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A new campground is nearing completion on Babe Lane in Avila Beach and local businesses are expecting to see a boost in customers when it opens.

The Flying Flags campground has been in the making for years and is now just about six weeks away from its soft opening.

Port San Luis Harbor Manager Andrea Lueker said this means some sites will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the phased construction of more sites will continue over the next few months.

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A group of Cal Poly researchers is beginning a study to track Pismo Beach clams, with the hope of restoring the species’ population.

The research team will start the new ‘mark and recapture’ study May 29 on Pismo Beach. This kind of study involves tagging individual animals so researchers can track them over time.

In this case, the purpose of tagging the clams is to help their population recover by learning about their growth rates, mortality rates and how much they move on the beach.

Trident Winds Morro Bay proposal

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with the federal government May 25 to support California’s efforts to advance offshore wind energy development along the state’s north and central coasts.

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The City of San Luis Obispo is planning for the reopening of its facilities in the coming months.

City Manager Derek Johnson outlined a way forward for the city at the May 18 council meeting.

He said the city expects to reopen in alignment with future guidelines from the state.

“Really, we’ll be looking forward to the details that come out from the governor,” Johnson said. “He’s made some statements but the details are unknown.”

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A stretch of Highway 1 at Rat Creek near Big Sur will reopen April 23 after nearly three months of road closure. Heavy rains washed away 150 feet of road back in January.

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Understanding the ocean’s role in climate change and how we approach business and conservation associated with the oceans are a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Join us in a celebration of Earth Day, as host Kris Kington-Barker speaks with Benjamin Ruttenberg, Associate Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. They will discuss the threat that climate change poses to our oceans, marine life, and coastal communities, as well as talk about how a move toward a blue economy can help.

Issues & Ideas: Sea otters, Sequoias, 'Armenia's Fingerprint' and the local economy movement.

Apr 19, 2021
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On this episode of Issues & Ideas, we learn about the threat to California’s underwater kelp forests, and the Central Coast kelp forest “guardian” — the sea otter. There’s a new guidebook “Sequoia and Kings Canyon: Hiking, Camping, Waterfalls and Big Trees”; and we’ll learn from the author where the best lesser known trails can be found. A local teacher and author launches an updated version of his novel, Armenia’s Fingerprint, coinciding with the 106th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which occurred on April 24th, 1915. The SLO Chamber's Jim Dantona speaks with Joe Tarica and Ray Riordan of the San Luis Obispo Tribune. And finally, we’ll hear from international author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge. She's a pioneer of the local economy movement.

While the COVID-19 pandemic had changed lives across the world, numerous studies have shown that certain groups have been disproportionally affected by the crisis, among this woman. A recent report shows that a staggering 87% of women business owners say they have been adversely affected by the pandemic. What have been some of the greatest challenges for women business owners during the pandemic and why, and how have women managed to innovate, and find support during these difficult times?


Downtown SLO

With new state-mandated economic restrictions in place due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the cities of San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach are pumping more money into helping local businesses stay afloat.

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Nearly 85% of California residents are now under sweeping new restrictions as the state's struggles to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The new restrictions come as coronavirus cases continue to surge and while the state's intensive care capacity has neared dangerously low levels.

The mission of ACTION for Healthy Communities is to identify and address community needs to improve health and well-being in San Luis Obispo County. ACTION is a cooperative, collaborative effort of individual agencies and organizations, public and private, that are committed to improving the overall quality of life in SLO County. Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with members of the ACTION for Healthy Communities steering committee—Jason Wells,  associate director of First 5 SLO County and new ACTION chair, and past chair Susan Hughes—as they discuss ACTION’s eighth benchmark study of community issues since 1999. 

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As of Sunday night, 63 percent of SLO County voters have already cast their votes in the current election. 

But of those still filling out their ballot—or planning to head to the polls Tuesday—some will be weighing in on who will fill two open seats on the San Luis Obispo city council. Just under 31,000 people in San Luis Obispo are voting on that race. 

If we as a country fail to value the work of those who care for others, who will be able, or want to do the work? Tune in for a conversation with Dr. Riane Eisler, author of the groundbreaking book, "The Chalice and the Blade." Her work as the president of the Center for Partnership Studies, and as the founder of the Caring Economy Campaign, has been incorporated into the Biden/Harris and Democratic platform, which vows to transform the value of care and caregivers in our economy.

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Come November, Pismo Beach residents will weigh in on a proposed visitor tax hike aimed at funding improvements for the city’s fire and police departments, as well as tourism-related services.

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Coast businesses has been immense. Results from a survey issued to local business owners by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce suggest severe impacts on the business community due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Jim Dantona, president and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and Jocelyn Brennan, president and CEO of the South County Chambers of Commerce, about the business and economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the Central Coast. They will discuss their efforts to assist businesses and organizations weather the closure, navigating confusing HR issues, and help businesses prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy.

The United States has lost 10% of its workforce as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Newest reports show that almost 17 million Americans filed jobless claims in the last three weeks. With the economy in a coma, small business owners and workers are struggling to find ways to survive. Are there ways for businesses to get help during the crisis? What are some innovative approaches that companies can use to stay afloat?

Mission Community Services Corporation(MCSC) is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their communities, with special assistance for women, low-income, minority, veterans, and non-profit businesses in San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey Counties.

Issues & Ideas: Refections on the 'Conception,' surviving a mass shooting, and solutions journalism

Sep 9, 2019

We're back! After a month-long hiatus, KCBX's weekly news magazine returns. 

Lack of access to affordable, quality child care in San Luis Obispo County has reached a crisis point locally and across the state. This crisis has serious implications, not just for families and children, but also for local employers, the local economy and overall health of the community.

For many individuals the Central Coast is a place to thrive and enjoy economic success, however the Central Coast economy is not working for all. Reports suggest residents are struggling to get by, let alone get ahead, with 86% of our workforce population believing that our young people today will not be able to live here when they grow up. To address these concerns The Hourglass Project was created to bring together industry, academia, and policy makers across two counties and twelve cities to address issues that hold our region back such as housing affordability, infrastructure, talent development, and job creation.

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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.

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Over one hundred thousand people are now evacuated from the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But workers in the area’s agricultural fields stayed on the job, breathing in smoke and ash as they pick strawberry and celery crops.

Broadcast date: 3/9/2017

What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. It is the longest running in San Luis Obispo County.

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

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.

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A new study shows San Luis Obispo County's wine industry helps generate $1.9 billion for the regional economy. 

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A new survey shows Santa Barbara is one of only two U.S. cities where women earn over ten percent more than men on average.

A real cost measure

Nov 17, 2015

Broadcast date: 11/19/15

Almost 1 in 3 San Luis Obispo County households are struggling to meet their basic needs, according to a report, was released recently by United Ways of California. 

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Experts say the San Luis Obispo County economy is strong and ranks up there with other California hot spots like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. That was the message at Friday's Central Coast Economic Summit.

Looking forward they also say there's not reason to be pessimistic about 2016. 

Source: EMSI QCEW and non-QCEW Employment 2014.3

A jobs report released this month shows San Luis Obispo County is challenged when it comes to the number of high-paying positions available.

Last year, the SLO County Workforce Investment Board partnered with BW Research Partnership, Inc. to conduct a study on the local economy.

The report found the county has had a strong recovery in terms of total employment, exceeding the numbers of neighboring Central Coast counties.

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