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Archives for May 2011

Ventura County Supervisor announces plans to seek re-election

Tue, May 31, 2011

Ventura County First District Supervisor Steve Bennett announced today that he will seek a fourth term in office next year.  Bennett has been known for his efforts to protect the environment in Ventura County, helping to spearhead initiatives to preserve open space, and agricultural land.  He told KCLU News that he wants to continue initiatives Read the Rest…


Santa Claus Lane Gets A Makeover

Tue, May 31, 2011

Hoping for an economic boost, businesses along Santa Claus Lane are going for a new look. John Palminteri reports.


KCLU Airs Exclusive Korean War Documentary

Tue, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day is a time for the nation to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.  Some of those fallen heroes died in a war often lost to memory. It took place on the first battlefield of the cold war and, during three years, cost the lives of Read the Rest…


On Line Privacy Bill Stalls in CA Senate

Tue, May 31, 2011

A bill that would force social networking sites like Facebook to use stronger privacy settings has stalled in the California Senate. The measure’s author is Democrat Ellen Corbett. She says the bill would require social networking sites to clearly explain their privacy settings. It would also require the sites to keep information private unless a Read the Rest…


No Deal Yet on California Budget

Tue, May 31, 2011

It’s getting closer to crunch time on the California budget. Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly say they’re shooting for floor votes next week on the governor’s proposed tax extensions. But there’s still no deal – and no Republican votes. Governor Jerry Brown needs four Republican votes for his spending plan. He says he Read the Rest…


Ventura County students learn about watersheds through field trips

Fri, May 27, 2011

A pilot program is trying to teach Ventura County students about the importance of our watersheds, by experiencing them firsthand.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to story: Watershed Education Program


Program in some local schools tries to educate kids about mental health issue

Fri, May 27, 2011

A program being offered in some Santa Barbara County schools is trying to educate sixth graders about mental health issues they may see in life, like eating disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara’s Washington School. Click on link to listen to story: “Mental Health Matters”


University of California system to sell property in Ventura County

Fri, May 27, 2011

The University of California system has decided it will sell a nearly 38 acre chunk of land it’s owned in Ventura County for nearly two decades.  The U.C. Hansen Trust property is at the intersection of Telegraph Road, and Saticoy Avenue in Ventura.  It’s been used as farmland, but the City of Ventura has approved plans Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury questions use of park rangers

Fri, May 27, 2011

The Ventura County Grand Jury is calling on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District to disband the ranger unit it uses to police its 47 parks, and other facilities, and instead contract with other law enforcement agencies, like Simi Valley Police.  The report says the limited staff is unable to adequately patrol all of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury critical of handling of chronically homeless

Fri, May 27, 2011

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says that the county’s jail system has by default become the county’s largest mental health care provider, with in excess of a quarter of all inmates being treated for psychological problems. The report says the county needs to work with its medical services provider in the jails Read the Rest…


Program tries to teach elementary school students about basic mental health problems

Thu, May 26, 2011

A program called “Mental Health Matters” is trying to educate kids about mental health issues like eating disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder through a program being offered in some Santa Barbara County sixth grade classrooms.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to story: “Mental Health Matters” Program


Alliance for Living, And Dying Well celebrates efforts to get people to do end of life planning

Wed, May 25, 2011

Do you have an advanced care directive in place, in case you become seriously ill, or die suddenly?  Most people don’t, but a Santa Barbara County based group is trying to get people prepared.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to the story: Alliance For Living, And Dying Well


CA Crime Rate Declines

Wed, May 25, 2011

The crime rate is down in California – quite a bit, in fact. Murders have dropped to a 44-year low. The new figures come from the California Attorney General’s office. And they show a clear trend: a nine-and-a-half percent drop in homicides from 2009 to 2010 … after a separate nine percent drop the year Read the Rest…


Governor Optimistic About Budget Deal

Wed, May 25, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s more optimistic about a state budget deal than he was a few weeks ago. Brown says he continues to meet with a handful of Republican lawmakers about the state budget. He won’t say who they are – but is encouraged, saying, “I read their feelings as positive, as they Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum of Art hosts sand mandala project by monks

Fri, May 20, 2011

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is celebrating its new Asian Art exhibits with a visit by a team of monks, who are promoting world peace by creating a series of tradition sand mandalas around the world.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to the story: SBMA Sand Mandala Exhibition


Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

Fri, May 20, 2011

The issue of whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California may be headed to the ballot again. A group of supporters has filed the paperwork for a new initiative. The measure would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use for Californians 21 and older. It would also allow pot to be taxed. The Read the Rest…


Improved Landslide Map Produced

Fri, May 20, 2011

Weak rock and steep slopes are a bad combination for homeowners or prospective homeowners worried about landslides. A new map produced by the United States and California Geological Surveys stops short of predicting where landslides may occur, but does show which areas are prone to them. Tim McCrink with the CGS says the worst areas Read the Rest…


Legislative Analyst Critiques Budget Proposal

Fri, May 20, 2011

California’s legislative analyst is weighing in on Governor Brown’s newest budget proposal. The analyst says Brown’s budget has a lot going for it – but it also contains a big unknown. Mac Taylor says there’s a lot to praise in Brown’s May revised budget. He says the revenue projections are reasonable and the focus on Read the Rest…


Senate and Assembly Bills Advance

Fri, May 20, 2011

From renewable energy to state parks and even recycling, California lawmakers sent several measures Thursday. The Assembly unanimously approved a bill that could help some of the 70 state parks slated for closure remain open. The measure by Democrat Jared Huffman would give qualified non-profit organizations the opportunity to operate parks that might otherwise be Read the Rest…


Local high school students plan near space exploration flight

Thu, May 19, 2011

A team of students from Santa Barbara’s Anacapa School planned, and completed a successful near-space flight to explore the Earth’s atmosphere.  The May 21st flight successfully took a payload of instruments, and a camera to the 90,000 foot level.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talked with the flight team prior to the big flight. Click on link Read the Rest…


Bill Would Curb Unfunded Initiative Mandates

Wed, May 18, 2011

Legislation intended to reduce what’s commonly called “ballot box budgeting” has cleared a legislative committee. The legislation would require ballot initiatives that cost money to specify a new funding source. Exceptions would include initiatives involving bonds and those costing less than five million dollars. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto helped write the constitutional amendment. He says Read the Rest…


Schwarzenegger Revelations May Affect Political Legacy

Wed, May 18, 2011

The State Capitol is still reeling from the news that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a household employee before he ever ran for office. Until now, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legacy included chronic budget deficits, a landmark global warming law and some potentially significant political reforms on which the jury is still out – Read the Rest…


Governor Unveils Budget Proposal

Wed, May 18, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has rolled out an updated plan to balance California’s budget. He says the deficit is smaller but tax extensions are still needed. According to the Governor, the state’s deficit is now down to about ten billion dollars. It was in the 26 billion dollar range at the start of the year. Lawmakers Read the Rest…


Reconstruction of historic Santa Barbara fountain near completion

Tue, May 17, 2011

Santa Barbara’s historic “Spirit Of The Ocean” fountain is being totally rebuilt, after the elements, and some misguided preservation efforts nearly destroyed the iconic 1920′s artwork.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the nearly completed project. Click on link to listen to story: “Spirit Of The Ocean” Fountain


Firefighters talk about steps to protect homes in high brushfire danger areas

Mon, May 16, 2011

We are moving into the time of year when brushfire danger is the highest in Ventura, and Santga Barbara counties.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from one local community where firefighters gathered to try to highlight the danger. Click on link to listen to story: Ventura County Fire Education


Alzheimer’s experts talk about latest developments in efforts to battle disease

Fri, May 13, 2011

It’s a disease with no cure which more than five million Americans now face.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from a Santa Barbara conference where experts, and local caregivers have gathered to talk about Alzheimer’s Disease. Click on link to listen to story: Alzheimer’s Conference


Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Santa Barbara

Fri, May 13, 2011

Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu will visit Santa Barbara this weekend to appear at an event benefitting the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports. Audio


Assembly Republicans Release Budget Plan

Fri, May 13, 2011

Republicans in the state Assembly have unveiled what they’re calling a pathway for balancing California’s budget. Republicans say their plan would eliminate the 15 billion dollar deficit without the tax extensions that Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown support. The GOP proposal relies on shifting more than two billion dollars from First Five and mental health Read the Rest…


Goats provide green (and lively!) option for brush clearance

Thu, May 12, 2011

They’re fun, they can be lively, and sometimes a bit grumpy, but goats are providing an increasingly popular way of clearing brush from property to reduce brushfire concerns, as well as for clearing the way for landscaping, and construction. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to story: “Hire A Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Chief Plans Changes

Thu, May 12, 2011

With downtown Santa Barbara business leaders asking for more officers, Santa Barbara’s Chief of Police says he plans noticeable changes.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has more. Audio


California Lutheran University Theologian Ordained

Thu, May 12, 2011

California Lutheran University Professor and Theologian, Dr. R. Guy Erwin, was ordained Wednesday in Thousand Oaks.  Erwin becomes one of the first partnered gay Lutheran ministers in the southwest.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was there. Audio


Governor Returns After Surgery

Thu, May 12, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown is back at the Capitol nearly two weeks after he underwent minor surgery to remove a skin cancer from his nose. Evan Westrup in the governor’s press office says Brown worked from his home in Oakland while he recovered. “The boss has never really gone away. In fact, he’s been actively Read the Rest…


Business Leaders Address State Budget

Thu, May 12, 2011

Business groups from around California are floating a compromise to the state’s budget mess. They’re calling it a “Workout Plan” – which, they say, is what the business world calls an agreement between a company struggling with its finances and its lender. The lender agrees to modify the terms of the loan – but only Read the Rest…


Teacher Evaluations Considered

Thu, May 12, 2011

As a weeklong teachers’ protest continues in Sacramento, a state Senate committee heard a bill that would change the way some teachers are evaluated, Wednesday. The measure by Republican Senator Bob Huff would allow school districts to base layoff decisions on teacher performance. Currently, layoffs are based on seniority. Huff says, “we should not have Read the Rest…


CA Foreclosures Slow

Thu, May 12, 2011

Home foreclosure numbers keep falling in California. Analysts say it’s ongoing fallout from last year’s so-called robo-signing controversy when lenders allegedly failed to verify foreclosure documents. California’s home foreclosure rate in April dropped by 7% from the previous month and 20% from April of last year. According to RealtyTrac’s Daren Blomquist, banks are taking longer Read the Rest…


Ventura County tests emergency preparedness with giant field hsopital

Wed, May 11, 2011

Ventura County is testing its ability to deal with a major disaster by creating a giant field hopital in a Camarillo park, and holding a mass disaster drill.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on the link to listen to the story: Ventura County Disaster Drill


State Personnel Merger Proposed

Wed, May 11, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown wants to merge two state personnel agencies. He says it will cut back on bureaucracy and save money.    Governor Brown’s proposal would combine the State Personnel Board and the Department of Personnel Administration into a new single entity.    It would be called the California Department of Human Resources. The Read the Rest…


High Speed Rail Plan Scrutinized

Wed, May 11, 2011

California’s highly-regarded legislative analyst says the state’s High-Speed Rail project needs an overhaul. Mac Taylor’s report questions whether there’s enough money to build a High-Speed Rail system from the Bay Area to LA. Taylor says, “there’s a lot more money that the state would have to get from the federal government in order to be Read the Rest…


CA Teacher Credentialing Questioned

Wed, May 11, 2011

While teachers lined the hallways of the state Capitol Tuesday to protest budget cuts, the panel that oversees their credentials faced scrutiny from a legislative committee. The hearing was prompted by a State Audit that found the Commission on Teacher Credentialing had a backlog of thousands of reports involving alleged teacher misconduct. That included serious Read the Rest…


Diablo Canyon Safety Presentation

Wed, May 11, 2011

Pacific Gas and Electric made a presentation this week about safety issues at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility, highlighting what is being done to protect Santa Barbara County residents.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports. Audio


Study Projects Savings From Tough Air Standards

Wed, May 11, 2011

A new American Lung Association study says California could save billions of dollars in health costs if it adopts stricter vehicle emission standards. The study projects that once major reductions in smog forming and greenhouse gas emissions are fully realized, the negative health affects from bad air would be reduced by 70%. It recommends a Read the Rest…


New movie about Channel Islands National Park debuts

Tue, May 10, 2011

A new movie now being shown exlusively in Ventura County took three years of planning, shooting, and editing to complete, and is even narrated by actor Kevin Costner.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the creative team behind a new mini documentary about Channel Islands National Park, which is now being shown at the park’s visitor’s Read the Rest…


CA Receives High Speed Rail Grants

Tue, May 10, 2011

The Obama Administration is giving California nearly $370 million for high-speed rail projects. The money is part of a $2 billion award going to rail projects throughout the country…money that was originally awarded to Florida but rescinded after the governor canceled rail plans there. U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Monday, saying, “these Read the Rest…


“Energy Upgrade” Encourages Home Efficiency

Tue, May 10, 2011

There’s a new statewide incentive program that would make improving energy efficiency in your home a more cost-effective option. If you have old windows or an electricity sucking air conditioner, the program, called Energy Upgrade California offers rebates from 1,000 to 4,000 dollars for projects that make your home more efficient. Colin Clark from Ecology Action a non-profit helping Read the Rest…


CTA Begins “State of Emergency” Week

Tue, May 10, 2011

California teachers and other education supporters are swarming the Capitol this week. They’re calling for a budget without any further cuts to schools. There’s been talk of “Wisconsin-style” sit-ins – but so far, the events are far smaller in scale. There are two distinct parts of this weeklong advocacy effort. The formal part is organized Read the Rest…


Ventura County park pays tribute to Simi Valley’s forgotten agricultural heritage

Mon, May 9, 2011

There’s a decades old park in Ventura County which brings to life one community’s almost forgotten roots in agriculture.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at Strathern Historical Park, and Museum in Simi Valley. Click on link to listen to story: Strathern Historical Park and Museum


U.C. System Braces For Further Cuts

Mon, May 9, 2011

The president of the University of California says his system can cope with the budget cuts approved by the legislature earlier this year – but any more cuts would be a disaster. U-C regents have previously approved an eight percent student fee increase this fall. Mark Yudof says there won’t be any additional fee increases Read the Rest…


Slow Economy Encourages Recycling

Mon, May 9, 2011

As the economy struggles to recover, many Californians are supplementing their incomes by turning in bottles and cans. Cal Recycle says it paid out 900 million dollars from the Beverage Container Recycling fund to recyclers last year. That means about 82 percent of the bottles and cans sold last year were recycled. Gary Nootenboom oversees Read the Rest…


Whooping Cough Boosters Required

Mon, May 9, 2011

All California seventh through twelfth graders will have to get a Pertussis…or Whooping Cough booster shot before they return to school in the fall, unless the student can show he or she has had a booster shot since turning seven. 2010 was the worst year for Whooping cough since 1947 and a new state law Read the Rest…


Funding Protests Planned

Mon, May 9, 2011

This week promises to be a crowded one at the State Capitol. Two separate coalitions have planned major sit-ins to protest state budget cuts. The California Teachers Association has assembled a coalition of education groups for what it’s calling “State of Emergency Week.” Plans include daily sit-ins at the Capitol. The group wants lawmakers to Read the Rest…


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