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City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his position in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an incident this past summer at City Hall.

Adams and a female employee were found after hours by police at the facility sparking controversy within the community.

The world-famous Red Violin arrived on the Central Coast this week and will remain through the weekend.

Internationally recognized violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn is the instrument's owner. She's in San Luis Obispo for a series of appearances, including opening night for the San Luis Obispo Symphony on Saturday.

Governor Brown signed two bills into law Monday that were introduced by local Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian. They're designed to help reduce violence in state hospitals and to tackle their rising costs of running those hospitals.

Both bills have been a long time in the making, with many negotiations according to Achadjian.

Governor signs bill aimed at protecting honey bees

Sep 26, 2014
Randol White

Governor Brown signed a bill today by local assemblymember Das Williams aimed at controlling a class of pesticides that many believe is responsible for honey bee colony collapse. 

The State of California has already evaluated the pesticide class known as neonicotonoids, or neonics, and a reevaluation is underway. Under this new law, the Department of Pesticide Regulations sets a timeline for studies to be completed and reviewed. 

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Some business experts see troubling time ahead for the nation's smaller regional airports, including those along the Central Coast.

A number of local airports are struggling to keep direct service to major hubs in California and beyond, including Santa Barbara (SBA), Bakersfield (BFL) and Monterey Regional (MRY).

In the midst of this, the San Luis Obispo (SBP) Airport is working against the trend, trying to add direct service to both Denver (DEN) and Seattle (SEA).

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A record-breaking number of registered students were enrolled as Cal Poly's fall quarter got underway this September. For the first time in history, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university.

The previous peak enrollment at Cal Poly was prior to the recession at 19,777. It dropped as low as 18,360 in 2010 and completely rebounded this fall with 20,102, a 2.4 percent increase of 2013's 19,623.

Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong says the school is currently experiencing an upward trend with an improved state economy.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Last month a group of Cal Poly students worked to test elements of a high-tech spacecraft they're working on with Stanford University. But, a communications glitch forced a trip back to the drawing board.

On Tuesday night however, the students enjoyed the thrill of success.

Doug Stetson, the LightSail program manager for the Planetary Society, said the test involved, "simulating all of the activities that the spacecraft will conduct when it's on orbit after launch."

Project Clean Water Facebook Page

The Central Coast numbers for this weekend's Coastal Clean-up Day are starting to come in and Santa Barbara County looks like it had an increase in the number of volunteers and trash collected.

Project Clean Water says more than a thousand people came together Saturday at sites county-wide, collecting roughly 4,800 pounds of trash and recyclables. 

Mesa Lane Partners

Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is a district just off of lower State Street between Highway 101 and the beach. It has gained attention in recent years because of its artsy mix of residents and businesses. However, some are worried that gentrification could ruin, the very essence that makes this neighborhood attractive. 

In August 2013, we aired a Funk Zone focus piece by KCBX reporter, Leslie Westbrook. This week she won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award for the piece from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Brittany App

From time to time this summer, KCBX News has hopped around our listening area to highlight local agriculture through those who run farmers’ markets, as a way to hear what’s available, in season, and new at the markets.

We also used the conversations to learn a bit about some of the challenges these markets may face, or new rules and programs that could change your experience.

Randol White

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday by local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create an after school program aimed at giving students healthier options.

It's called the California Distinguished After School Health recognition program—or DASH.

In order to be DASH certified, programs must limit "screen time"—the time spent looking at computers or television—and serve healthful foods daily, requiring fruits and vegetables, and banning foods with high sugar or sodium content.

KCBX News

UPDATE: October 15, 2014 at 3:41 p.m.

LandWatch of San Luis Obispo, a group working to change the course of the Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) water project, filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The suit is an effort to address environmental and financial concerns over the project.

ORIGINAL Story:

The residents of Cambria are among the most severely impacted by the ongoing drought conditions on California's Central Coast.

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: September 16, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

The Red Flag Warning in effect for Santa Barbara County was expanded Tuesday to include the county's entire South Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning through Midnight Tuesday. It indicates critical fire weather conditions have moved into the area.

Meteorologists say a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and excessive heat for a fifth straight day is to blame.

USDA photo by David Kosling

Local jobs and businesses are being affected along the Central Coast as a result of the lack of water available this summer. But just how much the drought plays a role in any economic hardship is difficult to quantify currently because business owners are reluctant to share that information.

When the State of California issued a drought emergency back in January, it set into motion a number of projects to help those affected. Counties for instance are tasked with sending monthly reports to the state detailing jobs lost and business hardships directly due to a lack of water.

Cuesta College

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

This is part four of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities.

Dr. Gil Stork is the president of Cuesta College. He speaks with News Director Randol White about the college district's upcoming $275 million bond measure. Also discussed is how the new Promise Program is working for incoming San Luis Obispo County high school graduates.

Dr. Stork's audio was captured at Cuesta's KGUR studios courtesy of John Arno and Michael Larson.

The upcoming 4th Annual TechPitch event is put on by the SLO HotHouse in partnership with Cal Poly and the greater San Luis Obispo community.

Mike Manchak, President and CEO for the Economic Vitality Corporation and Chelsea Brown, Media Coordinator with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discuss the details with KCBX News Director Randol White.

EVENT DETAILS:

Citrus Research Board

San Luis Obispo County agriculture officials say a dangerous pest is moving farther north and causing fear among citrus growers.  Ag Commissioner, Martin Settevendemi, says the pest has now been found as far north as Cayucos, following recent sightings in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande.

All locations have a surrounding quarantine affecting nurseries and commercial citrus to prevent further spread. The public can also help by not transporting fruit with stems and leaves still attached. All of Santa Barbara County is under quarantine. 

San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Dept.

The City of San Luis Obispo will soon have a 9/11 memorial that will include an actual piece of the Twin Towers. It'll be the first such memorial on the Central Coast.

When completed, this community collaboration project will have taken about 8 years says Melissa Mudgett with the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

Mudgett says back In 2007, Captain Matt Callahan was working for the fire department when he noticed other California cities were creating 9/11 memorials with artifacts included in their designs.

Allan Hancock College

It’s part three of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities. 

President of Allan Hancock College, Dr. Kevin Walthers, speaks with News Director Randol White about the direction that institution is now taking, including a growing viticulture department and the expansion of its satellite facilities.

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

Pinnacles National Park, taken by Jason Hickman

Broadcast date: 8/20/14

The photo gracing the Pinnacles National Park Facebook Page and 2015 Season Pass was taken by Central Coast resident Jason Hickman.

The Paso Robles photographer joins KCBX News Director Randol White to share a bit about how he took the contest-winning photo and offer tips for amateur nature photographers on how to capture just the right shot—even using  the camera on your smartphone.

On the web: Jason Hickman Photography

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