KCLU 88.3FM - 102.3FM - 1340AM

Listen Now All Things Considered 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Archives for February 2012

Santa Barbara Police Release Name Of Suspected Parking Lot Kiosk Robber

Wed, February 29, 2012

Santa Barbara Police are now identifying a man they’ve arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies of parking kiosks in the city. Three kiosks have been robbed in recent weeks by a disguised man.  Police started checking with nearby businesses which have surveillance cameras, and found clear pictures of the man they think Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Teen Accused Of Making Device Which Caused Explosion In Car

Wed, February 29, 2012

A Ventura County teenager is facing charges that he made a bomb, and endangered others following the explosion of the device in a car. A blast occurred in a vehicle on the 600 block of Avenida del Platino, in Thousand Oaks last Wednesday afternoon. 18-year-old Gary Hayes was seriously injured, and one of two teens Read the Rest…


Candidate For Ventura County Congressional Seat Confirms She Will Run As Independent, And Not Republican

Wed, February 29, 2012

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks today changed her party registration from Republican, to Independent to run as an Independent for the new 26th District Congressional Seat in the county. She says having served in non-partisan political offices for her entire public service career, she’s okay with the idea of running without a party’s backing. Parks Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Make Arrest In Connection With Parking Kiosk Robberies

Wed, February 29, 2012

Santa Barbara Police are now saying a tip led to the arrest of a man in connection with a series of armed robberies of parking kiosks in the city. Three kiosks have been robbed in recent weeks by a disguised man.  Police started checking with nearby businesses which have surveillance cameras, and found clear pictures Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Vintners Make Major Contribution To Locally Based Aid Group

Wed, February 29, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based agency which supplies medicine, and medical supplies to those in need is getting a big present this afternoon from the county’s wine industry. The Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Foundation is going to present Direct Relief International with a half million dollar check to help with DRI’s global efforts. The winemakers Read the Rest…


New City Of Santa Barbara Fire Department Headquarters Set To Open Today

Wed, February 29, 2012

After years of using improvised facilities, the Santa Barbara Fire Department is officially opening a modern new administration, and warehouse facility today. The City rebuilt, and made seismic safety improvements to a building on the 900 block of Chapala Street, which was originally built in the 1930′s.  The City has owned the building since the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Set Deadline For Agreement To Give Preference To Local Workers For Hospital Construction Project

Wed, February 29, 2012

The question of how far Ventura County should go to use local labor for a major hospital construction project is a hot one for County Supervisors. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that while many like the idea, because of the positive impact for local families, and the region’s economy, the lack of an agreement with unions Read the Rest…


Cats Finding New Homes After Successful Relocation To Mainland, In Effort To Restore Habitat On San Nicholas Island

Wed, February 29, 2012

An effort to remove feral cats which have been loose on San Nicholas Island, in the Channel Islands which have been impacting endangered birds, and wildlife is complete.  Many of the cats are not only adapting to their new onshore environment, but are proving to be much more adoptable than anticipated.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco updates the Read the Rest…


New Report Indicates Channel Islands National Park Helps Boost Region’s Economy

Wed, February 29, 2012

A new federal report says the one national park on the South Coast is an important contributor to the region’s economy. The study says Channel Islands National Park had more than 277,000 visitors in 2010, supported more than 300 jobs, and helped generate more than $24 million dollars in tourism dollars. Most of the spending Read the Rest…


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Among Six Arrested Following String Of Burglaries In Ventura County

Tue, February 28, 2012

Ventura, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives say the breakup of a Conejo Valley burglary ring responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses has led to six arrests, including that of an L.A County Sheriff’s deputy. The string of burglaries had been going on for months, with small items like jewelry and cash Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Say K-9 Nabs Vehicle Burglar Trying To Escape

Tue, February 28, 2012

Ventura Police say a man caught in the act of burglarizing a car turned out to be no match for a K-9 dog, as the man tried to flee on foot. Police received a report of a car being burglarized on the 200 block of Homer Avenue at around 9:30 last night.  Officers arrived to Read the Rest…


Experts On Self Injury To Talk In Ventura County About What They Call Silent Epidemic

Tue, February 28, 2012

It’s a difficult subject to talk about, but experts say what’s known as self-injury, the intentional destruction of one’s own body tissues has reached epidemic proportions.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a leading researcher on the subject, who along with her husband (and fellow researcher) will be giving a lecture on the subject this week Read the Rest…


City Of Simi Valley Moving Ahead With Ordinance Targeting Adult Film Production

Tue, February 28, 2012

The Simi Valley City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance requiring adult film performers to use condoms while shooting in the city. The ordinance is intended to discourage adult film makers from producing films in the city.  The City of Los Angeles adopted a condom requirement for adult film production to try to Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Missing Federal Inmate From Prison In Santa Barbara County

Tue, February 28, 2012

The search is continuing for a missing federal prison inmate, who escaped from a facility in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Lompoc Inmate Search


Bomb Squad Called In To Handle Mysterious Box Of Ammunition Found At Social Services Agency Office In Oxnard

Tue, February 28, 2012

Oxnard Police, firefighters, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad were all called out to deal with the discovery of a suspicious box at a social service agency in Oxnard, which was discovered to be full of live ammunition. The box was discovered just after nine a.m. today, at the Community Action of Ventura Read the Rest…


Owner Of The Dallas Cowboys Says Team Will Definitely Return To Oxnard For Training Camp In Summer Of 2012

Tue, February 28, 2012

It looks like pro football is going to be returning to Ventura County for sure in 2012. The Dallas Star Telegram is reporting on its website that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the team is headed to Oxnard for camp this summer. The City of Oxnard had missed a deadline to secure the right Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Introduces Green Energy Legislation

Mon, February 27, 2012

A South Coast assemblyman has introduced some proposed new state laws  which he says are intended to promote green energy technology. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara says AB 2339 would require the State Public Utilities Commission to help clear barriers for geothermal, as well as solar heating, and cooling technologies. Another bill, AB Read the Rest…


Burglars Targeting Homes Undergoing Fumigation In Oxnard

Mon, February 27, 2012

Oxnard Police detectives are investigating a string of burglaries involving homes which were tented for fumigation. Nine homes undergoing treatment have been burglarized in the city in the last five weeks.  Police say in the most recent incident, which occurred on South K Street over the weekend, they made an arrest.  However, detectives say they Read the Rest…


Visit By Santa Barbara County Couple To Palm Springs Ends In Tragedy

Mon, February 27, 2012

A trip by a Santa Barbara County couple to Palm Springs for a World War II veterans reunion ended in tragedy. Robert and Lorraine Mathiasen of Goleta were visiting the desert last weekend for a reunion of the 100th Bomb Group.  Friday night, the couple was crossing Palm Canyon Drive when they were hit by Read the Rest…


Teenage Boy Rescued From Wooden Cistern In Ventura County

Mon, February 27, 2012

Ventura County firefighters rescued a teenager who got stuck in an old abandoned water cistern at Cal State Channel Islands, in Camarillo. It happened at around six last night (2/26).  A group of five teens used a rope to climb about 20 feet down into the wooden cistern, which is located in an old abandoned Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Council To Consider Store Bag Ban

Mon, February 27, 2012

The City of Carpinteria is looking at banning the use of disposable plastic bags.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Bag Ban Proposal


U.C. Santa Barbara Researcher Helps Develop New Clues Into Diagnosing Major Cause Of Blindness

Mon, February 27, 2012

Age related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness, and in most cases there’s currently no cure, or treatment available.  But, a U.C. Santa Barbara researcher is part of a team which has developed what may be a key breakthrough in diagnosing, and eventually treating the disease.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Arrested For Attack On Transient

Mon, February 27, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man is facing charges after Sheriff’s detectives say he smashed a transient in the head with a rock at a beach in Isla Vista, seriously injuring him.                                                                                               It happened just before 4 p.m. Friday, near Del Playa Drive and El Embarcadero.  Investigators say Brian Michael Pipkin picked up a rock, at Read the Rest…


20 People On Boat In Channel Islands Arrested For Illegal Entry Into U.S.

Fri, February 24, 2012

Coast Guard officials say a tip called into Santa Barbara Police led to the arrest of 20 people on a boat in the Channel Islands, who were trying to get into the United States illegally from Mexico. The tip came in just before 5 p.m. yesterday (2/23), and the Coast Guard deployed a helicopter, and Read the Rest…


National Tour Visit Of Musical “Young Frankenstein” To South Coast Homecoming For Lead Performer

Fri, February 24, 2012

This is a big homecoming weekend for a Conejo Valley stage performer, who stars as the lead performer in the national touring company of the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein”. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with A.J. Holmes as he did a workshop for students this afternoon (2/24) at his alma mater, Agoura Hills High Read the Rest…


Missile Launch Set For Vandenberg Air Force Base, With Protest Planned Outside

Fri, February 24, 2012

After weeks of preparation, a nuclear weapons capable missile is set for a test launch early tomorrow morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Plans call for the Minuteman III to lift off sometime between two and eight  a.m., and to send a dummy payload some 4,800 miles downrange to a target in the Central Pacific. Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Killed In Ventura County Crash Identified

Fri, February 24, 2012

A Ventura County man is being identified as the victim of a motorcycle accident on Highway 33, near Wheeler Hot Springs in the Los Padres National Forest. The CHP says a cycle being ridden by Edward Layfield went out of control and crashed around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Witnesses say the Ventura man was headed southbound Read the Rest…


Artist Turning 12 Ton Block Of Limestone Into Sculpture For Social Services Complex In Moorpark

Fri, February 24, 2012

It started as a 12 ton block of Texas limestone.  But, an artist is in the middle of a three month project to turn it into a massive sculpture at a new social services center being built in eastern Ventura County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Moorpark. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


State Senator From Agoura Hills Proposes Legislation Intended To Protect Animals From Landlords

Fri, February 24, 2012

A state senator who represents parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties has introduced a bill which protects the pets of potential renters. Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills is proposing a law which would ban landlords from establishing rental policies which require animals to be declawed, or devocalized. Violators could face a civil Read the Rest…


Ventura Hires New Assistant City Manager

Fri, February 24, 2012

The City of Ventura has hired a new Assistant City Manager. James Mason was hired after the city received more than 260 applications.  Mason has worked for local government agencies for more than 16 years, and has most recently been Deputy City Manager, and Public Works Director for the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island. He’ll fill Read the Rest…


Naval Base Ventura County To Get New Commanding Officer Today

Fri, February 24, 2012

Naval Base Ventura County is getting a new commanding officer today. Captain Lawrence Vasquez will take over command of the facility in a ceremony this morning from Captain James McHugh, who is retiring after 26 years of service in the Navy. Vasquez is a naval aviator who commanded helicopter squadrons, and recently served in a Read the Rest…


Arrests Made Over What Oxnard Police Call Illegal Gold Buying Operation

Thu, February 23, 2012

Oxnard Police arrested the owner of a business, and an employee in a sting operation for what they say was an illegal gold purchasing operation. Detectives has received information that a business known as Fredy del Oro, on the 1200 block of Saviers Road, was operating without the specialized second hand business license needed to Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Threatening Lawsuit Over Allegations Of Pollution From Ventura County Oil, Gas Facility

Thu, February 23, 2012

An environmental group is threatening legal action over what is says is water pollution stemming from an oil, and gas facility in Ventura County onto some popular beaches. The Environmental Defense Center claims that the more than 4,000 acre Vintage Production Rincon Grubb Oil Field has consistently reported suspended solids, and other pollutants in excess Read the Rest…


Debate Over Use Of “In God We Trust” Motto Comes To Ventura County Community

Thu, February 23, 2012

Should the phrase “In God We Trust” be displayed on a plaque at a municipal facility? That’s the question the Camarillo City Council has been asked to consider by a city resident. It’s been a controversial issue around the country, because of concerns by some it would violate the separation of church, and state.  About Read the Rest…


70th Anniversary Of First Attack ON U.S. Mainland During World War Two, Which Occured In Santa Barbara County

Thu, February 23, 2012

February 23rd marks the 70th anniversary of the first attack on America’s mainland during World War II, which was a bombardment by a Japanese submarine of an oil facility in Santa Barbara County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story of this almost forgotten part of U.S. history. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ellwood Read the Rest…


Developer Seeking Tax Concessions To Get Stalled Resort Project In Santa Barbara County Restarted

Thu, February 23, 2012

A developer is seeking some tax concessions from Santa Barbara County to try to help restart stalled plans for an already approved project to rebuild Montecito’s Miramar resort.   KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Miramar Project Proposal Update


Police Looking For Armed Robber Hitting Santa Barbara Parking Lot Kiosks

Thu, February 23, 2012

Santa Barbara Police say they’re looking for a gunman who’s robbed three City of Santa Barbara parking lot kiosks since the first of the year. The robber targeted three different parking lots, striking two of the three in broad daylight.  The latest robbery happened Tuesday afternoon, at the City’s Parking Lot Seven, on the 1100 Read the Rest…


Chemical Release In Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Injures Two Teens

Wed, February 22, 2012

Ventura County firefighters, and Sheriff’s deputies say what they first thought was a hazardous materials incident in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood is actually a crime scene. It happened just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, on the 1600 block of Marian Avenue. Fire department officials say following a chemical release which apparently occurred in a vehicle, two Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Looking For Potential Predator Targeting Teenage Girls

Wed, February 22, 2012

Ventura Police say they are looking for a potential predator targeting teenage girls in the city, who has been been involved in at least three incidents. Detectives say a man driving an older model pickup truck would approach the high school aged girls as they were walking alone, and would offer them a ride, or Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks City Council Decides To Fill Pending Vacancy Through Appointment Process

Wed, February 22, 2012

The Thousand Oaks City Council decided it will fill an unexpected vacancy by appointment, instead of spending money for a special election. Citing health issues, longtime City Councilman Dennis Gillette announced he’ll be stepping down from off March 1st, with more than two years left in his term. Some members of the public called for Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Inititiative To Try To Protect Farmland In The City Of Goleta

Wed, February 22, 2012

A Goleta group has announced plans for a ballot initiative intended to protect agricultural land in the city from development.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Agland Initiative


Exhibition Featuring Artifacts From George Washington’s Life Opens In Simi Valley

Wed, February 22, 2012

We know him from history books as the father of our country. But. a new exhibition opening today in Ventura County features some 100 artifacts from George Washington’s life, and tries to tell the story of the man behind the legend.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  George Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Proposes Legislation To Extend Ban On Sugary Drinks in Public Schools

Wed, February 22, 2012

A South Coast assemblyman has introduced legislation to try to ban sugary sports drink from middle, and high schools. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara authored AB 1746, which would extend an existing ban on so-called sports drinks from elementary schools to middle, and high schools. Soda sales are already banned on K-12 public Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Fires Shots At SUV After He Says Fleeing Vehicle Veers Towards Him

Wed, February 22, 2012

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what it’s calling a confrontation by an off-duty deputy with some thieves on his Moorpark property, in which shots were fired. The Sheriff’s Department says the deputy encountered the thieves just before 10 p.m. Monday night, on the 13300 block of Broadway Road, in Moorpark. The deputy says Read the Rest…


Environmental Community Celebrates End Of Oil Barging Off Santa Barbara County Coast

Tue, February 21, 2012

Environmental groups celebrated a landmark event in Santa Barbara County today. The issuance of final operating permits for a new oil pipeline in Santa Barbara County this month meant that it would no longer be necessary to use barges to ship oil from Platform Holly, to the Bay Area, and Southern California. It was the Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands Holding Community Meeting On Future Of Park

Tue, February 21, 2012

The future of a more than 360 acre park in Ventura County is the focus of a public meeting tonight. Cal State Channel Islands wants to get ideas from the public for its park, which is northeast of the campus, just off of Lewis Road. The site is largely undeveloped. The University says it wants Read the Rest…


Brushfire Creates Traffic Safety Issues On Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County During Morning Commute

Tue, February 21, 2012

A small brush fire in a remote area of the Ventura River bottom area this morning created visibility issues on a section of the nearby 101 Freeway. The blaze was discovered at around 6 a.m., near the West Main Street-Ventura River crossing.  Firefighters had a hard time getting to the small blaze because of the Read the Rest…


Agricultural Alliance Conference in Ventura County Looks At Getting More Fresh Produce Into Local Homes

Tue, February 21, 2012

Ventura County is known for its rich agricultural resources, yet many residents don’t have access to the healthy crops right in our backyard.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports dealing with the issue was one of the big themes of an ag conference in Camarillo. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Agricultural Alliance Conference


City Of Thousand Oaks To Consider Submitting Proposal To Manage Simi Valley Library

Tue, February 21, 2012

Could one Ventura County city soon begin managing another city’s library, as well? The Thousand Oaks City Council is set to review a proposal for the city’s library to submit a plan to handle management of Simi Valley’s library, as well. In a staff report, Thousand Oaks library officials say there may be economies in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Consider Development Guidelines For Eastern Ventura County

Tue, February 21, 2012

A long sought document intended to provide development guidelines for a swath of unincorporated land in Southern Santa Barbara County is set to be reviewed today. The Draft Goleta Valley Community Plan for the Eastern Goleta Valley is set for review by Santa Barbara County Supervisors.  The plan covers the unincorporated areas of the Eastern Read the Rest…


« Older stories