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December 2009

Thousand Oaks voters to settle controversy over Measure B June 3rd

12/31/2009 3:59pm    Download MP3

Is it a plan which will allow voters to control traffic in Thousand Oaks, or is it an effort by a big box retailer to block a competitor? KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the Measure B controversy.

For access to ballot arguments,

and campaign contribtion records,

click on this link to the City of Thousand Oaks: http://www.ci.thousand-oaks.ca.us/

Ventura County neighborhood hit by flooding

12/24/2009 4:05pm    Download MP3

A Ventura County neighbrohhod is drying out, after being flooded by hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from an overflowing water tank. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks.

Holidays have special meaning for many facing health issues

12/23/2009 3:32pm    Download MP3

The holidays have special meaning for many of us. But...perhaps they mean the most to people who are facing, or who have survived life threatening illnesses. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at this subject, in the latest in our periodic series of health reports called "Health Dialogues".

Santa gets help with calls from kids through Santa Barbara phone bank

12/22/2009 10:09am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara is "Santa Central" for the next few days. An army of volunteers is giving kids from around the country the chance to talk to Santa Claus, and his helpers. KCLU's Lance Orozco explains how the 1-800-Santa Barbara information line ended up as Santa's hotline through December 24th.

Ventura County gets the chance to enjoy enjoy White Christmas

12/21/2009 10:16am    Download MP3

It may not snow in the Conjeo Valley, but the region can expect a "White Christmas" later this week. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new stage version of the classic movie musical will open December 26th in Ventura County. You can get show, and ticket information at this link.

New study by local university may help seniors with balance, bone strength

12/18/2009 10:26am    Download MP3

Can a focused exercise program help seniors with issues like balance, mobility, leg strength, and bone density? A nearly complete research project at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks is exploring the theory. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

New economic forecast predicts staggered national, state recoveries

12/17/2009 10:32am    Download MP3

Economic recovery is on the horizon for the U.S., and California, but it won't be coming in the near future...
according to economists with a new forecast center based at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand as the center released its very first report.

Controversy surrounds proposal to revamp Ventra County Treasurer-Tax Collector's post

12/16/2009 10:26am    Download MP3

Supporters call it a common sense idea to better protect Ventura County's billions of dollars in savings, and investments. But, a proposal to establish qualifications to run for the Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector's office has drawn angry responses from opponents, as well as from a local assemblywoman whose plans to run for the post have been derailed. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Religion, medicine relationship discussed

12/15/2009 2:49pm    Download MP3

What role does religion play in health care? KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at that question, in the latest segment of our periodic series of health reports called "Health Dialogues".

Chumash Museum in Ventura County celebrates 15th anniversary

12/14/2009 2:32pm    Download MP3

A little known Ventura County museum is bringing Native American culture to life. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at theis unique window into the region's history, which is built on the site of an ancient Chumash village.

Swine flu vaccine now widely available in Ventura, Santa Barbara counties

12/11/2009 10:34am    Download MP3

The swine flu related death toll in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties has now reached 17 people. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update on the local situation, including some good news about the availability of vaccine.

Roadside Santa finds happy home in Ventura County

12/10/2009 10:59am    Download MP3

It's a roadside icon...but most people don't know the story behind the giant Santa sclupture off the 101 freeway in Ventura County, and how it ended up there after decades in Santa Barbara County.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story of the Santa, which will be the focus of a half-marathon race December 13th, You can get more information on the race at www.santatothesea.com

Santa Barbara County looks at limits on medical marijuana dispensaries

12/9/2009 9:50am    Download MP3

The City of Santa Barbara has imposed a moratorium on the opening, and operation of new medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, Santa Barbara County is looking at the same idea. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the discussion.

Controversy brewing over Treasurer-Tax Collector's race in Ventura County

12/8/2009 9:09am    Download MP3

There's controversy about a proposal in Ventura County to enact new standards for one of the county's highest elected posts. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the brewing dispute over the Treasurer-Tax Collector's post, which is a wide open seat in 2010 due to the retirement of the current seatholder.

Local program provides audio books for those with disabilities

12/7/2009 10:04am    Download MP3

Imagine what life would be like if you were a student trying to get through school with vision problems, dyslexia, or total blindness.

A unique local program helps many people in that position, by turning educational material into audio recordings. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Social Justice issues in Ventura County examined in new study

12/4/2009 9:02am    Download MP3

The law says we are also supposed to be treated equally. But, that's not always the case. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at a just-released study which looks at the social justice issue in Ventura County.

Non-profits concerned about impacts of economic slump during holidays

12/3/2009 11:35am    Download MP3

With the economy still wobbly, and unemployment high, many social service agencies in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties say they're seeing some of the greatest demand in their histories for assistance. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the leaders of some non-profits about efforts to deal with spiking demand, and often dropping donations.

Call for new approach to deal with Isla Vista Halloween impacts

12/2/2009 10:26am    Download MP3

Many teens, and young adults think Isla vista's annual unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween party is nothing more than fun. But, Santa Barbara County officials are upset, because they end up with public safety, health, and cleanup costs approaching a million dollars annually. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports top county officials want to take a new look at tackling the issue.