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  • Santa Maria breaks ground on first northeast fire station

    July 14, 2011 9:36 PM

    Santa Maria broke ground today on its first fire station on the northeast side of town, but the city says it can't afford to fully staff it. The new fire station will be built on the corner of Donovan and Suey Road. The city is building the $2.3 million... more »
  • SB County budget approved; SM jail goes part time

    June 17, 2011 9:23 PM

    The Santa Maria jail will only stay open three days a week. Santa Barbara county supervisors approved the 2011-2012 budget after five days of intense discussion. They allocated $360,000 for the Santa Maria jail. That's enough to keep it open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8pm-4am. The decision to... more »
  • Santa Maria Jail will stay open part time

    June 17, 2011 3:46 PM

    The Santa Maria jail will remain open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8pm-4am. All other days local law enforcement in north county will have to cite and release anyone they arrest or transport them to the main jail in Goleta. The decision is just a part of the 2011-2012... more »
  • Senate leader ponders budget cuts to GOP districts

    April 27, 2011 7:15 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate says he is interested in the possibility of targeting Republican districts for budget cuts if GOP lawmakers continue their refusal to let Californians vote on tax extensions. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday told reporters he has... more »
  • Community colleges likely to slash enrollment

    March 31, 2011 1:34 PM

    Students looking to attend a community college next year may have even more trouble finding a seat. California's 112 community colleges may be forced to enroll 400,000 fewer students and cut thousands of classes unless the state's budget improves. The chancellor said the funding cuts are tragic for students... more »
  • New jail for Santa Barbara County depends on county and state budgets

    February 17, 2011 9:31 PM

    There is still a big need for a new jail in Santa Barbara county to address overcrowding after voters failed to pass Measure "S" last November. The sheriff's office is waiting to see what the county and state budgets look like before laying out any more plans. The current... more »
  • College could face record budget crunch

    February 3, 2011 10:02 PM

    Tough times for Allan Hancock College. The school could face one of the worst budget crunches in its history if a plan by Governor Jerry Brown goes through. Hancock is just one of many community colleges that could be hit hard by the governor's proposed budget cuts. If the... more »
  • Gov. Brown urges lawmakers to let voters decide on tax increases

    February 1, 2011 1:28 AM

    Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State address tonight to a divided legislature. Brown urged lawmakers to let people decide if they want to extend tax increases or make deeper cuts to California's budget. Lawmakers must find some way to close a $25.4 billion budget gap. ... more »
  • LA decides to lease parking garages for cash

    January 13, 2011 12:39 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to lease several parking garages to private operators to boost the city's depleted coffers. City News Service reports the council also decided Wednesday to grant concessions to business and community groups that have been seeking continued discounts on parking fees,... more »
  • State budget cuts target higher education

    January 11, 2011 2:21 AM

    There could be significant cuts to higher education in California. The state university system is the the country's largest four year system, and is facing cuts as large as 18 percent. Governor Brown's tough budget would hit higher education hard. "I think we all knew it was coming,... more »
  • LA's budget panel struggles with fiscal woes

    January 10, 2011 11:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Members of the Los Angeles City Council's budget panel are split over how to deal with a $350 million shortfall in the next fiscal year that starts in July. The Los Angeles Times reports the committee on Monday asked City Administrative Office Miguel Santana for additional suggestions... more »
  • LA's budget panel struggle with fiscal woes

    January 10, 2011 11:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Members of the Los Angeles City Council's budget panel are split over how to deal with a $350 million shortfall in the next fiscal year that starts in July. The Los Angeles Times reports the committee on Monday asked City Administrative Office Miguel Santana for additional suggestions... more »
  • Local residents and community leaders reacting to Governor's proposed budget

    January 10, 2011 1:33 PM

    Local residents and community leaders are reacting to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget. According to a press release from Brown's office, it will slash spending by $12.5 billion. The Governor said his realignment plan, which he called "vast and historic," will return decisions and authority to cities, counties... more »
  • SB County budget deficit could reach $90 million

    January 7, 2011 9:28 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders are bracing for massive cuts to handle this year's budget shortfall. County leaders say in the worst case, this year's budget deficit could be as much as $90 million. That's more than double last year's shortfall of about $40 million. The county employs close to... more »
  • Santa Barbara County supervisors face another large-scale deficit

    January 7, 2011 1:22 PM

    Despite an economic upturn, Santa Barbara County is looking at 60-90 million dollar budget deficit as we kick off the new year. County supervisors say 90 million is a worse case scenario. Some of the options include job cuts, curbing employee pensions, and fewer board of supervisor meetings. ... more »
  • Number of families waiting for after-school program grows

    November 15, 2010 2:07 PM

    There is a long list of families waiting to get their kids into the Santa Maria Bonita School District's after-school program. District leaders say the numbers have gone up since the state cut child care funding for low-income families. Watch KSBY News tonight at 5 and 6 to... more »
  • Local agencies get long-awaited funding after state budget passes

    October 8, 2010 9:11 PM

    California Lawmakers have finally passed a state budget after a record 100 day impasse. The state senate passed the budget 27-9, bridging a 19 billion dollar budget deficit. The budget package contains no new taxes or fees, but the plan also *delays nearly two billion dollars in payments to... more »
  • Thousands of students head back to class

    August 16, 2010 3:25 PM

    Students in the Santa Maria Bonita School District started classes today. For kindergartners going to school for the first time, it can be a scary process and the separation anxiety often plagues parents as well. Tonight at 5:00 on KSBY News, we'll talk to those parents and get the... more »
  • Cal Poly has first new president in 30 years

    August 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    Dr. Robert Glidden has an extensive background in higher education, but will face some big budget challenges as Cal Poly's interim president. Glidden took the helm from retiring Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker Aug. 1. President Glidden will guide Cal Poly through the CSU's search for a new... more »
  • Locals rally against proposed cuts to health services

    July 30, 2010 2:26 AM

    Dozens rallied in San Luis Obispo today protesting billions of dollars in cuts to services they depend on. Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing $6 billion in cuts to California's Health and Human Services. Seniors and the disabled are among those who will be impacted. They marched from Mitchell Park... more »
  • Local museums feel impacts of stubborn economy

    July 20, 2010 9:27 PM

    Some exist to teach and inspire while others are around to preserve pieces of history, but our museums are not immune to the harsh economy. They rely on a significant amount of fundraising and public support. The Museum of Flight is the home of aviation history in Santa Maria,... more »
  • Special election has high stakes for California politics

    June 21, 2010 2:29 PM

    Voters will soon decide who should fill Abel Maldonado's 15th Senate seat. It's a hotly contested race between Republican Sam Blakeslee from San Luis Obispo and Democrat John Laird from Santa Cruz with a significant impact. A win for Laird would put the Democrats within one seat of having a... more »
  • Balancing budget doesn't solve city's problems

    June 9, 2010 10:09 PM

    While economists say the recession is over, Santa Maria city leaders don't expect the budget picture to improve anytime soon. The city council is expected to approve the 2010-2012 budget next Tuesday. The city is currently in a hiring freeze and says employee furlough days will likely continue through... more »
  • City leaders prepare to squeeze out a balanced budget

    June 9, 2010 2:05 PM

    The Santa Maria city council is expected to approve the 2010-2012 budget next week, but city leaders say they don't see the city's financial situation improving anytime soon. The city is currently in a hiring freeze and says employee furlough days will likely continue through the end of 2011. ... more »
  • Budget cuts could close county jail in Santa Maria

    June 4, 2010 9:47 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department could shut down the Santa Maria jail to help balance the budget. The North County jail is located off Foster Road in Santa Maria. Shutting it down could save the county more than a million dollars. Without that jail, the C-H-P, Guadalupe Police... more »
  • 2nd District race centers around the budget

    June 1, 2010 2:11 PM

    The race for Santa Barbara County's 2nd district Supervisor is a rematch from the 2006 election. It pits Dr. Dan Secord against current county supervisor and chair Janet Wolf. Most of the debate has focused on how the county has handled its 40 million dollar budget deficit. Wolf says... more »
  • County leaders reach deal with labor unions

    May 25, 2010 10:01 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders reached a deal with a few county labor groups to save millions of dollars and help balance the budget. After months of discussion, the concessions by the unions total almost 10 million dollars. Workers have agreed to defer a 2.5 percent wage increase until June... more »
  • Locals hold budget rally in San Luis Obispo

    May 14, 2010 2:46 AM

    California's budget woes are on the minds of people all across the state, including here at home. On the eve of Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget announcement, a dozen people rallied in San Luis Obispo outside of Assemblymember Sam Blakeslee's office. They want to encourage him to support getting rid... more »
  • School board to fill vacancies left by principals and superintendent

    May 10, 2010 9:34 PM

    Budget cuts aren't the only concern now for the Templeton School Board. The superintendent recently announced she is stepping down. Deborah Bowers has served as superintendent for the last four years. Two principals will also leave at the end of the school year. Deborah Bowers has been in... more »
  • New fire chief ready to take charge

    April 20, 2010 9:36 PM

    Santa Maria's new fire chief says he's ready to take command, despite recent budget cuts. Jeff Jones has been the interim fire chief for the last six months. He replaced Frank Ortiz, who retired after twelve years with the city. He says it won't be easy. Jones faces staffing... more »
  • Sexual assault Survivors speak about importance of local crisis center

    April 14, 2010 1:50 PM

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the North County Rape Crisis Center is asking for your support to help keep its doors open. The center has offices in Santa Maria and Lompoc, where they help more than 15,000 people each year, offering free support, education, and prevention services. ... more »
  • City leaders face $8 million budget gap

    March 16, 2010 9:25 PM

    Santa Maria city leaders have a big budget battle ahead of them. City councilmembers are meeting tonight to figure out how to close an $8 million budget gap. Cutting department budgets and more furlough days are among the possible options. While nothing is final, the cuts are concerning city... more »
  • $8 million deficit means more cuts for Santa Maria

    March 16, 2010 1:33 PM

    Santa Maria city leaders must find a way to fill an $8 million dollar budget gap by the end of June. Tonight, the city council will look a various options to cut costs. Some of those options include new planning fees, cutting department budgets by three, six, or nine percent,... more »
  • Hancock College rallies against state budget cuts

    March 5, 2010 12:25 AM

    Students and staff at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria are fighting back and speaking out. The college is facing more than $2 million in budget cuts for the upcoming year. That's in addition to a $4.5 million dollar cut from last year. Student services have been slashed and... more »
  • Students, teachers rally to protest education cuts

    March 4, 2010 11:52 AM

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Millions of students, teachers and parents are expected to rally throughout California and many other states to protest deep cuts in funding for schools and universities. Demonstrations, marches, teach-ins and walkouts are planned nationwide Thursday in what is being called the "March 4th National Day... more »
  • Paso Robles school district to lay off 52 teachers

    March 3, 2010 11:42 AM

    Paso Robles Joint Union High School District officials have made some tough choices to deal with the district's projected $7.4 million dollar budget shortfall for the next school year. The district has announced plans to layoff 52 teachers and two administrators as a way to save some necessary cash. ... more »
  • Poll: Californians want budget cuts, not new taxes

    March 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new survey shows half of California voters prefer closing the state's projected $20 billion budget deficit through spending cuts rather than tax increases. The Field Poll, which was released Tuesday, shows 29 percent favor an equal mix of cuts and tax hikes. Just 13 percent... more »
  • Calif. continues cuts for developmentally disabled

    March 1, 2010 7:07 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a budget-related bill that continues a spending cut for programs that assist the disabled. The state Senate passed the legislation Monday after it was approved last week in the Assembly. The bill continues a 3 percent reduction for... more »
  • California judge rules state furloughs illegal, orders back pay

    February 26, 2010 10:17 PM

    A court ruling could put more money in the hands of thousands of state workers. An Alameda County judge ruled Thursday that Governor Schwarzenegger illegally furloughed more than 50,000 state employees. The state must now pay all employees their full salaries and stop the three-day per month furloughs.... more »
  • Paso Robles Joint Unified School District enacts freezes to deal with budget shortfall

    February 26, 2010 11:49 AM

    The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has taken some major steps to address the $2.3 million budget shortfall for this school year. District officials have enacted a district-wide budget freeze. That means the district will not be hiring any new employees, purchasing any materials and supplies not on... more »
  • High school district leaders will take furlough days

    February 26, 2010 1:27 AM

    Santa Maria High School District leaders are making personal sacrifices to balance the budget. The superintendent and the entire management team of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District will be taking seven furlough days, two before June and five during the next school year. The furloughs save... more »
  • Santa Barbara School District approves list of $6 million in budget cuts

    February 24, 2010 7:23 PM

    The Santa Barbara School Districts' Board of Education voted Wednesday on a list that would reduce costs by some $6 million to balance out the 2010-2011 budget. The board approved the Fiscal Solvency Plan to fill the budget gap. Some tough choices had to be made and, in the... more »
  • San Luis Obispo approves hiring freeze as part of budget plan

    February 24, 2010 2:53 AM

    The City of San Luis Obispo is now under a hiring freeze. It's all part of a plan to save some cash. A recent budget review found the city had seen a big drop in revenues. On Tuesday night, city council members took a look at the entire mid-year budget... more »
  • County leaders get budget input from departments and public

    February 23, 2010 9:25 PM

    A $40 million deficit leaves Santa Barbara County Supervisors no choice but to make massive cuts. The question remains. . .where? The board heard presentations from department leaders about where to make possible cuts. The Sheriff's Department could be hit the hardest followed by County fire. County leaders are... more »
  • County leaders discuss bleak budget picture

    February 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders will hear from various department heads at today's Board of Supervisors meeting as they present a worst-case scenario for budget cuts. The county is facing a $40 million budget deficit and has asked department leaders to cut a combined $52 million. That's equal to 392... more »
  • Massive county budget cuts could shut down Santa Maria jail

    February 22, 2010 9:32 PM

    Santa Barbara County leaders are meeting tomorrow to sort out a nightmare budget situation as they look to fill a $40 million deficit. That's about 20 percent of the county's $200 million budget. County officials blame the majority of the deficit on rising costs. In total, they're asking department... more »
  • County supervisors looking at massive budget cuts

    February 22, 2010 9:23 PM

    $40 million. That's how much red ink Santa Barbara County leaders are dealing with and massive layoffs are possible. The county's deficit makes up about 20 percent of the its 200 million dollar budget. County officials blame the majority of the deficit on rising costs. In total, they're asking... more »
  • Santa Barbara County leaders face $40 million budget deficit

    February 22, 2010 2:25 PM

    A bleak budget picture for Santa Barbara County will be discussed in raw detail Tuesday. The county is facing a nearly $40 million budget shortfall for its 2010-2011 fiscal year. Overall, county departments need to cut around $52 million, which works out to 392 jobs. The greatest impacts could... more »
  • School districts work to fill budget holes

    February 18, 2010 6:02 PM

    Santa Maria schools are facing more cuts this year, but district leaders say it's too soon to tell exactly what those might be. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has put together a budget advisory committee examining more than 200 possible options. Those include everything from program cuts,... more »
  • Cuesta College cuts could flood Hancock College summer enrollment

    February 3, 2010 9:37 PM

    Hancock College may have its hands full this summer after Cuesta College announced it's eliminating most of its summer courses. Cuesta says it had to cut the classes due to a lack of funding. Many of those students may look to attend Hancock College instead. That would create more... more »
  • Aquatic center reopens after budget cuts

    January 12, 2010 10:06 PM

    The Lompoc Aquatic Center has kept from going under. It opened again this week, after budget cuts temporarily shut it down. The move displaced some local athletic teams and dedicated swimmers. Several employees were also furloughed. The center says in six weeks, it saved tens of thousands on personnel and... more »

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