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September 2010

Officals urge people to check home insurance for brushfire, earthquake preparedness

9/30/2010 9:55am    Download MP3

September is disaster preparedness month, and while much of the focus locally has been on physical preparations, there's also concern about financial precautions, like adequate insurance. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to the state insurance commissioner, who visited Santa Barbara to highlight insurance concerns.

Santa Barbara County farmworker vanpool program could be at end of the road

9/29/2010 8:51am    Download MP3

A program which got a green light to help Santa Barbara County farmworkers get to, and from work may be facing a permanent red light. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports officials say the vanpool program isn't carrying enough passengers to make the program financially successful.

Santa Barbara author. explorer to talk about climate change impacts on Arctic residents

9/27/2010 10:44am    Download MP3

An internationally know author, and explorer from Santa Barbara who's travelled the Arctic studying its people, and how they've been affected by climate change is returning home for a lecture this week. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Gretel Erlich.

Peace Corps 50th anniversary to be celebrated with events in Santa Barbara County

9/24/2010 8:16pm    Download MP3

It was a half century ago that John F. Kennedy proposed creation of a volunteer group which would try to spread goodwill from America around the world, by helping with social, and economic development. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to some local Peace Corps volunteers, as a U.C. Santa Barbara group prepares to hold a series of anniversary events. You can find a listing of the events by clicking on our link to the Walter Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Policy.

Saturday fundraiser by clicking here:Click Here

Creator of once mysterious roadside landmark in Ventura County talks about its history

9/23/2010 10:20am    Download MP3

It's now a part of the landscape in Ventura County. But, a gigantic "happy face" on a hill above a major freeway actually began its life as an unsanctioned underground art project. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to the artist abut what led to his work, and recent efforts to restore it.

Local hotels, motels, inns seeking assessment on rooms to beef up tourism marketing

9/22/2010 9:59am    Download MP3

Souther Santa Barbara County's hotel and motel industry is trying to do something about slumping tourism. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a proposal to create a Tourism Business Improvement District, to raise money to attract visitors, is close to getting final approval.

Controversial Kensington Runestone focus of talk by experts visiting Ventura County

9/21/2010 10:23am    Download MP3

An unusual artifact that's been the focus of a debate for more than a century will be the center of a lecture by some internationally known researchers visiting California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks this weekend. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the experts who've been studying the Kensington Runestone.

Local organization helping kids around the nation in foster care systems

9/20/2010 7:17am    Download MP3

A little known organization based in Westlake Village has helped hundreds of thousands of children in the nation's foster care systems. The "My Stuff Bags" Foundation is preparing to make its 400,000th bag this week. At the same time, the volunteer driven non-profit organization is holding one of its biggest fundraisers, "Best Stuff Of Westlake Village". KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story. You can find a link to the organization, and details on its big Saturday fundraiser by clicking here:Click Here

Death of sea otters off Central Coast linked to possible surge in Great White shark population

9/17/2010 9:39am    Download MP3

Researchers are looking at signs there may be a boom off our coastline in the population of one of the ocean's most feared creatures, Great White sharks. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with some of the scientists investigating what's behind a record number of shark attacks on sea otters off the Central Coast.

Ventura County government, business leaders say county housing picture remains weak

9/16/2010 9:56am    Download MP3

Government, and business leaders in Ventura Coutny say they see the county's housing market remaining weak, or in a holding pattern for the next year, to two years. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports from a major countywide housing conference held in Camarillo.

Santa Barbara dentist providing dental care, education in war-torn Afghanistan

9/15/2010 6:54pm    Download MP3

A Santa Barbara dentist has embarked in his own one-man foreign aid program, providing dental care to thousands of people in war-torn Afghanistan, and helping to train dental technicians. Dr. Jim Rolfe has made ten trips over the last several years to work in Afghanistan, and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money to provide treatment. You can find out more about the program via this website:Click Here

Termites help local researchers develop more insight into climate change

9/14/2010 11:37am    Download MP3

They are insects no one wants in their home. But, a U.C. Santa Barbara researcher says where some termites choose to live may help us learn more about climate change. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ventura schools program offers cutting edge mix of nutrition, education

9/13/2010 10:00am    Download MP3

Childhood obesity continues to be a growing problem around the country, as well as locally, in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at one local effort which provides kids healthy meals, with a side order of education.

Search Dog Foundation breaks ground on new national training center in Ventura County

9/10/2010 8:19am    Download MP3

A Ventura County based organization which helped in the search efforts for survivors following the 9/11 attacks is commemorating the anniversary by officially kicking off a major expansion project. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is breaking ground on a new
national training center neat Santa Paula.

Experts urge Ventura, Santa Barbara County residents to prepare for disasters

9/9/2010 6:41am    Download MP3

Are your home, your vehicle, and your workplace equipped with emergency supplies to deal with the impacts of disasters like a major earthquake, or brushfire? For many people, the answer to the question is no. Local public safety officials are urging people to prepare, and have tips on what you need to be prepared. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story. You can get more information by clicking on this link to the American Red Cross:Click Here

Controversial UCSB expansion plan gets key local approval

9/8/2010 7:43am    Download MP3

The region's largest university is hoping to get final approval for a major expansion project, which would eventually increase enrollment from 20,000,

to 25,000 students by the year 2025. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports that despite some controversy, Santa Barbara County Supervisors have signed off on a series of agreements to try to mitigate the impacts of U.C. Santa Barbara's expansion efforts.

Bracero farmworker program focus of national, local exhibitions opening in Ventura County

9/7/2010 7:44am    Download MP3

The status of foreign born farmworkers in the U.S. has been a controversial issue in recent years. But, an almost forgotten program operated by the federal government brought millions of the workers to America, to try to fill labor agricultural shortages.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a national, and a local exhibition looking at the Bracero Program are set to open in Ventura County this week. You can find more information by clicking on this Click Here

U.C. Santa Barbara professor examines positive. negative aspects of popular literary and movie character

9/3/2010 8:56am    Download MP3

He's a fictional literary character who went from being a pop culture icon, to a shameful caricature of Asians. Charlie Chan was the centerpiece of a series of novels, and movies for more than 30 years. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports that a new book by a U.C. Santa Barbara professor examining Chan's history, and legacy is drawing international attention.

Jobs program in Ventura County giving employers no cost tryouts for hundreds of prospective permanent employees

9/2/2010 11:04am    Download MP3

A federally funded jobs program is giving hundreds of Ventura County residents a shot at permanent jobs, by temporarily picking up their salaries, so employers can give them a tryout. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with program officials, employers, and employees.

Tow truck hits family crossing Ventura County street, drags kids hundreds of feet

9/1/2010 9:36am    Download MP3

Investigators this morning are trying to figure out why a tow truck plowed into a family in Oxnard, and then kept going for another quarter of a mile, dragging a stroller, and critically injuring the two young children in it. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to eyewitnesses, and police.