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Archives for June 2011

Styrofoam Restrictions Pass Senate

Fri, June 3, 2011

The days of Styrofoam takeout containers might be numbered in California. A bill that would eliminate them has passed the state Senate. The bill by Democratic Senator Alan Lowenthal would give restaurants and schools several years to stop using Styrofoam. Lowenthal says the material is not biodegradable and is a major source of litter and Read the Rest…


Local Tax Bill Delayed

Fri, June 3, 2011

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is putting off a vote on his controversial bill to allow local governments, county school boards and community college districts to levy their own taxes. He says he’s waiting to see if there’s a budget deal that includes Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax extensions. “If we can reach this agreement over Read the Rest…


Prison Cell Phone Ban Advances

Fri, June 3, 2011

The California Senate has unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce the number of prison inmates with access to cell phones. The legislation by Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla would create new penalties for those who smuggle phones in to prisoners as well as the inmates who receive them. Padilla says it’s a problem that Read the Rest…


Senate Backs University Foundation Disclosure Rules

Fri, June 3, 2011

A bill that would require the fundraising arms of U-C and C-S-U campuses to comply with California’s public records act has passed the State Senate. The measure applies to foundations and other state university “auxiliaries.” Last year, Sarah Palin spoke at a fundraising gala for California State University Stanislaus. Her critics wanted to know how Read the Rest…


Health Insurance Regulation Passes Assembly

Fri, June 3, 2011

The California Assembly has approved a measure that would give the state insurance commissioner veto power over what he — or she – might consider “excessive” health insurance rate increases. The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer, said, “to those who’ve said ‘gee it doesn’t address the cost of health care’, let me remind you Read the Rest…


Historic Outdoor Ampitheater in Ventura County To Reopen After Rebuilding Project

Thu, June 2, 2011

Ojai’s half century old Libbey Bowl had deterioriated to the point that repairs were no longer an option, and there was the possibility it might be condemned.  A community wide fundraising drive raised more than three million dollars to totally gut, and rebuild the performing arts complex, and this weekend (6/4-6-5), the new Libbey Bowl Read the Rest…


Shore Birds Could Put Beaches Off Limits

Thu, June 2, 2011

Concerns over maintaining the habitat of the Snowy Plover could lead to additional beach restrictions in Santa Barbara. John Palminteri Reports.


Assembly Supports End To Food Stamp Fingerprinting

Thu, June 2, 2011

Fingerprinting and food stamps would no longer be linked under a bill that has passed the California state Assembly. The legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes would remove the fingerprinting requirement for recipients of food stamps and welfare. He says California is one of only three states with the rule. Fuentes says removing it would Read the Rest…


Health Insurance Regulation Vote Thursday

Thu, June 2, 2011

A bill on the California Assembly floor Thursday would give health insurance regulators the power to reject a rate increase they consider unreasonable. When a health insurer wants to raise premiums in California, current law requires it to justify the increase to state regulators. But Assemblyman Mike Feuer says the law stops there. “Even if Read the Rest…


Brown Says Budget Deal Close

Thu, June 2, 2011

The constitutional deadline for the legislature to pass a budget is now just two weeks away – and California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s “close” to a deal with a handful of Republican lawmakers. “But you know, an inch can be a mile in this business,” Brown said. “So I don’t want to say – Read the Rest…


Teen Tanning Bill Advances

Thu, June 2, 2011

Californians under 18 would be banned from using tanning beds under a bill that’s been approved by the state Senate. Supporters of the legislation say it would help prevent skin cancer. Opponents argue it would hurt tanning businesses. The state already bans tanning bed use for kids under 14 and allows it with parental consent Read the Rest…


Poll: CA Voters Support Election, Reject Tax Extensions

Thu, June 2, 2011

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll is out on the state’s budget and fiscal challenges. It sends mixed messages about voter intentions. Californians support the governor’s budget plan. They support his call for a special election. But they don’t support the governor’s proposed tax extensions, which are part of his budget plan and Read the Rest…


Youth Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years in Conejo Valley

Wed, June 1, 2011

A youth orchestra program which has actually grown into three orchestras over the decades in the Conejo Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a big series of events in Thousand Oaks.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the history, and the concept behind the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Click on link to listen to story: Read the Rest…


Cold Spring Barrier Project Moves Forward

Wed, June 1, 2011

After months of delays, a judge has cleared the way for the installation of a controversial suicide barrier on the Cold Spring Bridge. John Palminteri reports.


Longtime Civic Leader In Santa Barbara County Dies At the Age Of 101

Wed, June 1, 2011

Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Curtis Tunnell has died at the age of 101.  Tunnell was a Santa Maria businessman who served as a Santa Maria City Councilman for more than a decade in the 1950′s and early 1960′s, before serving as the county’s Fith District Supervisor from 1963 to 1975.  He was considered a Read the Rest…


Staff Cuts at State Corrections

Wed, June 1, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that the state will eliminate 400 jobs at California’s department of Corrections headquarters in Sacramento. The state expects to save 30-million dollars with those cuts. In a written statement, Governor Brown described the cuts as “long overdue.” Brown’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford says California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began to Read the Rest…


Cal Fire Wary of Wet Weather, Budget Cuts

Wed, June 1, 2011

As the summer approaches, so does California’s fire season. Budget cuts and extra rain have fire officials on guard. This year’s wet weather makes for more green growth. More brush and grass mean more fuel for fire. Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant says, “just because we received so much rain this year, doesn’t mean that we’re Read the Rest…


On Line Sales Tax Bill Clears Assembly

Wed, June 1, 2011

California lawmakers are voting on hundreds of bills this week ahead of a Friday deadline to keep them moving through the legislature. One measure that drew a heated debate Tuesday in the Assembly would expand the collection of sales tax to online retailers with a physical presence in the state. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly called Read the Rest…


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