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The Santa Ynez Valley community gathered in Solvang this week to discuss traffic issues in the area. Concerns were voiced that various throughways in the area are becoming more congested, and in some cases, unsafe. Santa Barbara County officials have launched a study aimed at improving local roadways.


On this week's Issues & Ideas, we explore the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, via a recent documentary that focuses on different stakeholders in Central Coast waters. We hear from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about Census 2020 and what an accurate count means for the region. We get to know some Central Coast chefs who are doing things just a little differently to bring food to the table. And we learn about an upcoming chorale concert series taking place in San Luis Obispo and some scientific effects of music on singers.

Courtney Gerard

Sacred Waters from Courtney Gerard on Vimeo.

On the April 8, 2019 episode of Issues & Ideas, we heard the audio to a recent documentary entitled “Sacred Waters.” Created by filmmaker Courtney Gerard, “Sacred Waters” features the stakeholders in a proposal to designate a new marine sanctuary off the Central Coast. The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal is spearheaded by the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and supported by many, opposed by many others. In the film, Gerard explores the sanctuary's nomination. 

Celebrating Nature

Jul 26, 2018

Broadcast date: 7/26/2018

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros, a one of a kind garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature. The garden, which started in 1989, is home to a variety of plants and when the master plan is complete, the 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. 


A large area along California's Central Coast is now being considered as a national marine sanctuary.

The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary marks the first time that the public has nominated a stretch of California coast for this designation.

The formal documents were submitted this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for consideration on Monday.