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Archives for January 2014

Memorial Held In Ventura County Today For Victims Of 2000 Jetliner Crash Off Coast

Fri, January 31, 2014

Some family members, and friends of people on board a jetliner which crashed off the Ventura County coastline more than a decade ago gathered today in Port Hueneme for a memorial event. At 4:22 p.m. on January 31st, 2000 Alaska Air Flight 261 plunged into the ocean off of Anacapa Island, as it was flying Read the Rest…


Morro Bay Implements Some Of The Toughest Water Use Restrictions On Central Coast

Fri, January 31, 2014

In the face of the drought, one Central Coast City has announced the implementation of some of the toughest water use restrictions in the region. The City of Morro Bay will now only allow irrigation of landscaping for public, and private landscaping two days a week. Odd numbered property addresses can irrigate on Tuesday, and Read the Rest…


California Lutheran University Announces Nearly 18,000 Square Foot Expansion In Conejo Valley

Fri, January 31, 2014

A Ventura County based university has announced plans to expand its facilities, with a Conejo Valley building complex which will house a new business incubator, and counseling center. California Lutheran University is opening a nearly 18,000 square foot facility on the 31000 block of Agoura Drive in Westlake Village. CLU’s graduate programs in entrepreneurship and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Found Guilty Of Voluntary Manslaughter In New Mexico

Fri, January 31, 2014

A Central Coast man on a road trip has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of his traveling companion. Chip Fox of San Luis Obispo could face more than nine years in prison when he’s sentenced for the August, 2012 killing of Kevin Reardon. Prosecutors say the two men were staying at Read the Rest…


New Cal State Long Beach President From UCSB

Fri, January 31, 2014

The dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education has will be the new President of Cal State Long Beach. Jane Close Conoley will start in Long Beach August 1st. She’s authored, or edited 21 books, and has also been a faculty member at Texas A & M, and the University of Nebraska. Read the Rest…


10 Arrested In Raid On Suspected Oxnard Drug House

Fri, January 31, 2014

Ten people are facing a variety of charges following a raid on a suspected drug house in Oxnard. Oxnard Police detectives say they conducted a year long investigation leading up to yesterday’s raid on the home, which is on the 400 block of Ocotlan Way.  All ten people arrested are from Oxnard, and are facing Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Say Drought, Global Warming Potentially Packing One-Two Punch

Fri, January 31, 2014

Our water crisis has become an almost daily part of the news. The governor declared a drought emergency, and water agencies throughout the region are calling on people to conserve.  Just this week, the City of Ventura asked its customers to cut use by 10%. Some UC Santa Barbara researchers say we shouldn’t be surprised Read the Rest…


Improving Finances Allowing The Return Of Baseball, Men’s Cross Country To Moorpark College

Fri, January 31, 2014

Moorpark College has announced it is restoring two sports program suspended due to budget cuts two years ago. With the state funding situation improving, the college will reinstate its men’s cross country program this fall, and its baseball program next spring.  College officials say they are planning fundraising campaigns to help support the programs. Earlier Read the Rest…


Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Protect Online Consumers Passed By Senate

Fri, January 31, 2014

The State Senate passed a bill by a Santa Barbara based senator which is intended to improve consumer privacy for those making online purchases. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored SB 383, which would limit the amount of personal information merchants can require for credit card purchases of songs, movies, apps, ebooks and Read the Rest…


Director David O. Russell To Be Honored By Santa Barbara Film Festival Tonight

Fri, January 31, 2014

The Santa Barbara Film Festival is underway, and tonight, it will honor one of Hollywood’s hottest directors. David O. Russell will receive the festival’s “Outstanding Director” Award.  Russell is up for an Academy Award for the critically acclaimed “American Hustle,” and directed the highly honored films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” The ceremonies will Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For 2012 Arson Attack

Fri, January 31, 2014

A Ventura County man is facing an arson charge, after detectives say they linked him to an incident a year and a half ago. In August of 2012, someone doused a vehicle with a flammable liquid, and set it on fire, destroying it.  Investigators say Dmitry Kogan was involved in a dispute with the vehicle’s Read the Rest…


Drug Lab Discovered Near Day Care Center In San Luis Obispo County

Thu, January 30, 2014

Law enforcement officers on the Central Coast say they discovered a dangerous drug manufacturing lab right across the street from a day care center. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say as part of an ongoing investigation, they learned about a honey oil conversion lab on the 1700 block of Farrier Court, in San Luis Read the Rest…


Super Bowl Spot Filmed In Ventura County

Thu, January 30, 2014

One of the most touching moments during the Super Bowl this weekend may turn out not to be in the game, but something which was shot in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Super Bowl Spot Shot In Conejo Valley


Highway 1 On Central Coast Closed For Five Hours Following Fatal Head On Crash

Thu, January 30, 2014

A fatal head on traffic accident closed Highway 1 on the Central Coast for about five hours. The accident happened just before 7 a.m. today, on Highway 1 north of Jalama Beach Road.  A northbound car being driven by Mirella Hernandez of Lompoc drifted across Highway 1′s center line, and into a southbound vehicle.  The Read the Rest…


Dole Chairman, CEO Donates $10 Million Dollars For New YMCA Facility In Conejo Valley

Thu, January 30, 2014

A major donation is clearing the way for the start of construction on a new YMCA complex in Westlake Village. Dole Food Company Chairman, and CEO David Murdoch pledged $10 million dollars towards what is expected to be a $20 million dollar plus, 50,000 square foot facility in Westlake Village Community Park. The YMCA facility Read the Rest…


California Transportation Commission Allocates Funding For New Highway Project In Santa Barbara County

Thu, January 30, 2014

The State Transportation Commission has allocated money to improve safety on a section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. It allocated $1.1 million dollars to construct a median barrier, and shoulder rumble strips on the highway from north of Cathedral Oaks Road to south of Dos Pueblos Creek.  The Commission made $138 million dollars Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks Off 11 Day Run

Thu, January 30, 2014

It’s showtime in Santa Barbara  for the 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens tonight. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBIFF Opens


Invasive Freshwater Mussels Created Concern Among Water Suppliers In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, January 30, 2014

An invasion of highly invasive, non-native fresh water mussels which can clog pipes, and water pumping equipment is causing big problems in Ventura County. The discovery of quagga mussels in Lake Piru has a water agency scrambling to try to figure out how to manage the infestation. Meanwhile, another water agency worried its lake might Read the Rest…


Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Blasts Congress, Offer Foreign Policy Views During Appearance In Ventura County

Thu, January 30, 2014

He served in eight presidential administrations, including more than four years as Defense Secretary for Presidents George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that Robert Gates spoke in Ventura County last night, as part of the national tour for his New York Times best seller, “Duty-Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” Click Read the Rest…


Controlled Burn Could Send Up Heavy Smoke In Central Ventura County Today

Thu, January 30, 2014

You could see smoke from a fire in the skies above Ventura County today, as part of an effort to reduce the region’s brush fire danger. The Ventura County Fire Department is conducting a controlled burn starting at around 10 a.m. east of Ventura, in the Barlow, and Sexton Canyon areas. Plans call for burning Read the Rest…


State Assembly Approves Drone Privacy Legislation Co-authored By Ventura County Assemblyman

Wed, January 29, 2014

The State Assembly passed a bill co-authored by a Ventura County assemblyman intended to protect the rights of Californians against drones. AB 1327 would require law enforcement agencies using drones to obtain warrants, mandate agencies make public they are using drones, and limit the amount of time that data collected from the unmanned craft can Read the Rest…


Sting Operation Targets Tobacco Sales To Minors In San Luis Obispo County

Wed, January 29, 2014

A sting operation has busted 14 businesses in San Luis Obispo County for selling tobacco products to teens. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, and the County Health Agency’s Tobacco Control Program conducted the operation. Underaged decoys were used to try to buy tobacco products at stores in some unincorporated areas of the county. Read the Rest…


Two Small Earthquakes Rattle Parts Of South Coast

Wed, January 29, 2014

Two small earthquakes jarred parts of the South Coast this morning. They were both centered in the Pacific Ocean. The first quake was a magnitude 2.3 temblor, which occurred at 12:58 a.m. about four miles west of Isla Vista. A second one, a magnitude 2.9 quake, happened at 6:22 a.m., off of Carpinteria. It was Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Offer Domestic Registry Services

Wed, January 29, 2014

Ventura County has extended medical, dental, and health care benefits to domestic partners of county employees, and retired employees since the year 2000, but up until now the county hasn’t offered a domestic partner registry. People wanting to register as domestic partners had to either do with the state, or through neighboring counties. Ventura County Read the Rest…


Governor Appoints New Ventura County Superior Court Judge

Wed, January 29, 2014

The Governor has appointed a new Ventura County Superior Court judge. Ferdinand Inumerable has been a Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner since 2010. The 46 year old Camarillo man served as a Senior Public Defender in Ventura County for a decade, and as a Deputy Public Defender in Santa Barbara County for four years. Inumerable Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Introduces Bill To Try To Protect Privacy Of Covered California Clients

Wed, January 29, 2014

A State Assemblyman from the South Coast has introduced legislation to try to protect the privacy of people who ask for health insurance information through the Covered California agency. Republican State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo says he introduced AB 1560 because of news that Covered California shared personal information from people inquiring about health Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Reject Proposals For County To Pay For Sidewalk Repairs

Wed, January 29, 2014

If you live in a city, and have a sidewalk in front of your home, the there’s a chance that the city may be responsible for repairing it. But, if you live in unincorporated parts of Ventura, or Santa Barbara Counties, you could arrive home one day to find a notice in your mailbox to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Gets Grant To Help Get Health Insurance For High Risk Population, Like Mentally Ill

Wed, January 29, 2014

Santa Barbara County received a major new grant to try to help enroll, and retain people in Medi-Cal programs. The State Department of Health Care Services awarded $257,000 to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department for try to provide health care for people who currently don’t have it. The county will set up a Read the Rest…


Emma Thompson Out, Bruce Dern In At SB Film Festival

Tue, January 28, 2014

The  Santa Barbara International Film Festival lost one of its main honorees at the last minute, but has come up with a big name replacement. The festival was set to honor actress Emma Thompson with its Modern Master Award, but she cancelled because of a conflict with a play in London which features her. Bruce Dern Read the Rest…


Doctor Accused Of Overprescribing Painkillers, Antidepressants In Ventura County On Massive Scale

Tue, January 28, 2014

A doctor practicing in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties is facing more than a dozen criminal charges, after authorities say he was        overprescribing pain medications on a huge scale. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  MD Accused Of Overprescribing


Man Pronounced Following Oxnard Traffic Accident Died From Natural Causes

Tue, January 28, 2014

A man who was pronounced dead following a traffic accident in Ventura County over the weekend didn’t died as a result of the crash, but from something which happened before it. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office says David Faalevao suffered a disabling medical condition just before the crash. The 38 year old Ventura man Read the Rest…


Health Plan Officials in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties Say They’ve Made More than 4000 New Medi-Cal Enrollments As A Result Of Affordable Care Act

Tue, January 28, 2014

The agency which administers Medi-Cal health care services for about 100,000 people in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties says they’ve made about 4100 new enrollments for coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act. CelCal Health officials say an additional 30,000 people will be eligible for Medi-Cal services in Santa Barbara, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Rejects Complaints About County Jail Food

Tue, January 28, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Jury rejected complaints from jail inmates, and their families about the quality, and prices of food served at county facilities. In 2012, the Sheriff’s Department outsourced its food services, hiring Aramark to handle the service.  The Department was able to reduce its costs by about $85,000 in the first year of Read the Rest…


Probation, Parole Sweep In Ventura County Leads To 28 Arrests

Tue, January 28, 2014

A probation and parole sweep in Ventura County led to 28 arrests. Some 60 law enforcement officers from different agencies took part in the effort, which focused on El Rio, Nyland Acres and Saticoy.  57 locations were searched, with officers focusing on people convicted of gang, drug, or theft related crimes. The 28 arrests ranged Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara Men Accused Of Holding Woman Captive, Sexually Assaulting Her For Hours

Tue, January 28, 2014

Two Santa Barbara men are facing multiple charges, after police say they held a woman captive for hours, and repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Detectives say in October, the victim and a friend had gone to the North Milpas Stree home where Ubaldo De La Cruz Gonzales, and Carlos Rojas-Villafana lived.  They say the victim’s friend Read the Rest…


Central Coast Inmate Dies In Hospital; Flu Suspected

Tue, January 28, 2014

A jail inmate on the Central Coast who was taken to a hospital because he appeared to be seriously ill from the flu has died. Rudy Silva told San Luis Obispo County Jail staff last Thursday he didn’t feel well, and was taken to a hospital where he died yesterday.  County Sheriff’s Department officials say Read the Rest…


Super Bowl Was Never Supposed To Be Called Super Bowl; New Book By Santa Barbara Woman Looks At Football History

Tue, January 28, 2014

It’s Super Bowl week, and ready or not, you’re going to be saturated with everything you wanted to know, and probably many hings you don’t about the game. But, did you know the Super Bowl was never supposed to be called the Super Bowl?  And, that they couldn’t fill the stadium for the first game? Read the Rest…


Sections Of South Coast Road Facing On And Off Closures For Power Line Replacement

Mon, January 27, 2014

A section of a major South Coast road will be closed during the overnight hours for the next few nights so some power lines can be replaced. It’s the latest phase of a project along State Route 192, better known as Foothill Road, north of Carpinteria. The road is closed from Nidever Road, to Santa Read the Rest…


Ventura Pier Fully Reopend To Public

Mon, January 27, 2014

The full length of the Ventura Pier is open again, after a section of it was closed on Friday due to damage from high surf. A Pacific storm created massive waves which damaged one of the pier’s pilings.  The end of the pier was closed, but restaurants on the landmark remained open.  After an inspection, Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Mistakenly Released

Mon, January 27, 2014

Authorities are still on the lookout in Santa Barbara County jail inmate who was accidently released. Eduardo Gonzales was in the main jail facility in Santa Barbara on a domestic violence charge, when he was mistakenly released Friday due to what the department called “procedural issues.” The 24 year old man was ineligible for release Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Set To Look At Controversy Over Program For Homeless

Mon, January 27, 2014

The Ventura City Council tonight is once again set to look at the issue of whether a church should be able to run a program for the homeless out of its facilities in a midtown neighborhood. The Ventura Planning Commission denied a conditional use permit for Harbor Community Church to provide the services from his Read the Rest…


Man From Famous Marlboro Man Ads Dies On Central Coast

Mon, January 27, 2014

An actor best known as the model in the famous “Marlboro Man” ads in the 1970’s, and 80’s has died on the Central Coast. Eric Lawson is best known from the print ads which portrayed him as a rugged cowboy, but he appeared in a number of Tv shows over the decades, ranging from Baretta Read the Rest…


New Report Says Some Ventura County Bridges Need Repairs, But Are Safe Overall

Mon, January 27, 2014

Some recent bridge collapses in the U.S. have made national news, but a new report being presented to Ventura County Supervisors this week says county bridges doing well overall as far as safety is concerned, with a rating of 75 out of 100.  But, officials say some work is needed. A Caltrans report lists 15 Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Car Hits Vehicle In Chase, Leading To Capture Of Driver

Mon, January 27, 2014

A pursuit involving a stolen vehicle ended when the vehicle was struck by an Oxnard police car. An officer on patrol at around 4 a.m. Saturday noticed a vehicle which had been reported stolen being drive on Channel Islands Boulevard, near Raider Way.  When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away, into Read the Rest…


Social Justice Fund In Ventura County Choose New Leader

Mon, January 27, 2014

A non-profit agency involved in social justice projects in Ventura County has hired a new Executive Director. Angeles Small will head the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County.  Small has more than15 years experience in the non-profit world.  She’s worked on community organizing projects in the U.S. and Mexico.


Man Arrested For Hit And Run Death Of Bicyclist In Ventura County

Mon, January 27, 2014

A man is facing felony vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and other charges following the hit and run death of a bicyclist in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say the were called to Rose Avenue, south of Raiders Way just after 2 a.m. Sunday by reports of an accident.  They found Gerald Garcia on the ground at the Read the Rest…


KCLU Wins Four RTNA Golden Mike Awards

Sun, January 26, 2014

KCLU has been honored with four Golden Mike awards for excellence in news coverage by the Radio Television News Association of Southern California. KCLU’s Jim Rondeau and Lance Orozco won the Division B award for “Best Radio Spot News ” for the station live coverage of the 2013 Springs brush fire in Ventura County, which Read the Rest…


High Surf Damages Ventura Pier; Section Closed

Fri, January 24, 2014

High surf created by a Pacific storm has damaged the Ventura pier, prompting the closure of a section of it. The City of Ventura made the move Friday afternoon, after city workers noticed that a pier piling had been damaged.  The pier’s restaurants are still open, but the pier is closed beyond that point.


Ventura County Reporting First Flu-Related Death Of Season

Fri, January 24, 2014

Ventura County Health officials are reporting the first flu-related death of the season in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Flu Death


Goleta Gets Help From State Coast Commission In Developong Local Coastal Plan

Fri, January 24, 2014

The City of Goleta is getting some financial help from the State Coastal Commission to develop a local Coastal Plan. The Commission is giving Goleta $125,000 so the city can develop its first plan of this type.  The coastal plans are required by state law, and give the city decision making authority for coastal development Read the Rest…


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