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The Mark Bar & Grill

A new proposal would allow California restaurants to permanently offer to-go cocktails. 

Issues & Ideas: Monarch butterflies, a surfing pioneer and SLO Village

Jan 13, 2021

On today's show we’ll learn about the union that more than 200 workers at Alphabet—the parent company of Google—have announced they're forming with the Communications Workers of America. This winter, the butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove is empty, and monarchs across the Central Coast and North America are disappearing while federal protection is still years away. You’ll hear from Santa Barbara filmmaker Heather Hudson, who recently released her third film—a tribute to surf pioneer Marge Calhoun. We'll speak with the head of SLO Village, a local organization helping to keep seniors living independently in their own homes. And finally, we explore the way San Luis Obispo is using lights and activites to attract people to the downtown core.

Rich Appelbaum

Now that one of Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfares is partially closed to vehicles, city officials hope it will help some restaurants and shops practice distancing, and start drawing customers again to stay afloat after weeks of pandemic shutdown. As of May 22, State Street is closed to traffic for eight blocks.

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This week we’re airing two recent studio interviews, offering different perspectives on downtown San Luis Obispo. Lately, there's a been a lot of civic conversation about the best path forward to nurture a vibrant, thriving downtown. 

Urban Century

Aug 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/4/2016

After many decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities are being reborn. Across the country, downtowns are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play. The documentary film Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street, examines the current revitalization of Main Street America and the significance that downtown's play in their communities and the possibility that they may be the key to economic prosperity moving forward.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with members of the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Executive Director, Dominic Tartaglia, and downtown business owner, community leader, and Economic Committee chairwoman, Jules DuRocher, owner of Jules D. They will talk about the upcoming documentary film screening of Urban Century – America’s Return to Main Street and the current revitalization of Main Street America, discuss the film and the emerging economic, residential and entertainment trends in the hearts of cities just like yours.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

City of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo leaders and community groups will meet next week to discuss the direction of an ongoing popular public art project. 

The city has plans to paint over some of the already completed pieces of its utility box art project, but that's not sitting well with some residents. 

Flickr member Naoki Tomeno

The City of Santa Barbara says complaints are coming in by the hundreds over skateboarders who hit pedestrians on sidewalks or cause traffic problems in the streets.

As a result, the city's police officers will start cracking down on those who violate the rules within the downtown corridor.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says skateboarding is not a crime and is allowed on the vast majority of city sidewalks, parkways, and at a free beachfront skate park.

Randol White

About two weeks ago the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association's Board of Directors decided that the security guards in the heart of the city should serve as ambassadors for the community. 

There will soon be a team of these ambassadors roaming the streets to help locals and visitors find places to shop, eat, drink or relax.

Director of the Downtown Association, Dominic Tartalgia, says the guards were initially put into place because the city didn't have an adequate police presence.

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There is a push to help control the number of drunk Cal Poly students attending this year's morning graduation ceremonies.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx says she was asked by leaders on campus to help organize a discussion with local bar owners. At issue, is the tradition of students hitting the bars very early on graduation morning and then, in some cases, being too inebriated to follow through with their ceremony.

The mayor says in some cases the graduates can't walk, disrupt the ceremony, and have even vomited on themselves.