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Renovated Boys & Girls Club On South Coast Opening Tonight

Wed, July 23, 2014

This is a big day for a Boys, and Girls Club on the South Coast. The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County is opening its renovated Gym, and Education Center at its Westside Club tonight. The $200,000 project included a new gym floor, additional lighting, plus a number of other updates to Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Sentenced to Life In Prison Without The Possible Of Parole In Kidnapping, Torture Case

Wed, July 23, 2014

A Central Coast gang member was sentenced today to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, and torturing a man. Luis Almanza of Lompoc had been found guilty of kidnapping, torture, and the use of a deadly weapon in connection with drug dealing. The unidentified man survived Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Drivers Failing To Yield to Pedestrians Leads To 79 Citations On South Coast

Wed, July 23, 2014

The first day of a two day effort to crack down on drivers failing to yield to pedestrians on the South Coast area led to 79 citations. Santa Barbara Police, along with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the CHP, and city traffic engineers set up stings at seven crosswalks in Santa Barbara, and Montecito Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train On South Coast

Wed, July 23, 2014

A South Coast woman is dead, after she was struck, and killed by a passenger train. It happened just before 10 a.m. today, on the railroad tracks near the intersection of California Street, and Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. The northbound Amtrak train was traveling at about 55 miles an hour when it approached the train Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For Killing Which Followed Confrontation At Last Year’s Ventura County Fair

Wed, July 23, 2014

Two men have been arrested for a confrontation at the Ventura County Fair last year which turned deadly. Ventura police detectives say Gabriel Gutierrez was at the fair last July 31st when he was involved in a verbal confrontation with some other men. The 18 year old man left the fairgrounds, and was walking near Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara To Take In Depth Look At Moving From At Large, To District Elections

Wed, July 23, 2014

A South Coast city hired a consultant to do more research on the possibility of moving from at large, to district elections to improve minority representation on the City Council. Santa Barbara is looking at the issue. It’s been threatened with a lawsuit to force change by some advocates of the idea. Most cities the Read the Rest…


Data Breach At Cottage Hospital Apparently Larger Than Originally Reported

Wed, July 23, 2014

A data breach of personal information involving a South Coast hospital is apparently much larger than originally reported. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Click on link to listen to/download story:  Data Breach


Dallas Cowboys Arrive In Ventura County For Start Of Summer Training Camp

Wed, July 23, 2014

The start of the 2014 NFL season is just six weeks away.  But, in just one day, pro football fans will be able to get their first look at some big names in action right here in our backyard. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Dallas Cowboys arrived yesterday for the start of their summer training Read the Rest…


Swimmer Rescued Off Ventura County Coastline, But Dies At Hospital

Tue, July 22, 2014

A swimmer who ran into trouble off the Ventura County coastline has died. The man was in the ocean off of Surfer’s Knoll, just west of Ventura Harbor around 3:30 this afternoon when people noticed he was in trouble, and called for help. A half dozen agencies responded, ranging from the Ventura Fire Department, to Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Arrive On South Coast For Summer Training Camp

Tue, July 22, 2014

Are you ready for some football? The Dallas Cowboys have arrived on the South Coast for their summer training camp. The team landed in a chartered plane at Naval Base Ventura County this afternoon. The team will train in Oxnard for the ninth time, and this year will include something different, some joint workouts with Read the Rest…


Investigators Say Blast Which Injured Man In Goleta Caused By Illegal Drug Making Operation

Tue, July 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire investigators say an explosion, and fire which seriously injured a man in Goleta was the result of an illegal drug making operation. The blast occurred just after 7 last night, in an apartment on the 400 block of Ellwood Beach Drive. A man, who still isn’t being identified by authorities, suffered Read the Rest…


Three Dozen Members Of California’s Congressional Delegation Call For Ban On New Offshore Oil, Gas leases

Tue, July 22, 2014

A congresswoman representing the Central Coast is one of three dozen members of the state’s congressional delegation asking federal officials to ban new oil, and gas leases off of the Central, and South Coasts. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is developing a draft 2017-2022 leasing program for federally controlled offshore Read the Rest…


Proposed Solar Power Project In Santa Barbara County Gets Key Approval

Tue, July 22, 2014

Plans for a major new solar power project in Santa Barbara County received a key approval today. The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposal by Cuyama Solar, Incorporated to build a solar power facility southeast of Cuyama. The project calls for placing solar power panels on more than 300 acres of land. Read the Rest…


Judge Denies Gang Injuction In Santa Barbara

Tue, July 22, 2014

A judge refused to grant a request for a gang injunction in the City of Santa Barbara, which police, and prosecutors had sought to combat gang related crime. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge said there are currently adequate legal avenues to take on gang related issues. The ruling says the problem in Santa Read the Rest…


Cause Of Explsion, Fire Which Seriously Injured One Person In Santa Barbara County Still Under Investigation

Tue, July 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which left one person seriously injured in Goleta. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Explosion


Unique UCSB Program Teaches Students How To Tell Stories About The Environment Through Documentaries

Tue, July 22, 2014

They are students interested in scientific, and environmental issues like biology, and hydrology. But, this summer, some of them at UC Santa Barbara are taking a special class in which they’re learning how to educate the public about science through documentaries, and other forms of media. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link Read the Rest…


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 Balloons 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…


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