Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Erika Mahoney

On this edition of Issues & ideas, you’ll hear about the UC Santa Barbara marine scientists who are currently on an international expedition to help them understand how the ocean will respond to climate change. The western monarch butterfly’s population has declined 99% percent since the 1980s, but you can learn to help them recover in your own garden. We’ll hear from Santa Barbara emergency physician Dr. Jason Prystowsky about what could be done to foster trust between marginalized communities and medical institutions. Father Ian takes us with him as he learns about Olive leaf Tea. Finally, members of The Molly Ringwald Project, a popular local 80s dance band, talk about performing again after the pandemic.

Issues & Ideas: Lorilee Silvaggio, Zapotec and spiny lobster

Jan 29, 2021

On this edition of "Issues and Ideas," Central Coast congressman Jimmy Panetta talks about action taken by the USDA under the Trump Administration and how it affects local farmworkers. A group of linguists at UC Santa Cruz are on a mission to save a rarely-studied, endangered language. We’ll hear how records from Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks were moved to the University of California Merced during last September's wildfires. We have a remembrance of San Luis Obispo’s Lorilee Silvaggio, founder of the SLO Civic Ballet. Central Coast poet Toni Stern talks about her new book of poetry. Finally, Father Ian Dellinger learns about the spiny lobster fishing industry in Santa Barbara.

We hear from candidates running to represent the Central Coast in state and federal government; including California Assembly incumbent Jordan Cunningham and California’s 20th congressional district Congressman Jimmy Panetta. We also speak to the three mayoral candidates in Santa Maria. This is Media Literacy Week, and we speak with the executive director of a nonprofit organization that hosts a week-long event to highlight media literacy education. The KCBX Arts Beat reports on the local performing arts industry, which is taking a huge hit during the COVID-19 crisis without much direction for an eventual reopening. Finally, pumpkin spice season is here and KCBX contributor Father Ian explores some local holiday treats.

Proposed bill removes visa cap for undocumented crime victims

Jan 29, 2018
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Central Coast Congressman Jimmy Panetta wants to expand protections for crime victims who are undocumented immigrants. 

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On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters and the outer continental shelf. It calls for a review of current five-year plan for oil and gas leases, and directs the secretary of the interior to establish a streamlined permitting process.