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Archives for January 2014

Community Leaders Celebrate Completion Of Major Highway Project On Central Coast

Fri, January 24, 2014

It was a day of smiles, and handshakes today on the Central Coast, as community leaders gathered to celebrate the official completion of a 47 million dollar Highway 101 improvement project. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino, plus a number of other state and local officials were on hand Read the Rest…


FAA Looking At Changing Takeoff, Landings Patterns At Major Southern California Airports, Including Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

Fri, January 24, 2014

The planes crossing the skies of the South Coast could be taking different paths in the future, as the result of changes in takeoff, and landing patterns near major airports. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at ways to improve efficiency in the use of Southern California’s airspace, by possibly changing aircraft arrival, and departure Read the Rest…


Unemployment Numbers Flat In Santa Barbara County; Dip In San Luis Obispo County

Fri, January 24, 2014

The latest unemployment numbers are flat for Santa Barbara County, but showed a drop in San Luis Obispo County. The jobless rate for Santa Barbara County was 6.2% in November, and stayed the same for December.  But, in San Luis Obispo County, the month to month rate dipped from 6% in November, to 5.6% in Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops Statewide, Shows Mixed Results In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, January 24, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the jobless rate statewide, and mixed results in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The statewide numbers dropped from 8.5% in November, to 8.3% in December. The jobless rate in Ventura County dipped from 7.2% in November, to 6.9% in December.  During the same month to month period, Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder For Wounding Central Coast CHP Officer

Fri, January 24, 2014

A man who shot a Central Coast CHP officer in a gun battle has been convicted of attempted murder. Clifford Scott shot the officer following a car chase, and foot pursuit in the Paso Robles area. The officer had tracked down the San Diego man.  After Scott opened fire, the CHP officer first tried to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Molesting Relative

Fri, January 24, 2014

A Santa Barbara man is accused of molesting one of his relatives. Santa Barbara Police detectives say they received word that a high school student may have been molested in 2011.  After interviewing the girl, they obtained an arrest warrant, and took Florentino Miranda into custody at his San Andres Street home. The investigators say Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Accused Of Assaulting Deputy

Fri, January 24, 2014

A Ventura County Jail inmate is now facing additional charges, after deputies say he attacked a guard, and tried to take his gun. Santiago Hernandez was in the county jail on robbery, attempted burglary, and drug charges.  He was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of some undisclosed medical problems. Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


State Senator From Region Introduces Two Bills To Help Children Impacted By Domestic Violence, Abuse

Fri, January 24, 2014

A State Senator who serves part of our region has introduced two bills to try to help children living in domestic violence or abuse situations. Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills introduced SB 910, which would extend protection for children against abusers in their family who are released from jail, or prison.  Currently, spouses Read the Rest…


Ventura County Health Officials Concerned About Spike In Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Launch New Program To Fight Problem

Fri, January 24, 2014

This next story is about a subject which isn’t easy to talk about, and it may not be one for younger ears. Ventura County Public Health officials say they’re worried about a spike in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases in the county. The numbers have nearly doubled in the last decade. Now, the Read the Rest…


Two Behind Bars, Third Still Being Sought Following Car Chase On Central Coast

Thu, January 23, 2014

Two people are behind bars, and a third is being sought following a wild car chase on the Central Coast. It started just after 12 this morning. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies saw a car speeding near Bradley Road, and Clark Avenue in the Orcutt area. The driver refused to stop, with the chase ending Read the Rest…


South Coast Community College To Restart Sports Programs Lost To Budget Cuts

Thu, January 23, 2014

It’s been a rough couple of years for community colleges on the South Coast, with the state budget crisis forcing program, and staff cuts at the local level. But, an improving financial situation is allowing one campus to restart one of the major sports programs it lost. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Red Flag Warning In Effect For Parts Of Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, January 23, 2014

A Red Flag warning is in effect for the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, as well as for Ventura County valleys, because of gusty wind, and low humidity. The National Weather service says we could see wind from 15 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts to 40 miles an hour.  Read the Rest…


Red Flag Warning In Forecast For High Brush Fire Danger in Parts Of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Thu, January 23, 2014

A Red Flag warning is expected to go into effect at midnight  for the mountains, and interior valleys of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, because of gusty wind, and low humidity. The National Weather service says we could see wind from 15 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts to 40 miles an Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Appoints New Public Health Officer

Thu, January 23, 2014

Santa Barbara County has a new County Public Health officer, at least temporarily. Dr. Charity Thoman was appointed to the post this week.  Thoman joined the county’s health department in 2011, as a Deputy Health Officer..  She has served in a number of capacities with the county, including Tuberculosis Controller, Communicable Disease Controller, Medical Director Read the Rest…


Reopening Desalination Plant In Santa Barbara Could Cost $20 Million Dollars

Thu, January 23, 2014

With growing concern about water on the South Coast in the face of the state’s drought, people are asking questions about what it would take to open a never used water desalination plant which was built in the 1990′s in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it would be an expensive proposition. Click on link Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Highway Interchange Named After Fallen Ventura County CHP Officer

Thu, January 23, 2014

A highway interchange in Santa Barbara County has been named after a Ventura County based CHP officer who died in the line of duty. The Highway 101-154 interchange in Santa Barbara is now the CHP Officer James C. O’Connor Memorial Interchange. O’Connor was a motorcycle officer who had been training in Santa Maria, and was Read the Rest…


Governor Says California Is Rebounding In “State Of State” Speech; Avoids Hot Button Issues

Thu, January 23, 2014

California needs to take advantage of its improved financial situation, by paying down debt, and creating significant reserves. That was one of the big messages of Governor Jerry Brown in his “State Of The State” address yesterday. Political observers say the governor played it safe during an election year, avoiding controversial issues, and playing up Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Car Involved In Accident; One Injured

Thu, January 23, 2014

One person was injured, when a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department patrol car headed to the scene of a traffic accident involving a school bus was involved in a crash. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, at the intersection of Las Posas Road and Camino Alvarez, in Camarillo. The patrol car was at the intersection Read the Rest…


Simi Valley School District Drops Proposal To Close Elementary School

Thu, January 23, 2014

First, a school district in Ventura County was looking at closing three elementary schools to save money. Then, it was two, and finally, one. Now, the school closure idea is completely off the table in the Simi Valley School District, at least for now. After more than 200 parents showed up to oppose the proposal Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Ventura County Murder

Wed, January 22, 2014

Detectives say they’ve solved the fatal stabbing of a man in Ventura County, arresting an acquaintance of the victim. Juan Carlos Garcia was fatally wounded December 13th.  The 26 year old man was found at his home on the 1500 block of Alturas Street in Oxnard. He died a few hours later at a hospital. Read the Rest…


Three Adults Arrested, Two Children Placed In Protective Custody Following Central Coast Incident

Wed, January 22, 2014

Three people were arrested, and two children placed in protective custody as a result of efforts to catch a wanted parolee on the Central Coast. Law enforcement officers received information that Jorge Cortez was at an apartment yesterday on the 1900 block of South Lincoln Street, in Santa Maria.  As they entered the apartment, the Read the Rest…


School District Superintendent In San Luis Obispo County Announces Candidacy For County Schools Superintendent

Wed, January 22, 2014

A school district superintendent in San Luis Obispo County has announced his intention to run for the soon to be vacant County Schools Superintendent post. Yesterday, San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools Julian Crocker announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election this year, and will retire in January after 16 years in the post. Cayucos Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Intercepts Boat Loaded With Marijuana In Channel Islands

Wed, January 22, 2014

The Coast Guard intercepted a boat filled with bales of marijuana in the Channel Islands. A Coast Guard cutter on patrol spotted the 35 foot long panga boat early Saturday morning, west of San Nicholas Island.  There was a pursuit, with other law enforcement boats, and aircraft involved. The panga boat eventually stopped southwest of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Woman Turns 106

Wed, January 22, 2014

A Santa Barbara County woman is celebrating her birthday today (Wednesday). Now, while that might not sound especially newsworthy, consider this: She’s turning 106! KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  `106th Birthday


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Drop Efforts To Put New Oil Tax Proposal Before Voters

Wed, January 22, 2014

A proposal to create a new tax on oil production to help financially struggling Santa Barbara County isn’t going to get to voters this June, as many had expected. The dollar a barrel tax plan appeared to have the narrow majority of support it needed from Santa Barbara County Supervisors to make the ballot. But, Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Isla Vista After More Than 50 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In Apartment

Tue, January 21, 2014

A man who was pulled over for driving through Isla Vista with the music in his car too loud is now in much bigger trouble, after authorities say they found more than 50 pounds of marijuana in his apartment. Julius Perdomo was stopped on the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive, and  Barbara County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Top Educator on Central Coast To Retire

Tue, January 21, 2014

One of the Central Coast’s top educators has announced to plans to retire. Julian Crocker will not seek re-election this year as San Luis Obispo County’s Superintendent of Schools, and will leave the post when his current term expires next January. Crocker has been the county’s superintendent for 16 years. Before being elected to the Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival Announces Sellars, Salonen To Serve As Music Director In Future Fests

Tue, January 21, 2014

An internationally known music festival on the South Coast announced some huge names in the classical music world will serve as the event’s music directors during the next few years. Steve Schick will serve as the Ojai Music Festival’s Music Director in 2015, Peter Sellars will serve in 2016, and Esa-Pekka Salonen will hold the Read the Rest…


Congresswoman Plans To Seek Ninth Term Representing Tri-Counties

Tue, January 21, 2014

It’s official. A congresswoman representing most of the Tri-Counties says she will seek re-election. Officials with Lois Capps confirm the 24th District Congresswoman will seek a ninth term in office. Capps first won election in 1998. The Democrat is known for her strong interest in environmental, and health care issues. The filing deadline isn’t until Read the Rest…


Two Women Invoved In Early Days Of Ventura County University Die

Tue, January 21, 2014

Two women who were part of the formative years of a Ventura County university have died. Helen Olson was the wife of one of California Lutheran University’s first presidents, Raymond Olson. She passed away over the weekend, from natural causes. The university’s former first lady was 100 years old. And, the Thousand Oaks based university Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Multiple Sex Crimes

Tue, January 21, 2014

A Ventura County man has been arrested for multiple sex crimes, with detectives saying he met at least some of his victims through Facebook. Simi Valley Police say they started looking into a sexual assault last year, and identified Christopher Ng as a suspect.  Detectives say during the course of the investigation, they discovered two Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Set To Look At Proposed Oil Tax Ballot Measure

Tue, January 21, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today are expected to consider placing a measure on the ballot which would ask voters to approve a new per-barrel tax on oil produced in the county. If approved, the plan would raise an estimated three to four million dollars a year, which would be used for libraries, parks, and fire Read the Rest…


Factory Outlet Store In Ventura County Hit In Takeover Robbery

Tue, January 21, 2014

A factory outlet store in Ventura County was the scene of a takeover robbery. Four men dressed in dark clothes, and ski masks entered the rear door of the Saks Off Fifth Avenue store in the Camarillo Factory Outlets just after 6 a.m. yesterday.  They got into the store as employees were reporting to work.  Read the Rest…


Sections Of South Coast Highway To Be Closed Overnights This Week For Construction

Tue, January 21, 2014

Sections of a normally busy rural road in Southern Santa Barbara County will be closed overnights this week, so some power lines can be replaced. The work involves parts of Highway 192, better known as Foothill Road, just north of Carpinteria. Foothill Road will be closed from Santa Monica Road, to Linden Avenue from 5 Read the Rest…


SUV Smashes Into Two Other Vehicles, Including Police Car During Chase In Oxnard

Tue, January 21, 2014

An SUV smashed into two other vehicles, including a police car during a chase in Oxnard. It started just after 6 last night, in the area of Roosevelt Avenue and Third Street.  An officer tried to stop an SUV for speeding, but it didn’t stop, and there was a chase.  The SUV hit one vehicle, and Read the Rest…


KCLU Honored By NorCal RTNDA For Outstanding News Coverage

Mon, January 20, 2014

A Northern California journalism group has honored KCLU for its excellence in news coverage with two awards. The Northern California Radio Television News Directors Association (NorCal RTNDA) honored KCLU Program Director Jim Rondeau with its “Best Radio Newscast Under 15 Minutes, Division B” award for “KCLU News With Jim Rondeau.” KCLU News Director Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Condominium Fire Injures One On Central Coast

Mon, January 20, 2014

One person suffered minor injuries in an early morning condominium complex fire on the Central Coast. It happened just after 3:30 a.m. today, on the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo. Three people were able to get out of the burning unit safely, but firefighters had to pull out the fourth.  That Read the Rest…


Theater Group Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary Bringing Broadway Shows To Ventura County

Mon, January 20, 2014

A theater company is celebrating its 20th anniversary of presenting shows from Broadway in Ventura County. Theater League has announced that its will celebrate its two decades at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with four productions, including “Beauty And The Beast,” “Camelot,” “The Buddy Holly Story,” and “Chicago.”  The non-profit theater group based in Read the Rest…


Police Officer, Explore Scout Injured When Patrol Car Hit By Suspected DUI Driver In Oxnard

Mon, January 20, 2014

An Oxnard police officer, and explorer scout at the scene of a traffic accident were injured when a suspected DUI driver plowed into a patrol car. The officer, and scout were in a parked unit at Fuchsia Street, and Carmen Way just before 2 a.m. Saturday.  The car was parked in a way to block Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say They Arrest Heroin Dealer

Mon, January 20, 2014

Santa Barbara Police say a two month long investigation led to the arrest of a heroin dealer. Detectives say they received information which led them to start an investigation of James Robert Begg last November.  They say they got a search warrant for his home, on the 1900 block of Gillespie Street, and as they Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Wild Car Chase In Oxnard

Mon, January 20, 2014

Two Ventura County men are facing a variety of charges following a wild chase. It happened just after 10 p.m. Friday, near Ventura Road and Fifth Street in Oxnard. A police officer tried to make a traffic stop on a car, which instead sped away from the scene.  Officers say someone threw a loaded pistol Read the Rest…


MLK Events Planned For Ventura County

Sun, January 19, 2014

Some community events are  planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Junior Day in Ventura County. The MLK Committee of Ventura County, and the Cabrillo Economic Development Corportation are sponsoring an 8 a.m. march on Monday, from Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard, to the Oxnard Performing Arts center.  It will be followed by speakers, and musical performances at Read the Rest…


“American Hustle” Director To Be Honored At Santa Barbara Filmfest

Sat, January 18, 2014

The director of the highly acclaimed movie “American Hustle” is going to be honored at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Director David O. Russell will be presented with the festival’s “Outstanding Director Award” January 31st.  Russell has directed a number of accolades in recent years, for films like “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Joins State In Proclaiming A Drought Emergency

Fri, January 17, 2014

Santa Barbara County has joing the state in declaring a drought emergency. County CEO Mona Miyasato made the proclamation Friday.  Ratification of the proclamation will be considered by County Supervisors on Tuesday.  In a statement, Miyasato says everyone needs to be aware of the situation.


Man Accused Of Elder Abuse On Central Coast For Attack On 72 Year Old With Baton

Fri, January 17, 2014

A Central Coast man has been arrested after detectives say he hit a 72 year old man multiple times with a baton, and then threatened to harm him again if he reported the incident to authorities. The victim is the landlord of a home in Los Olivos.  Detectives say Dinu Antofie of Santa Ynez was Read the Rest…


Non-Profit Environmental Group In Ventura Calls for Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

Fri, January 17, 2014

A non-profit environmental group in Ventura County is calling for the region’s water agencies to pick up on the drought emergency declared by the Governor today, and enact mandatory water conservation measures. The Wishtoyo Foundation says Ventura County, its cities, and water agencies have a responsibility to residents, and agricultural users. Wishtoyo officials say mandatory Read the Rest…


Plane Crash On Central Coast Has Links To Ventura County

Fri, January 17, 2014

At least one, and possibly both of the men who were on board a light plane which crashed off the Central Coast this week were members of a Ventura County based aviation group. The light plane crashed into the ocean just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, off of Oceano. There were no survivors.  There’s no word Read the Rest…


Detectives Releasing Little Information About Suspicious Death In Ventura County

Fri, January 17, 2014

Detectives aren’t releasing information about what’s being called a suspicious death in Simi Valley. Simi Valley Police were called to the 4000 block of Adam Road at around 8 a.m. yesterday.  They found a body at the scene.  Detectives aren’t saying anything about the cause or manner of death, or even the sex of the Read the Rest…


National Tour Of Adaptation Of C.S. Lewis Novel “Screwtape Letters” Comes To Santa Barbara

Fri, January 17, 2014

A classic C.S. Lewis story is coming to stage this weekend in Santa Barbara, through the national tour of a highly acclaimed production which played in New York, and Chicago. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports it’s an adaptation of the author’s look at spiritual warefare, from the demon’s point of view. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Young Men Caught Following Vandalism In Camarillo Linked By Investigators To String Of Incidents

Fri, January 17, 2014

An off duty Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who chased down some vandalism suspects may have actually helped solve a crime spree. The deputy was in the Las Posas Estates area of Camarillo around 11 Wednesday night when he saw his vehicle had been damaged, and he and his son saw four men fleeing the area, Read the Rest…


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