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Archives for June 2014

Search Efforts Scaled Back For Missing Firefighter In Ventura County Back Country

Mon, June 23, 2014

A seven day, 50 square miles search in the rugged wilderness north of Fillmore has failed to turn up any new signs of a firefighter who disappeared June 13th, while on a camping trip. Now, search efforts to find Michael Herdman are being scaled back today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the search area near Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Neighborhood Among Those Organizing To Deal With Major Disasters Like Brush Fires

Mon, June 23, 2014

A Santa Barbara neighborhood is among those organizing to deal with major disasters like brush fires. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story.  Santa Barbara Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness


Coast Guard Rescues Rowers Off Central Coast

Mon, June 23, 2014

It was a busy weekend for the Coast Guard off the Central Coast, with two separate rescue operations involving rowers in a California to Hawaii race. On Saturday, a team of four rowers called for help as their craft started taking on water about 75 miles west of San Luis Obispo.  All four rowers were Read the Rest…


Search Scaled Back For Firefighter Who Disappeared On Camping Trip In Ventura County

Mon, June 23, 2014

The search for a firefighter who disappeared on a camping trip in Ventura County back country is being scaled back today, after no new signs have been found that the 36 year old man may be alive. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the search area near Fillmore, where the only good news is that the Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Athletics Get $1 Million Gift Commitment

Sun, June 22, 2014

A company which operates a number of residence halls, and apartments at UC Santa Barbara is going to be buying a lot of baseballs, volleyballs, and other sports gear for UCSB, with a million dollar gift commitment to the university’s athletics program. Tropicana Student Living will make its donations over a several year period.  The Read the Rest…


Test Launch Of Interceptor Missile From Central Coast Being Called A Success

Sun, June 22, 2014

A weekend test of a troubled U.S. military missile defense system was apparently a success, after one of the interceptors launched from Santa Barbara County destroyed a target missile. The missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before noon today destroyed a mock enemy missile launched from the Marshall Islands. The Los Angeles Times Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Makes Top-10 List Of Snobbiest Places In Nation To Live

Sat, June 21, 2014

When you think of snobby places to live, you probably think of places like the Hamptons. But, a new list says six of the top ten snobbiest mid-sized cities in the country are in California, and one is in Ventura County. The real estate company Movato says Thousand Oaks is the second snobbiest place in Read the Rest…


Test Of Troubled Missile Defense System Set For This Weekend On Central Coast

Fri, June 20, 2014

The stakes are high for a military missile test launch planned for the Central Coast this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:   Missile Test


New Legislation Proposed To Ban Oil Drilling On State Controlled Portion Of Ridge Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Fri, June 20, 2014

A State Senator from Santa Barbara County has introduced legislation to try to ban offshore oil drilling in an area off the Santa Barbara County coastline which is currently without state protection. In 1994, the state approved protection for some state controlled areas off the coastline, but an area known as Tranquillon Ridge wasn’t included. Read the Rest…


Search Continues For Missing Camper Who Disappeared June 13th In Ventura County Back Country

Fri, June 20, 2014

Drones are now being used in efforts to find a firefighter who disappeared during a backcountry camping trip in Ventura County a week ago today. Mike Herdman was last seen as he tried to catch his dog which was running from a campsite about ten miles north of Fillmore. A fellow camper hiked out of Read the Rest…


Central Coast Felon Arrested On Weapons, Drug Charges

Fri, June 20, 2014

A felon on the Central Coast is facing a barrage of new charges, after a long investigation by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives led to the seizure of drugs, and ammunition from his Santa Maria home. Investigators got a search warrant, and served it at the home of Jorge Adan Ruiz Macedo, on the 2300 Read the Rest…


Jobless Rate Down In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, June 20, 2014

Unemployment is continuing to drop in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. According to just released figures today, Ventura County unemployment went from 6.2% in April, to 5.9% in May. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate dropped from  5.4% in April, to 5% in May. Statewide figures also showed a slight dip in the jobless rate. California’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips To Lowest Leves In Years On Central Coast

Fri, June 20, 2014

The latest unemployment figures for the Central Coast are among the lowest in years. Santa Barbara County’s jobless rate went 5.4% in April, to 5% in May. In San Luis Obispo County, unemployment also dropped month to month, going from 5.2% in April, to 5% in May. Statewide figures also showed a slight dip in Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman From Ventura County Gets Military Promotion Today

Fri, June 20, 2014

A state assemblyman from Ventura County who’s also a Navy reservist received a military promotion today. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve today, in a ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County.   He’s served two tours in Afghanistan, including a one year tour during his first Read the Rest…


Vans Warped Tour Bringing Some 90 Acts To Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, June 20, 2014

The largest alternative rock, electronic, and hip-hop music tour in America comes to the South Coast this weekend. About 90 bands will perform when the Vans Warped Tour comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Sunday. It’s the 15th year the tour is coming to Ventura. It’s helped launched major names like Katy Perry, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces New Legislation To Protect Domestic Violence, Stalking Victims Against Guns

Fri, June 20, 2014

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has introduced legislation to try to protect domestic violence, and stalking victims from firearms. The bill by Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara would extend a ban on firearms purchases from partners convicted of domestic abuse to include former, and current dating partners. It would also restrict the purchase, or Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For More Oversight For Hillside Grading In Ventura

Fri, June 20, 2014

An incident in which some unpermitted grading damaged a Ventura hillside prompted a Ventura County Grand Jury report, which says more oversight is needed for grading projects in the area’s scenic hillsides areas. The report says that the City of Ventura needs to set up a system so problems can be reported on weekends, noting Read the Rest…


Ventura County Public Health Department First In State To Get Accreditation

Fri, June 20, 2014

The Ventura County Public Health Department is celebrating a big honor this week. It’s the first public health department in the State of California to receive national accreditation.  The Public Health Accreditation Board just notified the county that it had received a five year certification. The process sets standards to measure the quality of governmental Read the Rest…


Final Preparations Underway For Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade; 100,000 Spectators Expected

Fri, June 20, 2014

Part art, part performance, and all fun, Santa Barbara’s annual salute to the start of summer will take place this weekend. An estimated 100,000 people are expected for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice parade. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from a downtown Santa Barbara workshop, where many of the parade’s participants will be busy Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested, Accused Of Repeatedly Molesting Young Relative

Fri, June 20, 2014

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested on a child molestation charge, after a young relative showed up at a local youth shelter, in an effort to run away from home. The shelter was obligated by law to notify police.  Officer say the child told them that they had been physically, and sexually abused on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Shut Down Special Events Venue At Odds With Neighbors Over Noise

Thu, June 19, 2014

A fight over how loud is too loud has led to a decision by the Ventura County Planning Commission to move to shut down a wedding, and special events venue in the Santa Rosa Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Events Center Decision


Actor Barry Bostwick Among Headliners For “Camelot In Concert” Performance In Santa Barbara

Thu, June 19, 2014

The music from the famed musical “Camelot” is going to be brought to life this weekend in Santa Barbara, as an all-star cast accompanied by the Santa Barbara Symphony will perform at the Granada Theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the stars of the show, Barry Bostwick. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Called Serial Graffiti Vandal Arrested

Thu, June 19, 2014

Santa Barbara Police say a man already on probation for graffti vandalism has been arrested in connection with about 40 new similar cases  in the city. Detectives say after they posted surveillance video of one of the incidents on Facebook, an anonymous tip led to the identification of Angel DeJesus Lopez of Santa Barbara as Read the Rest…


Drought, High Brush Fire Potential Lead to Ban On Burns In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 19, 2014

In the face of the drought, and high brush fire conditions, Santa Barbara County is preparing to suspend all burn permits, and ban open fires. The burn ban will take effect July 1st, and prohibit even normally permitted agricultural burns which are in areas under the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. It’s Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Could Get More Bike, Pedestrian Friendly

Thu, June 19, 2014

A South Coast community could become more bike, and pedestrian friendly, after receiving a $200,000 state grant to help improve alternative transportation to vehicles. The City of Goleta is getting the funding from the California Strategic Growth Council.  The money is intended to identify gaps in existing bike, and pedestrian routes, and come up with Read the Rest…


Free Breakfasts, Lunches Now Being Offered To Kids In One Central Coast Community Through Summer Program

Thu, June 19, 2014

A summer food program is now underway in one Central Coast community, to try to make sure kids don’t go hungry. Guadalupe’s Community Food Program provides free breakfasts, and lunches for kids under 18 years old. There are two sites in the community offering the free meals on weekdays, Mary Buren Elementary School, and Kermit Read the Rest…


Coastal Security Exercise On South Coast Tests Abilitity To Deal With Terrorism

Thu, June 19, 2014

What would happen if terrorists hijacked a whale watching boat full of people, or a charter fishing craft off the South Coast? A coalition of local, state, and federal agencies is taking part in a four day drill wrapping up today called Coastal Trident. Port security is another of the issues addressed in the drills, Read the Rest…


Commission Which Oversees Ventura County’s Managed Health Care Efforts To Investigate Allegations Of Mismanagement

Thu, June 19, 2014

A commission which oversees Ventura County managed health care efforts says it will investigate allegations of mismanagement. The Ventura County Medi-Cal Managed Care Commission says it will set up a three person committee to look at charges of mistreatment of employees, racism, and possible funding irregularities by the Gold Coast Health Plan.  The allegations were Read the Rest…


Central Coast Water District Issues Call For Water Conservation, But Declines To Impose Restrictions

Thu, June 19, 2014

A water district which serves parts of the Santa Ynez Valley has declared a Stage One drought emergency, and is calling on its customer to cut consumption by 20%. The Santa Ynez Water Conservation District Improvement District Number 1 is facing a double whammy. Not only is the drought impacting water supplies, but new state Read the Rest…


Ventura County Planning Commission To Decide Controversy About Events Center

Thu, June 19, 2014

An events center used for weddings, and other celebrations in Ventura County is at the center of controversy this morning. The Tropical Paradise event venue on the 10000 block of Santa Rosa Road, in the Santa Rosa Valley is seeking to renew its operating permit, and expand the days events can be held from weekends Read the Rest…


Search for Missing Camper In Ventura County Backcountry Now In Fourth Day

Thu, June 19, 2014

It’s day four of the search for a missing off duty Southern California firefighter who disappeared on a camping trip in a back country area of Ventura County over the weekend. There is a glimmer of hope in the search for Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman.  His dog was found yesterday. Herdman and a friend were Read the Rest…


Study By Ventura County College Professor Gives High Marks For Citizen Involvement In Redistricting

Thu, June 19, 2014

A study by a California Lutheran University professor says a cutting edge effort by Ventura County a decade ago to give residents more of a say in redistricting led to better representation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Redistricting Study


Historic San Buenaventura Pipe Organ To Have First Public Performance Since Refurbishment

Thu, June 19, 2014

A historic eight decade old pipe organ at a South Coast mission had fallen into disrepair, so much so it was no longer used. Now, after a overhaul, the San Buenaventura Mission organ going to be used for its first public performance since 2012 this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from downtown Ventura. Read the Rest…


Governor Brown Appoints New Superior Court Judges In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, June 18, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has filled two Superior Court vacancies in our region, one in Ventura County, and one in Santa Barbara County. The Governor appointed Rocky Baio of Ojai to fill a Ventura County vacancy.  Baio has been a county Court Commissioner since 2010, and an attorney since 1979. He fills the vacancy created by Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Sinking Of 260 Foot Long Barge Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Wed, June 18, 2014

The Coast Guard has just released details of a 260 foot long barge sinking off the Santa Barbara County coastline. Coast Guard officials received word the barge Nash was in trouble off of Point Conception June 8th. The barge was carrying a cargo of 3900 metric tons of magnesium chloride, a non-hazardous derivative of sea Read the Rest…


Surfing Goats Will Be Able To Stay In Pismo Beach

Wed, June 18, 2014

The Central Coast’s famous surfing goats will be able to keep their home. The Pismo Beach City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance allowing residents to keep up to four goats on their property. Pismo Beach resident Dana McGregor had gone to the city asking for goats to be included in ordinance which already Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Expand Veterans Medical Options

Wed, June 18, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced legislation intended to expand health care options available to the nation’s veterans. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the Expanding Care For Veterans Act would allow veterans to get VA coverage for complementary, and alternative medicines. They are options  intended to enhance, reinforce, or replace traditional treatments, Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Dies From Injuries Suffered In June 11th Traffic Accident In Ventura

Wed, June 18, 2014

A motorcyclist has died from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident in Ventura last week. Ventura Police are still trying to figure out what led to last Wednesday’s crash.  Robert Moore was southbound on Telephone Road near Market Street during the lunch hour when police say his motorcycle suddenly swerved into another southbound lane, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Clear Way For Senior Housing Complex In Santa Ynez Valley

Wed, June 18, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have cleared the last hurdles for what’s billed as an affordable senior housing project in the Santa Ynez Valley. Supervisors this week approved zoning changes, and a lot split for the 150 unit complex planned for the northeast corner of Highway 246, and Refugio Road.  The non-profit Rona Barrett Foundation is Read the Rest…


Ventura County Gym Hit By $6 Million Dollar Court Judgement

Wed, June 18, 2014

A Ventura County gym has been hit by a six million dollar judgement, after a judge found that it made it difficult for people to end their contracts, and engaged in a number of improper practices. Ventura County prosecutors say Body Shaping Gyms, which had the Gold’s Gym franchise in Oxnard, had a long pattern Read the Rest…


Goleta City Council Fills Council Vacancy

Wed, June 18, 2014

It took a half dozen rounds of voting, but the Goleta City Council finally filled an opening on the panel. The council chose Tony Vallejo to fill the unexpected council vacancy.  Vallejo is an accountant, and past board member for the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was chosen from seven applicants to fill the Read the Rest…


New Oxnard City Manager Takes Oath Of Office

Wed, June 18, 2014

Oxnard’s new City Manager is now officially on the job. Greg Nyhoff has actually been working for the last few weeks, but took the oath of office last night. Nyhoff had been Modesto’s City Manager before coming to Ventura County. He fills the more than two year long vacancy created after the Oxnard City Council Read the Rest…


Drought Leads To Some, But Not All Decorative Fountains In Santa Barbara Being Turned Off

Wed, June 18, 2014

The drought has led to some, but not all of Santa Barbara’s fountains being turned off temporarily. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Fountains


Ventura County Employee Pension Reform Proposal Gets Approval To Go On Ballot, But Also Legal Challenge From County

Wed, June 18, 2014

The controversy over a pension reform proposal for Ventura County employees came even more complicated this week. The county’s legal counsel says the initiative conflicts with state law. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports before voters even get to decide the idea’s merits, a big legal battle is underway over whether it will even be on the Read the Rest…


Motorists Using Major Highway Between Ventura-Santa Barbara Counties To Experience Delays Due To Road Work

Wed, June 18, 2014

If you use Highway 150 to travel between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, you might want to think about taking a detour later this week. On Friday, there will be major traffic delays due to road resurfacing. Maintenance work will take place from the 101 Freeway-Highway 150 interchange to the Rincon Creek Bridge. Traffic will Read the Rest…


Search For Missing Camper In Ventura County Backcountry Now In Third Day

Wed, June 18, 2014

There is still no sign of an off duty Southern California firefighter who disappeared in a back country area of Ventura County over the weekend, and has now been missing for more than four full days. Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman, and a friend were setting up camp Friday night in the mountains about ten miles Read the Rest…


Judge Rejects Effort To Force Santa Maria To Put Elections Initiative On Ballot

Tue, June 17, 2014

A judge rejected an effort to force a Central Coast city to put an initiative on the November ballot. A group gathered signatures seeking to change the way the Santa Maria City Council is elected, with the intention of improving minority representation by shifting from at large, to district elections. But, the Santa Maria City Read the Rest…


Island Fox Could Be Coming Off Endangered Species List

Tue, June 17, 2014

A decade after the rare Island Fox was placed on the endangered species list, biologists say efforts to save the subspecies are going so well, they are ready to remove them from the list. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Island Fox Update


Ventura County Military Base Now Temporary Home To 230 Teens Being Held For Entering U.S. Illegally

Tue, June 17, 2014

More than 230 kids who entered the U.S. illegally are now being housed at what was a vacant military temporary housing facility in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports we now know the kids staying at the base are teenagers, between 13 and 17 years old. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Teens At Read the Rest…


Summer Program Offering Free Meals To Kids In Santa Barbara Area

Tue, June 17, 2014

A program to make sure kids who get meals through schools during the school year don’t go hungry during the summer is again underway in the Santa Barbara area. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Kids Lunch Program


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