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Archives for March 2014

Former Santa Barbara High School Student Dies As A Result Of Incident In School’s Pool

Mon, March 24, 2014

Authorities are investigating the death of a young man in Santa Barbara High School’s pool. The high school’s swim team was practicing this morning when a former student joined them in the pool, for a workout. When he didn’t come up to the surface, lifeguards pulled him from the pool, and began CPR. He was Read the Rest…


Controlled Burn Expected To Throw Up Plume Of Smoke Over Ventura County

Mon, March 24, 2014

A controlled burn planned for Ventura County is expected to throw up a huge plume of smoke on Tuesday. The project to reduce the brush fire danger in Barlow Canyon, outside of Ventura calls for burning about 300 acres of brush.  The burn is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. tomorrow.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say They Arrest Drug Dealer Who Targeted High School Students

Mon, March 24, 2014

Detectives say they’ve arrested a drug dealer who admitted making 30 to 40 deals a day in the Santa Barbara area, and had some high school students as regular clients. Santa Barbara police say Jeffrey Nicholas Carpenter was a marijuana dealer who used text messages to arrange deals.  Investigators say the 28 year old man Read the Rest…


Robotics Team From High School in Santa Barbara County Headed To World Competition

Mon, March 24, 2014

A robotics team from a Santa Barbara county high school has earned a spot in a world competition. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Dos Pueblos Robotics


State Transportation Commission Allocates More Than $11 Million Dollars For Highway Projects On Central Coast

Mon, March 24, 2014

The State Transportation Commission approved more than $330 million dollars in new transportation projects, including more than $11 million dollars for projects in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The new allocations include $7 million dollars to improve a 10 mile stretch of pavement on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, near the Read the Rest…


Local Flower Growers Concerned About Impacts Of Imported Flowers On Industry

Mon, March 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County agricultural officials say the cut flower crop in the county generates more than $100 million dollars a year in revenue. But, in recent years the flower industry locally, and nationally, has been hard hit by imported flowers, which have lower production costs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports local growers are trying to raise Read the Rest…


Two Year Old Boy Struck, Killed In Central Coast Accident

Mon, March 24, 2014

Tragedy struck on the Central Coast over the weekend, when a two year old boy died after being hit by a car being backed out of a driveway. It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, on the 200 block of West Bunny Street in Santa Maria.  A woman was backing up when she accidently hit Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Takeover Bank Robbery In Ventura County

Sat, March 22, 2014

Five people are safe, after locking themselves in a safe during a bank robbery in Ventura County. It happened just before six p.m. Friday, on the 5800 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.  A man wearing a ski mask, and carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be a gun entered Read the Rest…


Central Coast Elementary School Targeted by Threat; Juvenile Taken Into Custody Because Of Incident

Sat, March 22, 2014

A Central Coast elementary school was targeted by a threat yesterday, but San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department investigators quickly determined there was no danger to students, or staff members. Staff members at Creston Elementary School arrived at work at around 8 yesterdaymorning to find a threat left on the school’s answering machine. Investigators determined Read the Rest…


Cal Poly’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Run Ended By Wichita State

Fri, March 21, 2014

Wichita State kept its undefeated season intact, winning its 35th straight game by crushing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the NCAA Tournament Friday night. Wichita dominated the Mustangs from the started of the nationally televised game on CBS, winning 64-37. It was still the most impressive season in the history of Cal Poly men’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops in Santa Barbara County; Remains Unchanged In San Luis Obispo County

Fri, March 21, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show mixed results on the Central Coast, but a drop statewide. There was also a drop in Santa Barbara County’s unemployment numbers, from 7.3% in January, to 7.1% in February. San Luis Obispo County’s jobless rate remained unchanged from month to month, at 6.2% California’s jobless rate went from 8.1% in Read the Rest…


Lady Gaga Video Shot On Central Coast To Debut This Weekend; Gets Preview On “Today” Show

Fri, March 21, 2014

A music video shot on the Central Coast at Hearst Castle starring Lady Gaga is set to debut this weekend, and is getting some splashy attention: Lady Gaga showed a sneak preview of the video for her new single G.U.Y this morning on NBC’s “Today” show. Gaga received rare permission to shoot at the state Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County DA Files Charges Against UCSB Professor Over Altercation With Protestors

Fri, March 21, 2014

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office filed three misdemeanor charges against a UCSB assistant professor, following an altercation with some anti-abortion protestors. It happened March 4th on campus, and involved Department of Feminist Studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young. Prosecutors allege she took a protestor’s sign, and destroyed it.


Vice President Joe Biden Arrives in Santa Barbara For Fundraiser

Fri, March 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is in Santa Barbara for a political fundraiser. He arrived at Santa Barbara Airport at around 2:30, and is in the area for a Democratic party event in Montecito tonight.  There are no announced public visits during what’s expected to be around a 24 hour stay in the area. The Secret Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, March 21, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show a dip statewide, and here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as well. California’s jobless rate went from 8.1% in January, to an even 8% in February. In Ventura County, the unemployment rate dipped from 7.6% to 7.3% from month to month. There was also a drop in Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Seeing Two People In Connection With Death Of Man

Fri, March 21, 2014

Oxnard police say they are now seeking two people in connection with the death of a man who died more than a month after being injured in a fight. Alexander Ramirez was seriously hurt during a disturbance January 26th on the 100 block of South C Street, in Oxnard.   The 66 year old man was Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

Fri, March 21, 2014

Documentaries and feature films highlight the 11th annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports more than a half dozen screenings will take place during the festival, which runs from tomorrow to March 30th. Click on link to listen to/download story:  VCJFF


New $7.5 Discovery Pavilion Opens This Weekend At Santa Barbara Zoo

Fri, March 21, 2014

It’s a project three decades in the making. This weekend, the Santa Barbara Zoo is opening its new Discovery Pavilion, a new complex which features everything from classroom space, to a gourmet kitchen which serves up worms and raw meat for the zoo’s residents. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from the Zoo. Click on Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Takes On Undefeated Wichita State In NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Today

Fri, March 21, 2014

Cal Poly’s men’s basketball team has been making miracles happen for the last week, turning a losing season into a trip to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and its first ever win Division One tourney win. But the Mustangs only had one full day to enjoy their 81-69 win over Texas Southern on Wednesday. This afternoon, Read the Rest…


Vice President Joe Biden To Visit Santa Barbara This Weekend

Thu, March 20, 2014

The Vice President of the United States is coming to the South Coast tomorrow. Joe Biden is scheduled to arrive at Santa Barbara Airport around 2 p.m. tomorrow for a Democratic Party fundraiser in the Montecito area. The Vice President will spend the night in Santa Barbara, and leave Saturday afternoon. The motorcade is expected Read the Rest…


Congresswoman Involved In Controversy Over Immigration And Customs Enforcement Facility Proposed For Central Coast

Thu, March 20, 2014

A congresswoman who represents the Central Coast is now seeking a delay in federal government plans to relocate a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility to Santa Maria. In a letter to the acting head of the agency, Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara asked about what options the agency had explored for the Read the Rest…


Nine Hour Standoff Ends With Man Taken Into Custody Safely On Central Coast

Thu, March 20, 2014

What started with a man barricading himself in a Central Coast home, and firing some shotgun blasts ended peacefully nine hours later. It started about 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 900 block of Hanford Street in Pismo Beach.  Police say a man called 911 threatening suicide.  When officers arrived, they say the man fired several Read the Rest…


Los Angeles County Social Services Worker Accused of Molesting Ventura County Boy

Thu, March 20, 2014

A Los Angeles County social services worker has been arrested on charges he molested a Ventura County boy. Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives say they believe Luis Gonzales molested a seven year old Camarillo boy in November of 2013.  They say two other victims have been found in Los Angeles County, with the molestations dating as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Planning Commission Narrowly Rejects Proposal For Facility To House Tigers In Ventura County

Thu, March 20, 2014

After a marathon hearing which lasted for more than 12 hours over two days, the Ventura County Planning Commission has narrowly rejected a proposal for a facility to house tigers in the county. The Commission rejected the proposal on a 3-2 vote this afternoon. Animal trainer Irena Hauser and her sister, Sophia had applied for Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Voters Could Be Asked To Weigh In On Fracking Controversy

Thu, March 20, 2014

Some Santa Barbara County voters want to take the fracking issue to the county’s voters. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Proposed Fracking Initiative


Oxnard Files Suit To Try To Recover What it Contends Were Questionable Retirement Benefits

Thu, March 20, 2014

The City of Oxnard is trying to recover more than $100,000 in retirement benefits from former city officials it claims were improper. The Pacific Coast Business Times is reporting the city filed a lawsuit last week trying to recover the money from more than a half dozen former officials, ranging from a former public works Read the Rest…


Wynton Marsalis, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Teach Classes in Santa Barbara County

Thu, March 20, 2014

Straight from New York’s Lincoln Center, one of America’s most famous big bands, and its iconic leader have been on the South Coast this week, with education being the big focus of the visit. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Wynton Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra took part in a number of educational events, Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Pulls Off Another Miracle, Winning Its First Ever NCAA Men’s Tournament Basketball Game

Wed, March 19, 2014

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s men’s basketball team has pulled off another miracle, winning its first ever NCAA Division One tournament game, 81-69. The Mustangs beat Texas Southern in a nationally televised game in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly will now face undefeated Wichita State Friday night. Wichita has a 34-0 record. Cal Poly received national Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Has 44-32 Lead At Halftime Of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Game

Wed, March 19, 2014

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s men’s basketball team is trying to pull off another miracle, as it holds a 44-32 lead at halftime of its first ever NCAA Division One tournament game. The Mustangs are playing Texas Southern in a nationally televised game being played in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly received national attention for making Read the Rest…


Ventura County Planning Commission Set To Continue Review Of Controversial Proposal For Tiger Facility In Deer Creek Area

Wed, March 19, 2014

The debate over whether a facility to house tigers should be allowed in Ventura County will continue tomorrow. The Ventura County Planning Commission will continue with its review of the request for a permit to keep up to five of the big cats on the 11000 block of Pacific View Avenue, outside of Malibu. Animal Read the Rest…


Effort To Serve Arrest Warrant On Gang Member in Ventura County Leads To Six Arrests

Wed, March 19, 2014

An effort to arrest a gang member at a Ventura County home led to six arrests on a variety of drug, and weapons charges. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to a home on the 600 block of Main Street in Piru just after 7 a.m. yesterday.  As they approached the home, three men fled Read the Rest…


Cal Poly’s First Ever Division One NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Game Underway

Wed, March 19, 2014

It’s game time for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s men’s basketball team, as action just got underway a few minutes ago in the school’s first ever Division One NCAA Basketball Tournament game. The Mustangs are playing Texas Southern in a nationally televised game being played in Dayton, Ohio. Cal Poly has received national attention for Read the Rest…


UCSB Arts & Lectures Receives $1.25 Million Dollars In New Gifts To Support Programs

Wed, March 19, 2014

An organization which brings leading performing arts groups, and lecturers to the South Coast announced receiving more than a million dollars in new donations this week. UCSB Arts & Lectures received a $750,000 gift from local philanthropists Michael and Ann Towbes, and a $500,000 gift from Timothy and Audrey Fisher. The organization has now raised Read the Rest…


Oxnard On Alert After Intruder Enters Girl’s Bedroom

Wed, March 19, 2014

Oxnard police are putting the community on alert, after an intruder entered the bedroom of an eight year old girl, and placed a rag over her mouth until she started screaming. It happened just after 3 a.m. yesterday, on the 2400 block of East Pleasant Valley Road.  Police say a man entered a mobile home Read the Rest…


Federal Government Makes More Than $2.5 Million Dollars in Grants To Improve Affordable Housing In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, March 19, 2014

The federal government has awarded more than $2.5 million dollars to agencies in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties to help develop, and improve affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura $873,000, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara $814,000, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Vote To Try To Keep Controversial Revetments In Place To Protect Goleta Beach, Park From Ocean

Wed, March 19, 2014

It’s one of the South Coast’s most popular beaches, and parks, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year. But, Goleta Beach County Park has also been a source of tension between Santa Barbara County, and the State Coastal Commission. More than a decade ago, the County received permission from the Commission for emergency revetments to Read the Rest…


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Men’s Basketball Team Set For NCAA Tournament Today

Wed, March 19, 2014

There could be a bunch of Central Coast workers who go to lunch today, and never quite make it back to work, as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo plays in its first ever NCAA Division One men’s basketball tournament. The Mustangs are in Dayton, Ohio for a 3:40 p.m. game against Texas Southern. Whoever wins Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Holding Special Meeting On Hiring New City Manager

Wed, March 19, 2014

The Oxnard City Council is holding a special, closed door meeting today to talk about hiring a permanent City Manager. The city has been without a permanent person in that post since January of 2012, when longtime City Manager Ed Sotelo was put on paid administrative leave. Sotelo was on the city’s payroll until February Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Thousand Oaks Traffic Accident

Tue, March 18, 2014

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries he suffered when his patrol car was hit by another vehicle as he was responding to an emergency call. It happened at about 8 this morning, at the intersection of Moorpark, and Olsen Roads in Thousand Oaks. Department officials say the patrol car was headed through Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Identifying Man Killed, Woman Seriously Injured On Hike In Santa Barbara County

Tue, March 18, 2014

A man who was killed, and a woman who was seriously injured during a hike in Santa Barbara County’s mountains are now being identified as Ventura residents. Brendan Michael Vega, and Saylor Guilliams were on Cold Springs Trial, near Tangerine Falls Sunday.   When it started to get dark, they tried to use their cell phone Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Looking At Shifting Elections From Odd, To Even Years To Improve Turnout, And Save Money

Tue, March 18, 2014

The City of Ventura is going to ask voters to support a plan to potentially boost voter turnout for municipal elections. The proposal voters will be asked to approve in November calls fro moving the city’s elections from odd, to even years, so they line up with bigger elections, where voter turnout is traditionally higher. Read the Rest…


Water Company Loses Round In Effort To Fend Off Takeover Of Ventura County Water System

Tue, March 18, 2014

A water company in Ventura County is looking at what action it may take next after a court rejected its legal challenge to an effort by a public agency to take over its water system. The Casitas Municipal Water District is spearheading an effort to use eminent domain to buy out the Golden State Water Read the Rest…


Non-Profit Agency In Santa Barbara County Facing Crisis After Vehicles Used To Pick Up Food Donations Destroyed In Freak Accident

Tue, March 18, 2014

A non-profit agency which feeds thousands of people a week in need in Santa Barbara County is in need itself today, after a falling tree destroyed three vehicles it uses for food donation pickups. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Unity Shoppe Vehicles


Ventura County Family Meeting With President Obama Today To Accept Medal Of Honor For Korean War Hero

Tue, March 18, 2014

They were a handful of America soldiers during World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam who put their lives on the line in extraordinary ways to protect their comrades in arms. Today, 24 veterans will be honored by the President with the military’s highest tribute, the Medal of Honor. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a Ventura County Read the Rest…


Car Involved In Oxnard Kidnapping Recovered; Three Arrested

Tue, March 18, 2014

A car involved with an Oxnard kidnapping has been recovered, and three people were arrested. The car was stolen just before 6 a.m. yesterday morning, on the 3800 block of Saviers Road in Oxnard.  A woman stopped her car on the street to pick up a co-worker.  The woman left the car running, and her Read the Rest…


One Hiker Dead, Second Seriously Injured In Santa Barbara Foothills

Tue, March 18, 2014

One hiker is dead, and a second seriously injured after a hike in Santa Barbara County’s mountains turned into an ordeal. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is still trying to sort out exactly what happened, but a young woman, and man in their 20’s were apparently on Cold Springs Trial, near Tangerine Falls around 4 p.m. Read the Rest…


Ventura County DA’s Office On Officer Involved Shooting: “Insufficent Evidence To Determine If It Was Legally Justified”

Mon, March 17, 2014

A Ventura County District Attorney’s Office report on a June, 2011 officer involved shooting says that there isn’t enough evidence to tell whether the shooting of a murder suspect was justified, but that there isn’t enough information to say wrongdoing occurred. Jesus Farias shot to death a man in the San Diego area, and fled Read the Rest…


Extra Law Enforcement Patrols Planned Tonight In Santa Barbara County Because Of St. Patrick’s Day

Mon, March 17, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara County say they will have officers out in force tonight, to make sure people aren’t celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and then driving under the influence. The “Avoid The 12” DUI Task Force will focus on the Santa Barbara area tonight, with extra patrols deployed. The task force involves 12 Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Looking For Man Who Stole Car With Child Inside

Mon, March 17, 2014

Oxnard Police are looking for a man who stole a car today with a child inside. It happened just before six this morning, on the 3800 block of Saviers Road in Oxnard.  A woman stopped her car on the street to pick up a co-worker.  The woman left the car running, and her four year Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Report Says Santa Barbara County Jail Facilities Well Run, But Notes Ongoing Overcrowding Issues

Mon, March 17, 2014

A new Grand Jury review of jail facilities in Santa Barbara County shows that they are all generally well operated and maintained, with the exception of the long running overcrowding problem at the Main Jail. The new report says a number of past issues identified with the court holding facility in Santa Barbara, the Santa Read the Rest…


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