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Greta Mart

Radio/Print Reporter

California/Alaska

Greta Mart

Radio news director at KRCB's newly-expanded newsroom broadcasting at 104.9 FM, covering California's Sonoma County.

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CA State Parks to work on finalizing Oceano Dunes work plan

January 24 is the deadline to submit public comment on a draft long-term plan by California State Parks for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA). Part of the plan calls for development of the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area. State Parks is proposing to pave the area and create a new campground for RVs, cabins and tents, but many Central Coast residents are against it.
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New settlement agrees on $3.9 billion to decommission Diablo Canyon

A proposed settlement agreement has been reached regarding the decommissioning of the Central Coast’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The agreement is between several groups—including San Luis Obispo County, the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, the Utility Reform Network—and plant owner Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
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Support for families and individuals facing mental illness returns to Santa Maria

An all-volunteer nonprofit focused on supporting those with mental illness and their families is expanding into Santa Maria. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has chapters in over 1,000 places around the U.S, but until now, the group’s offerings were hard to access for those living in northern Santa Barbara County.
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North SLO county groundwater management plan goes to state

San Luis Obispo County officials adopted a management plan for a portion of the county’s groundwater Tuesday. It’s a plan required under California’s 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act—or SGMA—a law that, for the first time in California’s history, placed rules on the use of groundwater, which supplies up to two-thirds of the state’s fresh water.
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Issues & Ideas: Resource Conservation Districts

Have you heard of Resource Conservation Districts—or RCDs? They are organizations focused on helping landowners make the most of their resources, and much of the work of the RCD in Templeton is with vineyards and agriculturists in northern San Luis Obispo County. RCDs serve as a bridge between government agencies like the California Department of Food and Agriculture and farmers and vineyard owners.
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California halts new fracking permits

California Governor Gavin Newsom's administration has announced the state will issue no new fracking permits for oil companies. The California Department of Conservation says in the interest of public health and safety it will issue no new permits for companies that would use high-pressure steam to break oil formations below ground.
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Monterey County speeds up tenant protections

For Central Coast renters, this holiday season may turn bleak as many receive eviction notices. A new state law aims to protect tenants, particularly from no-fault evictions. But some landlords are now sharply raising rents or sending out required 60-day and 30-day eviction notices now before the law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
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State commission investigates conflict-of-interest claim in SLO all-electric building vote

Santa Rosa and Pacifica are the latest California cities to draft local laws aiming to curb the use of natural gas infrastructure in new construction. It’s part of a push to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. San Luis Obispo city officials voted once, in early September, to pass a similar ordinance on what’s called decarbonization.
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Issues & Ideas: Military recruitment at high schools, eviction and a plan for a local WWII memorial

On this week’s Issues & Ideas: Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group working to reduce the presence of military recruiters on high school campuses. We hear the group's concerns and what they are doing to expand access to information about post-high school options for teens. We also hear the perspectives of a Santa Maria Joint Unified School District administrator, and the U.S.
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New Styrofoam ban to take effect across SLO County next spring

Products made out of polystyrene and expanded polystyrene (EPS)—commonly known as Styrofoam—will soon be prohibited in all of San Luis Obispo County. A years-long effort by many to pass a countywide ordinance aimed at stopping the use of polystyrene ended Wednesday. The ban will go into effect in six months.
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Discovering a passion for nature through scientific field studies at Paso Robles High School

October 4 is the application deadline for Paso Robles High School students. That’s if they want to take part in an upcoming trip to Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands. The trip is part of a Paso High program called the Fields Studies Collaborative. The FSC brings students to unique places to conduct real-world research and learn from the environment, and from each other.
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San Luis Obispo moves forward on bike-share pilot program

San Luis Obispo is one step closer to joining Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz in creating a bike-share program. The San Luis Obispo city council this week gave the go ahead for the creation of a pilot program, but it's not expected to start until the fall of 2020 or even the spring of 2021. At the end, most council members expressed cautious optimism that a bike-share program could work in the city.

About

Greta Mart

As news director at KRCB, the NPR member station covering California's Sonoma County, Greta is the evening news anchor delivering local news during NPR's "All Things Considered." She leads a newsroom of three full-time reporters, stringers and interns.

From 2016 to 2021, Greta was news director at KCBX, covering Salinas to Santa Barbara. She produced and delivered the nightly newscasts, produced and interviewed newsmakers for a weekly news magazine and was responsible for local news content on the KCBX website, training interns and forging new partnerships with area and statewide news outlets.

Prior to joining KCBX, Greta served as acting news director, reporter and news anchor at KUCB, a public radio station in Unalaska, Alaska, covering the Aleutian Islands. She's also worked as a public radio reporter in Sitka and Haines, Alaska. In May 2015, Greta earned a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Prior to attending the J-School and transitioning into public radio journalism, Greta was a newspaper reporter for over a decade. Port Townsend, WA is her hometown and she lives aboard her ’30 Catalina at the Berkeley Marina.