San Luis Obispo

North County Farmers Market Association

Over the past decade or so, Californians—and to a big extent, those of us along the Central Coast—are moving toward artisanal foods and beverages as people long for products made closer to home with recognizable ingredients and minimal processing. 

A Ride Awaits Facebook Page

The owner of a locally-based cab company is pulling out of the City of San Luis Obispo saying he can no longer compete with Uber's ride-sharing drivers.

A new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown allows for beer tasting at local certified farmer's markets in California. 

Cal Poly's historic 'P' gets a safety makeover

Jul 10, 2015
Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly is now renovating its historic, hillside letter 'P' in an effort to make the area safe for students and hikers. 

Ricardo Teodocio

The state of California was spraying pesticides in some residential areas of San Luis Obispo this week. County crews are working to control the spread of the Asian Citrus Psyllid.  

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

One of the Central Coast's largest and fastest-growing companies is set to offer shares to the public in the coming days.

Flickr member Omar Bárcena

This past weekend, Cal Poly awarded an honorary doctorate degree to San Luis Obispo hotel owner and Central Coast philanthropist Phyllis Madonna.

Madonna has been a resident and business owner in the local community for more than 60 years and is the mother of four Cal Poly alumni.

Best known as the owner of the iconic Madonna Inn, Madonna is also well known for her contributions to the local arts scene, including the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Festival Mosaic, the PAC. She's also a supporter of the local women's shelter.

San Luis Obispo County includes funding for business incubator in budget

Jun 9, 2015
San Luis Obispo Hothouse

Funding for a San Luis Obispo business incubator will now be included in the County's annual budget.

The board of supervisors unanimously approved an annual $200,000 in funds for the San Luis Obispo HotHouse this week.

Supervisor Adam Hill said he worked to create a partnership with the Hothouse and pushed to add funding for the incubator to the annual budget.

The HotHouse is a collaboration between Cal Poly and the community to help students and community members create businesses.

Greg Perry, KCBX Net

The Amgen Tour of California riders began Stage 4 at the Pismo Pier Wednesday morning, rode south along Highway 1 into Santa Barbara County and looped back north through Arroyo Grande, the Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo before finishing in Avila Beach.

Stage 5 starts in Santa Barbara on Thursday morning and could very well be a wet ride for the participants with a front scheduled to push through right around race time.

Ira Glass on 'Reinventing Radio'

Apr 8, 2015

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell talks with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, about his upcoming talk in San Luis Obispo, the recent surge of successful podcasts and the future of radio.

Jordan Bell

San Luis Obispo city leaders are questioning whether the newly-opened skate park can continue operating as is, after some community complaints regarding after-hours use and trash.

Around nine o'clock on a Tuesday night, there are plenty of people of all ages at the park, mostly a cross section of the SLO community, but they're all males.  Lines form throughout the park as skaters wait for their turns, holding their boards.

Wikipedia: Author - Movimiento

César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California, held annually on the leader's birthday. It was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2000. As a result, all state offices are closed, including the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Marisa Waddell chats with Michael Nowak, the music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, about the orchestra's upcoming "Subscriber's Choice" concert, featuring the Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland and the "Organ" Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens. Hear excerpts from the music, and commentary from Nowak about each work.

New Life K9s

Feb 26, 2015

Donna Cheek talks with a local veteran about how his dog has profoundly changed his life. And Training Director Nicole Hern explains New Life K9s, a new program in San Luis Obispo that provides free service dogs to veterans in need.

Phillips 66

The City of San Luis Obispo is the latest municipality in California to voice concern over plans to build a rail connector to the Phillips 66 refinery near Santa Maria. 

Cities and counties along the Southern Pacific rail line have sent letters to San Luis Obispo Planning Commission expressing concern regarding the dangers associated with sending crude oil by train.

San Luis Obispo City Council Member John Ashbaugh said that they urged the Mayor to send a letter in light of the recent disaster in West Virginia.

The topic of workforce housing in San Luis Obispo is a hot one currently, really picking up steam during recent debate at the City Council meetings in regards to the newly approved update to the city’s general plan.

Brad Brechwald is the Principal and CEO of the Wallace Group, a Central Coast engineering and design firm. He’s also a cochair for a group working on economic solutions for the county’s housing needs, among other issues. It's one of six "cluster" groups working on various aspects of the local economy.

Jordan Bell

The San Luis Obispo City Council adopted new standards for short-term homestay rentals Tuesday night, allowing use of this type of rental within the city.

These are rentals occupied for less than 30 days. A major distinction between homestay rentals and vacation rentals is homestay rentals require the owner to prove they live there. Vacation rentals are still prohibited in neighborhoods for which they are not zoned.

The ordinance also requires one additional parking space, two rooms and that a responsible party must only be a 15 minute drive away. 

Cal Poly float earns honors in 2015 Rose Parade

Jan 1, 2015
Tom Zasadzinski - Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly's student-built float earned special honors at the Rose Parade Thursday morning in Pasadena.

The float called 'soaring stories' won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float.

85 percent of the flowers on the Cal Poly float came from within the state. Just before the final judging Wednesday, it was certified as California Grown by the California Fresh Cut Flower Commission.

How common are California shark attacks?

Dec 29, 2014
Flickr member Elias Levy

A man recovering from a shark attack on the Central Coast this weekend is out of the hospital Monday. Although this is the second shark attack this year in San Luis Obispo County, experts say they're still uncommon. 

Even more uncommon are fatal attacks says Traci Larinto a Senior Environmental Specialist for the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

Tom Zasadzinski / Cal Poly Pomona

Students from Cal Poly are busy at work putting the finishing touches on this year's Rose Parade Float. For several decades, the San Luis Obispo and Pomona campuses have joined forces, each building one half of the same float and then bringing them together with award-winning results.

This year's Cal Poly entry includes solar power to assist with some of the float's many moving parts, the first time solar has been used this extensively by any parade entry.

San Luis Obispo County's Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) met Wednesday for the first time since the San Luis Obispo City Council voted against the commission's restrictions for development.

Last week the council moved forward with its General Plan update, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and in doing so overrode the commission.

ALUC Members heard a presentation by the city at Wednesday's meeting regarding the LUCE.

Flickr member Tan Huynh

Cal Poly students are preparing for Saturday's Fall Commencement, a tradition that started in 1955. 

Although Fall Commencement started in the '50s, there were only two ceremonies that decade. It returned to Cal Poly in 1984 with only 262 graduates that December. This ceremony marks the 30th consecutive year the university has held Fall Commencement.

Designs for a new Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo are moving forward after unanimous approval Wednesday night by the city's Planning Commission.

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

San Luis Obispo city leaders will take another stab at passing a blueprint for the city's development at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

The Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) looks at traffic and housing through 2035. Aspects of the plan don't agree with guidelines established by the state-run Airport Land Use Commission, so the council will need at least four members to vote for an override in order to push the LUCE through. video still

The San Luis Obispo City Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to move forward with its plans for future housing and transportation needs, despite restrictions that are currently in place for such development surrounding the airport and beyond.

The City Council discussed the topic at its meeting Tuesday night, but did not bring it up for a vote because newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire wants an extra week to hear from the public.

Jeanie Greensfelder

Jeanie Greensfelder started writing poetry about six years ago when she took a poetry class at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Earlier this month, one of her poems was featured on the Writer's Almanac. Greensfelder shares about how her profession of psychology has influenced her poetry and about her latest book, Biting the Apple.

Randol White - KCBX News

Two of the busiest airports in the nation are expected to be right here in California during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Some experts predict this year will be the busiest for air travel since the start of the recession.

SLO Citizens for Measure G, Facebook Page

  Measure G passed Tuesday Night in San Luis Obispo, overwhelmingly with slightly more than 70 percent of the vote.

The Measure will continue the 1/2 cent sales tax in the city which is currently represented by Measure Y. Supporters of the Measure G committee include former elected leaders, community activists, environmentalists and some small business owners.

Recently re-elected Mayor of San Luis Obispo, Jan Marx, says she is glad the measure passed because they city would have faced budget cuts otherwise.

A Cal Poly fraternity is on suspension while the university investigates a reported sexual assault.

According to a university crime alert email sent out to the campus community, a woman reported being assaulted at the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house on Foothill Boulevard during a Halloween party on Saturday.

The woman said she believes she was drugged.

"When the survivor awoke a white male with blond hair and blue eyes with the first name of Jake was engaging in sexual activity without her consent," the letter stated.