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October 2008

Oxnard residents to decide fate of controversial traffic initiative

10/31/2008 9:03am    Download MP3

A ballot proposal in one South Coast community calls for taking the decision making process over large new developments away from the city, and, putting it in the hands of voters.

South Coast school districts seeking help from voters

10/30/2008 9:27am    Download MP3

A number of South Coast school districts are asking for financial help from voters on Election Day next week. The proposals range from parcel taxes, to bond measures.

Candidates face off in Santa Barbara County supervisorial race

10/29/2008 9:00am    Download MP3

It was a wild primary election battle in Santa Barbara County....with five candidates facing off for the vacant Third District Supervisorial seat. On Tuesday, it's the big show...voters will decide who gets the job.

Longtime incumbent, Oxnard City Councilman face off in supervisorial race

10/28/2008 9:06am    Download MP3

It's a battle pitting Ventura County's longest serving county supervisor against a longtime Oxnard City Councilman for the Fifth District supervisorial seat. KCLU looks at the contest between John Flynn and John Zaragoza, in the first of our week-long series of election preview reports.

Polar explorer speaking on South Coast about global warming

10/27/2008 9:51am    Download MP3

He's one of only four people in history who's visited the North, and South Poles. Internationally known polar explorer Will Steger talks on the South Coast October 27th about evidence of global warming he's experienced during his trips.

Endangered fish get new shot at survival in Santa Barbara County creek

10/24/2008 9:27am    Download MP3

An endangered species of fish on the South Coast had its habitat disrupted by a freeway project. Now...after years of effort...a new project is hoping to repair the damage to the steelhaed migration path on a key Santa Barbara County creek.

UCSB researcher brokers deal for international protection for lost Mayan city

10/23/2008 9:03am    Download MP3

A UC Santa Barbara who discovered a lost Mayan City a quarter of a century ago is spearheading a breakthrough towards an international effort to explore, manage, and preserve the historical treasure.

S.B. Shakespeare festival attracts performers from around the world

10/22/2008 9:24am    Download MP3

Shakespeare is being spoken in more than a half dozen languages on the South Coast this week. A Santa Barbara theater company is hosting what's billed as America's only international Shakespeare festival. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.

Filmmaker looks at death of electric car program

10/21/2008 9:12am    Download MP3

High gas prices have automakers scrambling to get electric vehicles on the consumer market. But...a few years ago...automakers shut down an electric car program that had thousands of vehicles on California's streets. KCLU talks with a documentary film director who investigated the death of the electric car effort in the 1990's.

Regional transportation center set example for green construction

10/20/2008 9:24am    Download MP3

One South Coast community is taking the idea of being "green" to a whole new level. A new regional transit facility in Ventura County is built with recycled materials, and the latest in low energy use designs.

Ventura County women become roller derby vixens at night

10/17/2008 9:53am    Download MP3

They're respected members of the Ventura County community by day. But, at night, they take on alter egos, with names like "Hit Man Heidi".....and "Vendetta Vixen"...as they become Ventura County's all-woman roller derby team. KCLU gives us a look at the team, as it prepares to host a major west coast tournament.

Community reading programs booming in region

10/16/2008 9:07am    Download MP3

The South Coast is reading like it's never read before.....through a series of community reading projects. KCLU gives us a look at these programs which have thousands of people reading, and talking about the same books.

Simi Valley neighborhood threatened by Senson brushfire

10/15/2008 9:08am    Download MP3

A sudden surge by the Sesnon Fire in northeastern Ventura County threatened a number of homes on Tuesday. KCLU looks at the close brush with disaster, and how firefighters, and residents dealt with it.

Hearing set for controversy on proposed suicide barriers for scenic local bridge

10/13/2008 10:02am    Download MP3

Should barriers be built on a scenic Santa Barbara County bridge to try to prevent suicides? A public hearing on the simmering controversy is set to take place October 16th.

Local high school students march to raise money for marching bands

10/10/2008 8:58am    Download MP3

Hundreds of South Coast high school students marched to their own tune October 11th, as some marching bands joined forces in an innovative effort to raise money for their programs.

State Senate Committee holds hearing on Metrolink safety

10/9/2008 8:53am    Download MP3

Two railroads serving Southern California have voluntarily agreed to install new systems which might prevent accident like the September 12th Metrolink disaster, which killed 25 people. That’s the big news out of a state Senate hearing in Van Nuys.

Ventura County to transfer operation of embattled Guardian’s Office

10/8/2008 9:47am    Download MP3

A Ventura county government office hit by an embezzlement scandal is now undergoing a change in management.

Local researchers tout breakthrough in computer technology

10/7/2008 9:44am    Download MP3

A South Coast research team made what’s being called a major breakthrough in computer components…with development of a process allowing the creation of smaller, lighter, and more efficient computer chips.

Local researcher takes on stigma of non-curable STD's

10/6/2008 9:06am    Download MP3

Nobody wants to talk about it. But, tens of thousands of South Coast adults are living with non-curable STD's. KCLU talks with a local professor who's written some groundbreaking book which tries to tackle some of the often self-imposed stigma's of living with STD's.

Libertarian Party V.P. candidate speaks on South Coast

10/3/2008 8:59am    Download MP3

Joe Biden and Sarah Palin are the high profile Vice Presidential candidates, but not the only ones. There are four other V.P. candidates on the ballot in Ventura County. We talk to Libertarian party candidate Wayne Root, as part of a recent appearance in Ventura County.

Economic woes deepen region's affordable home crisis

10/2/2008 9:36am    Download MP3

Buying a home has been difficult, if not impossible for many families on the South Coast for years. The nation's housing and economic woes have made the situation even worse. KCLU was on hand as local leaders talked about the new wrinkle in an old crisis.