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Archives for April 2014

Wind Whipped Fire Heavily Damages Three Homes, Leaves Firefighter Injured In Goleta

Wed, April 30, 2014

A wind whipped fire which apparently started in one home, and was spread to others left three homes heavily damaged, and a firefighter injured in Goleta. The fire was discovered just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, on the 600 block of Dara Road.  Santa Barbara County firefighters reported heavy flames coming from multiple homes when they Read the Rest…


Fire Causes Care At Ventura County Day Care Facility

Wed, April 30, 2014

There was a scare at a day care facility in Ventura County, when a fire forced its evacuation. It happened just after noon yesterday, on the 1000 block of Bryson Avenue in Simi Valley. A junk pile stacked up outside of the house caught on fire, and wind pushed the flames into a garage. Five Read the Rest…


70 Year Old Central Coast Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Child Molestation Charges

Wed, April 30, 2014

A 70 year old Central Coast man could spend more than two decades in state prison, after entering guilty pleas to charges that he sexually abused three children. Prosecutors say Leonard Ray Franklin abused the children over a several year long period. The Paso Robles man will be sentenced in July.


High Wind Warning For Parts Of South Coast Reduced To Advisory; Brush Fire Concern Remains High

Wed, April 30, 2014

A high wind warning which has been in effect for Ventura County was cancelled as of 3 p.m. today, but a high wind advisory remains in effect. The wind has created concerns about increased fire danger for our region. A 40 mile an hour gust was recorded in Oxnard earlier today. Temperatures have been hotter Read the Rest…


Chase Hits Speeds Of 160 Miles An Hour Before Man Arrested In Ventura County

Wed, April 30, 2014

A chase which started in the San Fernando Valley and hit speeds of up to 160 miles an hour led to the arrest of a Ventura County man. It started shortly after 12:30 this morning, when CHP officers tried to stop a speeding motorcycle on the 405 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.  The chase Read the Rest…


Ventura Bowling Alley Employee Arrested On Child Molestation Charges

Wed, April 30, 2014

An employee at a bowling alley in Ventura County has been arrested on child molestation, and child annoyance charges. Ventura Police say they arrested Adolfo Cortez in connection with two incidents involving young girls at Buena Lanes. Detectives say they are trying to determine if there are potentially more victims connected to the 54 year Read the Rest…


Convicted Sexual Predator Will Remain Under 24/7 Supervision In Santa Barbara County

Wed, April 30, 2014

A convicted sexually violent predator will remain under the 24 hour supervision of authorities in Santa Barbara County for another year. Last year, a Placer County Judge ordered Tibor Karsai released in Santa Barbara County. As part of his parole, he was ordered to wear a monitoring device. And, because of his status, he is Read the Rest…


Underage Drinking Focus Of Community Meeting In Santa Barbara County

Wed, April 30, 2014

The riot in Isla Vista a few weeks ago put a new spotlight on the issue of underage drinking, with many of those arrested under 21 years old. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it was the subject of a town hall meeting last night. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Underage Drinking Town Hall


New State Report Triggers Concern About Pesticide Use Near Schools

Wed, April 30, 2014

A new report shows Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties are among the 15 California counties with the most pesticide use near school campuses in the state. In Ventura County, some community advocates are trying to focus attention on the California Department of Public Health study. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the advocates are Read the Rest…


211 Call Center For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Serves State Of Alabama Overnight Because Tornado Threat Closes Their System

Wed, April 30, 2014

A call center on the South Coast which handles 211 calls for people looking for information from social service organizations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and 15 other California counties ended up helping out an entire state overnight. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Alabama had to shut down its 211 service because its center was in a Read the Rest…


Death Of Oxnard Man No Longer Being Called Homicide; Now Ruled Self Defense

Wed, April 30, 2014

The death of an Oxnard man which was originally being called a homicide is now being called an accident, and a case of self defense. On January 26th, police were called to the 100 block of South C Street, by reports of a fight, and an injured man.  They found 66 year old Alexander Ramirez Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Looking At Changing Municipal Election Process

Tue, April 29, 2014

Should a South Coast City switch from at large, to district city council elections? That’s the issue the Santa Barbara City Council is talking about at this hour. Mayor Helene Schneider, and City Councilman Bendy White brought the issue to council, suggesting that the city look at a hybrid approach with some at-large, and some Read the Rest…


Proposed Cable Television Company Sale Could Have Big Impacts On Central Coast

Tue, April 29, 2014

A complex $45 billion dollar deal by one cable television giant to buy another could mean tens of thousands of homes, and businesses on the Central Coast will be served by a different company. Comcast Corporation has reached a deal to buy Time-Warner Cable. It would go from 22, to just under 30 million subscribers. Read the Rest…


Legal Fight Underway Over New Storage Tank For Water District

Tue, April 29, 2014

A water district with more than 70,000 customers in the region is being sued by one of its customers, over plans for a new five million gallon water tank, and the district is vowing to fight it. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is building the tank near the Three Springs neighborhood, in Westlake Village.  Read the Rest…


New City Attorney Selected For Ventura County Community

Tue, April 29, 2014

A Ventura County community has picked a new City Attorney. Lonnie Eldridge will take over the Simi Valley City Attorney’s post in June, after being selected for the job by the Simi Valley City Council. Eldridge is currently a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. More than two dozen people had applied Read the Rest…


Women’s Fund Makes $550,000 In Grants To Santa Barbara County Non-Profits

Tue, April 29, 2014

A non-profit women’s organization in Santa Barbara county has announced more than a half million dollars in grants to local non-profit groups. The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara made grants to organizations ranging from the Storyteller Children’s Center, which offers preschool services for homeless, and low income families, to the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Read the Rest…


Task Force Annouces Major Seizure Of Heroin Headed To Ventura County

Tue, April 29, 2014

A multi-agency task force targeting drug smugglers, and dealers arrested a man, and seized two million dollars worth of high grade heroin headed to Ventura County. The Ventura County Combined Agency Task Force reports its investigators learned Everado Maya was smuggling large quantities of heroin from Mexico, to the United States.  Investigators say they arrested Read the Rest…


Road Work To Mean Delays On South Coast Highway

Tue, April 29, 2014

A project to resurface parts of a South Coast highway means some delays for the next few days. Crews are redoing a section of Highway 192, better known as Foothill Road from Highway 154 to Mission Canyon Road.  There will be traffic controls, with traffic running in just one direction at a time from 8:30 Read the Rest…


Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe Winners And Nominees Headline Rotating Cast For Play On South Coast

Tue, April 29, 2014

A play written by the two sisters who created romantic comedy hits like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless In Seattle” is in the middle of a five week run in Ventura County, with five different casts. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” stars some familiar faces from stage and screen, including a number of Read the Rest…


78 Year Old Man Shot To Death In Oxnard Now Being Identified

Mon, April 28, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a 78 year old man who was shot to death in his Oxnard neighborhood over the weekend. Ruben Alfaro was sitting in his van outside of his Cypress Road home when he was shot to death Sunday afternoon. Detectives believe a gang member may be responsible for the killing, but don’t Read the Rest…


Master Of Horror From Projects Like “Child’s Play” And “Psycho II” To Take Part In Ventura County Event

Mon, April 28, 2014

He’s one of Hollywood’s hottest horror film writers, and directors, with films like “Psycho II,” “Child’s Play,” and “Fright Night,” to his credit. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Tom Holland is in Ventura County tonight, for an event looking at the psychology of horror. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tom Holland


Ventura County Radio Announcer, Instructor Loses Battle With Cancer

Mon, April 28, 2014

A man who was one of the voices of the commercial character “Tony The Tiger”, and who helped wake up South Coast residents with his oldies radio show has died. Lee Marshall was the morning announcer on Ventura based KVEN radio several years ago, when it was known as “The Boomer,” a 50’s, 60’s, and Read the Rest…


More Than Three Dozen Employers Coming Together For Central Coast Job Fair

Mon, April 28, 2014

More than three dozen employers are set to take part in a job fair on the Central Coast. A half dozen agencies are co-sponsoring the Thursday afternoon event in Lompoc, which is being spearheaded by the County of Santa Barbara Workforce Investment Board.  The free event will take place from one to four p.m. Thursday, Read the Rest…


Chumash Casino Resort Drops Los Angeles Clippers Sponsorship In Wake Of Controversy Over Racist Comments Attributed To Team Owner

Mon, April 28, 2014

The controversy over racist comments attributed to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team has reached Santa Barbara County, with a major team advertiser based in the county announcing it’s dropping its team sponsorship. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Chumash Casino Drops Clippers Sponsorship


Fire Damages Central Coast High School

Mon, April 28, 2014

A building on a Central Coast high school campus was damaged by fire over the weekend. A problem with a heating unit is being blamed for the blaze in the health services building at Arroyo Grande High School just before 6 a.m. Saturday. The fire burned into some duct areas, and parts of the buildings Read the Rest…


Long Sought Flood Control Project Provides New Protection For Hundreds Of Homes, Businesses On South Coast

Mon, April 28, 2014

It’s been talked about for years. Now, a new 11 million dollar flood control project on the South Coast is finally complete. The project in Ventura County will not only reduce the flooding potential for hundreds of homes and businesses, it will also mean they will no longer have to buy FEMA-mandated flood insurance. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Social Worker Admits Embezzling More Than $200,000

Mon, April 28, 2014

A former Ventura County social worker has entered guilty pleas to charges she embezzled money, and benefits which were supposed to go to those in need. Ventura County prosecutors say Ana Maria Castro pled guilty to misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement of public funds, public benefits fraud, and filing false or forged documents, They say Read the Rest…


78 Year Old Man Shot To Death In Ventura County Neighborhood

Mon, April 28, 2014

A Ventura County neighborhood is in shock, after a 78 year old man was shot to death in broad daylight as he was sitting in his van. It happened just after one p.m. yesterday, on the 5300 block of Cypress Road in Oxnard.  Detectives believe a man walked up to the parked vehicle, and fired Read the Rest…


Former Accounting Executive From Agoura Hills Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison For Insider Trading Scheme

Fri, April 25, 2014

An Agoura Hills man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for his involvement in an insider trading scheme, in which he exchanged information for cash, and luxury items. Scott London was a senior partner at the prestigious accounting firm of KPMG. The 51 year old man entered a guilty plea last year to Read the Rest…


Potential For South Coast Military Base To Be Targeted By Federal Budget Cuts Focus Of Forum

Fri, April 25, 2014

The future of a South Coast military base, which is one of the region’s largest employers, was the focus of a forum today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Camarillo, where more than 100 business and community leaders met to talk about the possibility Naval Base Ventura County could again be targeted by federal budget cuts. Read the Rest…


Special Parking Meters Allow People To Make Donations To Help Homeless In Central Coast City

Fri, April 25, 2014

A program intended to reduce panhandling, and help the homeless in one Central Coast community is allowing people to make donations via some special parking meters. Seven specially marked meters have been set up in the downtown San Luis Obispo area to accept donations. The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, the City of San Luis Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For Unusual Burglary, Theft Of Drugs From Ventura County Pharmacy

Fri, April 25, 2014

Two men are facing burglary charges, after they were arrested for an rare break-in, and theft of a number of drugs from a Ventura County pharmacy. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say two men broke into a pharmacy on the 2300 block of Borchard Road in Newbury Park April 15th, and stole a number of prescription Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Convicted Of Stealing More Than $200,000 From Elderly Property Owner

Fri, April 25, 2014

A Ventura County woman is facing up to a dozen years behind bars, after being convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly property owner, leading to the loss of 14 rental properties. Ventura County prosecutors say Julietta Quinones of Port Hueneme gained the trust of the victim.  The property owner gave Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Group Plays Key Role In Lawsuit By Tiny South Pacific Nation Seeking Global Nuclear Disarmament

Fri, April 25, 2014

A Santa Barbara based peace group helped a tiny South Pacific nation file lawsuits against the United States, and eight other nations, in an effort to try to get them to pursue nuclear disarmament. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Marshall Islands Lawsuit


Oxnard Teacher Placed On Paid Adminstrative Leave Following Arrest On Child Annoyance Chargee

Fri, April 25, 2014

An Oxnard teacher is now off the job, after being arrested earlier this week on a child annoyance charge. Oxnard Police say Jorge Arellano is facing the misdemeanor count following allegations of inappropriate contact with a student. The 41 year old Oxnard High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome Read the Rest…


Museum Which Highlights History, Artistic Roots Of One Ventura County Community Set To Reopen This Weekend After Renovations

Fri, April 25, 2014

A museum which highlights the history, and artistic roots of a South Coast community is going to reopen this weekend, after being closed since for months for major renovations. Visitors will get their first look at the revamped Ojai Valley Museum at a free reception this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ojai. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, Ventura Gear Up For Major Earth Day Celebrations This Weekend

Fri, April 25, 2014

Many people don’t know it, but an environmental teach-in which occurred in Santa Barbara in 1970, a year after the disastrous Santa Barbara Channel oil spill, is considered to be the birth of what we now know as “Earth Day.” KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports more than 35,000 people are expected to take part in Santa Read the Rest…


Forum Set For Today On Possibility Naval Base Ventura County Could Be Targeted For Closure

Fri, April 25, 2014

A forum today is going to look at the possibility that Naval Base Ventura County could end up on the chopping block, due to Defense Department spending reductions. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo is co-sponsoring the event at Cal State Channel Islands with the Ventura County Economic Development Association. Congressman Buck McKeon, who is Read the Rest…


Autopsy Results Show Methamphetamine Triggered Fatal Heart Attack For San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate

Thu, April 24, 2014

Autopsy, and toxicology results show that a transient who collapsed shortly after being taken into custody by police on the Central Coast, and died at a hospital had a methamphetamine induced heart attack. Josey Richard Meche was arrested after a run-in with San Luis Obispo Police March 12th.  He was taken to the County Jail, Read the Rest…


Economic Disparities For Women Among Topics Set For Women’s Forum In Santa Barbara County

Thu, April 24, 2014

A study shows that in Santa Barbara County, women earn 81 cents for every dollar men earn. That will be one of the topics at a community forum in Santa Barbara this weekend. The Women’s Economic Agenda panel, moderated by Santa Barbara City College President Dr. Lori Gaskin, will include Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, of Read the Rest…


Toxicology Results Show Drugs In System Of Driver Of Car In Double Fatal Accident On Central Coast

Thu, April 24, 2014

Coroner’s officials say a toxicology report shows there was drugs in the system of the driver of a car in a double fatal traffic accident on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Unit says tests show there was THC and codeine in the blood stream of Jeremy Martin when he Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Using Dead Brother’s Identity

Thu, April 24, 2014

A Ventura County man has been arrested on fraud charges, after police say they discovered he was using his dead brother’s identity to get credit cards, as well as social service benefits from the state. Oxnard Police detectives were conducting a probation search on a home on the 900 block of Cheyenne Way.  They say Read the Rest…


KCLU Honored With Two 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards

Thu, April 24, 2014

KCLU has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association with two of its prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. KCLU News won two 2014 RTDNA Region Two Small Market radio awards. The station was honored for “Best Radio Writing” for “A Flight Through Time,” a look at a visit Read the Rest…


Two Men Sought For Sexually Assaulting Woman During Ventura County Home Burglary

Thu, April 24, 2014

Authorities are looking for more help from potential witnesses after it was disclosed that a woman who interrupted a daylight burglary in her Ventura County home had been sexually assaulted. It happened just after 11 a.m. on April 16th, at a home on the 4700 block of Elderberry Avenue. The 24 year old woman arrived Read the Rest…


Proponents Of Proposed Pension Reform Measure In Ventura County Turn In Petitions To Elections Officials

Thu, April 24, 2014

A group seeking to reduce Ventura County’s long term pension liability has turned in petitions with the signatures of more than 40,000 people to the County Elections office, to try to put the issue on the November ballot. A group called the Initiative for Pension Fairness and Sustainability gathered the signatures, which were substantially more Read the Rest…


Pulitzer Prize Winning Cold War Opera Revived In Santa Barbara

Thu, April 24, 2014

It’s an almost forgotten opera, but not only did it have the unusual distinction of being a Broadway hit, it won a Pulitzer Prize. “The Consul” is the dramatic story of a woman living in an oppressed nation who’s desperately seeking papers to allow her family to leave the country. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Based Research Firm Acquires Florida Based Company

Wed, April 23, 2014

An internationally based consumer research company based in Westlake Village has acquired a Florida company. J.D. Power purchased Orlando based Korrelate.  Terms of the deal wern’t announced.  Korrelate has developed technology to measure consumer online behavior, and links it to offline sales activity.  J.D. Power officials say the purchase will expand the ability to measure Read the Rest…


State Lands Commission Postpones Decision On Oil Well Reactiviation In Goleta

Wed, April 23, 2014

The State Lands Commission put off a decision on a key study needed for the controversial reactivation of a well on the South Coast. Venoco wants to reactivate a well in Goleta at a pier near Sandpiper Golf Course which was shut down 20 years ago following an oil pipeline spill. The City of Goleta Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Reporting Bright Budget Prospects

Wed, April 23, 2014

One South Coast community is reporting the best budget prospects it’s had in years. City of Santa Barbara officials say increases in bed tax, sales tax, and property tax revenue mean they are in a position to restore some programs and services cut during the recession. The proposed new $276 million dollar operating budget calls Read the Rest…


Gusty Wind Conditions Prompt Air Quality Watch On Parts Of Central Coast

Wed, April 23, 2014

Gusty wind conditions have prompted an Air Quality Watch in Northern Santa Barbara County. With high wind in the forecast for the next few days, it’s expected the watch will remain in effect through the weekend.  The watch means that schools, and after school programs should limit outdoor activities if there are high levels of Read the Rest…


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