to get direct parental permission, after Central Coast Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham’s bill AB891 was signed into law recently by Governor Gavin Newsom.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department

San Luis Obispo County is stepping up mobile vaccination clinics throughout the area in an effort to encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, especially as the Delta variant is spreading. 

The Delta variant, first detected in India, is now increasing in numbers throughout the world. Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County’s public health officer said this variant has shown to spread more easily. 

"I’m most concerned about people who are unvaccinated getting this disease," Borenstein said. "The research is still ongoing, but it may take a greater toll on people's health.”

Central Coast Snake Services

The return of drought conditions across California has forced many animals to seek refuge closer to where humans live. While bears have been spotted recently in urban areas, an even more dangerous predator — rattlesnakes — are moving in closer to people's homes. 

Seaweed on Ocean

The Central Coast’s first cannabis lounge, a place where people can consume cannabis on site, recently opened in Lompoc — and now, Grover Beach is exploring the idea and may become the first city in SLO County to open one. 

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The Fourth of July fireworks show, returning to Pismo beach this year after it was canceled last year due to COVID restrictions, is expected to bring in thousands of people — and the city is preparing.

The Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Pismo Beach is the largest city-produced event in the area, turning the town of nearly 8,000 into a crowd of up to 100,000.

Police Chief Jeff Smith said it's all hands on deck.

“Everyone knows on the Fourth of July, they will all be working," Smith said. "So our entire department will be here and deployed throughout the city.”

Angel Russell

With businesses operating at full capacity, companies throughout the Central Coast are rehiring. But now, businesses are reporting a new struggle — finding workers. 

During the pandemic, job seekers had a tough time finding places that were hiring, said Gabrielle Fletes with Volt Workforce Solutions, a job matching agency in the Central Coast. Fletes said that is not the case now. 

“We are in the complete opposite situation," Fletes said. "We have quite a few jobs open and not too many employees looking for work.”

Angel Russell

Firework booths are now open, selling what they call “safe and sane” fireworks for the Fourth of July Holiday, as police throughout the Central Coast are already busy taking calls on illegal fireworks sounding off at night. 

Lighting up the night sky when the sun goes down on the Fourth of July is an American tradition. But Five Cities Fire Chief Steve Lieberman is reminding people, if it goes up or blows up, it's illegal to set off in SLO County. 

KCBX

Firework shows are returning to the Central Coast this weekend, after the pandemic led to events being cancelled last year. 

Angel Russell

As public health experts continue to push the population towards herd immunity against COVID-19, San Luis Obispo County is beginning the work of vaccinating homeless individuals housed within their shelter systems by bringing the vaccine to them.

San Luis Obispo County Public Works

Severe drought conditions have returned to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties — and now Lopez Lake, a water source for southern SLO County cities, is being watched closely. 

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Paso Robles is in the national spotlight after being featured on NBC’s "The Today Show" on Friday, June 18 as a top destination to visit this summer. 

The “Third Hour” show highlighted Paso Robles' wine country, the new Stables Inn and the “Field of Light” display as the top California destination to visit this summer amid the state's official re-opening.

When the coronavirus pandemic led to restrictions for indoor dining, the City of Grover Beach allowed food trucks to temporarily operate to help local restaurants. Now, this short-term COVID business relief idea may become permanent.

In March 2020, a Grover Beach events company called Epic Entertainment was left with no large gatherings like weddings and parties to coordinate.

Angel Russell

After more than a year of not having not having a farmers' market in Downtown San Luis Obispo due to COVID-19, then five weeks of operating as an “essentials produce market” with reduced capacity, the popular weekly event is welcoming people back to pre-pandemic operations.

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