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Proposed Cougar Crossing In Conejo Valley Picking Up Support

Mon, September 22, 2014

Wildlife and roads aren’t a good mix. It’s a growing concern in the Conejo Valley, where a rare mountain lion was struck, and killed while trying to cross a freeway. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a unique proposal to deal with the problem by building a cougar crossing across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills is Read the Rest…


Small Brush Fire Briefly Impacts Traffic On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, September 22, 2014

A small brush fire which started in a homeless camp briefly impacted vehicle traffic on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County, and shut down the region’s main rail line. The fire happened at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon, in the Ventura river bottom area next to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Ventura firefighters say that while the Read the Rest…


Tense Moments On Board Airliner Headed To Central Coast

Mon, September 22, 2014

There were some scary moments for people on board an airliner headed to the Central Coast, when people started smelling smoke. It happened at around 5 last night, on a United Express plane headed from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. The plane’s pilot suspected the smell might be coming from some lighting units in Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Sting Operation In Ventura County Targeting Underage Alcohol Sales

Mon, September 22, 2014

Four people were arrested in a weekend sting operation in Ventura County targeting adults buying alcohol for minors. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department used underage decoys to ask adults to buy alcohol for them at stores in the Thousand Oaks area. More than fifty people said no to the decoys, but three men, and one Read the Rest…


Fight Over Outdoor Wedding Venue To Be Heard By Ventura County Supervisors Tuesday

Mon, September 22, 2014

The controversy over an outdoor wedding venue in a rural Ventura County community could be decided by County Supervisors tomorrow. In June, the Ventura County Planning Commission declined renewal of the conditional use permit for the facility, called Tropical Paradise, in the Santa Rosa Valley. Some nearby residents have complained about noise, and compatibility issues.  Read the Rest…


Legislation Co-Authored By State Senator From Conejo Valley To Reduce Pollution From Trucks And Busses Signed By Governor

Mon, September 22, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator in the Conejo Valley intended to help reduce air pollution from big trucks, and buses. SB 1204  expands a California Air Resources Board program which provides financial incentives for freight haulers, and bus operators to use vehicles which burn cleaner fuel.  Medium and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Couple Home After Being Caught In Mexico By Hurricane

Mon, September 22, 2014

A Santa Barbara couple is back at home after making it through an ordeal in Mexico, where they were trapped by a hurricane. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hurricane Ordeal


New Presiding, Assistant Presiding Judges Named For Ventura County Superior Court System

Mon, September 22, 2014

A  Ventura County Superior Court judge for nearly two decades has been elected as the county court system’s Presiding Judge for the next two years. Judge Donald Colman will serve as the Presiding Judge beginning January 1st, for a two year term.  Coleman has been a Superior Court judge for 18 years, and before that Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill By State Senator From Conejo Valley To Help Combat Drug Overdoses

Mon, September 22, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from the Conejo Valley which would equip first responders with a potentially life saving antidote for drug overdoses. SB 1438 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would provide first responders with Naloxone, which can counter the impacts of some prescription drugs, Read the Rest…


Huge Shipment Of Medical Supplies To Fight Ebola From Santa Barbara County Relief Group Arrives In West Africa

Sun, September 21, 2014

A chartered jumbo jet filled with 100 tons of medical supplies to help with Ebola relief has arrived in West Africa, thanks to a Santa Barbara County based relief group. Direct Relief International put together what is the largest single shipment of supplies from the U.S. to the Ebola zone since the outbreak started. The Read the Rest…


Lemons Star Of The Show At South Coast Festival This Weekend

Fri, September 19, 2014

They may taste tart, but a festival focusing on one kind of fruit on the South Coast this weekend is expected to bring sweet smiles to thousands of people. The 23rd annual Goleta Lemon Festival is tomorrow, and Sunday in Girsh Park. It features traditional events, and activities like carnival rides, entertainment, and lots of Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Fri, September 19, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a pedestrian killed in a traffic accident in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say Tony Renteria was hit just after 7 a.m. yesterday, as he was trying to cross Wooley Road at Novato Drive.  An eastbound vehicle hit the 79 year old Oxnard man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police Read the Rest…


Two Prison Guards Arrested In Connection With Death Of Central Coast Man

Fri, September 19, 2014

There are some major new developments in the investigation of the death of a man during a fight on the Central Coast. Authorities had originally said they weren’t looking for suspects in the September 7th death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano during a disturbance outside of a San Miguel bar. Following a continued investigation, San Luis Read the Rest…


Campaign Kicks Off To Raise Support, Funding For Mountain Lion Crossing On 101 Freeway In Conejo Valley

Fri, September 19, 2014

Hundreds of people were on hand today for the kickoff of a campaign to create a crossing for mountain lions, and other wildlife to safely cross the 101 Freeway to reach open space areas in the Conejo Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Agoura Hills. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cougar Read the Rest…


Unemployment Down In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, September 19, 2014

New figures show a drop in unemployment in Ventra, and Santa Barbara Counties. Ventura County’s jobless rate dropped from 7% in July, to 6.8% in August. Unemployment went from 6% in July, to 5.6% in August in Santa Barbara County. Statewide, the unemployment rate remained flat for the third straight month, at 7.4%


World Famous Quartet To Kick Off Ventura Music Festival Season

Fri, September 19, 2014

A South Coast music festival has announced a world renowned German quartet will kick off its 21st season. The Ventura Music Festival will present the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin October 16th, at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center. The quartet is comprised of some of the leading performers with the Berlin Philharmonic.


Jobless Rate Drops On Central Coast

Fri, September 19, 2014

There’s some good news about the unemployment situation on the Central Coast. The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the jobless rate for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Unemployment went from 6% in July, to 5.6% in August in Santa Barbara County. In San Luis Obispo County, the number of people out Read the Rest…


Proposal To Renew Contract For Red Light Camera System In Ventura Hits Stop Sign

Fri, September 19, 2014

A proposal for the City of Ventura to extend its contract with a red light camera provider, and potentially expand the number of monitor lights has hit a stop sign. The Ventura City Council this week rejected a proposed three year contract renewal with Redflex Camera Systems.  The system was operating in the red for Read the Rest…


South Coast College Says It’s First In Region To Use New Protective Head Gear For Athletes

Fri, September 19, 2014

A South Coast College says it’s the first in the region to begin using new protective gear for athletes. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBCC Protective Gear


Governor Signs Legislation By State Senator From Conejo Valley Intended To Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

Fri, September 19, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from the Conejo Valley which is intended to provide new job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. SB 577 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills creates a pilot program for community based vocational development services. The effort will be spearheaded by Read the Rest…


Potential Dangerous Virus Affecting Kids Surfaces In Ventura County

Fri, September 19, 2014

The State Department of Public Health says the first four cases of an unusual respiratory virus which targets children have been detected in the state, including one case in Ventura County. The rhinovirus/enterovirus can cause breathing problems, as well as other issues like fever, runny nose, coughing, and body aches.  It often looks like a Read the Rest…


79 Year Old Man Struck, Killed By Pedestrian In Ventura County

Fri, September 19, 2014

A 79 year old pedestrian is dead following a traffic accident in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say the man was hit just after 7 a.m. yesterday, as he was trying to cross Wooley Road at Novato Drive.  An eastbound vehicle hit the Oxnard man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  His name hasn’t been Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored By Ventura County Assemblyman Intended To Keep Film, TV Production from Leaving State

Fri, September 19, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill co-authored by a Ventura County state assemblyman which would offer more tax credits to filmmakers, to try to keep production from leaving the state. AB 1939 by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo calls for reestablishing a tax credit for film, and TV production through 2020.    Gorell Read the Rest…


Authorities Warn Of Fraud Scheme In Region Involving Phony IRS Calls

Fri, September 19, 2014

Authorities in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties say some of the region’s residents have been targeted by a phone scam by people claiming to be from the IRS. Callers claim to be from the federal agency, and tell people they are behind in taxes and could face jail, in an effort to get the victims Read the Rest…


UC System To Add Victim Advocates For Sexual Assault Victims

Thu, September 18, 2014

A U.S. Senator is praising a decision by the head of the University of California system to have an independent, on campus advocate on every UC campus, including UC Santa Barbara, for sexual assault survivors. UC President Janet Napolitano said the system will voluntarily implement the provisions of the proposed federal Survivor Outreach and Support Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara Intended To Reduce Childhood Obesity

Thu, September 18, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help reduce childhood obesity. SB 949 by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara establishes the California Distinguished After School Health Program.  It would establish standards for physical activity, limits for computer and television screen time, and the Read the Rest…


New Hotel Approved On South Coast

Wed, September 17, 2014

A major new hotel on the South Coast has received final approval, despite some controversy. The Goleta City Council last night okayed plans for a 118 room Marriott Residence Inn hotel on the 6300 block of Hollister Avenue, near Santa Barbara Airport. Some members of the Chumash tribe were concerned the project would disturb an Read the Rest…


Deal To Preserve Scenic Central Coast Ranchland Closes

Wed, September 17, 2014

A Central Coast land conservancy has officially closed escrow on hundreds of acres of ranchland in the hills above Pismo Beach, permanently preserving it from development. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County spearheaded the campaign to buy the 900 acres of land now known as the Pismo Preserve.  The conservancy raised more than Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Freight Train On South Coast

Wed, September 17, 2014

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was struck, and killed by a freight train on the South Coast. It happened at around 6:30 p.m. last night in Santa Barbara, near the Santa Barbara Zoo. Santa Barbara Fire Department officials say a transient who appeared to be in his 60’s was walking next Read the Rest…


Man Admits Guilt In Large Scale Real Estate Fraud Case In Ventura County

Wed, September 17, 2014

A man is expected to spend more than three years in jail after pleading guilty to a half dozen charges in a Ventura County real estate fraud case, in which he stole more than $160,000 from investors. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit say that Jesus Garcilazo managed an Read the Rest…


Teen Critically Injured After Being Hit By Two Vehicles In Oxnard

Wed, September 17, 2014

A teenager is in critical condition after being hit twice by vehicles as he was trying to cross a street in Oxnard. It happened just before 4 p.m. yesterday, on Vineyard Avenue near Edelweiss Street.  The 15 year old boy was crossing Vineyard northbound when he was first hit by a car, and then a Read the Rest…


UCSB Appoints New Executive Vice Chancellor

Tue, September 16, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara dean has received a major promotion. David Marshall has been promoted from UCSB’s Dean of Humanities And Fine Arts in the College of Letters and Science to the university’s Executive Vice Chancellor.  He fills the opening created by the retirement of Gene Lucas, who held the post for more than a Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Councilman Dies

Tue, September 16, 2014

A man who was a police chief on the Central Coast, and then a local city councilman has died. Jerry Tucker served as Guadalupe’s Police Chief for a decade, and after retirement was elected to the City Council.  He died over the weekend. There will be a memorial service on Thursday.  The Guadalupe City Council Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Ventura County Man Who Called Himself CEO Of Street Gang Will Spend Rest Of Life Behind Bars

Tue, September 16, 2014

A man prosecutors say was the head of a Ventura County street gang who compared himself to a corporate CEO could face more than four life sentences after being found guilty of 26 federal criminal charges. Prosecutors say Luis Manuel Tapia was head of the Oxnard based Colinia Chiques, and was affiliated with the Mexican Read the Rest…


Massive Greenhouse Fire On Central Coast Destroys Five Buildings

Tue, September 16, 2014

A massive greenhouse fire on the Central Coast destroyed five buildings, sending up a massive plume of smoke visible for miles. The blaze broke out at around 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 800 block of North Mesa Road in Nipomo.  It quickly spread throughout a section of the wholesale greenhouse facility, ultimately damaging, or destroying Read the Rest…


Excessive Heat Warning Issued For Parts Of South Coast

Tue, September 16, 2014

More sizzling weather is on the way for much of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Ventura County’s interior valleys, with temperatures topping 100 degrees likely.  Santa Paula, Fillmore, Ojai, and Piru could peak between 95, and 105 degrees daily through Friday. The Ventura County Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Danger High In Santa Barbara County

Tue, September 16, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire officials say between the heat, and low humidity, the brush fire danger is at a critical level in the region. County Fire officials say that a live fuel moisture percentage at 60% is considered critical, and that the percentage is currently at, or below that percentage in much of the region.  Read the Rest…


New Solar Power System Being Built On UCSB Parking Structure

Tue, September 16, 2014

A South Coast university is taking a new step towards sustainable power. Work is underway at UC Santa Barbara on a 1800 panel solar power system on top of a university parking structure.  The $2.6 million dollar system will generate about 425 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to power UCSB’s Student Resources Building.  It Read the Rest…


Central Coast Theater Group Changes Name

Mon, September 15, 2014

A half century old theater group on the Central Coast is changing its name. What was known as PCPA Theaterfest is now PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theater.  The program based at Alan Hancock College, in Santa Maria has trained actors and theater technicians for 51 years.  PCPA officials say the change more accurately reflects PCPA’s role as Read the Rest…


Ventura Club Wins Men’s, Women’s National Outrigger Championships

Mon, September 15, 2014

A team from Ventura has won the 2014 U.S. Outrigger Canoe Championships in both the men’s, and women’s divisions. The Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club won the titles at the Catalina Crossing event.  It’s an open ocean competition between Newport Beach, and Catalina.  It was the first ever national win for the Ventura based women’s team, Read the Rest…


Head Of Ventura County Agricultural, Business Firm Dies

Mon, September 15, 2014

The head of a major Ventura County agricultural and business firm has died. Alan Teague had been dealing with a number of medical issues, but died following a stroke. He was Chairman of the Limoneria Company.  He joined its board in the 1990’s, and became its Chairman a decade ago. Teague was active in the Read the Rest…


Tropical Storm Posing New Threat To South Coast Beaches

Mon, September 15, 2014

For the third time in less than a month, the South Coast is facing the potential for large, damaging surf, and dangerous rip currents. Starting today, and extending through Thursday, Tropical Storm Odile will send much larger than usual waves towards south facing beaches in Ventura, and Southern Santa Barbara Counties. The largest waves are Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council To Look At Red Light Camera Program

Mon, September 15, 2014

One South Coast city may be adding more red light cameras in the future. The Ventura City Council tonight is set to consider a contract extension with the company which operates the systems for the city.  The proposed new deal could lead to the city more than doubling the camera systems it has in place. Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Accused Of Trying To Sexually Assault Woman Who Was Out Walking Dogs

Mon, September 15, 2014

A Ventura man is behind bars, after police say he attacked and tried to sexually assault a woman who was out walking her dogs. It happened just after 11 a.m. yesterday, near Shoshone, and Cameron Streets in Ventura.  The woman told police a man came up behind her, knocked her down, and tried to pull Read the Rest…


Caltrans Work To Affect Portion Of PCH Monday

Mon, September 15, 2014

This might be a good day to avoid using the Pacific Highway to drive between Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Caltrans is doing some work to reposition some cement concrete barriers, also known as K-rails.  The slopes between the barriers, and the ocean have been eroded by heavy surf from tropical storms during the last Read the Rest…


New Lanes Open On 101 Freeway Between Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, September 12, 2014

There’s some big news for commuters who use the 101 Freeway between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. A new carpool lane which straddles the border between the two counties is open.  Because the lane hasn’t been striped, and marked with carpool signs yet, it’s temporarily open to all traffic. The lane is open from Casitas Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County DA Decides Not To File Manslaughter Charges In Triple Fatal Car Accident

Fri, September 12, 2014

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say they won’t seek manslaughter charges in connection with a traffic accident in Santa Barbara which left three people dead. The CHP says on April 21st, a man driving a car southbound on the 101 Freeway near Bath Street fell asleep, and the car flipped upside down. A vehicle driven by Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Picks Interim Chief Administrator

Thu, September 11, 2014

A longtime Santa Barbara official has been selected as the interim City Administrator. Paul Casey will temporarily fill the vacancy created by this month’s retirement of Jim Armstrong.  Casey has been Santa Barbara’s Assistant City Administrator for four years, and has been with the city for close to two decades. The City is conducting a Read the Rest…


Repaving, Repair Work On 118 Freeway In Ventura County Will Mean Major Lane, Ramp Closures

Thu, September 11, 2014

Work on a freeway in Ventura County is going to mean some major lane, and ramp closures for the next two weeks. A portion of the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley is going to be repaved, some guardrails will be upgraded, and on and offramps resurfaced. Up to three lanes of both sides of the Read the Rest…


Leading Researchers In Field Of Human Origins Headed To Santa Barbara For Conference

Thu, September 11, 2014

Some of the world’s leading experts on human origins are headed to Santa Barbara this week, for a symposium focused on the latest research on this issue. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Symposium


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