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Here's another segment from KCBX News’ Central Coast Curious project; we take listener questions  submitted at our website, KCBX.org, and send our reporters out to find answers. This time, our question focuses on cannabis. Listener Charlie Blair wondered how commercial, recreational cannabis has impacted the Central Coast economy so far. Contributor Menaka Wilhelm took a look at the industry in San Luis Obispo County.

Midterms 2018: How do voters decide on judges?

Nov 6, 2018
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Depending on where voters are registered, there are a lot of candidates in one category on the November 2018 ballot: judicial. But unlike other offices, measures and propositions in this election, there are no judicial campaigns vying for votes. 

California governor's race comes down to its final day

Nov 5, 2018
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Today is election day, and the candidates for California governor are barnstorming the state making their final pitches to voters. 

Midterms 2018: Proposition 1

Oct 29, 2018
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Proposition 1 is called the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, but only a quarter of the money goes to housing programs for vets.

Today is California's voter registration deadline

Oct 22, 2018
KCBX News, Randol White

Next month, California voters will choose a new governor, weigh in on rent control, and make other big decisions about the state's future.

Midterms 2018: Proposition 2 aims for housing for mentally ill homeless people

Oct 16, 2018
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Should voters approve new housing for an estimated 20,000 homeless people with severe mental illness?

While most people agree the end goal of Proposition 2 is noble, there is disagreement over two-billion in bonds needed to build the homes.

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In California, it is a persistent challenge making water supply and water demand match up. A report being released Wednesday outlines how much water California’s coastal wastewater treatment plants dump into the ocean, and how much of that could be saved through better water management.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that implements the California Legislature’s new system for investigating sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers and senior staff. 

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For years, Diane Shinstock watched her adult son deteriorate on the streets. Suffering from severe schizophrenia, he slept under stairwells and bushes, screamed at passersby and was arrested for throwing rocks at cars.

No bail law signed by Governor Brown

Aug 30, 2018
Thomas Hawk

California's legislature has done away with the cash bail system, after Governor Jerry Brown signed the new law this week.

Should Baby Boomers get a property tax break to move?

Aug 14, 2018
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Proposition 5, which California voters will decide on this November, allows homeowners age 55 and up to receive a major break on their property taxes when they move homes. Sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, the initiative attempts to address a problem familiar to many Californians of a certain age: You want to move from your empty nest, but you’re scared of the new taxes you’d have to pay on a downsized property.

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California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced this week new efforts to reduce wait times, such as a new text notification program, self-service kiosks and extended hours. On the Central Coast, part of that reprieve is new Saturday hours at the Salinas and San Luis Obispo offices. San Luis Obispo County specifically has seen a huge jump in wait times over the past year, almost doubling. They’re not the longest wait times in the state, but long enough to have customers lining up outside every morning.

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California’s unemployment rate remains at a record low of 4.2 percent in the latest jobs report. But a closer look shows 2018 has not exactly been a banner year for the state’s labor market.

UC admits record number of transfers

Jul 12, 2018
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The University of California says it's admitting a record number of transfer students for the upcoming school year. 

Judge upholds California sanctuary state law

Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge in Sacramento has upheld California’s law shielding immigrants in the country without legal documentation. 

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Redwood City approved more than a year ago the kind of affordable-housing project California desperately needs: a 20-unit building, downtown, near transit lines, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the state’s housing crisis is most severe. The developer was a nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. But today the lot remains vacant, except for a row of portable toilets, a trailer and a dumpster.

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The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money. San Luis Obispo County had a $14.7 million fund balance at the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

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Members of a special California Assembly health committee say a controversial health care plan is still on the table, but it could take years to flesh out. The group discussed single payer and other models this week in Sacramento.

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The California gas tax that took effect on November 1 is raising money for transportation projects across the state. Cities, towns and counties are applying for grants under SB1, the law that established the tax increase. A big focus of the state department of transportation, Caltrans, is to increase rail service in many places. 

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New voter registration figures show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans. GOP registration as of last month stood at 25.4 percent – just four-tenths of a point higher than “no party preference.”

California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

Jan 26, 2018
Greta Mart

Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Friday to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on California roads.

California education leaders say help available for DACA students

Jan 17, 2018
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California’s community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status. 

New year brings expanded services for Denti-Cal

Dec 27, 2017
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Low-income dental patients in California will have new access to important procedures, such as crowns and root canals, starting January 1.

Cannabis retailers face challenges as they prep for California marketplace

Dec 12, 2017
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control has taken a long awaited-step by releasing online applications for retailers, distributors, testing labs and micro-businesses who want to jump into the new state-sanctioned marketplace in the new year. 

Health warnings grow for agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos

Dec 4, 2017
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California’s list of chemicals harmful to humans is about the get longer. An agricultural pesticide widely used on the Central Coast is joining the ranks.  

California's pioneering plastic bag ban delivering results, say environmental groups

Nov 14, 2017
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A year after California enacted a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, environmental groups say early data shows a significant dip in plastic trash. 

Women in California politics describe culture of harassment

Oct 17, 2017
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From Capital Public Radio: An outcry against pervasive sexual harassment and assault that has gone viral on social media under the hashtag #metoo has also reached the California state Capitol. 

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
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California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

California rice growers could export product to China

Jul 25, 2017
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For the first time in history, an agreement is in place that gives U.S. rice growers access to China, the world's largest consumer of rice.

Salinas Valley workers and residents rally against chlorpyrifos

Jul 13, 2017
Paul Towers

Salinas Valley farmworkers and advocacy groups made a trip to Sacramento this week to rally for a ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. 

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