Fr. Ian Delinger

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of both California and the Central Coast. KCBX's Greta Mart talks with Brent Burchett, executive director of the SLO County Farm Bureau, about a variety of local agricultural issues and challenges for the county's farmers.

Greta Mart/KCBX

Many communities in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties receive their water supply from two local dams. And those dams are in serious need of repair. Later this spring, its likely voters in Monterey County will be asked to decide whether these costly repairs will go forward.

Flickr member Phil Whitehouse

A survey out this week shows small business owners rank California near the bottom of a nationwide survey showing which cities and states offer the most business-friendly environments.

More than 12,000 business owners participated, making it the largest of its kind according to, the company that conducted it.