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February 2008

Transportation expert leads walkability tours of Ventura

2/29/2008 9:28am    Download MP3

A South Coast community is being put to the test by one of America's leading transportation experts. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports he's trying to help the City of Ventura assess its "walkability", or...how pedestrian friendly it is.

Memorial service for Santa Barbara City College student

2/28/2008 9:07am    Download MP3

Hundreds of students, faculty members, and friends were on hand for a memorial service at Santa Barbara City College, for Brianna Dennison, a student who was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered during a visit to her hometown in Nevada. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update.

Community reading events take off on South Coast

2/27/2008 9:54am    Download MP3

Efforts to stimulate interest in reading through community reading events are taking off on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports thousands of people are participating in events in Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

SB Rescue Mission leading center for substance abuse treatment

2/26/2008 9:52am    Download MP3

There's a non-profit agency on the South Coast well known for providing food, and shelter for those in need. But...most don't know the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has helped hundreds of people beat alcohol, and drug addiction, through its nationally recognized substance abuse treatment program. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Drive underway to try to tighten sexual offender laws

2/25/2008 9:47am    Download MP3

A South Coast legislator is trying to get what he calls loopholes in the law surrounding sexual offenders closed. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

UCSB economist says slow growth, but no recession on tap for region

2/22/2008 9:07am    Download MP3

Local economists say talk of a recession for the South Coast this year is overblown, but that we're definitely seeking a slump in growth. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Researchers unravel mystery of blue whale deaths in Santa Barbara Channel

2/21/2008 9:46am    Download MP3

It made headlines last year. A number of blue whales turned up dead off our coastline. Two researchers say we now know not only what caused the deaths, but what lured the whales into the dangerous situations which killed them.

Santa Barbara County to move ahead on new jail

2/20/2008 9:34am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County supervisors gave conceptual approval to the largest public works project in the county's history...an 80 million dollar new jail, intended to ease decades of jail overcrowding. But...it could eventually mean new taxes for Santa Barbara County residents.

Calobster project gives insidght into impacts of marine reserves

2/19/2008 9:39am    Download MP3

A new research project is gathering data on how controversial marine reserves may be impacting one type of sea life off our coastline.

NBC Nightly News anchor talks about media bias, media issues

2/18/2008 9:13am    Download MP3

Is the news media biased? Should cameras be allowed inside the Supreme Court, to cover their discussions? Those are some of the issues being discussed by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams during a visit to the South Coast. KCLU has the story.

New research shows widespread human impacts on oceans

2/15/2008 9:34am    Download MP3

A U-C Santa Barbara based research project is presenting startling new evidence of environmental damage to the world's oceans. It's called the first comprehensive global mapping of human impacts to our oceans. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with some of the researchers.
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Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez plays on South Coast

2/14/2008 9:25am    Download MP3

A Grammy Award winning jazz legend is going to perform on the South Coast, as a Ventura Jazz Festival event. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks wtih Poncho Sanchez about his music, and his career.

New 300 bed jail recommended for Santa Barbara County

2/13/2008 9:32am    Download MP3

For decades, Santa Barbara County has faced a major jail overcrowding crisis, but has failed to deal with it. Now...a new report outlines a plan to deal with the situation...but, no one is sure how to pay for it.

Pro bike race in region requiring extensive drug testing for competitors

2/12/2008 9:30am    Download MP3

The nation's largest pro bike race, the Amgen Tour of California, passes though Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties this month. The race has adopted some of the toughest anti-doping guidelines in pro sports, to try to prevent controversy.

California Brown pelicans make big comeback from near extinction

2/11/2008 9:09am    Download MP3

They were once close to extinction. Now...a species of birds which lives off the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines has made such a comeback officials want to remove them from the endangered species list. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the battle to save California Brown Pelicans.

South Coast music festival lets audiences hang out with musicians

2/8/2008 9:53am    Download MP3

Imagine getting to chat with some world class musicians about their music before, and after they perform...and perhaps even get to watch them from onstage. That's part of the idea of a new South Coast music festival called "Music Exposed," taking place at Ventura College.

Researchers studying California islands gather to share findings

2/7/2008 9:08am    Download MP3

Efforts to restore manmade damage to the environment in the Channel Islands are going well. That's one of the conclusions of scientists meeting at a major research conference on California's islands in Ventura County.

Santa Barbara, Ventura County voters weigh in on Super Tuesday

2/6/2008 9:03am    Download MP3

California Democrats said yes to Hillary Clinton, and the State's Republicans overwhelmingly endorsed John McCain. KCLU looks at local election numbers...and talks with a local university political science professor, Herb Gooch, about the results.

Tutoring program helps kids in Santa Barbara, Ventura counties

2/5/2008 9:30am    Download MP3

The "School on Wheels" program is helping homeless do well in school, by sending volunteer tutors into shelters, motels, and wherever else the kids are staying.

Voters to decide fate of community college funding proposal

2/4/2008 8:54am    Download MP3

KCLU takes a final pre-election day look at Proposition 92, a controversial proposal to require guaranteed funding for the state's community colleges. We talk with a local community college president, as well as a Cal State University president.

Former California governor speaks out on health care, budget crisis

2/1/2008 9:32am    Download MP3

He's a former California Governor...and supporter of current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. But...longtime Republican leader Pete Wilson is opposing the Governor on some major issues, like universal health insurance, and the Indian Gaming initiatives. KCLU talks with Wilson.