Archives for July 2014

New National Park Service Report Talks About Visitor Related Spending For Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands Park Units

Tue, July 22, 2014

A new National Park Service report says that the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Channel Islands National Park meant more than $37 million dollars in visitor related business for adjacent communities. The economic study shows that last year, more than 630,000 visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains spent $26 million dollars in the Read the Rest…


Body Of Ventura County Man Who Disappeared While Swimming In Lake Cachuma Found

Mon, July 21, 2014

The body of a Ventura County man who disappeared in Lake Cachuma earlier this month was found today. Isaiah Sanchez’s body was spotted at around noon by some tourists who were in the lake on a pontoon boat. The body was recovered, and this evening, Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office officials confirmed that it was Read the Rest…


Work On 101 Freeway Could Create Some Delays In Santa Barbara County Later This Week

Mon, July 21, 2014

A Highway 101 resurfacing project could create some traffic delays in Santa Barbara County later this week. Traffic on the southbound 101 between Buellton, to Gaviota will be reduced from two lanes, to one during the midday hours on both Thursday, and Friday of this week. The 101 won’t be closed, but the closure of Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Ventura County After Detectives Say He Swallowed 11 Balloon Filled With Heroin

Mon, July 21, 2014

Some narcotics detectives say a dealer in Ventura County tried a very dangerous approach to hiding some of the evidence in his case, swallowing 11 balloons filled with heroin during a traffic stop. Simi Valley Police detectives say they received information that Brandon Harrison was selling heroin in Ventura County, and the San Fernando Valley. Read the Rest…


Body Found At Lake Cachuma; No Word On If It’s Missing Boater

Mon, July 21, 2014

A body has been recovered from Lake Cachuma this afternoon, but there’s no word yet on whether it’s that of a Ventura County man who disappeared in the lake earlier this month. The body was discovered at around noon today by one of the teams which had been searching for Isaiah Sanchez. The 22 year Read the Rest…


Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum In Lineup For Mid-State Fair In Paso Robles This Week

Mon, July 21, 2014

Country music takes center stage at the Mid-State Fair, on the Central Coast for the next few days. Florida Georgia Line is the headliner tonight, and Lady Antebellum will be on the main stage tomorrow night in Paso Robles. Classic rock is on the schedule for Wednesday night, with a trio of bands. Tower of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 30 Month Federal Prison Sentence For Taking Bribes To Approve Home Loans

Mon, July 21, 2014

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after being convicted of taking more than a million dollars in bribes to improperly approve some home loans. Prosecutors sat that while working for Bank of America, Kevin Lauricella of Thousand Oaks okayed some artificially priced short sales of properties on which Read the Rest…


UCSB Reseacher Says Job Skills Must Be Coupled With Social Skills In Modern Job Market

Mon, July 21, 2014

Some new research indicates getting, and keeping a good job is about much more than having specific skills, like being a whiz at math. A UC Santa Barbara researcher says you also have to have to have the social skills necessary to work with others, which she says has become increasingly important in the modern Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested After Vehicle Hits, Kills Pedestrian In Ventura

Mon, July 21, 2014

A Ventura County woman is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge following a weekend crash which left a pedestrian dead. Ventura Police say Sarah Beth Roche was driving southbound on Seaward Avenue near San Marcos Street at around 1:30 Saturday morning when she lost control of her vehicle.  Investigators say it hit a curb, guardrail, and Read the Rest…


Armed Man Taken Into Custody After Ventura County Standoff

Mon, July 21, 2014

A South Coast community woke up to a tense situation, when a man armed with multiple guns barricaded himself on the roof of a downtown Ventura business. It started at around 6:30 a.m. yesterday, when Ventura Police received reports of an armed, and possibly suicidal man on the 100 block of West Main Street. Police Read the Rest…


Free Business, Home Energy Efficiency Forum Set For Central Coast

Mon, July 21, 2014

Improving business, and home energy efficiency is the theme of an event on the Central Coast this week. The 4th Annual Green Business Energy Efficiency Forum will take place Wednesday in Santa Maria. A coalition of community groups is sponsoring the free event, which will feature displays, and a series of seminars. Among the scheduled Read the Rest…


Firefighters On Disturbance Call End Up Dealing With House Fire In Ventura

Sun, July 20, 2014

It started as a call to help deal with a man who had been in a fight with family members, but Ventura firefighters soon found themselves dealing with a house fire. Firefighters, and police were called to a house on the 6000 block of Woodland Street around 10:30 Saturday morning.  As they were treating the Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Men Arrested In Wake Of Multiple Burglaries

Fri, July 18, 2014

Two Ventura County men were arrested in the wake of a pair of burglaries. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5300 block of Evanwood Avenue in Oark Park Wednesday morning by reports of a home burglary.  They identified two suspects seen fleeing the scene. 19 year old Jack Hannah, and 18 year old Read the Rest…


Police Say They’e Arrested Ventura County Man Responsible For Robbery Spree

Fri, July 18, 2014

Police say a Ventura County man who’s now in custody is responsible for a string of robberies in the Oxnard area this week. Detectives say Salvador Medrano was arrested on Wednesday after he unsuccessfully attempted to rob the cafeteria at Saint John’s Hospital in Oxnard in broad daylight. The 39 year old man was arrested Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops Statewide, But Up In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, July 18, 2014

The latest unemployment statistics show the jobless rate is down statewide, but the numbers aren’t as positive for the Central Coast. California’s unemployment rate dipped from 7.6% in May, to 7.4% in June.  That’s the lowest it’s been since the summer of 2008. In Santa Barbara County, the jobless rate went from an even 5% Read the Rest…


June Unemployment Drops Statewide, But Climbs In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, July 18, 2014

Just released statistics show the state’s jobless rate in June slid to its lowest percentage since July of 2008, but the numbers are up in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. California’s unemployment rate dipped from 7.6% in May, to 7.4% in June. In Ventura County, the jobless rate climbed from 5.9% in May, to 6.2% Read the Rest…


Lifehouse, Demi Lovato Headlining Weekend Entertainment At Mid-State Fair

Fri, July 18, 2014

Big crowds are expected for the first weekend of the Mid-State Fair, which is underway in Paso Robles. The band “Lifehouse” is the fair’s big entertainment headliner tonight. Tomorrow night, the Beatles tribute band, “The Fab Four” will be on the main stage. And, on Sunday, pop star Demi Lovato will be the featured performer. Read the Rest…


Three Arrested For Kidnapping, Beating Of Ventura County Man

Fri, July 18, 2014

Three Ventura County men have been arrested following a two month long investigation into the kidnapping, and severe beating of a Camarillo man. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say James Loft was at his girlfriend’s home in Camarillo May 12th when two men attacked him, and forced him into a waiting vehicle driven by a third Read the Rest…


Longtime Central Coast Civic Leader Dies

Fri, July 18, 2014

A longtime civic leader on the Central Coast has died. Jack Adam, Junior was a part of a pioneering farming family in the Santa Maria Valley. After graduating from college, he served in the military, and then returned to Santa Barbara County where he got into the farming business. He also became involved in local Read the Rest…


Rarely Performed Work By Shakespeare Being Staged In Ventura County, With Modern Twist

Fri, July 18, 2014

One of Shakespeare’s seldom performed works is being brought to life in Ventura County this summer. The Kingsman Shakespeare Company is staging “Antony and Cleopatra” for the first time in the Thousand Oaks based theater company’s nearly two decade long history. KCLU’s Lance Orozco says the historical play is being offered with a modern day Read the Rest…


Fire Reported At Central Coast Power Plant

Thu, July 17, 2014

A power plant on the Central Coast was the scene of a fire today. The blaze broke out around 10:30 a.m. at the Morro Bay Power Plant. Some old machinery next to the plant apparently caught on fire, putting up a plume of smoke visible throughout the area. Firefighters put out the blaze in about Read the Rest…


Still No Sign Of Man Who Disappeared In Lake Cachma July 11th

Thu, July 17, 2014

The search continued at Lake Cachuma today for a man who disappeared after trying to swim from a broken down boat to shore, but there’s still no sign of him. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say a department helicopter has been used, and county park rangers have been using sonar to try to locate Read the Rest…


Major Milestone Reported in Efforts To Reestablish Endangered Bald Eagles In Channel Islands

Thu, July 17, 2014

There’s a new sign that efforts to reestablish the endangered bald eagle in the Channel Islands are working. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Bald Eagles


Two Men Arrested After Brutal Sexual Assault Of Elderly Woman On Santa Barbara Beach

Thu, July 17, 2014

Two men are in custody, following the brutal sexual assault of a 62 year old woman on a popular Santa Barbara beach. Santa Barbara Police say the homeless woman, and a 69 year old friend were camping at East Beach early yesterday morning when they were approached by two men armed with a knife.  Detectives Read the Rest…


Kid Rock Headliner At Mid-State Fair In Paso Robles Thursday Night

Thu, July 17, 2014

The Mid-State Fair is now in full swing on the Central Coast. Kid Rock is the headliner on day two of the 12 day long fair, at the Paso Robles Events Center. Tomorrow night, the band “Lifehouse” will headline on the fair’s main stage. The fair is a mix of traditional events, like mutton busting, Read the Rest…


Clippers Basketball Team, Boys And Girls Club Offers Basketball Camp To Kids On South Coast

Thu, July 17, 2014

Dozens of South Coast kids are getting to hone their basketball skills this week, through a camp offered by a Boys and Girls Club, and a pro basketball team. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that while the controversial ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers remains a question mark, the team has expanded its established youth basketball Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Year In Jail For Traffic Accident Which Killed Bicyclist

Thu, July 17, 2014

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to a year in jail, and three years probation after being convicted of vehicular manslaughter in an accident which killed a bicyclist. On October 21st of last year Pablo Tellez-Chavez was driving northbound on the Rose Avenue overpass in Oxnard. Prosecutors say he suddenly swerved across the road Read the Rest…


More Than 600 Artists Set To Take Part In One Of The South Coast’s Largest Arts Events

Thu, July 17, 2014

One of the South Coast’s largest arts events will take place this weekend. More than 600 artists are set to take part in Artwalk Ventura, a weekend long arts celebration at more than two dozen venues. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from downtown Ventura, where people are getting ready for the celebration. Click on Read the Rest…


San Fernando Valley Man Arrested In Connected With Indecent Exposure Incidents In Ventura County

Thu, July 17, 2014

A San Fernando Valley man turned himself in to Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives in connection with a series of indecent exposure incidents. Investigators had sought a man in connection with three separate incidents at the Camarillo Premium Outlets during the last year.  After the case was publicized last week, detectives received reports of similar crimes Read the Rest…


Plane Makes Wheels Up Landing In San Luis Obsipo; Two On Board Unhurt

Wed, July 16, 2014

It’s business as usual at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport right now, but it was anything but that this morning. A twin engine plane landing at the airport just after 10 a.m. ended up on its belly. The two people on board the plane were uninjured. The accident blocked the airport’s main runway for Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Railroad Battling Eviction Back In Business, At Least Temporarily

Wed, July 16, 2014

A historic railroad which offers nostalgic rides on vintage trains is back in business, at least temporarily, after a judge put a stay on her earlier eviction order. The Ventura County Transportation Commission moved to evict the Fillmore & Western Railroad from a county owned rail line, after they couldn’t reach a new contract agreement. Read the Rest…


Public Service Announcement For Water Conservation On Central Coast Starring Lady Gaga Released

Wed, July 16, 2014

Pop star Lady Gaga is going ga-ga for water conservation, in a just released public service announcement shot on the Central Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Lady Gaga


Eight New Arrests Made In Connection With April Riot In Isla Vista, Bringing Total To 25

Wed, July 16, 2014

Eight people have been arrested in the wake of an investigation into last April’s riot in Isla Vista, a disturbance which left dozens injured. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Riot Update


Mid-State Fair Opens 12 Day Run Today On Central Coast

Wed, July 16, 2014

The California Mid-State Fair opened its 12 day run in Paso Robles today. The Zac Brown Band is the headliner for the first night of the fair. The Mid-State Fair is known for attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment. Its lineup this year includes Kid Rock, Demi Lovato, The Steve Miller Band, Journey, Read the Rest…


South Coast City Going To Crack Down On Water Thieves

Wed, July 16, 2014

Law enforcement, and public works officials in one South Coast community are now on the lookout for water thieves. Santa Barbara has had its three driest years on record, and the Santa Barbara City Council recently revised its municipal code to better describe what constitutes the theft of water. Santa Barbara Police say they will Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Acting Auditor-Controller Now Officially Has The Job

Wed, July 16, 2014

A man who’s been serving as Ventura County’s acting Auditor-Controller since April of 2013, and was just elected to the post in June, now officially has the job. Ventura County Supervisors voted to appoint Jeffery Burgh to the post. He wasn’t officially supposed to take over the post until January 5th, but supervisors decided it Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Complex Opens In Ventura County; Helps Provide Homes For Families Displaced By Redevelopment

Wed, July 16, 2014

A brand new affordable housing project in Ventura County is almost complete, and will be home for hundreds of people. The Oxnard complex will provide apartments for some of the people being displaced by a major new development being built next to the 101 Freeway, as well as for some low income families. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Warning Issued By Central Coast City

Tue, July 15, 2014

A Central Coast city has issued a mountain lion warning, after two sightings were reported in a neighborhood. The Morro Bay Police Department issued the alert after the reports on the 2300 block of Nutmeg Avenue were confirmed. It’s a rural part of the city, with hills near some homes. Officials are recommending that children, Read the Rest…


Drone Expert Speaking In Santa Barbara Says U.S. Needs To Develop, Set More Transparent Policies

Tue, July 15, 2014

An analyst with a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. who spoke in Santa Barbara today says the U.S. needs to set some policies on the politically charged issue of the use of drones. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Drone Policy


Santa Barbara County Fair Attendance Up Nearly 4%

Tue, July 15, 2014

It’s now just a memory, but it was a good year for the Santa Barbara County Fair, with attendance up close to 4% from 2013. More than 140,000 people attended the five day long fair, which ran from last Wednesday through Sunday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. But, it’s still less than the all time Read the Rest…


South Coast City Adds System To Help Those With Hearing Issues Participate In City Council Meetings

Tue, July 15, 2014

A South Coast city is making it easier for people with hearing problems to participate in City Council meetings, and other events in the council chambers. The City of Goleta has installed what’s known as the Hearing Loop system in its city council chambers. It’s sort of like a wireless Bluetooth system. People with T-coil Read the Rest…


Mosquito Collection Device Causes Bomb Scare In Ventura

Tue, July 15, 2014

It looked like a potentially dangerous device in downtown Ventura, with a gassy cloud coming from it After police, firefighters, the bomb squad, and the FBI were called to the scene, it was determined it was a deadly device…for mosquitoes. The device was first discovered on the 1400 block of Poli Street at around 5:15 Read the Rest…


Hearing On Proposed New State Fracking Regulations Set For Today In Santa Barbara County

Tue, July 15, 2014

The State will hold a public hearing in Santa Barbara County today on proposed new regulations to monitor, and regulate fracking, and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques. The hearing will gather public comments developed on guidelines developed as the result of the passage of SB 4 last year. The legislation authored by Democratic Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Wins Million Dollar Jackpot At Santa Barbara County Casino

Tue, July 15, 2014

A Ventura County man may suddenly find he has a lot of new best friends. Jess Castillo won one of the largest slot machine jackpots in the history of the Chumash Casino, with a payout of just over a million dollars. The 72 year old Ventura man bet the maximum three credits on a $5 Read the Rest…


Federal Goverment Awards More Than $8 Million To Help Homeless, Low Income Families In Tri-Counties

Tue, July 15, 2014

The federal government has awarded more than $8 million dollars in grants to help homeless, and low income individuals, and families in the Tri-Counties. The funding is through three programs, which include Community Development Block Grants, the HOME program, and Emergency Solutions Grants.  The money will help efforts to develop affordable housing, plus support and Read the Rest…


Former City Of Ventura Employee Accused Of Stealing Money From Adult Center

Tue, July 15, 2014

A former City of Ventura employee has been charged with stealing money from a senior center. Prosecutors say Kathryn Marie Torres took more than$60,000 from the Ventura Avenue Adult Center.  The 33 year old Santa Clarita woman was responsible for rental revenue from the building, as well as for donations by seniors to the Senior Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Hiking Expert Talks About New Series Of Trail Guidebooks

Tue, July 15, 2014

Many of us hike for fun.  But, a Santa Barbara County man has done it for a living for decades. John McKinney is known as “The Trailmaster,” a hiking expert, and author of numerous articles, and more than two dozen books on hiking. KCLU’S Lance Orozco caught up with “The Trailmaster” for a hike in Read the Rest…


Abandoned Panga Boat Found Circling Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, July 14, 2014

Federal Homeland Security investigators are looking into the mysterious discovery of one of the kinds of boats commonly used for smuggling found abandoned, and going in circles off the Santa Barbara County coastline. A fisherman spotted the circling, 35 foot long panga boat in the ocean about three miles off the coast of Gaviota yesterday Read the Rest…


Cause Of Crash Which Killed One, Injured Two On Central Coast Still Under Investigation

Mon, July 14, 2014

Authorities have released the name of a man killed in a Central Coast traffic accident which left two others seriously injured. A car headed southbound on Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base  yesterday afternoon drifted off the highway near Santa Lucia Canyon Road , and plunged over an embankment.  The driver, and one passenger Read the Rest…


Monsoonal Moisture Brings Chance Of Showers, Thunderstorms To Central Coast

Mon, July 14, 2014

It’s unusual to have the term “a chance of showers” in the forecast for July, but a surge of subtropical moisture is bringing us some scattered sprinkles, and even some isolated thunderstorms in the mountains. We could see some heavy rainfall at times in the mountains, with the potential for flash flooding. But, for most Read the Rest…


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