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Pulitzer Prize Winning Cold War Opera Revived In Santa Barbara

Thu, April 24, 2014

It’s an almost forgotten opera, but not only did it have the unusual distinction of being a Broadway hit, it won a Pulitzer Prize. “The Consul” is the dramatic story of a woman living in an oppressed nation who’s desperately seeking papers to allow her family to leave the country. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Read the Rest…


Toxicology Results Show Drugs In System Of Driver Of Car In Double Fatal Accident On Central Coast

Thu, April 24, 2014

Coroner’s officials say a toxicology report shows there was drugs in the system of the driver of a car in a double fatal traffic accident on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Unit says tests show there was THC and codeine in the blood stream of Jeremy Martin when he Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Using Dead Brother’s Identity

Thu, April 24, 2014

A Ventura County man has been arrested on fraud charges, after police say they discovered he was using his dead brother’s identity to get credit cards, as well as social service benefits from the state. Oxnard Police detectives were conducting a probation search on a home on the 900 block of Cheyenne Way.  They say Read the Rest…


KCLU Honored With Two 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards

Thu, April 24, 2014

KCLU has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association with two of its prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. KCLU News won two 2014 RTDNA Region Two Small Market radio awards. The station was honored for “Best Radio Writing” for “A Flight Through Time,” a look at a visit Read the Rest…


Proponents Of Proposed Pension Reform Measure In Ventura County Turn In Petitions To Elections Officials

Thu, April 24, 2014

A group seeking to reduce Ventura County’s long term pension liability has turned in petitions with the signatures of more than 40,000 people to the County Elections office, to try to put the issue on the November ballot. A group called the Initiative for Pension Fairness and Sustainability gathered the signatures, which were substantially more Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Based Research Firm Acquires Florida Based Company

Wed, April 23, 2014

An internationally based consumer research company based in Westlake Village has acquired a Florida company. J.D. Power purchased Orlando based Korrelate.  Terms of the deal wern’t announced.  Korrelate has developed technology to measure consumer online behavior, and links it to offline sales activity.  J.D. Power officials say the purchase will expand the ability to measure Read the Rest…


State Lands Commission Postpones Decision On Oil Well Reactiviation In Goleta

Wed, April 23, 2014

The State Lands Commission put off a decision on a key study needed for the controversial reactivation of a well on the South Coast. Venoco wants to reactivate a well in Goleta at a pier near Sandpiper Golf Course which was shut down 20 years ago following an oil pipeline spill. The City of Goleta Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Reporting Bright Budget Prospects

Wed, April 23, 2014

One South Coast community is reporting the best budget prospects it’s had in years. City of Santa Barbara officials say increases in bed tax, sales tax, and property tax revenue mean they are in a position to restore some programs and services cut during the recession. The proposed new $276 million dollar operating budget calls Read the Rest…


Gusty Wind Conditions Prompt Air Quality Watch On Parts Of Central Coast

Wed, April 23, 2014

Gusty wind conditions have prompted an Air Quality Watch in Northern Santa Barbara County. With high wind in the forecast for the next few days, it’s expected the watch will remain in effect through the weekend.  The watch means that schools, and after school programs should limit outdoor activities if there are high levels of Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Planting Video Camera In Neighbor’s Home On Central Coast

Wed, April 23, 2014

Authorities on the Central Coast say they’ve arrested a man who broke into a home, and hid a wireless video camera behind some vents in a bedroom. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s department investigators say Eutimio Contreras Anguiano broke into a neighbor’s home in San Miguel, and planted the camera. It may have been in Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Says County’s Efforts To Monitor Safety Of Food At Community Events Are Overwhelmed

Wed, April 23, 2014

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says that the County’s Environmental Health Department doesn’t have the resources to adequately monitor food served at community events. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on the link to listen to/download story:  Food Safety


Santa Barbara City Council Rejects Proposal To Put Gang Injunction Issue On Ballot

Wed, April 23, 2014

The Santa Barbara City Council rejected a proposal to put the city’s proposed gang injunction in front of voters. Council members Cathy Murillo and Gregg Hart suggested the city’s residents should get the chance to weigh in on the controversial idea. A number of people testified in support of putting the issue on the ballot, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Ask Voters To Approve Bed Tax Hike

Wed, April 23, 2014

Santa Barbara County voters are going to be asked to approve a tax hike on visitors to the county. Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved a proposal to ask the county’s voters in November to increase the bed tax from 10%, to 12.5%. The bed tax, which is officially known as the Transient Occupancy Tax, is Read the Rest…


New Efforts Being Discussed To Deal With Panhandling In One South Coast Community

Wed, April 23, 2014

There’s a new push to deal with panhanding in one South Coast community. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Panhandling


World Book Night Being Celebrated On South Coast With Giveaways To Promote Reading

Wed, April 23, 2014

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday, and an event taking place globally, and locally is celebrating by helping to promote literacy, and the love of reading. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  World Book Night


Santa Barbara County Moves To Revamp Troubled Agency Which Helps Those With Mental Health, Substance Abuse Issues

Wed, April 23, 2014

The Santa Barbara County agency which is supposed to help people deal with mental health, and addiction issues has been in crisis itself for the last few years. From issues about the quality of care, to not being able to keep its budget in line, the county’s Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Services Department has Read the Rest…


Fire Destroys Motor Home, Temporarily Forces Some Evacuations On Central Coast

Tue, April 22, 2014

A fire destroyed a motor home, and forced several evacuations as it spread to some out buildings, and vehicles on the Central Coast this afternoon. The fire was reported at about 2 p.m., on Sage Avenue, near Hollister Lane in Los Osos. Firefighters knocked down the blaze in about 45 minutes. No one was hurt.


Two Men Arrested Following String Of Catalytic Converter Thefts From Vehicles In Parking Lots

Tue, April 22, 2014

Authorities in Ventura County arrested two San Fernando Valley men they think are responsible for a string of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in parking lots. Simi Valley Police detectives say Jose Gonzales of San Fernando, and Javier Montiel of Pacoima targeted vehicles left a Park n’ Ride lot in Simi Valley.  But, investigators think Read the Rest…


New $15 Million Dollar Dining, Meeting Complex At California Lutheran University Opens For Sneak Preview

Tue, April 22, 2014

More than a thousand people got to sample the South Coast’s newest restaurant complex today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s going to be a glitzy new food court in a very unusual setting Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ullman Commons Preview


Ventura Police Make Arrest In Attack On Two Transients

Tue, April 22, 2014

A man sought for an attack which left two people with burns is now behind bars in Ventura County. A police officer saw Ned Barron riding a bicycle near Thompson Boulevard, and Laurel Street yesterday afternoon.  When the officer tried to stop the 47 year old man, he fled, but was caught with the help Read the Rest…


Goleta Appoints Interim City Manager

Tue, April 22, 2014

The City of Goleta has appointed an interim City Manager, after its top non-elected official left to take a similar post in San Diego County. Deputy City Manager Michelle Greene has been appointed to the top slot by the Goleta City Council effective immediately.  Greene served as Deputy City Manager since 2013, and has been Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Santa Barbara County May Have Turned Corner On Efforts To Control Drug Smuggling Panga Boats

Tue, April 22, 2014

Santa Barbara County officials say they may have turned a corner in efforts to stop smugglers from landing boats filled with drugs from Mexico in the county. The numbers of boats seized in the county has dropped dramatically in the last year. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara Harbor, where officials talked about efforts Read the Rest…


15,000 Weed Abatement Notices Mailed In Ventura County To Property Owners In Preparation For High Brush Fire Season

Tue, April 22, 2014

With the drought increasing the brush fire potential on the South Coast, the region’s fire departments say people who live in high fire danger areas are need to make sure they have adequate brush clearance from structures. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that in Ventura County, 15,000 weed abatement notices just went out in the mail Read the Rest…


Two Brushfires Cause Brief Scare In Ventura County

Mon, April 21, 2014

Some small fires caused a big scare in Ventura County this afternoon. Two blazes were discovered off of the 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks just after 2:15 this afternoon, near the Sunset Hills Boulevard off ramp. They quickly burned towards some homes. Captain Mike Lindbery, with the Ventura County Fire Department, says despite the rugged Read the Rest…


Potentially Dangerous Wind In Forecast For Parts Of South Coast

Mon, April 21, 2014

A weather system passing through Northern, and Central California could create some dangerous wind conditions in Santa Barbara County tomorrow. Wind advisories are expected for much of Santa Barbara County tomorrow, lasting until Wednesday morning. The wind could create hazardous driving conditions on the region’s highways, with gusts up to 50 miles an hour possible.


Weather System Could Bring Strong Wind To Central Coast Tuesday and Wednesday

Mon, April 21, 2014

A weather system passing through Northern, and Central California could create some dangerous wind conditions in San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties. Wind advisories are expected for much of the Central, and South Coasts from around 11 a.m. tomorrow, until Wednesday morning. The wind could create hazardous driving conditions on the region’s highways, with Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested On DUI Charge Following Crash Which Killed Three On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Mon, April 21, 2014

A trip for two young men, and two young women from the Los Angeles area ended in tragedy in Santa Barbara, with three of them dead, and a fourth seriously injured. The four were in a southbound car on the 101 near Castillo Street around 12:45 this morning, when for some reason, it went out Read the Rest…


Southbound 101 Closed In Santa Barbara For Hours Due To Triple Fatal Accident

Mon, April 21, 2014

Three people are dead, and a fourth seriously injured in the wake of an early morning traffic accident which left the southbound 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara closed all morning. CHP investigators say that at around 12:45 this morning, a southbound car on the 101 for some reason veered into a guard rail, and flipped, Read the Rest…


One Of Channel Islands Closed To Public So It Can Be Checked For Unexploded Military Ordnance

Mon, April 21, 2014

One of the Channel Islands is going to be closed to the public for at least the rest of the year.  The Navy is worried San Miguel Island, which was used as a military bombing range for decades, may be peppered with unexploded ordinance. KCLU’S Lance Orozco talks with Navy, and National Park Service officials Read the Rest…


SUV Plunges Into South Coast Store

Mon, April 21, 2014

It was a miracle no one was seriously hurt.  That’s what people in one Ventura County community are saying about an accident in which the driver of an SUV didn’t stop in a parking lot, and plunged into the middle of a store. It happened just after 12:30 Saturday, at the Dollar Tree store on Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Ventura County Bank Robbery Surrenders To Las Vegas Police

Mon, April 21, 2014

A man wanted for the robbery of a Ventura County bank is behind bars this morning, after detectives say he turned himself in to police in Las Vegas. On April 8th, a man robbed the Chase bank branch on the 2300 block of East Ponderosa Drive in Camarillo.  Investigators say the man handed a teller Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Killed, Daughter Seriously Injured After Motorcycle Hit By Car

Mon, April 21, 2014

A Ventura County man was killed, and his daughter seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a car at an Oxnard intersection. Oxnard Police say it happened just after 11 p.m. Friday, at the intersection of Vineyard Avenue, and Esplanade Drive. Witnesses told police that a car ran a red light, and hit Read the Rest…


Ballot Measure To Beef Up Fire Protection In Some Central Coast Communities Fails

Mon, April 21, 2014

Voters rejected an effort to help beef up fire protection in some Central Coast communities. In a vote by mail election, a proposal for a $66 dollar a year parcel tax for property owners served by the Five Cities Fire Authority failed, receiving a 40% yes vote. If passed, the plan would have generated close Read the Rest…


High School Coach In Ventura County Arrested On Sex Charges Involving Student

Fri, April 18, 2014

A high school softball coach in Ventura County has been arrested following allegations he was involved in sexual activity with a student. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Robert Frank Garza was booked for a variety of sexual assault charges involving a minor. The 37 year old Newbury Park man is a softball coach at Westlake Read the Rest…


Evacuations Lifted After Gas Line Break Isolated In Ojai

Fri, April 18, 2014

It was a tense afternoon in one Ventura County community, as the result of a gas leak in the city’s downtown area. Several blocks of downtown Ojai were closed, and there were some evacuations as a result of a gas line being rupture. It started at around 2 p.m., on the 200 block of North Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Look At Issue Of Encroachment On County Roads By Thousands Of Property Owners

Fri, April 18, 2014

Ventura County Supervisors are going to take on a touchy issue. Public Works officials say that thousands of properties in the county are encroaching on county road right of ways, with everything from walls, to fences and landscaping. A study of one area alone, the Silver Strand area near Oxnard, found more than 600 violations. Read the Rest…


Evacuation Center Set Up As Dozens Forced From Homes, Businesses In Ojai By Gas Leak

Fri, April 18, 2014

Several blocks of downtown Ojai are closed, and there have been some evacuations as a result of a gas line rupture. It happened at around 2 p.m., on the 200 block of North Montgomery Street. Some businesses, several houses, and a small high school, Chaparral High School, have been evacuated, and a number of streets Read the Rest…


Thousands Of Meals Packaged For The Needy In Guatemela By Volunteers In Isla Vista

Fri, April 18, 2014

It was just two weeks ago when Isla Vista made national news, after it was the scene of a massive riot. Now, it’s making some more positive news, after more than 75 students, and members of the community came together to help feed the hungry in Guatemala. Members of the Tropicana student housing complex joined Read the Rest…


Gas Line Rupture Causes Some Evacuations, Street Closures In Ojai

Fri, April 18, 2014

Several blocks of downtown Ojai are closed, and there have been some evacuations as a result of a gas line rupture. It happened just around 2 p.m., on the 200 block of North Montgomery Street. Some businesses, four houses, and a small high school, Chaparral High School, have been evacuated, and a number of streets Read the Rest…


Group Says It Will Go To Court Over Santa Maria’s Denial Of Ballot Proposal

Fri, April 18, 2014

A group backing a proposal to ask voters to change how the Santa Maria City Council is elected says it will go to court after elections officials rejected putting it on the ballot, citing technicalities with the petitions. Last week, the Santa Maria City Clerk’s office rejected petitions to qualify the proposal for the ballot, Read the Rest…


Unemployment Down in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties; Holds Steady Statewide

Fri, April 18, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the jobless rate for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, while statewide numbers stayed flat. In Ventura County, the jobless rate dipped from 7.3% in February, to 7.1% in March.  The unemployment rate plunged from 7.2% in February, to 6.7% in March is Santa Barbara County. The statewide Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, April 18, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the jobless rate for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, while the statewide number stayed flat. The unemployment rate plunged from 7.2% in February, to 6.7% in March is Santa Barbara County. In San Luis Obispo County, the jobless rate went from 6.2%, to 6.1%. The Read the Rest…


Navy Moves To Close One Of The Channel Islands To Public For Assessement Of Potential Risk From Old Military Ordnance

Fri, April 18, 2014

One of the Channel Islands has been closed to the public indefinitely, because of concern there way be unexploded military ordnance dating back to World War Two on the island. The Navy used San Miguel Island as part of a bombing range during, and after the war. The Navy, which owns the island, asked the Read the Rest…


Emergency Pumping System Being Added To Lake Cachuma To Keep Water Flowing As Lake Level Drops

Fri, April 18, 2014

The drought has dropped the water level of one of our region’s key water sources to its lowest levels in decades. Now, besides the concerns about Lake Cachuma’s shrinking water supply, there’s another major issue.  The water level could soon drop below the level of the intakes which move the water from the Central, to Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Superior Court Judge To Officially Take Post Today

Fri, April 18, 2014

This is a big day for a man who’s going to officially take the oath to become Ventura County’s newest Superior Court judge. Ferdinand Inumerable will be sworn in during a ceremony at the Ventura County Hall of Justice this afternoon.  He served as a Ventura County Superior Court Commissioner since 2010, and before that Read the Rest…


Two Men Sought For Attack On Resident During Burglary In Ventura County

Thu, April 17, 2014

A Ventura County woman is recovering from injuries when she arrived home, and interrupted a burglary in progress. The 24 year old woman returned to her home on the 4700 block of Elderberry Avenue in Moorpark around 11:30 yesterday morning, and found two men inside.  They hit her, and fled from the house. Ventura County Read the Rest…


Details Released About Artillery Shell Found In Solvang Which Prompted Thousands Of Evacuations Wednesday Night

Thu, April 17, 2014

Some details are now being released about the discovery of an old artillery shell in some garbage in an alley behind some Solvang businesses, which prompted the precautionary evacuation of thousands of people. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb squad, and a special ordnance team from Vandenberg Air Force base were called out after Read the Rest…


Woman Enters Guilty Plea To Charges She Struck, Killed Ventura County Educator In DUI Incident

Thu, April 17, 2014

A woman who struck, and killed the assistant principal of a Ventura School while he was out running has entered a guilty plea to a felony gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence charge. The CHP says Shante Chappell was driving south on Victoria Avenue, near Olivas Park Drive April 6th when she swerved while Read the Rest…


Details Released About Artillery Shell Found In Solvang Which Caused Massive Evacuations Wednesday Night

Thu, April 17, 2014

It was business as usual in Solvang today, but it was a long night for thousands of residents, after the discovery of an old artillery shell in an alley behind some businesses led to the evacuation of thousands of people. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Marijuana Lab Discoevred At Upscale Ventura County Motel

Thu, April 17, 2014

Police found a marijuana processing lab in a very unlikely spot in Oxnard. Staff members at the Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge, on the 2000 Block of Vineyard Avenue, noticed some suspicious activity Wednesday afternoon. They notified Oxnard Police, who found what they say was an active marijuana extraction lab. It’s a process in which Read the Rest…


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