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Ventura County Could Once Again Be Site Of Presidential Debate

Fri, October 31, 2014

Ventura County could once again be the site of a televised presidential debate. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley  has announced it will host a debate for potential Republican presidential candidates in September of 2015.   It would be the third presidential election cycle in which the library is hosting a debate.  The library Read the Rest…


Ellen Makes Big Donation To Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

Fri, October 31, 2014

One of America’s tfavorite television talk show hosts has made a big donation to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ellen Donation


Storm Could Bring Up To An Inch Of Rain To Central Coast

Fri, October 31, 2014

It’s time to pull your umbrella out of storage. The storm sweeping through the Central Coast could bring a half inch, to inch of rain in the region. Some of the heaviest rainfall is expected to come tonight, with the rain extending to Southern Santa Barbara County overnight. The storm won’t stick around long, with Read the Rest…


Man Seriously Injured When Car Smashes Into Central Coast Store

Fri, October 31, 2014

A man were seriously injured after a 90 year old woman lost control of a car, and crashed into a liquor store. It happened just before 1 p.m. yesterday, on the 900 block of Main Street in Morro Bay. The car was pulling into a parking spot outside the store when the driver accidently accelerated, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Plea To Perjury Charge After Being Caught In Lottery Ticket Sting Operation

Fri, October 31, 2014

A Ventura County store cashier could face jail time after prosecutors say he  gave someone $20 for what was supposed to be a $20,000 winning lottery ticket. In June, the Ventura County DA’s office, and the California State Lottery Enforcement Division conducted a sting operation at more than 20 lottery retailers in the county. They Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Woman Murdered In What Police Call Case Of Domestic Violence Now Being Identified

Fri, October 31, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a Santa Barbara woman who was stabbed to death this week is what Santa Barbara Police say was a case of domestic violence. Angela Laskey was murdered early Wednesday morning at her apartment on the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street, in Santa Barbara.  Her boyfriend, Aubrey Dupree Wadford, was Read the Rest…


Three Arrested, Fourth Sought In Connection With Ventura Shooting, Car Chase

Fri, October 31, 2014

Some parts of Ventura got a rude wakeup call this morning when some gunshots were fired, leading to a wild car chase, and crash. Ventura Police received a 911 call just before 2 a.m. about shots being fired on the 300 block of West Barnett Street. A witness told police after the shots were fired, Read the Rest…


Funeral Plans Announced For Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In Hit And Run Crash

Fri, October 31, 2014

Memorial services have been set for next Tuesday for a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who was struck, and killed by a hit and run driver. The services will take place at 1 Tuesday afternoon, at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village for Gene Kostiuchenko. The 41 year old deputy died last Tuesday morning, when he Read the Rest…


Blues, Jazz Great Robben Ford To Make Ventura County Appearance

Fri, October 31, 2014

He’s a Ventura County resident who’s been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Robben Ford is a leading blues, and jazz musician who’s considered to be one of America’s premiere guitarists. While Ford spends much of the year performing around the world, the Ojai man will make a public appearance at a local musical instrument store Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Enforcing Ordinance Limiting Halloween Activities For Some Convicted Sex Offenders

Fri, October 31, 2014

Police in one Ventura County community geared up for Halloween by checking up on the more than 130 registered sex offenders in the city, and to remind them about a special ordinance intended to protect children. Simi Valley restricts some convicted offenders from taking part in certain Halloween activities like displaying decorations which might attract Read the Rest…


Montecito Shopping, Office Complex Changing Hands In $13 Million Dollar Deal

Fri, October 31, 2014

A large shopping, and office complex in Santa Barbara County is changing hands. Coast Village Plaza in Montecito has been sold for $13 million dollars, in what’s being called the third largest commercial real estate deal in Montecito’s history. H and R Investments bought the 19,000 square foot building on the 1100 block of Coast Read the Rest…


Central Coast City’s Leaders Say Three Tax Measures On Ballot Critical For It To Avoid Bankruptcy

Thu, October 30, 2014

KCLU News continues its preview of the November 4th election with a look at some measures which officials in a Central Coast city say could literally make, or break their future. The Santa Barbara County city of Guadalupe has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.  Despite layoffs, and budget cuts, the city is still Read the Rest…


Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Near Naval Base Ventura County Identified

Thu, October 30, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a civilian pilot killed in the crash of a vintage military jet fighter in Ventura County. Charles Rogers died in the crash just after 5 p.m. Wednesday as it was preparing to land in Point Mugu.  The Utah man was the only person on board the single seat Hawker Hunter. Rogers Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo Police Gear Up For Halloween, Cal Poly Homecoming Celebrations

Thu, October 30, 2014

A Central Coast community is gearing up to try to keep Halloween celebrations by young adults, especially the college aged crowd under control. The City of San Luis Obispo is using what’s known as its safety enhancement zone ordinance. The ordinance beefs up fines during the Halloween period, from now through Monday morning, for violations Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested After Drug Lab Discovered In Home; Three Children Placed In Protective Custody

Thu, October 30, 2014

A Ventura man has been arrested after a potentially explosive lab used to extract what’s known as “honey oil” from marijuana was discovered at his home. Ventura police detectives who received a tip got a search warrant for the house on the 400 block of Valmore Avenue, in Ventura. They arrested 30 year old Rudy Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Man Linked To 20 Ventura, Los Angeles County Burglaries Arrested

Thu, October 30, 2014

A man who often disguised himself as a construction worker, or pest control worker has been arrested after detectives linked him to 20 burglaries in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Ventura Police noticed a string of similar break-ins beginning in July, with many targeting homes being fumigated. Detectives zeroed in on Robert Beltran, a 28 Read the Rest…


New Technology Being Used To Clean Storm, Irrigation Runoff From Ventura County Government Center

Thu, October 30, 2014

They look like plain gutters in a parking lot, which you wouldn’t normally give a second glance. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports some cutting edge technology used in a project at the Ventura County Government Center allows the new gutters to filter runoff, and reduce pollution. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Parking Lot Read the Rest…


Public Safety Agencies Gearing Up For Potential Large Crowds In Isla Vista For Halloween

Thu, October 30, 2014

Isla Vista is gearing up to try to cope with what’s become for many an unwanted annual tradition, what’s become known as Isla Vista Halloween. Tens of thousands of young people flood the community around Halloween for unsanctioned street parties, creating huge problems for public safety agencies. There’s extra concern because of a riot which Read the Rest…


Second Santa Barbara Community Looking To Ocean As Long Term Source Of Water

Thu, October 30, 2014

Santa Barbara is moving ahead with plans to turn to the ocean as a long term water supply.  Now, a second Santa Barbara community is exploring the same idea. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Montecito Desalination Plant


Measure M Ballot Proposal Focus Of Heated Debate In Ventura County Community

Thu, October 30, 2014

As KCLU continues its pre-election coverage, we look at a ballot measure in Ventura County which is kicking up confusion and controversy. City of Port Hueneme officials contend Measure M would generate much needed new revenue by updating the city’s decades old business license tax.  But, opponents claim some hikes could be so steep they Read the Rest…


Federal Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Jet Fighter Crash In Ventura County

Thu, October 30, 2014

Federal investigators are trying to figure out what led to the crash of a vintage British military fighter near Point Mugu last night, which killed the pilot. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest on the crash:  Hawker Hunter Crash


House Fire Seriously Injures Central Coast Man

Wed, October 29, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a house fire which left a Central Coast man seriously injured. The fire was discovered just after 7 last night, at a home on the 2400 block of North Bentley Avenue in Santa Maria. It’s believed the fire started in the home’s garage, and spread into Read the Rest…


Jet Fighter Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

A plane crash in Ventura County near Naval Base Ventura County has left the pilot dead. The plane went down shortly after 5 p.m. near Point Mugu. The wreckage is just off of the Pacific Coast Highway, in agricultural fields near the base. There’s virtually nothing left of the aircraft, which was apparently landing at Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Woman Dead, Boyfriend In Custody Folowing What Police Say Was Domestic Violence Incident

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Santa Barbara woman is dead, and her boyfriend is behind bars on a murder charge, following what police say was a domestic violence incident. Police responding to a 911 call at an apartment on the 500 block of West Olivos Street just after 1:30 this morning found the body of a 39 year old Read the Rest…


Military Plane Crash In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

Emergency crews are on the scene of a military plane crash in Ventura County. The plane went down shortly after 5 p.m. near Point Mugu. The wreckage is reported to just off of the Pacific Coast Highway, near the base. It’s unclear as to whether there were one or two people in the aircraft, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Breast Implant Maker Goes Public With Stock

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based breast implant maker officially became a publicly traded company today. Sientra began trading on the NASDAQ stock market this morning, and had a solid opening day, finishing at $16.75 a share. Sientra officials celebrated in New York this morning, by ringing the NASDAQ opening bell. The Santa Barbara company makes Read the Rest…


Scam By People Claiming To Represent IRS Continues To Target Ventura County Residents

Wed, October 29, 2014

A phone scam by people claiming to be from the IRS, and demanding money from people continues to target people in Ventura County. Ventura Police say they are still hearing from people who get the calls, often from numbers which show up with Washington, D.C. caller ID numbers. Detectives say the callers are often hostile, Read the Rest…


Goleta Hires New Public Works Director

Wed, October 29, 2014

The City of Goleta has hired a familiar face as its Public Works Director. Rosmarie Gaglione was selected from a field of 30 applicants to take over the post. Gaglione already knows her way around the job.  The environmental, and civil engineer has been with the city since 2007, and has served as interim Public Read the Rest…


Santa Ynez Valley School District Asking Voters To Approve Bond Measure For Campus Improvements

Wed, October 29, 2014

A Central Coast school district is hoping voters will step up to help it improve its three aging campuses. The College School District, in the Santa Ynez Valley, is asking voters to pass Measure Y, a $12 million dollar bond measure.  If appoved, it would allow needed infrastructure improvements at College School, Santa Ynez School, Read the Rest…


Former President Bill Clinton Headlines Rally In Ventura County

Wed, October 29, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a get out the vote event today in Ventura County. More than 1,000 people were on hand for the event at Oxnard College. Clinton made the appearance on behalf of Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, who is locked in a tough 26th District re-election duel with Republican challenger Read the Rest…


Owners Of Shopping Complex In Ventura County To Hold Community Meeting On Redevelopment Plans

Wed, October 29, 2014

Owners of a shopping complex in Ventura County are holding a community meeting this week to talk about plans to revitalize the center. The Simi Valley Town Center opened in 2005, but the complex off of the 118 Freeway didn’t perform as well as hoped, and lost a number of its tenants. In 2010, Alberta Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Some Sidewalk Repairs, But Won’t Provide Blanket Coverage

Wed, October 29, 2014

Ventura County continues to wrangle with the issue of who should pay for sidewalk repairs. County Supervisors yesterday rejected a proposal to provide blanket coverage, with concern about assuming ongoing costs. But, the board narrowly approved a plan by County Supervisor Linda Parks for the county to do minor repairs. A county ordinance makes landowners Read the Rest…


Shock Sets In Over Death Of Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy In Hit And Run Crash

Wed, October 29, 2014

Family, friends, and the entire public safety community in Ventura County are reeling from the death of a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy, who was the victim of a hit and run driver. Those who knew Gene Kostiuchenko say his dedication to public service was remarkable, especially since he wasn’t born in the U.S., and had Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Ban New Water Wells In Parts Of County Because Of Concern About Shrinking Groundwater Supplies

Tue, October 28, 2014

Ventura County has adopted an urgency ordinance banning new water wells in some areas of the county, because of concerns about groundwater shortages. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the move came despite strong opposition during a three hour long public hearing. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Water Well Ban


Man Arrested For Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy’s Death Now Being Identified

Tue, October 28, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a man they say struck, and killed a Ventura Sheriff’s deputy in what they say was a DUI fueled hit and run crash. Kevin Hogrefe of Camarillo is facing multiple charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter for the early morning crash which killed deputy Gene Kostiuchenko. The deputy was struck, and killed Read the Rest…


Trio Of People Arrested In Connection With What’s Being Called Kidnapping, Torture, And Murder On Central Coast

Tue, October 28, 2014

Three people are now in custody for the August killing of a man on the Central Coast, in which investigators say the victim was kidnapped, and tortured before being murdered. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives made the arrests in connection with the shooting death of Javier Alcantar Limon, whose body was found August 19th near Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Gets Federal Grant To Develop New Apporach For Fighting Often Deadly Medical Condition

Tue, October 28, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara researcher has received a federal grant to try to come up with improved ways of combating the most common cause of death in American hospitals. Sepsis kills nearly a third of the people who develop the severe infection, and can cause serious, and sometime permanent consequences for those who survive it. Read the Rest…


Name Of Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed By Hit And Run Driver Released

Tue, October 28, 2014

A Ventura Sheriff’s deputy struck, and killed by a hit and run driver is now being identified. Gene Kostiuchenko was struck, and killed at about 1:15 this morning, near the intersection of the 101 Freeway, and Lewis Road in Camarillo.  The deputy had conducted a traffic stop on one vehicle, and had walked back to Read the Rest…


Church High Court Rules Isla Vista Minister Who Performed Gay Son’s Wedding Can Keep Job

Tue, October 28, 2014

The high court for a church has upheld a decision allowing an Isla Vista minister who presided over his gay son’s wedding to keep his job. The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council released its ruling this week.  Reverend Frank Schaefer performed the ceremony in 2007, while he was minister of a congregation in Pennsylvania.  Following Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Struck, Killed By Hit And Run Driver; Driver Later Arrested

Tue, October 28, 2014

A traffic stop by a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy ended in tragedy this morning, when the deputy was struck, and killed by a hit and run driver. It happened at about 1:15 a.m., near the intersection of the 101 Freeway, and Lewis Road in Camarillo.  The deputy had conducted the traffic stop on one vehicle Read the Rest…


Candidates In Hotly Contested 44th State Assembly District Race In Ventura County Talk About Issues, Goals

Tue, October 28, 2014

It’s one of the most hotly contested races in the state, with outside money pouring into Ventura County for both candidates. Democrat Jacqui Irwin, and Republican Rob McCoy are facing each other for the 44th District State Assembly seat. As our 2014 election coverage continues, KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the candidates. Click on link Read the Rest…


State Contractors License Board Conducts Sting Operation In Ventura County; 10 Arrested

Tue, October 28, 2014

Ten people were arrested in Ventura County during a sting operation targeting unlicensed contractors. The State Contractors Licensing Board conducted the two day operation in Simi Valley.  The agency’s fraud team used craigslist, and other means to advertise for bids on work which included painting, concrete work, and a bathroom remodel.  All 10 arrested were Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Project Planned For Central Coast Gets Big Financial Boost

Tue, October 28, 2014

An affordable housing project planned for the Central Coast is getting a big financial boost. Peoples’ Self Help Housing received a commitment for three million dollars in low interest financing from the federal government for the Los Adobes de Maria III apartments in Santa Maria.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture award the money to the Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For String Of Vehicle Break-ins In Ventura County

Mon, October 27, 2014

Two men have been arrested for a string of vehicle burglaries in Ventura County. Police say they received a call around 4 a.m. today that two men were breaking into parked vehicles in North Oxnard.  Officers found Isaiah Gomez, and Elias Medina of Oxnard hiding in some bushes.  The officers say the men had backpacks Read the Rest…


South Coast Pier Damaged By High Surf To Remain Closed Through End Of Year

Mon, October 27, 2014

A South Coast pier impacted by coastal erosion, and damaged by waves from recent high surf is going to remain closed through the end of the year. Officials with the City of Port Hueneme say the Hueneme Fishing Pier lost several structural piles. At the same time, while work is underway to replenish sand on Read the Rest…


One Man Arrested, Second Sought For Armed Carjacking On South Coast

Mon, October 27, 2014

One man has been arrested, and a second is still being sought in connection with a carjacking in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say a man armed with a gun confronted the driver of a car on the 400 block of West Pleasant Valley Road just before nine last night.  The victim gave the gunman the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Stepping Up DUI Probation Monitoring

Mon, October 27, 2014

Santa Barbara County is stepping up efforts to keep an eye on what are considered to be high risk DUI offenders who are out of jail on probation. The County Probation Department is using a nearly $130,000 state grant to beef up monitoring of what it calls the worst of the worst offenders. These are Read the Rest…


Workshop Set For Today For Update On Goleta Civic Center Feasibility Study

Mon, October 27, 2014

Could the Goleta Valley Community Center be the heart of a new Civic Center complex? The City of Goleta has been looking at the idea of building a new City Hall on the seven acre site. The City is currently spending more than $400,000 a year to rent office space at 130 Cremona Drive.  Many Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Consider Moratorium On New Water Wells In Parts Of County

Mon, October 27, 2014

Ventura County leaders are set to look at a proposal this week to ban new water wells in four areas of the county, because of concerns about groundwater shortages. Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett is proposing an urgency ordinance in some areas which he says don’t currently have effective groundwater management plans.  Bennett says the Read the Rest…


Candidates In Closely Watched 26th District Congressional Race Talk About Their Goals

Mon, October 27, 2014

All this week, KCLU will be bringing you special reports on the issues, and races which will be decided in the November 4th General Election. This morning, KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the two candidates in one of the region’s hottest congressional races, for the 26th District seat, in Ventura County. Click on link to Read the Rest…


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