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October 2009

How high is too high for new buildings on the South Coast?

10/30/2009 10:25am    Download MP3

Voters in two local cities will try to tackle that question in next Tuesday's election. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story as we continue our series of reports looking at next Tuesday's election issues, and races.

Santa Barbara voters deciding race for Mayor

10/29/2009 10:53am    Download MP3

A race for mayor in one South Coast city has turned into a free-for-all. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the City of Santa Barbara's Mayor's race, as the latest part of our series of reports leading up to the November 3rd election.

Ventura voters will decide fate of sales tax increase proposal

10/28/2009 1:06pm    Download MP3

Voters in one South Coast city are being asked to approve a controversial half cent sales tax increase, to compensate for funding cuts for basic services like public safety and street maintenance. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the debate over the City of Ventura's Measure A, as part of KCLU's series of reports leading up to next Tuesday's election.

Local agencies prepare for huge Halloween crowds in Isla Vista

10/27/2009 1:11pm    Download MP3

Local public safety officials are gearing up for what could be an invasion of 40-to-50 thousand teenagers, and young adults for an unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween street party this weekend. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to some of those involved with preparing to deal with Halloween in Isla Vista.

Swine Flu concerns remain high in Santa Barbara, Ventura counties

10/26/2009 12:30pm    Download MP3

With three deaths in our region related to swine flu, many people are concerned about the H1N1 situation locally, especially in the wake of the President's declaration of a national emergency. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update.

Amgen Tour to visit Conejo Valley, but bypass Santa Barbara County in 2010

10/23/2009 10:45am    Download MP3

There's a lot of excitement in three local cities, after they received word their effort to host a leg of America largest cycling race was successful. The Conejo Valley will be the scene of the final segment of the Amgen Tour of California. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the full story...including plans by cycling's biggest name, Lance Armstrong, to take part.

Santa Barbara county leaders unite to develop strategy to cope with issues facing children, seniors

10/22/2009 5:21pm    Download MP3

After some two years of work...a study to try to define, and tackle some of the issues facing children, seniors, and families in Santa Barbara county is ready for action. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara.

Medical corps tries to better prepare Santa Barbara County for major disasters

10/21/2009 11:43am    Download MP3

How would Santa Barbara County deal with a crisis so big it would overwhelm the county's medical facilities? A unique volunteer program has been created to create a corps of medical personnel which could help out during a disaster, or epidemic. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Massive levee repair project now underway in Santa Barbara County

10/20/2009 11:07am    Download MP3

Work is now underway on a 40 million dollar project to repair miles of weakened levees which could potentially break, and flood thousands of homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library commemorates fall of Berlin Wall with exhibition, special events

10/19/2009 3:58pm    Download MP3

This fall makes the 20th anniversary of the fall of The Berlin Wall. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at a new exhibition the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and Museum which commemorates the event...and, the late president's role in it.

Ventura County university celebrates 50th anniversary

10/16/2009 11:48am    Download MP3

It's homecoming weekend for one South Coast university, and it's a special one...because the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to some of those who've been a part of California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks throughout its history.

Historic local ampitheater to be replaced

10/15/2009 12:29pm    Download MP3

It's hosted international music, and stage stars. But, time has caught up with Ojai's Libby Bowl...and it's literally falling apart. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports a new community campaign is underway to replace the more than half-century old facility.

South Coast braces for first big storm of the season

10/13/2009 11:42am    Download MP3

The first big fall storm of the season is headed towards Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to public works officials about flash flooding, and mudslide concerns in areas where hillsides were stripped bare by recent brushfires.

Counter-terrorism technology may have new applications for public safety

10/12/2009 12:34pm    Download MP3

A nationally known center on the South Coast for counter-terrorism planning is showing how some of the latest technology in the field can be used for peaceful applications, like fighting brushfires. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks.

Artists create works for show from ruins of Jesusita brushfire in Santa Barbara County

10/9/2009 11:42am    Download MP3

More than 50 artists have joined forces to try to help create beauty from the ashes of one of the South Coast's most destructive brushfires. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Oldest retired major league baseball player lives in Ventura County

10/8/2009 2:55pm    Download MP3

A Ventura County Man who celebrated his 100th birthday this week is major league baseball's oldest surviving retired player. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with this remarkable Oxnard man.

H1N1 vaccine arrives on South Coast

10/7/2009 11:24am    Download MP3

A Santa Barbara County teenager has died from what authorities believe were complications from swine flu. KCLU's Lance Orozco has details on what happened and, word of the first swine flu vaccine reaching the South Coast. You can also get more information on diagnosing whether your child has a cold, or the flu by visiting here.

Actress talks about being a suicide survivor at Santa Barbara event

10/6/2009 10:54am    Download MP3

It's the third leading cause of death among teens, and young adults...but many people won't discuss it. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with an actress who's a suicide survivor, and, is now a leading advocate of efforts to fight mental illness.

Classic children's story turned into world premiere ballet production in Santa Barbara

10/5/2009 2:05pm    Download MP3

We know "The Jungle Book" as a children's story. But this week it makes its world premiere on state on the South Coast as an all new ballet. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Swine flu concerns focus on preparations at local college campuses

10/2/2009 5:02pm    Download MP3

Swine Flu is creating concern for many people...but it's a special issue for health officials at local college campuses, because it has the potential to spread through high density student housing. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at how some south coast universities are taking steps to try to prevent large scale outbreaks.

Housing conference looks at continuing affordable housing gap in Ventura County

10/1/2009 11:34am    Download MP3

With the economy slumping...the region's affordable housing crisis has even become more acute. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand at a Ventura County conference looking at the issue, and has a report.