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  • Trustees approve cuts and layoffs for Cuesta College

    April 5, 2012 2:23 AM

    The Board of Trustees for Cuesta College approved a budget reduction plan Wednesday night that includes more than a dozen layoffs and furlough days. The 2012-2013 budget proposal also asked 50 full and part time employees to take pay cuts. It's been a long road for Cuesta College and... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Education rally planned in Paso Robles Wednesday

    May 19, 2010 2:44 AM

    Enough is enough. That is what local school employees have to say about cuts to education. The San Luis Obispo County chapter of the California School Employees Association or CSEA and California Advocates United to Save Education are having a rally in Paso Robles Wednesday. It will be... 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 »
  • Special education teachers receive layoff notices

    March 11, 2010 9:33 PM

    Special needs instructors in San Luis Obispo have a big job. They teach adults with disabilities job skills and now they're the latest group to fall victim to the state's budget crisis. The San Luis Coastal Unified School District has notified ten teachers they could lose their jobs at... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Libraries to face cuts in San Luis Obispo County

    November 12, 2009 9:09 PM

    Fourteen positions will be eliminated at libraries throughout San Luis Obispo County, beginning next year. Not only will they face cuts in personnel, but library hours may also be reduced. The county said it's trying to work this out, especially since the number of people using the libraries... more »

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