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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.

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Cascarones — or confetti eggs — are a long-standing Mexican tradition. Chicken eggs are hollowed out, cleaned and decorated, then filled with toys or confetti. And often, the resulting party favor is then cracked over people's heads as a gag. The colorful creations are frequently seen around Easter, as well as other holidays and festivals, like Santa Barbara’s Fiesta, a celebration of the city’s culture and heritage. But this year, state officials descended on the event, threatening to issue citations to cascarones vendors, unless they started paying state taxes on their sales.

Playing With Food: In the kitchen gardens

Jul 25, 2018
Fr Ian M Delinger

Gardens across the Central Coast are busting with fruits and vegetables! Just as you might be utilizing your backyard bounty, so too are some bigger operations. Father Ian visits kitchen gardens that feed large groups of people in a college cafeteria and an upscale restaurant. Discover how garden-to-table is improving the way we eat out on Playing With Food.

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Santa Barbara officials decided this week to join other cities like San Luis Obispo in banning plastic straws and polystyrene. Most in attendance at Tuesday’s city council meeting were in support of the ban, but questions were raised about enacting one-size-fits-all rules for everyone.

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Santa Barbara city officials unanimously passed an emergency ordinance this week to regulate electric scooter rentals. City officials were not pleased that Santa Barbara was was used as launch site for the newest trend in ride sharing services.

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.  

Greta Mart

It’s been one month since intense rain squalls fell on the hills above Montecito, triggering an avalanche of mud, water and boulders that killed nearly two dozen people and destroyed hundreds of homes. 

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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.

Murillo leads for Santa Barbara mayor

Nov 7, 2017
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Santa Barbara voters have chosen Cathy Murillo as the city’s next mayor, according to the semi-official results published by the county's election office on election night. 

KCBX Two-Way: Santa Barbara's mayoral election

Nov 2, 2017
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In Santa Barbara, the city manager is tasked with overseeing the budget and running the day-to-day operations. But the mayor is the face of the city, and responsible for building coalitions that lead to effective city council votes and action. Santa Barbara voters are currently deciding who will be the city's next mayor.

Becerra and Carbajal host Santa Barbara town hall

Aug 25, 2017
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal are hosting a town hall Saturday in Santa Barbara. Joining them will be California Assemblymember Monique Limon and California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. 

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Santa Barbara residents are now drinking treated seawater when they turn on their taps. City officials announced Tuesday the Santa Barbara water distribution system now includes water from the city’s long-shuttered - but recently reactivated - desalination plant. 

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, stages three and four of the Amgen Tour of California professional bicycle race are taking place on the Central Coast. 

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On Earth Day this year, the March for Science took place around the globe. There were 43 marches in cities and towns around California; here on the Central Coast marches were held in Monterey, Cambria, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.

The March for Science is taking place on Saturday, April 22. In what is now a global event, scientists and those who support science-based evidence will be hitting the streets in mass marches, similar to the Women’s March on January 21. In a mission statement, organizers say the event “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” 

Local government roundup: 04/03/2017

Apr 3, 2017

A main focus at Tuesday’s San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting will concern groundwater basins and alleged violations of state law by some of the supervisors.

The allegations stem from the March 7 board meeting during which - without any prior public notice or discussion - Supervisor Arnold made a motion for the county to become the agency responsible for managing the area's groundwater basins. Supervisors Peschong and Compton’s supporting votes passed the motion that significantly changed policy. 

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Phillippa Bisou is the board president of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network, or SBTAN. Friday on the UC Santa Barbara campus, SBTAN is hosting a Transgender Day of Visibility celebration. 

Greta Mart

An estimated 10,000 women, men and children turned out Saturday to participate in the Women’s March San Luis Obispo. Another estimated 10,000 people attended the Santa Barbara march. Similar events took place around the world and in many U.S. cities; all were sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the nation’s capitol one day after the presidential inauguration. 

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A series of Central Coast events featuring candidates for President of the United States is underway, and it started Wednesday afternoon with Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton in Salinas. 

An organization that financially supports female business leaders in Santa Barbara is celebrating its 25th year, this year. 

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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.

Greg Perry, KCBX Net

The Amgen Tour of California is coming to a couple Central Coast cities next month and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at those locations. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Update: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 4:41 p.m.

The man suspected of killing a Santa Barbara-area family is facing three counts of First Degree Murder with a possibility for the Death Penalty if found guilty.

The number of candidates vying to succeed Lois Capps as the Central Coast representative in Congress is one less.

Santa Barbara Democrat Jeff Oshins announced Friday he is withdrawing from the 24th Congressional District race.

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Orchid experts and enthusiasts from around the world are coming to the Central Coast this weekend for the 71st Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. KCBX's Lisa Osborn speaks with George Hatfield, president of this year's show, who calls the event 'the Disneyland of orchids' because it offers something for everyone.

City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara is in the planning stage for a new public park on 14.7 acres of land purchased this week. 

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A well-known Central Coast businessman is investing heavily in a new project that's aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups.

Santa Barbara Fire Department

Businesses and roads opened Tuesday afternoon after a gas line break in Santa Barbara shut down a portion of the lower State Street area.

CDC - James Gathany

Concern over the Zika virus is growing in California as an outbreak of the disease continues to spread in Central and South American countries. 

Starting the new year with meaningful rituals

Jan 20, 2016
Ken Pfeiffer Photography

A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. Lisa Osborn speaks with Suzanne Marlow a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist who offers some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude.

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