KCLU :: NPR and Local News

88.3 Ventura County / 102.3 Santa Barbara

KCLU Local News

Top Local Headlines

Audio Stories

February 2011

South Coast assemblymen set aside political party differences to cooperate on legislation to benefit region, state

2/28/2011 9:20am    Download MP3

One's a Democrat, and one's a Republican, but two assembly members representing Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties say they've teamed up to try to better serve the region's voters. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo, and Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara kicked off their collaboration with a trio of proposed new public safety laws.

New study shows spread of pollution from toxic waste site in Ventura County

2/25/2011 10:13am    Download MP3

A just released report is confirming major pollution problems at a wetlands preserve next to a toxic waste site in Ventura County. KCLU's Lance Orozco

has an overview of the study involving Nature Conservancy property next to the old Halaco recycling


Local high school student helps document, and name new species

2/24/2011 10:16am    Download MP3

She's not even out of high school, but a Santa Barbara teenager can list as one of her accomplishments establishing the existence of a new species. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story of the teen, and her mentor who've documented, and named a rare type of clam.

Ventura restaurants modify kids menus to help battle childhood obesity

2/23/2011 10:23am    Download MP3

It may be a first in the nation, as some child advocates teamed up with some Ventura restaurants to come up with healthier kids menus.
KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the new effort is one of the latest efforts to fight childhood obesity in the county.

Local relief group trying to equip emergency medical relief workers statewide

2/22/2011 10:01am    Download MP3

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency has created hundreds of backpack first aid kits in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for medical professionals who are part of a volunteer group organized to help during disasters. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports Direct Relief International is expanding that effort statewide, to try to outfit more than 4600 volunteers.

Family finds Santa Barbara relative after 60 year search

2/21/2011 9:58am    Download MP3

A Santa Barbara woman who grew up thinking she was the daughter of an orphan has learned that her mother wasn't really alone, and that she has dozens of relatives in Germany. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story of a family reconnecting after six decades,
with the aid of the American Red Cross.

Former California schools chief talks about state of educational system

2/18/2011 10:32am    Download MP3

A South Coast man who was California's Superintendent of Public Instruction for the last eight years talks about the challenges our schools face, especially in light of the ongoing state budget crisis. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with Jack O'Connell.

Ventura County tries to keep up with need for foster care families

2/17/2011 7:20pm    Download MP3

Ventura County, and some non-profit agencies are trying to meet the demand for foster care families in the county. There are often more than 600 children in the system at any given time. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.
Here is a link to Ventura County's Human Services Agency website:Click Here

Here is a link to Aspiranet:Click Here

Santa Barbara County drops plans for new administration building

2/16/2011 11:35am    Download MP3

Santa Barbara County Supervisors dropped plans for construction of a long planned new administration building in the northern part of the county, in the face of a continuing budget crisis. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports the focus now is trying to figure out what to do with the bond money secured for the project.

High school students invent device to help people with disabilities use stairs

2/15/2011 11:02am    Download MP3

Some local high school students trying to win a contest have in the process come up with a device which has the potential to help people with disabilities around the world. KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

UCSB Koegel Autism Center on cutting edge of autism treatment

2/14/2011 5:07pm    Download MP3

Two U.C. Santa Barbara researchers are world famous autism researchers who have been on the cutting edge of new treatments, and therapies for more than three decades. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the local programs.

Here's a link to the Koegel Autism Center website:Click Here

Opera company serving up free helpings of music for lunch

2/11/2011 10:53am    Download MP3

Some people are passing on lunch to sample some tasty music during the lunch hour in Santa Barbara. KCLU's Lance Orozco reports Opera Santa Barbara has launched its annual series of free lunchtime concerts, starring some up and coming young opera performers.

Pilot program tries to prepare parents for sending, and supporting their kids in school

2/10/2011 12:14pm    Download MP3

A new program in some Santa Barbara area schools is sending the parents of some at-risk preschoolers to class, to educate them on how to better prepare their children for kindergarten. KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a look at the "Avance" program.

Metrolink crash survivors, families talk to company which operated train

2/9/2011 2:55pm    Download MP3

Some of the families affected by the September, 2008 crash of a Ventura County bound Metrolink train which killed 25 people, and injured 135 others met for the first time this week with the company which operated the train. KCLU's Lance Orozco talked with some of those who took part in the meeting in Simi Valley.

Controversy continues over fate of mail processing facility in Ventura County

2/8/2011 1:13pm    Download MP3

A proposal to close a U.S. Postal Service mail processing facility in Ventura County to save money, and then shifting the work to Santa Barbara County is raising concerns about issues from jobs, to traffic and pollution. KCLU's Lance Orozco has an update on the debate surrounding the fate of the Oxnard facility.

Musical which brings high school memories to life hits stage in Ventura County

2/7/2011 9:42am    Download MP3

A musical which brings to life high school proms in the 1950's, and 60's, and features more than 30 classic songs is now on stage in Ventura County.
KCLU's Lance Orozco gives us a taste of the Cabrillo Music Theater production of "The Marvelous Wonderettes".

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library undergoes renovation as part of centennial celebration

2/4/2011 10:24am    Download MP3

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and Museum in Simi Valley has renovated 26,000 feet of exhibit space as part of a celebration of the centennial of Reagan's birth. KCLU's Lance Orozco takes us on a tour.

Santa Barbara County government, non-profit, and religious leaders launch new effort to tackle homelessness

2/3/2011 9:45am    Download MP3

Plans have been announced in Santa Barbara County for a drive to unite efforts to help the homeless, called "Common Ground Santa Barbara".
KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

Controversy continues over proposal to toughen onshore oil spill ordinance in Santa Barbara County

2/2/2011 10:42am    Download MP3

There's controversy over some new proposals to beef up an ordinance intended to prevent onshore oil spills in Santa Barbara County. KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the latest debate on the issue.

Peace Prize winner to speak in Ventura County

2/1/2011 10:20am    Download MP3

She's a minister who fights for social equality for low paid workers in California, and was recently honored for her efforts by a Ventura County university. KCLU's Lance Orozco talks with the Reverend Alexia Salvatierra, who's speaking in Thousand Oaks on 2/1/11.