San Luis Obispo

SLO police help lead statewide investigation into Apple store robberies

Sep 27, 2018
Greta Mart/KCBX

Seventeen people have been charged in connection with a series of robberies at Apple stores in California. As of Thursday afternoon, eight of those suspects are in custody. 

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Electric scooter rentals may be coming to San Luis Obispo, but not Thursday, as scooter company Bird had planned. City officials said they’ve been in contact with Bird, which deploys e-scooters and runs an app that allows electric vehicle sharing. It appears the company had planned a “rogue launch” of its e-scooters without city approval.

LADOT Bike Blog

After two years of fierce community debate, the San Luis Obispo city council cast a deciding vote this week to build protected bike lanes between downtown and Foothill Boulevard.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The KCBX Central Coast Curious project provides you the opportunity to ask the KCBX News team questions about the Central Coast. We posted a Central Coast Curious voting round this summer that included some listener questions related to nationwide issues. The winning question from the voting round was: “Are there any active, known and 'out' members of white nationalist or violent racist organizations in San Luis Obispo County?”

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California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced this week new efforts to reduce wait times, such as a new text notification program, self-service kiosks and extended hours. On the Central Coast, part of that reprieve is new Saturday hours at the Salinas and San Luis Obispo offices. San Luis Obispo County specifically has seen a huge jump in wait times over the past year, almost doubling. They’re not the longest wait times in the state, but long enough to have customers lining up outside every morning.

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In February, San Luis Obispo put out a call for artists, looking for local talent to submit ideas for painting 26 utility boxes around the city. The city’s park and recreation department received over 200 submissions, and in the end, 19 artists were selected. This week, those artists started their painting projects.

Dave Minksy

Why does San Luis Obispo County pay for senior citizen transportation? The roots of that particular social service are in circa 1970s state legislation.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is a governmental agency that receives federal and state funding for — and plans — the county’s regional transportation. This month, SLOCOG voted on awarding a taxpayer-funded grant to a new company for the county’s senior citizen transportation program, instead of one that’s served the county for years.

MindBody

Mindbody is a large health and fitness tech company headquartered in San Luis Obispo. It recently scored a pretty big name for its annual Bold Conference, an industry event for fitness, beauty and wellness business owners and professionals. The conference's keynote speaker will be former first lady Michelle Obama. 

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If you wake up early this coming Saturday and look to the north, or the south - depending where you on are on the Central Coast - you may see history in the making. 

Instagram user

A racially insensitive photo of fraternity members at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo is circulating on social media, during the university’s annual Polycultural Weekend, a time designed to acquaint prospective students with the university’s social and academic culture. 


The infinite possibilities of "Portals"

Mar 27, 2018
Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

San Luis Obispo County’s Cuesta College has spent the past month connecting individuals across the planet. It’s part of a global art project called "Portals." Unlike media you typically use to connect to the world, Portals is an immersive experience. You are supposed to feel as if you’re in the same room as someone else in another country, or on another continent.

Michael L. Baird

Marches and rallies held in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Monterey and other Central Coast locales attracted thousands of participants Saturday, calling for gun control and honoring American school students killed in gun violence.  

What is the state of San Luis Obispo?

Mar 22, 2018
The City of San Luis Obispo

What’s the state of San Luis Obispo? That’s what city leaders sought to convey this week.

San Luis Obispo's mayor and city manager held the inaugural State of the City address at City Hall Wednesday night for members of the community willing to brave the rain. And while city officials touted many accomplishments, they said there are still plenty of challenges ahead.

Matt Klepfer

Demonstrators temporarily shut down a San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, calling for the resignation of the county sheriff and reform of county jail operations and policies.

Russian hackers may be targeting U.S. power plants like Diablo Canyon

Mar 16, 2018
Flickr member Tracey Adams

Federal officials this week warned Russian hackers have targeted U.S. water and power plants and other critical infrastructure. 

Dave Minsky/KCBX

How safe is using - or driving for - ride hailing companies on the Central Coast? In the wake of recent arrests of alleged Uber drivers for rape and burglary, police are urging riders to pay more attention to who shows up to drive them. 

Courtesy of Sky Bergman

What is a life well lived? 40 people with 3,000 years of collective life experience answer that question in a new documentary film produced by San Luis Obispo resident Sky Bergman. 

Carol Tangeman/KCBX

A recent New York Times article named the San Luis Obispo Mission and Bubblegum Alley as “the top tourist draws in San Luis Obispo.” Local arts groups hope that someday the downtown might earn an official state designation as a “Cultural District,” highlighting more than history and kitsch. 

Solar farm under construction to power Cal Poly campus

Oct 10, 2017
REC Solar

San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic University is installing a 4.5 megawatt solar farm. The farm is being constructed on 18 acres of agricultural land just northwest of the Cal Poly campus. Upon completion, the farm will generate nearly 25 percent of the university's total energy needs. 

KCBX Two-Way: A ghost bike for Kennedy Love

Sep 8, 2017
Rachel Barnes/Cuestonian

In San Luis Obispo, a hit-and-run crash recently took the life of a Cal Poly student, Kennedy Love. Love was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a car. The car fled the scene but a police investigation quickly located a suspect- a 17-year-old girl - who was identified this week as a Cuesta College student by the college’s campus newspaper, the Cuestonian

Megan Schellong/KCBX

There's a new youth ballet company in San Luis Obispo, striving to bring world-class instruction to young dancers and exceptional performances to Central Coast audiences. 

San Luis Obispo County

This week Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal is hosting a town hall meeting specifically about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The state’s last nuclear power plant - owned by Pacific Gas and Electric - is expected to close in 2025, if the California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E's request to do so.

San Luis Obispo's Measure B-17 defeated

Aug 22, 2017

San Luis Obispo voters have rejected an effort to permanently bar the city from establishing a rental housing inspection program. According to preliminary election night results, Measure B-17 was defeated by a wide margin: 71 percent of voters said no, with 29 percent voting in favor of the initiative.  

August 22 is the last day of San Luis Obispo’s special election for Measure B-17. All vote-by-mail ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. 

Carol Tangeman

While the struggle over health care continues in Washington D.C., a San Luis Obispo County doctor follows his dream by providing top quality care - at no cost to the patient.

Measure B-17 backer alleges election fraud

Aug 6, 2017

A local renter and treasurer of SLO Voice, the ballot committee in favor of Measure B-17, is alleging San Luis Obispo's mayor, city council and city attorney altered the language of the special election ballot now before city voters.   

Greta Mart/KCBX

On Tuesday evening, city officials in San Luis Obispo approved the proposed San Luis Ranch housing development. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the project, which calls for the phased construction of 580 homes, as well as commercial and office space and a 200-room hotel. The building site is 130 acres adjacent to Highway 101 between the Madonna Road and Los Osos Valley Road exits.

Brush fire closes Hwy. 101 lanes at Cuesta Grade

Jul 7, 2017
Courtesy of CalFire SLO

The Tower Fire that burned 58 acres near the Cuesta Grade is 100 percent contained, CalFire announced at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

City of San Luis Obispo/Avila Ranch Development Project Final EIR

Avila Ranch is a proposed new neighborhood in south San Luis Obispo, a 150-acre project site - now agricultural fields - cornered by Vachell Lane and Buckley Road. It’s a development that’s been in the works for a few years, and this week city planning staff announced the completion of the project’s final environmental documents. 

Greta Mart/KCBX

This week in San Luis Obispo, the city’s planning commission voted in favor of the San Luis Ranch development, recommending the project to the city council for approval. Over the past two decades, various project iterations has been proposed for the piece of property bordered by Highway 101, Madonna Road, Dalido Drive and Oceanaire Drive. 

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