California’s fortunes were boom and bust in 2017. KCRW looks back and ahead in this special year end review.
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In Santa Barbara, a clinical trial addresses early childhood adversity A clinical trial in Santa Barbara is testing intervention techniques for children experiencing toxic stress. Vandenberg Air Force Base is going green with one of the largest solar farms in the county. And videos of people swimming through trash will be projected on the Santa Barbara County Courthouse this weekend.
Who’s jumping aboard the new commuter train? There’s finally a morning commuter train between Ventura and Santa Barbara, but how many people are taking it and will it reduce traffic along Highway 101? San Luis Obispo braces for the closure of Diablo Canyon, and the loss of 1,500 jobs, while a Congressman tries to help mitigate the economic blow it’ll have on the county. Winemakers along the Central Coast worry about Chinese tariffs. And public art is popping up along State Street.
As Santa Barbara’s sheriff faces re-election, the union calls for change Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown is up for re-election, and a larger group of deputies have decided to support one of Brown’s competitors. Recent ICE audits in the Central Valley have farmworkers and farm owners along the Central Coast worried they may be next. And as Women's History Month wraps up, a story of a Mexican orphan who became one of the first female landowners in California.
Angry parents pledge to recall Santa Barbara's school board Another winter storm prompted the fourth round of evacuations this year, but the “atmospheric river” that hit Southern California did not pack the expected punch. Did it help fill local reservoirs and put a dent in the drought? Angry parents are planning to recall at least two school board members at the Santa Barbara Unified School District. And a historian is fighting to preserve the story of a nearby Japanese detention facility.