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June 2009

Whooping cough hits South Coast

6/30/2009 10:42am    Download MP3

It's a totally preventable illness, with proper vaccinations. But, there's still an outbreak of Whooping Cough right now on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Santa Barbara, and Ventura County health officials working to contain the problem.

Ventura County production of Macbeth hit by curse?

6/29/2009 11:24am    Download MP3

Legend has it that one of Shakespeare's most famous plays is jinxed, or hexed. Whether you believe it or not, a new version of Macbeth now running on the South Coast has been hit by some 14 incidents....ranging from illness, to accidents. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Michael Jackson attorney reflects on pop star's life

6/26/2009 11:54am    Download MP3

As the world, and the South Coast cope with the shock of the death of pop music superstar Michael Jackson, KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to a Santa Barbara attorney who knew Jackson for more than a decade, representing him in some highly publicized court cases.

Power line controversy focus of public hearing

6/25/2009 9:16am    Download MP3

A power company servicing the South Coast says it needs to upgrade some facilities to maintain service. But, some people are upset over possible environmental, and aestetic impacts of the plan. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the controversy, which is the focus of a public hearing in Ventura County.

Santa Barbara County looks at setting up loan program for homeowners to install solar power

6/24/2009 9:32am    Download MP3

Many South Coast homeowners may soon get the chance to buy solar power systems for their homes, using a unique new loan program. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ventura County water providers consider desalination facilities to replace state water

6/23/2009 10:49am    Download MP3

It's long been considered to be salty, unusable water under a big chunk of Ventura County. But, it could be the answer to the region's growing water supply problems. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports that work is underway on a project which could clean up this water, and make it usable.

Local healthcare providers talk about latest universal healthcare proposals

6/22/2009 9:12am    Download MP3

After efforts to create a universal healthcare plan in California fizzled last year, the idea is getting a new boost at the national level by President Obama. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to some local health professionals about their views of this latest effort.

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice parade gears up to welcome summer

6/19/2009 9:38am    Download MP3

Take some Mardi Gras costumes, some performance art, and the imagination behind a Disneyland Parade....mix them all up...and you have something like Santa Barbara's annual Summer Solstice Parade. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on final preparations underway for the parade.

Update shows early success with program to battle chronic homelessness in Santa Barbara County

6/18/2009 9:42am    Download MP3

Those involved in a major effort in the region to get the chronically homeless off the streets, and into housing, and assistance programs say it's showing some early success. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Officials say efforts to control spills at onshore oil and gas facilities making progress

6/17/2009 1:04pm    Download MP3

New efforts to control spills at onshore oil, and gas spills in Santa Barbara County may finally be having an impact on the problem. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update on the situation.

Non-profits join forces in Santa Barbara County to improve disaster preparedness

6/16/2009 9:39am    Download MP3

A coalition of more than 30 non-profit groups on the South Coast is spearheading an effort to better coordinate disaster response. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on the effort, which is officially being unveiled today.

Could an El Nino weather pattern be on the way for the South Coast?

6/15/2009 8:42am    Download MP3

After years of dry weather....and dangerous fire conditions...could an El Nino pattern...and heavy rainfall finally be on the way? Some experts think so. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with a nationally recognized oceanographer about what might be next with our weather patterns.

Artist blends sculptures and music

6/12/2009 9:09am    Download MP3

He's a sculptor who doesn't work in stone, clay, or wood. He molds things out of sound. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Trimpin...an internationally known artist who's latest works are on display on the South Coast.

Cutting edge musicians converge on Ojai for international festival

6/11/2009 9:14am    Download MP3

From classical, to chamber music...a South Coast festival is known internationally for its cutting edge performances. The 63rd annual Ojai Music Festival is kicking off its four day run. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Concerns over state cuts in health care funding prompt local protest

6/10/2009 9:20am    Download MP3

Major cuts to try to balance the state budget could translate into the loss of millions of dollars for health care services on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on a major demonstration in Oxnard, where some community clinics were the catalyst for a protest by hundreds of people upset by the plan.

New Seabee museum on track for Port Hueneme

6/8/2009 9:13am    Download MP3

They're officially known as Naval Construction Battalions, but most people know them as "SeaBees." KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at progress towards building a new museum, as Port Hueneme prepares for its annual Seabee Days celebration at the facility.

Cancer survivors, families celebrate success against the disease

6/5/2009 9:15am    Download MP3

Thousands of local cancer survivors, and their families will be celebrating their successes agains the disease, at some special events on the South Coast. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story of one local survivor who's one of many who's beaten the odds.

New study helps outline scope of local child care crisis

6/4/2009 10:05am    Download MP3

A new study shows that on one key part of the South Coast, there's no child care available for two thirds of the working parnts who need the assistance. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at a new study giving us a look focusing on the child care problem in downtown Santa Barbara.

Local parks past as cemetery center of controversy

6/3/2009 9:13am    Download MP3

It was once a cemetery, which opened in the 1860's. Now, it's a popular South Coast park. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports on the controversy over some of the proposals to pay tribute to those who are still buried on the scenic property.

Ventura County leaders blast state for new budget proposal

6/2/2009 9:11am    Download MP3

The South Coast's leading local public officials are blasting the governor, and the state legislature for failing to solve the State's budget crisis. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new state proposal to forcible borrow two billion dollars from local governments has local officials fuming.

New affordable housing project gives hundreds on limited incomes quality, affordable homes

6/1/2009 9:27am    Download MP3

Some of them lived in three, four and five to a room. Now, hundreds of South Coast residents are getting their own homes.....in a pair of brand new affordable housing developments. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.