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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…


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 Guatamela 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…


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…


Ventura County School District Hires New Superintendent

Thu, April 17, 2014

A man who grew up in Ventura County, and went on to become an educator in Northern California has been hired as the new superintendent of the Fillmore School District. Adrian Palazuelos will take over the post in July. Palazuelos is currently an Associate Superintendent in the Natomas Unified School District, in Sacramento. He will Read the Rest…


Solvang Returns To Normal After Massive Evacuation Lifted

Thu, April 17, 2014

The City of Solvang is getting back to normal this morning, but it was anything but that last night when thousands of people were evacuated due to potentially explosive military ordnance found in the city’s downtown area. It was discovered on the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  500 to 700 homes Read the Rest…


Two New Motels Proposed For South Coast Community

Thu, April 17, 2014

Two new motels are on the drawing board in a South Coast Community. KCLU;s John Palminteri says if built, the project could add 140 new motel rooms to Carpinteria. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Motels


Petition To Allow Santa Maria Residents To Vote On Way City Council Is Elected Rejected On Technicalities

Thu, April 17, 2014

Santa Maria officials rejected a petition for a ballot measure calling for voters to be allowed to decide whether they want to shift from at-large, to district City Council elections, saying that the effort doesn’t conform with the election code. City officials say there were what they called “technical defects” with the petitions.  The City Read the Rest…


Massive Evacuation Due To Military Ordnance Found In Solvang Lifted

Thu, April 17, 2014

It was a long night for thousands of people in Solvang, who were evacuated from homes and businesses after what’s described as potentially explosive military ordnance was found in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance was discovered on the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, and the Read the Rest…


Public Safety Dispatchers Often Overlooked Links In Fire, Law Enforcement Emergency Responses

Thu, April 17, 2014

Some call them the unsung heroes of public safety. They are the people you call when you need help from firefighters, and law enforcement officers. Dispatchers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are being honored as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story of how one dispatcher helped save Read the Rest…


Hundreds Evacated After Potentially Explosive Military Ordnance Found In Solvang

Wed, April 16, 2014

Hundreds of homes, and businesses were evacuated in Solvang Wednesday night after what’s described as potentially explosive military ordnance was found in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance was discovered on the 1600 block of Copenhangen Drive at about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, and the Vandenberg Air Force Base Explosive Read the Rest…


Four Arrested, Three Still Sought In Ventura County Gang Sweep

Wed, April 16, 2014

Four people were arrested, and three more are still being sought as the result of a gang sweep in Ventura County spearheaded by the Oxnard Police Department. Oxnard Police, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, the FBI, and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office investigators simultaneously served gang released search warrants in Oxnard, El Rio and Camarillo early this Read the Rest…


Two Burned In Attack At Homeless Encampment In Ventura

Wed, April 16, 2014

Police are looking for a man who burned a homeless couple in an attack on their Ventura encampment. Ventura Police say the victims were in a tent on the 200 block of East Thompson Boulevard at around 8:30 this morning, when a man tossed some hot coals on the tent. The coals burned through the Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Health Official Promoted To Chief Deputy Director

Wed, April 16, 2014

A longtime Ventura County health official has been promoted to one of the top spots in the county’s Health Care Agency. Melanie Roy has been appointed as the agency’s Chief Deputy Director.  Roy started as a psychiatric social worker for the county in 1996, and worked her way up the ranks to Director of Behavioral Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed School District In Ventura County Decides To Repair Safety Issues At Elementary School, Rather Than Close It

Wed, April 16, 2014

Hundreds of people were on hand last night as a Ventura County school district decided to make major repairs to a historic elementary school campus, rather than closing it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Simi Valley Elementary


San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury Calling For Expansion Of Overcrowded Crime Lab

Wed, April 16, 2014

A new San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury report says the county Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab needs to be expanded. The six page report says the lab is housed in a facility which is cramped, and overcrowded, and that the space needs to be enlarged or moved to a new location. The Grand Jury says Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara County Drops Proposed Pharmaceutical Disposal Program

Wed, April 16, 2014

A state senator from Santa Barbara County dropped plans to try to create the nation’s first statewide drug take-back program. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says she couldn’t get the support to pass the legislation this year. Jackson’s proposal called for setting up safe permanent drop off locations at places like drug Read the Rest…


Central Coast City To End Practice Of Invocations At City Council Meetings As A Result Of Lawsuit

Wed, April 16, 2014

A Central Coast city which was sued over prayers at the start of its meetings has decided to end the practice of having an invocation. The Pismo Beach City Council took the action in the wake of a lawsuit involving a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as well as a member of a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Planning Higher Water Rates To Help Decrease Consumption In Face Of Drought

Wed, April 16, 2014

One South Coast community is looking at increasing water rates as one of the steps to help reduce the city’s water use in the face of the drought. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Drought Restrictions


Body Of Man Found In Tent On Central Coast Beach May Have Been There 4-5 Weeks Before Being Discovered

Wed, April 16, 2014

The body of a man found in a tent on a Central Coast beach may have been there four to five weeks before anyone discovered it. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Pico Creek area, outside of San Simeon, on March 3rd.  The body of a man now identified as Brian Read the Rest…


Rare Lizards Only Found In Channel Islands Removed From Endangered Species List

Wed, April 16, 2014

Some tiny lizards only found on three islands off the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines have battled their way back from near extinction. The Island Night Lizard was removed from the federal endangered species list this month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Island Night Lizard


Two Hurt When Horse Drawn Carriage Overturns On Central Coast

Tue, April 15, 2014

Two people were injured when a horse drawn carriage overturned on the Central Coast. It happened just before 2 p.m., on a ranch near Zaca Station Road in the Santa Ynez valley. The CHP says for some unknown reason, the horses became scared, and bolted, and the driver couldn’t control them. The carriage overturned, throwing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Hires New Community Services Director

Tue, April 15, 2014

A South Coast city has hired a new Community Development Director. Santa Barbara chose George Buell for the post, He has been the City of Oceanside’s Development Services Director since 2008. Before that, Buell was City Planner for the City of San Clemente. As Community Development Director for Santa Barbara, he’ll oversee the city’s planning, Read the Rest…


Proposal To Require Local Hiring Of Construction Workers For New Santa Barbara County Jail Project An Issue

Tue, April 15, 2014

As plans for a long sought new jail complex to relieve jail overcrowding in Santa Barbara County move forward, a controversy is developing over whether provisions should be added requiring contractors to use local workers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Jail Construction


Former Aide To Santa Barbara Congresswoman Enters Guilty Pleas To Charges From DUI Death Of Woman

Tue, April 15, 2014

A former aide to a Santa Barbara congresswoman has entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from the DUI hit and run death of a woman. Raymond Morua reached a plea deal with prosecutors over the death of Mallory Dies.  The 27 year old woman was hit, and fatally injured as she was walking across a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Airport Closed To Airplane Traffic Due To Runway Project

Tue, April 15, 2014

A South Coast airport is much quieter than usual this week. Camarillo Airport is closed to airplane traffic, so its main runway can be resurfaced, and runway lights upgraded. Planes are being diverted to Oxnard Airport. It’s expected the project will be done by the end of the work week, and the runway will reopen Read the Rest…


Only One Spot Open Extended Hours On South Coast For People Mailing Tax Returns

Tue, April 15, 2014

The heat is on if you’re trying to get you taxes done in time to mail the forms at a post office. The days of post offices staying open late on Tax Day on the South Coast are over, with local branches operating normal hours. In Santa Barbara County, there is one contract post office Read the Rest…


South Coast Park Scene Of Stabbing

Tue, April 15, 2014

A 21 year old man is in critical, but stable condition at a hospital after being stabbed in a South Coast park. It happened just after 1 p.m. yesterday, in Oxnard’s Beck Park.  Police say the man had been involved with an argument with another person in the park when it turned violent. Detectives are Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast Men Arrested For Seafood Thefts At Santa Barbara Harbor

Tue, April 15, 2014

Authorities say there’s been something very fishy happening at a local harbor, something which landed two fishermen in jail. State Fish and Wildlife officials had been receiving reports of rock crabs, and other species being stolen from commercial fishermen, and fish markets at Santa Barbara Harbor. Officers conducted a two month long investigation, and say Read the Rest…


Drought Affecting Food Banks Efforts To Help Those In Need

Tue, April 15, 2014

The drought is affecting us in a number of ways, including an increasing impact on the state’s agricultural industry. People with some of the region’s food banks say that in turn is starting to affect their ability to feed the hungry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stories:  Drought Read the Rest…


School District In Ventura County Set To Look At Fate Of Closed School

Tue, April 15, 2014

A Ventura County school district facing major financial problems is set to look at whether it should spend millions on a major renovation of a currently closed elementary school campus. The Simi Valley School board is set tonight to look at the future of Simi Elementary School. The district’s oldest school was unexpectedly closed earlier Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Health Department Rejects Report From Think Tank Questioning Nuclear Power Plant Safety

Mon, April 14, 2014

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department issued a report disputing findings of a study which claims the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant is causing serious health problems for some nearby residents. A non-profit Santa Barbara think tank called the World Business Academy commissioned a study which contends there’s a higher incidence of childhood leukemia, Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed Santa Barbara County Looking At Costs Of Running New Jail Under Construction

Mon, April 14, 2014

Santa Barbara County is finally addressing its decades old jail overcrowding issue with construction of a North County Jail, but how to staff it is another problem. State grants are paying for 90% of the $90 million dollar plus project, but the financially squeezed county has been struggling with how to pay for what was Read the Rest…


Unique New European Style Market With Multiple Specialty Vendors Opens In Santa Barbara

Mon, April 14, 2014

A new market which features more than a dozen specialty vendors, and a European style flair has opened in Santa Barbara.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Marketplace


Gas, Oil Pipelines On, And Near School Campus On South Coast Prompt Effort To Move School

Mon, April 14, 2014

A small school district on the South Coast wants to build a new school, after officials realized there are four operating gas, and oil pipelines running through, or next to its existing campus. Gas company officials say the lines are tested regularly, and are safe, but some school officials and community residents are concerned that Read the Rest…


Massive Fire Guts Office Complex In Oxnard

Mon, April 14, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which tore through a medical office building in Oxnard. The fire was discovered just before 11 a.m., at a two story office complex near the intersection of West Gonzales Road, and Lantana Street.  It took more than two hours to control the inferno. More Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Fired After Incident In Jail Now Facing Federal Indictment

Sat, April 12, 2014

Two former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies who were fired after an incident at the county’s jail have now been indicted by a federal grand jury. Christopher Johnson was indicted for deprivation of rights under the color of law, obstruction of justice, and aiding and abetting.  Robert Kirsch is accused of deprivation of rights under Read the Rest…


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