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Archives for June 2013

Two Killed In Ventura County Plane Crash

Sat, June 29, 2013

Authorities say two people were killed in the crash of a light plane in Ventura County. The plane went down in an agricultural field at the intersection of Wooley Road, and Victoria Avenue just after noon on Saturday.  The plane burned on impact.  Oxnard Police say they found two bodies in the wreckage of the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Reviews Controversy Over Proposed New High School For Camarillo

Fri, June 28, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report wades into the controversy about construction of a long sought new high school in Camarillo, to help relieve school overcrowding, but doesn’t try to answer one of the key issues involved. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Measure H Controversy


Body Recovered Off San Luis Obispo County Coastline

Fri, June 28, 2013

Authorities say they’ve recovered a body from the ocean at Montana de Oro State Park, in San Luis Obispo County. The body was discovered at around 11 a.m. today, in the Spooner’s Cove area. There’s no word on the identity of the person, or what might have happened.


Ventura County Grand Jury Looks At Jail Facilities In County

Fri, June 28, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the all of the 14 jail, and holding facilities in the county meet, or exceed minimum state standards, but that some need some improvements. The report says that Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the Probation Department need to improve facilities to insure the safety of staff, and Read the Rest…


Pair Arrested For String Of Armed Robberies In Ventura County

Fri, June 28, 2013

A Ventura County man, and a teenager have been arrested for more than a half dozen armed robberies in the Conejo Valley in the last month. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Daniel Alvarez of El Rio, and a 14 year old accomplice used a gun to rob people in Thousand Oaks between June 18th, and Read the Rest…


Governor Will Appoint Successor To San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Who Died this Week

Fri, June 28, 2013

San Luis Obispo County officials say it will be up to the governor to appoint a successor to a County Supervisor who died of an apparent heart attack earlier this week. Paul Teixeira died Wednesday morning at a Santa Maria hospital, after being stricken in his Nipomo home.  An autopsy confirmed that a heart attack Read the Rest…


Goleta Announces New Deputy City Manager

Fri, June 28, 2013

A longtime South Coast city official received a big promotion. Michelle Green is the City of Goleta’s new Deputy City Manager.  Green has been with the city since 2004, serving as a Management Analyst, and more recently Administrative Services Director. City Manager Dan Singer announced the move, which is part of the reorganization of the Read the Rest…


Former South Coast High School Coach Arrested For Stalking

Fri, June 28, 2013

A man identified by Santa Barbara Police as a former coach at a local high school has been arrested for stalking. Detectives say Justin Anthony Sell was a former football coach at Dos Pueblos High School who was harassing a former student athlete from the Goleta school.  Investigators say that starting in May, he made Read the Rest…


Fireworks Go On Sale In Some Central Coast Communities; Firefighters Concerned About Additional Fire Threat

Fri, June 28, 2013

Firefighters on the Central Coast are geared up to deal with brushfires, as we move into what’s predicted to be an exceptionally hot weekend. But, they’re facing another big concern as well. Fireworks went on sale today in several communities in the region. What have been labeled as “safe and sane” fireworks are legal in Read the Rest…


South Coast Community College Announces Plans To Go Smoking Free

Fri, June 28, 2013

A South Coast community college has announced plans to go smoke free. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara City College Smoking Ban


Ventura County Community Preparing To Take Emergency Action To Battle Beach Erosion

Fri, June 28, 2013

A Ventura County community is gearing up to face a major beach erosion problem that’s taken out hundreds of feet of popular beach, and is now threatened public, and private property. A program which normally replenishes sand at Hueneme Beach, in Port Hueneme delivered much less than it has in past years, and most of Read the Rest…


Cause Of Fire Which Critically Injured Santa Barbara County Teen Still Under Investigation

Thu, June 27, 2013

Firefighters are still trying to pinpoint the cause of a house fire which critically injured a Santa Barbara County teenager. The fire was discovered just before four p.m. Monday, at a home on the 4500 block of Edenbury Drive in Orcutt. A father, and three kids escaped from the house safely. The 16 year old Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gets New Schools Superintendent

Thu, June 27, 2013

A new superintendent has been named for a South Coast school district. Cesar Morales will take over the helm of the Oxnard School District July 1st. The 37 year old man is currently an assistant superintendent with the Lawndale School District, which is in Los Angeles County’s South Bay area. Morales fills the vacancy created Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death In Ventura County Still Unsolved

Thu, June 27, 2013

The mystery behind a death in Ventura County continues to grow. On June 23rd, Oxnard Police were called to the 400 block of West Hueneme Road by reports of an assault. The victim told police he was punched in the face by another man, who then fled the scene. As officers were investigating the 2 Read the Rest…


New Grand Jury Report Critical Of Ventura County Jail For Handing OF Woman Who Died In Custody

Thu, June 27, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says while a woman in custody at a county jail facility died from natural causes, it asserts a lack of timely medical care was a factor. Eydie Stepelton was in custody last August at the Main Jail’s Medical/Special Housing Unit when she died. The Grand Jury says their Read the Rest…


Chairman Of The San Luis Obispo County Board Of Supervisors Dies

Thu, June 27, 2013

There’s shocking news in San Luis Obispo County, with word that the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors has died. Paul Teixeira passed away Wednesday night. The Nipomo resident was taken to Marian Regional Center, where he was pronounced dead. It’s believed Teixeira suffered a heart attack, but an autopsy is still pending. The Read the Rest…


Santa Ynez Valley Man Accused Of Dealing Marijuana

Thu, June 27, 2013

A Santa Ynez Valley man already on probation has been arrested on drug dealing charges, with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies saying they found large quantities of marijuana products in his home. Deputies were called to the 1500 block of Acorn Lane in Solvang by a noise complaint Tuesday night.  Because Alan Pugliese was on Read the Rest…


New After School Facility For Teens Opened On South Coast

Thu, June 27, 2013

A facility intended to give some South Coast teens a place to take part in productive activities, and give them an alternative to gangs is officially open. “The Club” Teen Center in Oxnard is being debuted by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard, and Port Hueneme. Tim Blaylock, with the Boys and Girls Read the Rest…


Santa Ynez Valley Hospital Beefs Up Diagnostic Abilities With MRI Facility

Thu, June 27, 2013

A northern Santa Barbara County hospital has beefed up its ability to diagnose medical problems. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital has added a MRI machine to its facilities in Solvang. It’s the first ever permanent MRI facility in the Santa Ynez Valley, and will allow quicker diagnosis of people facing urgent issues, as well as Read the Rest…


Hundreds Rally In Santa Barbara To Celebrate Supreme Court Decisions

Thu, June 27, 2013

Hundreds of people took part in a Santa Barbara rally to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage, and benefits for same sex partners. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB Supreme Court Rulings Rally


Death Of Ventura County Jail Inmate Under Investigation

Thu, June 27, 2013

Authorities are trying to determine what led to the death of a Ventura County Jail inmate, who was found unresponsive in his cell early Wednesday morning. During routine cell checks at around one a.m., deputies at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura noticed Roy Lee Jones didn’t appear to be breathing. Deputies, and emergency personnel Read the Rest…


Concern About Possible Threats To Children In Ventura County

Thu, June 27, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they are looking for a potential predator, or perhaps more than one in the Fillmore area. Investigators say on three different occasions this month, a man approached children who were by themselves, and made inappropriate contact.  They say in two cases, a man offered the kids rides, and in the Read the Rest…


Britain’s Foreign Minister Speaks In Ventura County; Talks About US, UK’s Roles Together In Changing Global Relations

Thu, June 27, 2013

Britain’s top foreign policy secretary says the U.S. shouldn’t be saddled with so much of the leadership role in trying to establish, and sometimes enforce international relations. British Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke in Ventura County this week, addressing issues ranging from the global hot spots for foreign policy, to new approaches to diplomacy he Read the Rest…


Wreckage Of Plane From San Luis Obispo Crash Taken To Palmdale For Inspection By Federal Investigators

Wed, June 26, 2013

The remains of a plane which crashed just after takeoff in San Luis Obispo, killing the aircraft’s pilot, are now in Palmdale where they will be inspected by federal investigators. The plane had some type of a problem just after lifting off at about 1 p.m. Monday, hitting a power line, a delivery truck, and Read the Rest…


Exhibition In Ventura County Featuring Abraham Lincoln Artifacts Drawing Huge Crowds

Wed, June 26, 2013

An exhibition which features artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s life, as well as props created for the acclaimed movie “Lincoln,” is drawing record crowds in Ventura County. Crowds at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley have been so large since Lincoln: The Exhibition opened three weeks ago that the museum is offering time specific Read the Rest…


Proposition 8 Opponents On South Coast Celebrate Supreme Court Actions

Wed, June 26, 2013

Supporters of same sex marriage on the South Coast are celebrating today’s historic Supreme Court rulings, clearing the way for marriages to resume, as well as for equality for partners in benefits, and protections. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has some of the local reaction. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Proposition 8 Ruling Reaction


Two Pismo Beach Police Officers Suffer Knife Wounds While Arresting Man

Wed, June 26, 2013

Two Pismo Beach police officers are recovering from knife wounds they suffered while trying to arrest a man at a shopping center. The officers were responding to a trespassing call at the Pismo Coast Shopping Center, on the 500 block of Five Cities Drive at around 1 p.m. yesterday. Police say as Arthur Groneman was Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Veterans Honored In Sacramento Today

Wed, June 26, 2013

Two veterans from Ventura County were honored by the State Assembly in Sacramento today. Army veteran Jerry Olivas of Santa Paula, and Air Force veteran Anthony Volante of Port Hueneme were saluted as part of the sixth annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon. Olivas was in the Army for two decades, and received a Purple Heart after Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Says Santa Barbara County Shouild Consider Local Tax On Oil Production

Wed, June 26, 2013

Financially squeezed Santa Barbara County should consider taxing oil production in the county to help deal with it’s budget problems, according to a new Grand Jury report. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Onshore Oil Tax Proposal


South Coast City Looks At Fix For One Of Its Most Congrested Intersections

Wed, June 26, 2013

A South Coast city is trying to solve one of its worst intersection congestion problems. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Intersection Problem


Ventura County Stepping Up Efforts to Attract Movie, Television Production

Wed, June 26, 2013

Ventura County is stepping up its efforts to attract movie and television production in the county. The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, which oversees the county’s Film Commission, has hired a film liaison. Karen Kelly is no stranger to the concept, serving as a film liaison for the City of Ventura, and the Ventura Visitors & Read the Rest…


Home Energy Efficiency Program In Santa Barbara County To Expand To Ventura, San Luis Obispo Counties

Wed, June 26, 2013

A successful Santa Barbara County program which helps homeowners improve their home energy efficiency is running out of the grant money this summer which made it possible. But, not only is EmPowerSBC program getting the opportunity to get new grants to stay in business, it’s planning to expand its services to help homeowners in Ventura, Read the Rest…


Teenager Critically Injured In Santa Barbara County Fire

Tue, June 25, 2013

A teenage girl was critically injured in a house fire in northern Santa Barbara County. It happened just before four p.m. today, on the 4500 block of Edenbury Drive in Orcutt.  Santa Barbara County firefighters say they arrived to find a badly burned 16 year old girl on the home’s front lawn.  She was flow Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County Resident Accused Of Child Abuse In San Bernardino County

Tue, June 25, 2013

A former Santa Barbara man has been charged with abusing five children in San Bernardino County, and officials in Santa Barbara County say they are now investigating whether he may be responsible for some similar crimes in our area, because of his connection to some preschools. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Paul Hultman of Read the Rest…


Congresswoman Representing Tri-Counties Upset With Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act

Tue, June 25, 2013

A Congresswoman who represents the Tri-Counties says she’s upset with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today on the Voting Rights Act. The high court struck down a key provision of the act, saying it was unconstitutional, and questioned the need for parts of the law in this modern age. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Read the Rest…


KCLU Honored With Five APTRA Awards

Tue, June 25, 2013

KCLU is the AP’s most honored small market radio station in the Western United States in 2013, winning five Mark Twain Awards from the Associated Press Television Radio Association. KCLU Morning Anchor, and Program Director Jim Rondeau was named “Anchor Of The Year” for Division Two stations at APTRA’s annual awards show at the Pasadena Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Reports New Truancy Program In Santa Barbara County Having Early Success

Tue, June 25, 2013

A new effort to combat truancy in Santa Barbara County is reporting some early successes, according to a report from the county’s Grand Jury. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Truancy


Warning Issued About Burglaries Of Homes Tented For Fumigation in Ventura County

Tue, June 25, 2013

Law enforcement officials in Ventura County say there’s been a rash of burglaries of homes tented for fumigation in the region. Ventura Police say that starting in March, several homes have been hit.  The burglars have taken easy to steal items, including house and car keys, personal documents, money, jewelry, and small electronics.  Police say Read the Rest…


Central Coast Animal Shelter Renovated, Gets New Name

Tue, June 25, 2013

A $450,000 dollar project to renovate an animal shelter on the Central Coast is complete. The Lompoc Animal Shelter has undergone major work to improve its facilities for animals, and the public.  The facility is based at a converted single family home, and didn’t fully comply with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Central Coast Boating Accident

Tue, June 25, 2013

A Kern County man has been identified as the victim of a fatal boating accident in Morro Bay. Christopher Castro of Bakersfield died Sunday morning, and a second person escaped with minor injuries when their boat overturned Sunday morning.  Two surfers spotted the accident, and called 911.  The 53 year old man was pulled from Read the Rest…


Caltrans Develops Plans To Remove Dangerous Curves From Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County

Tue, June 25, 2013

A nearly century old section of highway on the South Coast has five times the number of accidents as similar areas around the state. Now, Caltrans is proposing to do something about the Gaviota Curves, a section of the 101 where the highway goes from the Gaviota coastline inland towards Buellton. It’s developed a plan Read the Rest…


Federal Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Fatal Plane Crash In San Luis Obispo

Tue, June 25, 2013

National Transportation Safety Board, and Federal Aviation Administration  investigators are trying to figure out what caused a plane taking off in San Luis Obispo to crash into a nearby industrial park, killing its pilot. It happened at around one yesterday afternoon.   The plane was apparently trying to take off from San Luis Obispo County Regional Read the Rest…


More Than 160 Temporary Workers Getting Layoff Notices In Ventura County

Mon, June 24, 2013

A company which supplies temporary workers has notified Ventura County that more that 160 workers based at an Oxnard facility will be losing their jobs. In a letter to Ventura County Supervisors, Aerotek says 164 workers it employed as part of a contract with Haas Automation will lose their jobs by mid-August.  Aerotek says the Read the Rest…


Light Plane Crash Kills Pilot In San Luis Obispo; Narrowly Misses Others On Ground

Mon, June 24, 2013

A light plane crashed into an industrial park in San Luis Obispo this afternoon, killing the plane’s pilot. It happened at around one this afternoon.   The plane was apparently trying to take off from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport when it had some type of problem, and plunged into an industrial area about a Read the Rest…


Police Seeking Man For Kidnapping, Sexual Assault In Ventura

Mon, June 24, 2013

A man police say kidnapped, and sexually assaulted a Ventura woman is being sought. Ventura Police say at around 5:30 yesterday morning, a man went to the Faulkner Drive home of a woman he knows, forced his way inside, kidnapped her, and sexually assaulted her at another location.  Detectives say that David Romero then drove Read the Rest…


One Person Reported Dead In Crash Of Plane In San Luis Obispo

Mon, June 24, 2013

One person is reported dead, in the crash of a light plane in a San Luis Obispo industrial park. It happened at around one this afternoon.   The plane was apparently trying to take off from San Luis Obispo Airport when it had some type of problem, and crashed into an industrial park. The plane hit Read the Rest…


PGE Sorts Out Cause Of Massive Power Outage On Central Coast

Mon, June 24, 2013

Equipment problems at a PG & E facility in Morro Bay are blamed for last night’s massive power outage which plunged thousands of customers on the Central Coast into darkness. Homes, and businesses from the Santa Ynez Valley, to Atascadero were affected by the blackout, which started at around 9:30. It impacted various substations, with Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Has Concerns About Some Detention Facilities In Santa Barbara County

Mon, June 24, 2013

< ![endif]–>A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says law enforcement agencies in the county are doing the best they can, but are having to deal with outmoded, and overcrowded jail facilities. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Detention Facilities


Longtime South Coast Law Firm To Close

Mon, June 24, 2013

A law firm which has been serving the South Coast since the 1930′s is going to close its doors. Oxnard based Norman Cormany Hair & Compton will shut down this summer.  Company officials have cited the loss of some key partners, and associates as the key reason for the decision.  The company has been well Read the Rest…


Stolen Van Equipped To Steal Fuel Causes Dangerous Leak In Ventura County

Mon, June 24, 2013

Firefighters arriving to deal with what was reported to be a fuel leak from a van in Ventura found themselves dealing with a stolen vehicle outfitted with a huge tank apparently used to steal fuel. It happened at around 8 last night, in a Ventura neighborhood south of Highway 126 near Saratoga Avenue.  Firefighters used Read the Rest…


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