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Archives for March 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Issues Statement About False Earthquake Warning

Mon, March 31, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says there’s a hoax e-mail circulating about a supposed large earthquake imminent in Southern California. The e-mail appears to be on U.S. Geological Survey letterhead..  The USGS says they do not predict earthquakes, and that the e-mail is a hoax.  The USGS quickly issued statements disavowing the letter, and used Read the Rest…


Woman Found Dead In Oxnard Alley Identified; Cause Of Death Still Question Mark

Mon, March 31, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a woman whose body was found in an Oxnard alley, but the cause of death remains a mystery. The body of Cynthia Ledesma was found around 11:30 Saturday morning on the 4900 block of South C Street. Police, and paramedics responding to reports of a woman not breathing tried to revive Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Launches Visioning Effort For Next 50 Years

Mon, March 31, 2014

What will the Conejo Valley be like in 50 years? What should it be like? Those are among the questions the City of Thousand Oaks is asking residents about, as it launches a major visioning effort. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Visioning


Effort By School Board Member In Ventura County To Recall Two Fellow Board Members Fails

Mon, March 31, 2014

An effort by a disgruntled school board member in Ventura County to recall two fellow members of the board has failed. Simi Valley School Board member Dan White had sought to oust Rob Collins, and Debbie Sandland, but the effort failed to gather the 11,000 signatures needed to put the recall on the ballot.  If Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Among Four Arrested In Connection With What Authorities Call Significant Drug Dealing Operation

Mon, March 31, 2014

A Ventura man is among four people who were arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a large scale methamphetamine dealing operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives say they had been receiving information for months about drug dealing out of a home in Ventura.  They set up a surveillance operation on the home, Read the Rest…


Work On Highway Roundabout On Central Coast Means Traffic Shift This Week

Mon, March 31, 2014

Work to build a roundabout at a major highway intersection on the Central Coast is going to mean some new traffic detours starting later this week. The roundabout is under construction at the intersection of Highways 154, and 246 in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Starting Thursday, motorists will detour through part of the partially completed Read the Rest…


One Killed, One Injured In Two Seperate Train Incidents In Santa Barbara County

Mon, March 31, 2014

One person is dead, and a second was hurt in two separate incidents involving trains in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Train Incidents


School Superintendents On South Coast Talk About Implementation Of Common Core State Standards

Mon, March 31, 2014

One of the biggest major changes in the educational process in California, and around the nation in decades is underway with the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Educators say it’s an effort to insure kids not only learn, but get the technological, and practical skills to use that knowledge. KCLU’s Lance Orozco sat down Read the Rest…


Car Crashes Into Packed Oxnard Restaurant

Mon, March 31, 2014

A party at an Oxnard restaurant had a true party crasher, when a sports car crashed into the building. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 300 block of South Oxnard Boulevard.  Police say a car which had stopped at a stoplight suddenly accelerated when the light changed, and swerved across the street, Read the Rest…


Baptism Ceremony Ends In Tragedy On Central Coast

Mon, March 31, 2014

A baptism ceremony on the Central Coast ended in tragedy, when a man who was a part of the event was apparently swept out to sea by a large wave. It happened at around 10 a.m. Sunday at Guadalupe Dunes Park.  A minister and two men were in the surf, as about a dozen relatives Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Suspects In Fatal Shooting In Ventura County

Mon, March 31, 2014

Authorities are looking for at least two people in connection with a  shooting which left an innocent woman sitting in front of her Ventura County home dead. Norma Elizalde was in front of her home on the 1200 block of High Street in Santa Paula around 1 p.m. Saturday, when a shot was fired in Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Indecent Exposure Incidents In Ventura County

Mon, March 31, 2014

A man authorities say is a registered sex offender has been arrested for a pair of indecent exposure incidents at some Ventura County shopping centers. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating two separate indecent exposure cases on March 6th, one at the Carmen Plaza in Camarillo, and the second at the Camarillo Premium Read the Rest…


Moderate Earthquake Felt In Ventura County

Fri, March 28, 2014

A shallow earthquake rocked Southern California at 9:09 pm Friday. The magnitude 5.1 quake was centered near La Habra. It was felt throughout the region, including many parts of Ventura County. There have been no reports of major damage or injuries. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a magnitude 3.6.


Traffic Accident In Santa Barbara County Leads To The Deaths Of Two Horses

Fri, March 28, 2014

A traffic accident in Santa Barbara County led to the deaths of two horses, when a trailer hauling them overturned. The accident happened just before 6 a.m. today, at the intersection of Highway 154 and San Marcos Pass Road, on San Marcos Pass. The CHP says the driver was trying to make a tight turn Read the Rest…


Trio Of Storm Systems Headed Towards Central Coast

Fri, March 28, 2014

Get your umbrella ready. A series of storm systems is headed towards the Central Coast over the next week. The first one is expected tomorrow, and could mean a quarter, to a half inch of rainfall tomorrow. The second, and what could be the strongest of the three systems is expected to arrive Monday afternoon, Read the Rest…


Police Say Santa Barbara Man Had $250,000 Worth Of Stolen Antiques, Collectables

Fri, March 28, 2014

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested after police say he was in possession of a quarter of a million dollars worth of antiques, and collectibles stolen from an elderly antique store owner. Santa Barbara Police detectives say that over the last three to four months, Pablo Sela received the items from an antique store Read the Rest…


Feature Film About Cesar Chavez To Get Special Screenings In Ventura County

Fri, March 28, 2014

A new feature film about the story of farm labor leader, and civil rights worker Cesar Chavez is getting some VIP screening in Ventura county, which was of course apart of the farm workers rights movement. There will be a march from the United Farm Workers offices in Oxnard tonight to the Plaza Cinemas, in Read the Rest…


Section Of Ventura County Highway Closed By Rock Slides Reopens

Fri, March 28, 2014

A section of a Ventura County highway which has been closed for the last few weeks by rock slides has reopened. Highway 33 was shut down north of Ojai, after a storm led to some slides which blocked parts of the highway in the Sespe Gorge area.  It was shut down March 1st.  Crews cleaned Read the Rest…


Grass Roots Recycling Program Takes Hold In South Coast Elementary Schools

Fri, March 28, 2014

What started as a project involving students to see how much, and what kinds of wastes were being created at some South Coast elementary schools has turned into a full fledged recycling program. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports the program is less than two years old, but is already diverting tons of waste from dumps, as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Find, Rescue Rock Climber Injured In Fall

Fri, March 28, 2014

Some alert Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies who noticed an unattended vehicle parked in a park at night started to search for the owner, and found he had been seriously injured from a fall while rock climbing. Bill Coleman told deputies he had gone for a nighttime rock climbing hike in Santa Susana Wednesday night.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Maria City Council Approves Controversial Immigration, Customs Enforcement Facility On 3-2 Vote

Fri, March 28, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council narrowly approved a controversial new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in the city, following a marathon meeting attended by more than a thousand people. The Santa Maria City Council heard eight hours of testimony before finally voting after 11 last night to give the go ahead to a 12,700 square foot Read the Rest…


Congresswoman From Tri-Counties Wants To Take On What She Calls Deceptive Advertising

Fri, March 28, 2014

A congresswoman from the Tri-Counties has co-authored a bill which would try to take on the use of physically altered images of people in advertising. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara is co-author of what’s being called the Truth in Advertising Act.  The bipartisan legislation would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study the Read the Rest…


More Than 70 Officers Respond To Shooting At Westlake Village Hotel; No One Hurt

Thu, March 27, 2014

A shooting at an upscale Ventura County hotel drew a huge response from law enforcement agencies this morning…but fortunately, no one was hurt. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Westlake Village Shooting


Helicopter Being Use To Remove Body Found In Remote Area Of Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County

Thu, March 27, 2014

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura County. Hikers spotted the body in the Devil’s Punchbowl area of Santa Paula Canyon around 7:30 last night, but Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives weren’t able to get into the area until today. It’s a very remote area. There’s Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Injured In Central Coast Accident Dies

Thu, March 27, 2014

A bicyclist seriously injured in an accident on the Central Coast has died. Nora Toni was riding through Pismo Beach March 18th when she fell off her bike on the 300 block of Five Cities Drive.  The 69 year old Arroyo Grande woman wasn’t wearing a helmet, and suffered head injuries.  She was taken to Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County CEO One Of Two Finalists For Oxnard City Manager’s Job

Thu, March 27, 2014

She was once Santa Barbara County’s CEO. Now, she’s one of two finalists for the Oxnard City Manager’s post. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Oxnard City Manager Finalists


Homeless Man Arrested In Santa Barbara Following Allegations Of Sexual Assault On Teen

Thu, March 27, 2014

A homeless man has been identified, and arrested for a sexual assault with the help of KCLU, and KEYT Television reporter John Palminteri. Santa Barbara Police say that on March 19th, a 15 year old girl had gone with a group of people to a party on Santa Barbara’s Westside.  She became intoxicated, and investigators Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Early Morning Shooting At Ventura County Hotel

Thu, March 27, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine what led to an early morning shooting at a Ventura County hotel. Deputies received multiple reports of shots fired inside the Hyatt Westlake Village at about 2:30 this morning.  Dozens of law enforcement officers went to the scene, but found no victim, or shooter.  Detectives are hoping Read the Rest…


Caltrans Says It Will Make New Effort To Fix Problem Plagued Underpass In Santa Barbara

Thu, March 27, 2014

Caltrans says it will make a new effort to fix problems with a problem plagued underpass in in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Caltrans Underpass


50th Anniversary of Largest Recorded Earthquake In North America Centerpiece Of Local Tsunami Preparedness Efforts

Thu, March 27, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the largest recorded earthquake to hit North America, a magnitude 9.2 quake which caused heavy damage throughout Alaska, and sent a tsunami to the West Coast. The National Weather Service is using the anniversary to call attention to Tsunami Preparedness Week in California. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to California’s Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Department Honored With Third Accreditation For Excellence

Thu, March 27, 2014

A Central Coast police department has some good news to celebrate this morning. The Pismo Beach Police Department has just received its third national accreditation. The certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is awarded to agencies after a review of nearly 500 guidelines, from the handling of evidence to recruiting, and Read the Rest…


Hearing Set For Today On Controversial New Immigration And Customs Enforcement Facility Planned For Santa Maria

Thu, March 27, 2014

The controversy over whether a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility should be built in Santa Maria is the focus of a special meeting today. The Santa Maria City Council will have the final say over whether the 12,700 square foot office complex should be built on the 700 block of West Century Street. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Now Saying Dog Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy Survived

Wed, March 26, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department now says a dog which was shot after attacking a deputy in Fillmore survived. Department officials initially said the dog died as a result of the wounds int suffered following the Tuesday morning incident in Fillmore.  A deputy reported that while investigating some graffiti under the A Street bridge, he Read the Rest…


U.S Border Patrol Agents Say They Arrest Central Coast Gang Member Trying To Sneak Across U.S. Border

Wed, March 26, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol agents say they’ve arrested a dangerous Central Coast gang member as he was trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico. Agents say they took Luis Miguel Maya-Barriga into dustody at around 10 last night, near the Calexico Port of Entry.  They say the 32 year old Mexican national is a part Read the Rest…


Spike Strips Used To End Pursuit In Santa Barbara County

Wed, March 26, 2014

The CHP used spike strips to end a wild chase on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. It started just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the northbound 101 near Gaviota State Beach, when the CHP received reports of a vehicle being driven erratically.  The car then turned around, and started heading southbound.  A CHP car Read the Rest…


South Coast Business Involved In Drug Bust

Wed, March 26, 2014

A well know Carpinteria business was part of a drug bust. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Drug Bust


Memorial Event Planned For Simi Valley Teen Who Died Trying To Rescue Parents From River

Wed, March 26, 2014

A memorial will take place tonight for a Ventura County high school student who died trying to rescue his parents from a river in Yosemite National Park. Walter Gonzales was on a family camping trip Sunday when his mother fell into the Merced River, and his father was sucked into an eddy trying to save Read the Rest…


California Conservation Corps Providing Job Skills For Young Adults, And Needed Help With Local Conservation Projects

Wed, March 26, 2014

You’ve seen them helping to fight brush fires, or working at the side of a freeway, but most people don’t know who they are, or exactly what they do. The California Conservation Corps like a state version of the Peace Corps, and works on a number of projects in our region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught Read the Rest…


Telephone Company Drops Controversial Proposal For Cell Phone Tower In City Of Ojai, Pursues Alternative Site

Wed, March 26, 2014

A telephone company has withdrawn a controversial proposal to build a new cell phone tower in Ojai. AT & T announced its dropping plans for the proposed 65 foot facility on the 1200 block of Grand Avenue. The proposal created a firestorm of controversy, with residents upset about the idea of the tower in the Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman To Hold Community Forum To Try To Prepare Community To Fight Possible Efforts To Close Naval Base Ventura County

Wed, March 26, 2014

A state assemblyman in Ventura County says Naval Base Ventura County could once again be a target for closure, or consolidation, so he’s sponsoring a community forum to look at the concern. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is holding the event April 25th at Cal State Channel Islands, and has lined up the Chairman Read the Rest…


Solar Energy Company In Santa Barbara County Gets Two Federal Grants

Tue, March 25, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based energy company seeking to advance solar cell technology has received $1.75 million dollars in federal research, and development grants. NEXT Energy Technologies in Goleta received $1 million dollars from the Department of Energy, from a fund for small businesses working on innovative clean energy projects.  NEXT also received $750,000 from Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Attacked By Dogs; Shoots, And Kills One

Tue, March 25, 2014

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol was attacked by two dogs today, forcing him to shoot, and kill one of them. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deputy Attacked By Dogs


Legal Battle Continues Between City Of Ventura, Water District

Tue, March 25, 2014

The City of Ventura has filed a new lawsuit in what’s been an ongoing battle over water rates charged by the United Water Conservation District. The city challenged United rate’s structure, contending municipal customers were paying an unfair share of costs compared to agricultural customers.  The City claimed in its first two lawsuits that United Read the Rest…


Three Storm Systems Headed Towards Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, March 25, 2014

The first in a series of what could be three storm systems in less than a week has arrived on the South Coast, but we may not get much rain from it. Rainfall amounts for Southern Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County are expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, with the Read the Rest…


First In Series of Three Storm Systems Arrives On Central Coast

Tue, March 25, 2014

The first in a series of what could be three storm systems has arrived on the Central Coast, but forecasters say we might not see a lot of rain from this one. Between a tenth, and a third of an inch of rain could fall in Northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County Read the Rest…


Isla Vista Resident Recovering From Injuries Suffered During Attack By Machete Wielding Burglar

Tue, March 25, 2014

An Isla Vista resident is recovering after being injured by a machete wielding burglar. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Attack


Founder Of Group Which Helps Women, Girls In Developing Countries Visits Local Chapters In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, March 25, 2014

A little known non-profit group with ten chapters locally is helping girls, and women in developing countries. “Dining For Women” chapters hold a monthly pot luck, with participants donating money they would have spent on dinner out to grass roots programs overseas. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the group’s founder, who’s visiting our area this Read the Rest…


Warrning Issues After Counterfeit $100 Bills Turn Up In Ventura County

Mon, March 24, 2014

Beware of someone flashing big bills. That’s the warning going out from authorities in eastern Ventura County, where a number of counterfeit $100 dollar bills have turned up in the last few days.  Several merchants in the Simi Valley area took in phony bills during the last few days, and did even realize the bad Read the Rest…


California Transportation Commission Staff Recommending Efforts To Widen Highway 46 In San Luis Obispo County Be Continued

Mon, March 24, 2014

State transportation planners are recommending that efforts to continue to widen a major Central Coast highway be funded. The California Transportation Commission’s staff says the commission should allocated $88 million dollars to widen five miles of Highway 46, from the Shandon Roadside rest area, to the Jack Ranch Café. With 46 miles of widening work Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Look At Touchy Issue Of Homes, Other Properties Encroaching On Public Road Right Of Way

Mon, March 24, 2014

Ventura County is looking at how it might tackle a touchy issue involving potentially thousands of homes, and other properties in the county which are encroaching on public roads. A study shows that in one area alone, Silver Strand, there are more than 600 properties where things like fences, landscaping, and mailboxes extend onto what Read the Rest…


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