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Archives for June 2014

Reward Being Offered After Multiple Vandalism Incidents At Central Coast Market

Mon, June 30, 2014

A reward is now being offered after a Central Coast market has been targeted by vandals multiple times. During the last three months, vandals twice through rocks through the windows of the Templeton Market and Deli, on the 300 block of South Main Street in Templeton. No one was hurt in either incident, but damage Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Plea To Murder in Oxnard

Mon, June 30, 2014

A Ventura County man responsible for a one man crime spree which left one person dead won’t go to trial, because he’s entered guilty pleas to a number of charges. Prosecutors say last December 13th, Alberto Govea stabbed Juan Carlos Garcia at the victim’s Oxnard home. Police say Govea also stole a car, and threatened Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Look At Fate Of Historic Adobe On South Coast

Mon, June 30, 2014

The fate of a historic adobe building on the South Coast could be decided by Santa Barbara County Supervisors tomorrow. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the issue is whether the ruins can be restored, or need to be rebuilt from scratch. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Montecito Adobe


State Supreme Court Upholds Death Penality For Man Who Killed Oxnard Woman

Mon, June 30, 2014

The State Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering an Oxnard woman more than two decades ago. Christopher Sattiewhite killed Genoveva Gonzales in January of 1992. His attorney argued that Sattiewhite has a diminished mental capacity, and that there were also a number of technical issues Read the Rest…


Central Coast City To Consider Asking Voters To Approve Extension Of Half-Cent Sales Tax

Mon, June 30, 2014

A Central Coast city is considering extending a half cent sales tax which is set to expire. The Pismo Beach City Council tomorrow night will look at putting a proposed 12 year extension on the November ballot. The tax raises an estimated $1.3 million dollars a year for the city, which officials say is essential Read the Rest…


Program In Ventura County Helps Teens Have Better Chance Of Success in High School, College

Mon, June 30, 2014

A program on the South Coast which helps teens from low income families improve their chances of graduating from high school, and going to college has quietly been building a stellar track record. The Upward Bound program based at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks has had 100% of its graduates go on to college Read the Rest…


Six Injured In Ventura House Fire

Mon, June 30, 2014

Six people, including a firefighter are recovering from injuries they suffered in a Ventura house fire. The blaze was discovered just after 11 last night, in a two story home on the 900 block of Burlington Avenue in Ventura.  Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the home, and reports there were people still inside. Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara City Administrator To Step Down

Mon, June 30, 2014

The man who’s headed Santa Barbara’s municipal government for more than a decade is going to step down from office later this year. Jim Armstrong will leave the Santa Barbara City Administrator’s post at the end of September, after 13 years on the job.  He’s guided the city through some difficult times, including the recession, Read the Rest…


Popular Central Coast Beach Closed To Protect Nests Of Rare Birds

Mon, June 30, 2014

A popular Central Coast beach has been closed for the rest of the summer, to protect the nests of some rare birds on the beach during their breeding season. The Air Force has closed Surf Beach, which is normally open to civilian use but is part of Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The Snowy Plover nests Read the Rest…


101 Freeway Open Again After Shutdown Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line

Mon, June 30, 2014

The 101 Freeway is back in business near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line this morning, but it was a mess last night. The driver of an eastbound tractor-trailer rig lost control of it, and hit the center divider around d 9 p.m.  It then caught fire. No one was hurt, but the 101 was completely Read the Rest…


Death Of Ventura County Jail Inmate Under Investigation

Mon, June 30, 2014

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the death of a 27 year old Ventura County jail inmate who collapsed in a cell at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention facility. Oxnard Police arrested Juan Zavala Friday night on resisting arrest, and other charges.  He was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Boy Drowns At Party

Mon, June 30, 2014

Investigators are trying to determine what led to the drowning of an 11 year old boy at a party on the Central Coast over the weekend. A number of children were swimming in a lagoon at the private event on the 7800 block of Estrella Road, outside of Paso Robles Friday night when someone noticed Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Creates Water Show On South Coast

Sat, June 28, 2014

No one was hurt, but a Saturday morning traffic accident created quite a show for people in Ventura Saturday morning. The driver of a car lost control of it just after 10:30 Saturday morning at the intersection of Thompson Boulevard, and Hemlock Street in Ventura, and took out a fire hydrant and power pole.  The Read the Rest…


Body Of Firefighter Who Disappeared On Camping Trip In Ventura County Discovered

Fri, June 27, 2014

There is a sad ending tonight for the nearly two week long search for a missing firefighter in Ventura County, who disappeared during a camping trip in a rugged area of the Sespe wilderness north of Fillmore. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after a nearly two week long search, the body of Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman Read the Rest…


More Than 200 People Evacuated From Central Coast Store Due To Chemical Leak

Fri, June 27, 2014

A Costco store on the Central Coast is open again at this hour, but it had to be evacuated, and closed for a few hours today due to a chemical leak. A crew was working on the air conditioning system of the Santa Maria store just after 10 this morning when a worker accidentally sheared Read the Rest…


New Aviation Themed Park Opens On South Coast

Fri, June 27, 2014

There’s a new park on the South Coast which is going to be a big hit with aviation fans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as the park, called the “Viewpoint,” was dedicated at Camarillo Airport Friday. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Camarillo Airport Park


Amazing Story Behind Recovery Of Island Fox In Channel Islands From Near Extinction

Fri, June 27, 2014

It’s an environmental success story on the islands off our coastline which has left even biologists involved in the project surprised. It’s a story we first told you about last week.  Efforts to save the rare Island Fox have been so successful, researchers are moving to remove them from the endangered species list. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burns About 20 Acres Of Brush In Coal Oil Point Area, Near UCSB

Fri, June 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County firefighters battled a 20 acre brush fire neat UC Santa Barbara late Thursday night, and Friday morning. The fire was spotted just before 10 p.m. in the Coal Oil Point area.  County firefighters say the blaze was spread by gusty wind in the area. There are no structures in the area, and Read the Rest…


Sailor Arrested On Molestation Charge In Ventura County

Thu, June 26, 2014

Detectives say they’ve arrested a sailor on child molestation charges, for an incident involving a three year old girl. Adam Esquivel was taken into custody on a charge of committing a lewd act on a child under ten years old.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the arrest stemmed from an incident at the 38 year Read the Rest…


Investigators Believe Drugs, People Smuggled In Panga Boat Found On Central Coast

Thu, June 26, 2014

A State Parks ranger on routine patrol discovered an abandoned panga boat on the Central Coast, which had been possibly used to smuggle both drugs, and people into the United States from Mexico. The boat was found on a San Luis Obispo County beach, northwest of San Simeon. County Sheriff’s deputies say they found some Read the Rest…


Two Wounded In Possible Gang Shooting In Ventura County

Thu, June 26, 2014

One man is in critical condition, and a second in stable condition following what Oxnard Police believe was a gang related shooting. Detectives say it happened at about 10 last night, at the corner of G Street and Glenwood Drive in Oxnard. The two victims were outside of an apartment complex with a group of Read the Rest…


World Cup Attracting Huge Crowds To South Coast Bars, Even For Early Matches

Thu, June 26, 2014

The World Cup is continuing to attract large crowd to South Coast bars, even if the first game is at nine in the morning every day. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from downtown Santa Barbara, where some places had the crowds you’d normally see on a Friday, or Saturday night. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Could See Potentially Dangerous Wind Conditions Tonight, And Overnight

Thu, June 26, 2014

We could some dangerous wind conditions in parts of Santa Barbara County tonight, and overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Highway 1, and Highway 101 near Gaviota, as well as for Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass. The advisory also includes the Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria areas. Wind gusts Read the Rest…


Gusty Wind Conditions Could Create Hazardous Driving In Parts Of Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 26, 2014

We could some dangerous wind conditions on parts of the Central Coast tonight, and overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Highway 1, and Highway 101 near Gaviota, as well as for Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass. Wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour are expected from around 6 Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Discovered on Central Coast

Thu, June 26, 2014

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a panga boat today on a remote area of the Central Coast. No one was found with the boat, which was on a beach in San Luis Obispo County miles, several miles northwest of San Simeon. It’s the type which has typically been used to smuggle drugs, and people Read the Rest…


Minister Who Garnered National Attention After Winning Battle Over Performing Gay Marriage Ceremony To Head Isla Vista Congregation

Thu, June 26, 2014

A minister who just won a major gay rights battle is coming to Santa Barbara County, to head a ministry in Isla Vista. Pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked from the United Methodist Church because he performed the gay marriage ceremony for his son, but won his appeal, and was reinstated this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


National Forum on U.S. Defense To Return To Ventura County; John McCain, Robert Gates Among Scheduled Participants

Thu, June 26, 2014

Officials with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation say that a national forum on U.S. defense which took place in Ventura County last year was such a success that another one is going to be held this year. The Reagan National Defense Forum will take place November 15th, at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  It Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Trying To Sell Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Fireworks In Ventura County

Wed, June 25, 2014

Police say they’ve arrested a man who was trying to sell thousands of dollars worth of dangerous fireworks in Ventura County, including rockets and mortars. Oxnard Police say they received information that illegal fireworks were being sold from a business on the 1100 block of Industrial Avenue.  Detectives searching the business say they found 25 Read the Rest…


Proposed Santa Barbara County Restrictions On Oil, Gas Drilling Called Measure P

Wed, June 25, 2014

A controversial  initiative to ban fracking, and other high intensity petroleum operations in Santa Barbara County now has an official ballot designation. The initiative will appear on the November ballot as Measure P. Members of a group called Santa Barbara County Water Guardians raised the signatures need to qualify the proposal for the ballot.  Earlier Read the Rest…


Fifth Anniversary of Pop Star Michael Jackson’s Death Remembered By Fans At Santa Barbara County Ranch

Wed, June 25, 2014

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the death of pop star Michael Jackson. Fans have been flocking to his grave site in Glendale, but some also traveled to the gates of “Neverland,” his famous ranch in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  MJ Anniversary


School District Decides To Permanently Close Elementary School In Ventura County

Wed, June 25, 2014

An elementary school in Ventura County closed on an emergency basis earlier this year because of safety issues is being closed permanently. The Simi Valley School Board made a final decision last night to shutter Simi Elementary School. A number of major safety concerns were identified at the school earlier this year, so the campus Read the Rest…


State Board Of Equalization Gives High Marks To Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office

Wed, June 25, 2014

A new State Board of Equalization report says the Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office is doing a good job of dealing with properties in the county, especially in the face of budget cuts. The board released the results of a study it does on every county assessor’s office every five years. The 64 page study Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History Closed Due To Power Outage

Wed, June 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is closed today, as the result of a traffic accident which knocked out power to the facility. A car smashed into a power pole at around 11:30 last night.  No one was seriously injured. Southern California Edison crews have been on scene all day replacing the pole.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Host Five Day Long French Film Festival

Wed, June 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is traditionally a winter event, but this year, it’s adding a new chapter. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the festival is offering a new summer event, a French Film Festival. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBIFF French Festival


Ventura County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Beef Up VA Investigations

Wed, June 25, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman introduced legislation to beef up resources for the office which investigates allegations of negligence, or wrongdoing by the Veterans Administration. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village introduced what’s called the VA Investigation and Accountability Act. It would provide an additional $12 million dollars to the Office of the Inspector General Read the Rest…


Leading Constitutional Expert, Co-Author Of Book On Roberts Led Supreme Court To Speak In Santa Barbara

Wed, June 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, has made some momentous decisions over the last few years, dealing with issues ranging from gay rights to gun control. A Harvard Law School professor who’s considered to be America’s leading constitutional scholar, and has written a new book about the Roberts Court, is speaking in Read the Rest…


Former Camp Director In Santa Barbara County Arrested On Molestation Charge

Tue, June 24, 2014

A former camp director in Santa Barbara County has been arrested on charges that he molested one of the campers in 2005. Ronald Williams was arrested on Honolulu, Hawaii, where he now lives on a charge of molesting a minor.  Investigators say the now 35 year old man had been director of the San Marcos Read the Rest…


More Than 400 Teens In U.S. Illegally Now Housed At Ventura County Military Base

Tue, June 24, 2014

More than 400 teenagers are currently being temporarily housed at Naval base Ventura County, as part of a national effort to deal with a flood of children caught entering the U.S. by themselves. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Undocumented Teens


Autopsy Shows San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Died From Heroin Overdose

Tue, June 24, 2014

An autopsy shows a heroin overdose was  the cause of death for a San Luis Obispo County jail inmate. Timothy Richard Janowicz was found unresponsive in his jail cell on May 30th, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The autopsy results show that in addition to the heroin overdose, the 29 year old man Read the Rest…


Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Santa Barbara Airport

Tue, June 24, 2014

Two people have quite a story to tell, after they had to make an emergency landing in a light plane at Santa Barbara Airport. The pilot of the plane landing at the airport told the control tower that his throttle control was stuck. The plane ran off the end of the runway. The pilot, and Read the Rest…


Question Of Whether Elementary School In Ventura County Should Be Permanently Closed Could Finally Be Decided Tonight

Tue, June 24, 2014

A school district in Ventura County is expected to make a decision tonight over whether it will permanently close one of its campuses. The Simi Valley School District is set to look at the fate of Simi Elementary School. After a safety inspection in January, a number of serious safety concerns were noted, resulting in Read the Rest…


Water Bill Hike Set To Take Effect For Some South Coast Residents

Tue, June 24, 2014

Water bills are going to go up next month for some South Coast residents, and they may be in for an unpleasant surprise. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports even though they’ll first see the hikes on their July bills, the billing is for this month, so people who aren’t conserving could have a bigger bill than Read the Rest…


Fight At Party In Ventura County Sends Four To Hospital, Including Two With Stab Wounds

Tue, June 24, 2014

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened at a weekend party in Ventura County which ended up out of control, four people to the hospital, including two with stab wounds. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 800 block of Woodgrove Road in Fillmore just before midnight Saturday by reports of a Read the Rest…


New Grand Jury Report Says Ventura County Detention Facilities Are Coping Well With Realignment

Tue, June 24, 2014

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says that the county’s detention system has overall done a good job of dealing with the state’s shift of many low level offenders to local jurisdiction. The Grand Jury says they didn’t find any major problems at the county’s jails, or the nine holding facilities in the county. Read the Rest…


Former POW in Vietnam Who Spent Close To Six Years In Captivity Speaks In Conejo Valley

Tue, June 24, 2014

A Westlake Village man is perhaps one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet, perhaps because he’s endured the unendurable. Charlie Plumb was a 24 year old U.S. Navy pilot when he was shot down during the Vietnam War.  He spent nearly six years as a POW, undergoing torture and a starvation diet. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


South Coast Theater Company Annouces New Season, Including U.S. Premiere Of New Comedy

Mon, June 23, 2014

A Santa Barbara County theater company has announced the details of its 35th season, which include the U.S. premiere of a new comedy. Ensemble Theater Company will offer a five production season beginning in October, kicking off with a local production of the Tony Award winning play “Amadeus.”  The season will also include first performance Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County University Gets Million Dollar Grant To Research, Improve Smart Phone Data Security

Mon, June 23, 2014

Could criminals exploit smart phones to access your personal information? A Central Coast congresswoman announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded more than a million dollars to UC Santa Barbara researchers to try to tackle that issue. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says the money will be used by the UCSB Computer Read the Rest…


No Impacts From 8.0 Alaskan Earthquake Predicted For California Coast

Mon, June 23, 2014

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake which hit Alaska this afternoon led to some tsunami warnings there, but that there are no concerns for the West Coast of the U.S. The National Tsunami Warning Center says Washington State, Oregon, and California aren’t impacted by the aftermath of the massive quake. Some people were evacuated along the Alaskan Read the Rest…


Two Arrested On Burglary Charges Following Break-In At Ventura Non-Profit

Mon, June 23, 2014

Two people are facing burglary, and conspiracy charges after police say they broke into a Ventura non-profit which helps people in need. Ventura Police received a 911 call around 10:30 last night about a possible burglary underway at the offices of Project Understanding, at Vince Street and Ventura Avenue in Ventura. Officers spotted two people Read the Rest…


Famed Aviator Once Based In Ventura County Dies

Mon, June 23, 2014

A famed aviator who once lived in Montecito, and operated an aircraft business in Ventura County has died. Mira Slovak fled his native Czechoslovakia in 1953.  He hated communism, so he and some of friends hijacked an airliner, and evaded Soviet military fighters to land safely in West Germany. Slovak became an aerobatic pilot, and Read the Rest…


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