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February 2010

Community rallies to help troubled solar power project for Simi Valley seniors

2/26/2010 9:33am    Download MP3

A project to bring free solar power to some Ventura County senior citizens on fixed incomes almost didn't happen, because a contractor walked out in the middle of the project. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the community rallied to help get the project completed.

U.C. Santa Barbara researchers help break global internet piracy scheme

2/25/2010 10:09am    Download MP3

Some UCSB computer researchers exposed a global computer information theft ring which infected some 180-thousand computers in the United States, and Europe. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the discovery came as a part of their ongoing research into computer security.

Supreme Court ruling impacts Ventura County campaign finance limits

2/24/2010 2:16pm    Download MP3

Ventura County's efforts to keep campaign spending under control have suffered a setback, as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports some of the spending caps may have to be removed to be in compliance with the high court's decision.

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks about state of broadcast journalism in Ventura County visit

2/23/2010 9:33am    Download MP3

Is television news drifting off course from fact base, to opinion driven programming? One leading broadcast journalist thinks so. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand in Simi Valley, as CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Mexican leader visiting Santa Barbara calls for legalization of drugs

2/22/2010 9:29am    Download MP3

During a visit to Santa Barbara, the former President of Mexico issued a call for the legalization of some drugs to try to end the deadly drug war that's led to the deaths of thousands of people. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Vicente Fox.

Photo: Westmont College
Rare airplane from Ventura County to star in international air show

2/19/2010 10:50am    Download MP3

A rare, World War II vintage aicraft based in Ventura County is going to be the star of an international airshow in New Zealand.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the Japanese Zero fighter based at Camarillo Airport is one of only three still flying Zeros in the world.

Photo: CAF Photo
New law forcing SB, Ventura Counties to release jail inmates creating controversy

2/18/2010 9:22am    Download MP3

A new state law intended to help ease state prison overcrowding is apparently having some big unintended impacts locally, forcing county jails to release hundreds of inmates early. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the complex controversy, which is far from being settled.

Solar powered community called first of its type in Santa Barbara County

2/17/2010 8:18am    Download MP3

Out of the ashes of Santa Barbara County's "Tea" brushfire has emerged what's being called the largest solar powered community in the county. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story, from Montecito.

Generation Y confusing some employers

2/16/2010 10:51am    Download MP3

There's the baby boomers...there's Generation "X"...and now...Generation "Y". This latest tech oriented, highly educated generation is proving diffcult for some employers, because they don't know how to manage the young workers. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the subject, which was the focus of a forum in Ventura.

Despite recent rain, drought concerns remain high

2/15/2010 8:21am    Download MP3

The recent rainfall is a welcome occurance to drought impacted Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. But, it's still a drop in the bucket compared to what's really needed to ease the crisis. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to some regional, and state leaders about the situation, as well as about a state plan to try to provide some long term solutions.

Oceanographer says El Nino impacting North America, but not behind local storms

2/12/2010 11:04am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties have had some of the heaviest rainfall in years. Does it mean El Nino is back? KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to a leading oceanographer about the situation.

Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin to debut new work in Santa Barbara

2/11/2010 10:17am    Download MP3

The man behind the Beatles legendary music is in Santa Barbara County, for the world premiere of one of his original works this weekend. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Sir George Martin, the producer who not only arranged the Beatles biggest hits, but performed with the band in many of their studio recordings.

Journalist talks about immigrant children coming to U.S. to search for their mothers

2/10/2010 8:14am    Download MP3

It's a little known story. Each year, tens of thousands of children from Central America make their way to the U.S., to try to find their mothers, who've come here to try to support their families.

KCLU's Lance Orozco speaks with journalist Sonia Nazario, who's appearing at UC Santa Barbara this week, as part of "UCSB Reads" and "Santa Barbara Reads" programs. You can get event details here.

James Cameron, researchers host science event for Santa Barbara students

2/9/2010 8:49am    Download MP3

He's directed the two top grossing movies of all time...and his latest film..."Avatar"...is up for nine Oscars. But, he took time out to show his documentary about undersea exploration to thousands of Santa Barbara County schoolchildren. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with James Cameron about the Santa Barbara International Film Festival event.

Surfers look past politics to help fellow wave riders

2/8/2010 9:36am    Download MP3

They were Israeli, and Palestinian surfers who cared more about the waves than politics. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks to an American filmmaker who documented this unique effort, and turned it into a movie showing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Memory loss major concern for aging population

2/5/2010 11:30am    Download MP3

Is someone you know losing things, becoming confused frequently, or becoming lost while making routine trips?

As a part of our ongoing "Health Dialogues" series of health reports, KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at this aspect of aging well, which was the focus of a conference in Ventura County.

Top local high school football players sign with major colleges

2/4/2010 10:53am    Download MP3

They're some of the nation's top high school football players, and they live here, on the South Coast.

KCLU's Lance Orozco was on hand as about two dozen players to part in ceremonies to sign letters of intent to play for schools like USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame.

Santa Barbara County tries to tackle homeless concerns

2/3/2010 8:55am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County is trying to answer calls to do more to help some of its chronically homeless, after six deaths from that community have been reported since the first of the year.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports county leaders are asking a task force to investigate the deaths, while they've also committed support for some emergency warming shelters.

Two dozen Oscar nominees set to appear at SB International Film Festival

2/2/2010 8:34am    Download MP3

The Oscar nominations are out, and it's not just exciting news for the nominees. It's big news for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which received word that actors, and filmmakers coming to the 25th annual festival received a grand total of 30 Oscar nominations. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a preview of the festival, which opens Feburary 4th.

A complete rundown of festival events is available at sbfilmfestival.org

Reagan Library puts never before publically seen items on display

2/1/2010 10:19am    Download MP3

Some never before publically seen mementos, and artifacts from President Ronald Reagan's life, and especially his time in office are now on display in a new exhibition in Ventura County.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports it opened just in time for the celebration of what would have been Reagan's 99th birthday on February 6th.