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July 2008

Community hit by controversy over low income housing

7/31/2008 9:37am    Download MP3

Most Ventura and Santa Barbara county communities have spent the last decade trying to figure out how to meet the need for affordable housing. But, in Santa Paula, some people say they now have too much of a good thing, and want a moratorium on low income housing.

Constitution focus of national conference for teachers in Simi Valley

7/30/2008 9:28am    Download MP3

A group of teachers from around the country is in Ventura County, learning more about the Constitution from some of the nation's leading experts on the subject. It's part of an effort to better educate high school students about the Constitution.

Top playwrights come to Ventura County

7/29/2008 9:18am    Download MP3

Some of America's top cutting edge playwrights are visiting the South Coast, for a conference which may give their plays the final polish they need to get produced. KCLU looks at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Effort underway to help homeless South Coast veterans

7/25/2008 9:41am    Download MP3

What looks like a military camp off the 101 freeway in Ventura County is actually an effort to help homeless veterans in the region.

Ventura County gets pro football franchise --- for three weeks

7/24/2008 9:39am    Download MP3

Los Angeles still doesn't have a pro football team, but for the next three weeks...Oxnard will be home for one of the N-F-L's most popular franchises. The Dallas Cowboys will hold their annual summer training camp in Oxnard.

Popular beach faces controversy over plans for new facilities

7/23/2008 9:56am    Download MP3

Plans for a lifeguard tower, and restrooms at a South Coast beach have created a riptide of controversy, because of concerns about how the new complex would affect homeowners views. Ventura County supervisors made a final decision on the long simmering issue.

Kevin Costner to screen movie, perform concert to help Ventura groups

7/22/2008 10:35am    Download MP3

He built a Field of Dreams, and Danced with Wolves. Now....actor Kevin Costner is planning an event in Ventura County July 26th, to benefit a number of groups in his childhood hometown.

Gap Fire triggers flash flood, mudslide concerns

7/21/2008 9:30am    Download MP3

Even before the smoke started to clear from Santa Barbara county's Gap brushfire, community leaders were looking at another problem caused by the blaze. The fire stripped vegetation from thousands of acres of rugged mountainsides, creating the potential for flash floods, and mudslides this fall, and winter. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

New veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan not always informed about VA benefits

7/18/2008 9:10am    Download MP3

Local veterans assistance offiicials say there's much more help available than returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan realize, but the vets often don't know it's there, or to ask for it. We look at this issue in the latest segment of our periodic series of health reports, "Health Dialogues."

Proposal for new Miramar Resort reviewed by commission

7/17/2008 9:26am    Download MP3

After more than a year and a half of talk, it's decision time for a controversial proposal to rebuild, and reopen Montecito's Miramar Resort. Hundreds of people were on hand, as the Montecito Planning Commission considered the plan.

Debate over new offshore oil drilling proposal intensifies

7/16/2008 9:25am    Download MP3

The president's push for new offshore oil, and gas drilling off the US coastline is creating new debate about the longtime issue. That debate could become intense locally, with Santa Barbara county supervisors deciding to look, and perhaps take a stand on the proposal.

UCSB researcher makes possible breakthrough on causes of autism

7/15/2008 9:13am    Download MP3

Autism is a mysterious, and often devastating disorder which now affects one out of every 150 children in the United States. A U-C Santa Barbara researcher may have made an important breakthrough toward discovering its roots.

Photography exhibition in Santa Barbara salutes Hollywood photogs

7/14/2008 9:21am    Download MP3

When you think of Hollywood's star makers, you probably think of studio executives, producers, directors and agents. But...in the early years of the business...still photographers played a key role in the process. A just opened Santa Barbara Museum of Art exhibition pays tribute to those photographers, and their work.

Homelessness official visits Santa Barbara to talk about the problem

7/11/2008 9:11am    Download MP3

Despite the seeming affluence of our region, homelessness remains a major unsolved problem in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The nation's homelessness czar visited Santa Barbara, to support the county's new ten year plan to try to tackle the problem.

Farmworker vanpool program in Santa Barbara County draws praise, criticism

7/10/2008 9:25am    Download MP3

Should the government help provide transportation for farmerworkers to get to, and from work? A slow start for a pilot program in Santa Barbara County prompted a heated debate among top county officials.

Gap brush fire seen as warning for those in brushfire danger areas

7/9/2008 10:31am    Download MP3

Despite putting thousands of homes at risk, firefighters were able to keep Santa Barbara county's "Gap" Brushfire from burning homes. High fire danger zones on the South Coast should consider this a wakeup call, to make sure they're prepared for the threat.

Photo: Photo courtesy John Palminteri.
Firefighters talk about challenges posed by Gap brushfire

7/8/2008 9:54am    Download MP3

Firefighters saved thousands of homes threatened by the "Gap" brushfire in Santa Barbara County. But, now the fire is moving into rugged mountain areas that haven't burned in decades, making it difficult to get control of the blaze.

Some affected by Gap Fire talk about experience

7/7/2008 9:29am    Download MP3

KCLU looks at how the Gap Fire affected one family, and what the Red Cross has been doing locally to help.

New laws for cell phone use in vehicles take effect July 1, 2008

7/1/2008 9:48am    Download MP3

Starting this morning, you'll no longer be able to drive down the road while chatting with a cellphone next to your ear. Two new laws regarding cellphone use went into effect at 12:01 this morning. KCLU's Lance Orozco has all the details.