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Archives for May 2011

DNA tests providing new information on decades old cold case murders in Santa Barbara County

Fri, May 6, 2011

A cutting edge new DNA test is shedding new information on a brutal double murder in Santa Barbara County three decades ago.  The evidence links at least one of a pair of double murders in Goleta three decades ago to a serial killer who struck around the state. Click link to listen to story: DNA provides Read the Rest…


CIRM Approves Stem Cell Grant

Fri, May 6, 2011

For the first time, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has approved a grant for a human clinical trial using embryonic stem cells. The vote to approve the $25 million award represents the institute’s decision to move some funding from basic science to research aimed at getting treatments to market. More from The California Report.


California Dream Act Moves Forward

Fri, May 6, 2011

The state Assembly has passed a bill known as the “California Dream Act.” The bill would allow undocumented college students who qualify for in-state tuition to receive scholarships from private foundations. It would not include public aid. The floor debate was long and heated. Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill questioned the proposal: “Are we not simply Read the Rest…


California’s top educator talks about budget crisis, state of schools during visit to Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

Thu, May 5, 2011

During a visit to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlackson met with local educators and administrators to talk about the state budget crisis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the education official about the funding crisis, and what may be next for the state’s schools. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Legislature Weighs Expanded Local Tax Authority

Thu, May 5, 2011

A state bill that would expand the power of counties and school districts to levy taxes has passed a California legislative committee. The measure would allow counties and school districts to ask voters to approve income taxes, excise taxes on tobacco or alcohol and oil severance taxes. Democratic Senator Christine Kehoe of San Diego says Read the Rest…


Redevelopment Alternative Shelved

Thu, May 5, 2011

An alternative to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate California redevelopment agencies has stalled in a Senate committee after a long debate. The bill’s author, Democrat Rod Wright, says it would stop some of the abuses that led to the governor’s call for elimination – while still preserving a critical economic development tool for local Read the Rest…


Single Payer Health Moves Forward

Thu, May 5, 2011

The California State Senate Health Committee passed a single-payer health care bill Wednesday. Supporters call it “Medicare for all.” The bill would provide universal health access to all Californians by delivering government-funded care through public-private partnerships. The bill’s author Mark Leno said his legislation would eliminate wasteful health care spending. “About a half of our Read the Rest…


Vehicle License Renewal Notices Delayed

Thu, May 5, 2011

California drivers whose vehicle registrations are due in July or later won’t be paying their renewal fees on time this year. That’s because California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday that instructs the D-M-V to hold off on sending out renewal notices. The delay gives lawmakers time to work out a budget deal that Read the Rest…


Sacramento Goes To The Frogs

Wed, May 4, 2011

State lawmakers took time Wednesday for an annual tradition: the Capitol frog jump. Republican Senator Ted Gaines put his reputation behind his frog “Tax Cutting Toad.” Gaines’s district includes Calaveras County, which is home to the Jumping Frog Jubilee later this month.


Speaker Advocates for Community Investment

Wed, May 4, 2011

Assembly Speaker John Perez wants lawmakers to extend a community development program that will expire next year.  It’s called “California Organized Investment Network” or COIN.  It offers tax credits to encourage insurance companies to invest in low-income and rural communities.  Perez says it’s important to keep the program going: “At at time when California is Read the Rest…


Political Gift Limitations Proposed

Wed, May 4, 2011

A Senate Committee has approved a bill that cracks down on gifts to politicians. Meanwhile, the same Senate committee also approved another bill – this one, to set up a “Do Not Robocall” list for voters who don’t want to receive automated telephone calls from candidates or campaigns. Gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers are already Read the Rest…


Online Voter Registration Advances

Wed, May 4, 2011

Online voter registration may soon be allowed in California.  A Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday that would let citizens register through their county elections department’s website. The bill’s author, San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee, says elections officials would use a voter’s signature from the D-M-V to verify information.  Officials could compare that signature to Read the Rest…


Anti-Tracking Bill Passes Committee

Tue, May 3, 2011

A bill that would prevent advertisers from monitoring what California computer users do online has passed through its first state Senate committee. Jamie Court with the advocacy group “Consumer Watchdog” says internet companies collect, store and sell far too much personal information. “We should have the right to hit a button on our browsers that Read the Rest…


Forgotton shipwreck stranding hundreds in the Channel Islands the focus of a new museum exhibition

Tue, May 3, 2011

It’s a little know part of Ventura, and Santa Barbara County history.  A ship carrying 500 people got lost in fog, and ran aground, marooning passengers and crew.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the 1853 shipwreck is the focus of a new museum exhibition in Santa Barbara. Cleck on link to listen to story: Channel Islands shipwreck


State’s Snow Pack Holding Up

Tue, May 3, 2011

The near-record snowpack is slowly melting, but it’s still impressive. Officials with the state’s Department of Water Resources say the water content statewide is about 144 percent of the April first season average.  That’s when the snowpack is typically at its peak. The latest readings help hydrologists predict runoff and give them a better idea Read the Rest…


“Do Not Track” List Proposed

Tue, May 3, 2011

You’ve probably heard of the “Do Not Call” list, which lets consumers make their phone numbers off-limits to telemarketers.  Now, a California lawmaker is pushing a “Do Not Track” bill to prevent advertisers from monitoring what you do online.  The bill faces its first committee test Tuesday. It’s an “invasion of privacy” issue to State Read the Rest…


Senate Approves State Labor Deals

Tue, May 3, 2011

After several hours of arm-twisting, the California State Senate has narrowly signed off on new contracts with six labor unions – including the one that represents prison guards.  The debate centered on whether the deals go far enough. Democrat Lou Correa is the bill’s sponsor.  According to Correa, “it does save money, and it’s a Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Honored

Tue, May 3, 2011

Eleven California law enforcement personnel lost their lives last year.  Monday, hundreds of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from around the state gathered at the Capitol to remember them. One by one, Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Quint read the names of the 11 California peace officers who died in the line of duty in Read the Rest…


Sacramento Keeps Kings…For Now

Tue, May 3, 2011

The Sacramento Kings will be staying in Sacramento for at least one more season. The Maloof Family, which has owned the team since 1999, announced this morning that it will not file a petition with the National Basketball Association to move the team to Anaheim. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says the Maloofs told him this Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County literary tradition revived

Mon, May 2, 2011

An internationally known literary event in Santa Barbara County for more than three decades is returning this June, after it appeared to be dead.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference is being revived, after a two year hiatus.  Click link to listen to:  Writer’s Conference story


Congresswoman Reacts to Bin Laden Death

Mon, May 2, 2011

Congresswoman Lois Capps issued a statement about the death of Osama Bin Laden. In it, Capps says her thoughts are, “with our men and women in uniform, and their families, who have sacrificed so long in the struggle to keep us safe, as well as the victims of the September 11th attacks, and their families, Read the Rest…


Tanning Bed Ban for Minors Proposed

Mon, May 2, 2011

A new bill in the California Senate would ban tanning bed use for all minors. Currently, children under 14 are prohibited from using the salons. All other minors need parental consent. The bill’s author, Senator Ted Lieu, says the ban would help prevent skin cancer. “We don’t let parents consent to have their children go Read the Rest…


Tax Revenue Ahead of Projections

Mon, May 2, 2011

According to the State Controller, as of Thursday, California had raked in nearly six-point-eight billion dollars in personal income tax revenue.  That’s just shy of the Department of Finance’s projection for the month.  In fact, the state’s non-partisan legislative analyst predicts California will bring in about 250 million dollars more in income taxes this month Read the Rest…


Bin Laden Death-California Reaction

Mon, May 2, 2011

At the State Capitol building in Downtown Sacramento Sunday night, about 20 people gathered for a spontaneous rally celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Some people waved giant American flags.   Others were dressed in patriotic clothing. Cali Beebee of Sacramento said when she and friend Shane Cochran heard President Obama’s announcement of bin Read the Rest…


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