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Teen Struck In Hit And Run Accident In Ventura County Dies

Mon, August 31, 2015

A teenager who was struck, and killed in a weekend hit and run accident in Ventura County has died. The 17 year old boy was crossing Dollie Steet near Petit Drive in Oxnard just before 10 Sunday morning when he was hit.  The driver didn’t stop, and fled the scene.  Detectives say they received word Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue Team Members Help Rescue Injured Hiker Stranded For Nine Days

Mon, August 31, 2015

Two Santa Barbara County Search and rescue team members have quite a story to tell, after being part of the team which rescued an injured hiker who was stranded for nine days in a Central California forest. Don Gorden and Craig Scott joined teams from around the state  looking for Miyuki Harwood.  The 62 year Read the Rest…


New Version Of Plans For New South Coast Park To Be Unveiled

Tue, September 1, 2015

A South Coast city is set to unveil its latest version of plans for a new park. The City of Goleta is planning the park for the intersection of Hollister and Kellogg Roads on four acres of property it bought in 2011. Preliminary plans for the project were outlined last fall, but the drought derailed Read the Rest…


Man Stabbed During Fight Between Two Groups At Ventura County Restaurant

Tue, September 1, 2015

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to a fight between two groups of young men at a fast food restaurant in Ventura County which sent one person to the hospital with stab wounds. It happened at about one p.m. yesterday, in the parking lot of a Taco Bell at the intersection of Adolfo, Read the Rest…


Equal Pay For Women Legislation Authored By State Senator From Santa Barbara County Now On Governor’s Desk

Mon, August 31, 2015

A bill by a Santa Barbara County legislator which tries to eliminate the state’s wage gap between men, and women is now just one step away from becoming law. The State Senate today unanimously voted 39-0 to approve SB 358.  The State Assembly had already given its support to the bill.  It now goes to Read the Rest…


New Hospital Opens Doors On South Coast

Mon, August 31, 2015

After years of planning and construction, the South Coast’s newest hospital is open today. The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital officially began accepting patients yesterday. The $126 million dollar facility replaces the half century old complex next door. It features expanded emergency room facilities, a state of the art Center For Wound Management, private inpatient Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Receive National Football League Grant To Further Brain Injury Diagnosis Research

Mon, August 31, 2015

It’s one of America’s most popular sports, but it’s also the focus of major safety concerns. Football has come under increasing scrutiny due to traumatic brain injuries. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports some UC Santa Barbara researchers received a grant from the National Football League to look at better ways of diagnosing these injuries. Click on Read the Rest…


Some Central Coast Beaches Still Closed Today After Shark Takes Bite Out Of Surfboard

Mon, August 31, 2015

Some Central Coast beaches remain closed this morning after a shark took a chunk out of a surfer’s surfboard. A woman was surfing at Morro Strand State Beach Saturday morning when she saw something under her board in the water.  The shark then bit her board, taking a chunk out of it. The Los Osos Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Hit And Run Driver Who Critically Injured Teen On South Coast

Sun, August 30, 2015

Authorities are looking for a vehicle which struck, and critically injured a teenage boy on the South Coast, and fled the scene. The teen was crossing Dollie Steet near Petit Drive in Oxnard just before 10 yesterday morning when he was hit.  The driver didn’t stop, and fled the scene. The vehicle is a light Read the Rest…


Car Chase Hits 90 Miles An Hour On Highway 101 In Ventura County

Sun, August 30, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a car chase through two cities. A Ventura Police office on routine patrol around six Saturday night spotted a speeding pickup truck near Ralston Street.  The officer ran the plates and discovered the truck was reported stolen out of Santa Barbara. When the Read the Rest…


Vehicles Vandalized On South Coast, With Tires Slashed And Paint Scratched

Sun, August 30, 2015

Police are looking for someone behind a string of vandalism incidents which damaged several vehicles on the South Coast. Nine vehicles parked just north of downtown Ventura had their tires slashed, and paint intentionally scratched over the weekend.  Police say the incidents occurred late Friday night, or early Saturday morning in an area just north Read the Rest…


Nearly 2500 Acre Central Coast Brushfire Now Fully Contained

Sun, August 30, 2015

A Central Coast brushfire which burned out of control for more than 10 days is now 100% contained. The Cuesta Fire reached full containment Friday night. The fire burned nearly 2500 acres of land in San Luis Obispo County.  Investigators believe it was accidently sparked August 16th by a vehicle on the Cuesta Grade, starting Read the Rest…


Man Who Drove Into Security Gate At Ventura County Fair, And Injured Police Officer Won’t Be Prosecuted Because Of Medical Condition

Fri, August 28, 2015

A man who drove his pickup truck into a security gate, a parked bus, and then struck a police officer during the Ventura County Fair won’t be prosecuted because of his current medical condition. Clemente Zamarripa Mata was shot by police during the incident during the 2014 Fair, and is paralyzed. Ventura County prosecutors say Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Santa Barbara County Woman Who Violated Court Order, And Disappeared With Son

Fri, August 28, 2015

Authorities are looking for a Santa Barbara County woman who violated a court order, and disappeared with her three year old son. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say Faith Merritt of Summerland failed to show up at a court ordered custody exchange with the child’s biological father in July. Investigators say the woman had said Read the Rest…


State Legislature Kills Proposal To Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling Off Central Coast For Second Year In A Row

Fri, August 28, 2015

For the second year in a row, a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara to ban new oil, and gas development off the Central Coast has been shelved by the state legislature. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson had been pushing SB 788 which called for a ban on drilling in the Tranquillon Ridge Read the Rest…


40 Arrested In Santa Barbara County During First Week Of Summer DUI Enforcement Campaign

Fri, August 28, 2015

A summer DUI enforcement campaign in Santa Barbara County has led to 40 arrests in its first week. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the CHP, and some local police department have teamed up for the anti-DUI mobilization, which runs from August 21st to September 7th. The number of arrests is up slightly over the Read the Rest…


Level So Low In Key Santa Barbara County Lake Pumps Being Used To Keep Water Moving To Consumers

Fri, August 28, 2015

Because of the drought, the water level at a Santa Barbara County lake which serves hundreds of thousands of people is only at 21% of normal. Lake Cachuma’s water level is so low water will soon no longer flow into the gravity fed pipeline which delivers it to customers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a multi-million Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Wrap Up Training Camp In Ventura County Day Early

Fri, August 28, 2015

Ventura County’s pro football experience is over for another year. The Dallas Cowboys ended their training camp in Oxnard a day early, wrapping up on Thursday, and cancelling Friday’s planned practice. The Cowboys spent a month in Ventura County, and for the first time hosted the St. Louis Rams for two days of workouts. It Read the Rest…


Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Limit Drone Use Over Private Property Now On Governor’s Desk

Fri, August 28, 2015

A bill authored by a Santa Barbara County legislator intended to give people more privacy from drones has been passed by the state legislature, and is headed to the governor’s desk for action. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Drone Legislation


Central Coast Man Identified As Driver In Car Chase Which Left CHP Officer Injured

Thu, August 27, 2015

A CHP officer is being treated for injuries, and a man is behind bars following a high speed chase on the South Coast. It happened during the lunch hour today, on Highway 101 in the Gaviota area. A CHP officer pulled over a car for a vehicle code violation.  The driver got out of the Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Ventura County Caregiver Forged Checks On Account Of 74 Year Old Man Under Her Care

Thu, August 27, 2015

A Ventura County woman is facing elder abuse charges, after police say she forged and cashed checks for thousands of dollars on the account of a 74 year old man under her care. The Ventura man discovered suspicious activity in his checking account, and called police.  Ventura Police detectives say they discovered Saide Cruz had Read the Rest…


State Assembly Passes Bill From Santa Barbara County Legislator Seeking Pay Equality For Women

Thu, August 27, 2015

The State Assembly passed a bill authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara intended to create one of the strongest laws in the nation to prevent pay discrimination because of gender. SB 358 would ban salary difference between men, and women who are doing the same kinds of work. It would require that pay Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Unravel Double Stabbing On Central Coast

Thu, August 27, 2015

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a pair of stabbings on the Central Coast which left both people critically injured. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3500 block of Via Lato, outside of Lompoc around 9:15 last night by reports of a stabbing.  They found a woman in her Read the Rest…


Ventura County Part Of 2024 LA Olympics Proposal; Santa Barbara Not In This Time

Thu, August 27, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to take up the issue tomorrow of whether it should pursue efforts to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, a proposal which also has Ventura County playing a role in the Games. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Olympics Proposal


CHP Officer Injured As A Result Of Car Chase, Arrest In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 27, 2015

A CHP officer is being treated for injuries, and a man is behind bars following a high speed chase on the South Coast. It happened during the lunch hour today, on Highway 101 in the Gaviota area. A CHP officer tried to pull over a car, but the driver refused to stop, and headed south Read the Rest…


Reports Of Mountain Lion Sighting At UC Santa Barbara

Thu, August 27, 2015

Authorities are investigating reports of a mountain lion sighting at UC Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Mountain Lion Sighting Reported


South Coast Journalist Remembers Iconic Get Together Of Beatles, Elvis 50 Years Ago Today

Thu, August 27, 2015

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the one, and only meeting of some music legends.  Elvis, and the Beatles spent a few hours together at the King’s Beverly Hills estate, and even jammed together. No photos or recordings of the get together were allowed, but a journalist, and author who lives in Ventura remembers it Read the Rest…


New $12 Million Dollar Fire Station On South Coast To Offically Open Today

Thu, August 27, 2015

A brand new, $12 million dollar fire station will open on the South Coast today. The City of Oxnard’s Fire Station 8 is on the 3000 block of South Rose Avenue.  It’s a major expansion for the Oxnard Fire Department, with 21 new firefighters hired to staff it. It has a ladder truck, a fire Read the Rest…


Webcams In Ventura, Monterey Counties Giving Researchers, Public View Of Rare California Condor Nests

Wed, August 26, 2015

Through the magic of the internet, you can now get a closeup look at efforts to help the endangered California Condor. A coalition of groups working to save the birds has installed two webcams at nests in Ventura, and Monterey counties. In the 1980’s, there were less than two dozen of the birds left in Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast Girls Who Disappeared During Custody Dispute Found Safe And Sound

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two Central Coast children who disappeared six months ago during a custody dispute have been found, and are safe and sound. Four year old Cassidy Gibbs, and six year old Gabriella Gibbs of Orcutt were last seen in Santa Maria February 26th following a child custody hearing. Their whereabouts were unknown until August 18th, when Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Try To Start Negotiations With Chumash Tribe Over Land Controversy

Wed, August 26, 2015

Santa Barbara County officials have decided they will try to open the door to negotiations with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, after the county, and some residents have clashed for years with the tribe over its property growth plans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that because the tribe has sovereign status, it can develop Read the Rest…


Some City Of Oxnard Unions Upset With City’s Spending Cuts Holding Community Meeting

Wed, August 26, 2015

Some unions upset with millions in spending cuts made by the City of Oxnard are holding a community meeting tonight. Billed as a look at Oxnard’s solvency, the police and fire unions, as well as the Mid-Managers Association are sponsoring the forum at Oxnard’s Performing Arts Center. The unions contend that concerns about the city’s Read the Rest…


Anti Alcohol, Drug Abuse Program Returning To Southern Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 26, 2015

A program intended to discourage kids from trying, or using alcohol and drugs is returning to Southern Santa Barbara County for the first time in more than a decade. The D.A.R.E. program has been offered in the northern part of the county by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, but was cut more than ten Read the Rest…


U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Lois Capps Tour Refugio State Beach Oil Spill Site

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two congressional members toured the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill, and got an update on May oil pipline break, and cleanup efforts from first responders. KCLU’s John Palminteri was on hand, and has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Boxer, Capps Refugio Tour


Santa Barbara, Ventura County Legislators Hold Hearing To Update Progress In Fracking Monitoring, Regulation

Wed, August 26, 2015

Some South Coast legislators spearheaded a hearing in Sacramento looking at progress in improved monitoring, and regulating of the  controversial oil and gas removal process known as fracking. Researchers involved in a groundbreaking study of the issue say they were hampered by a lack of key information. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Two Oxnard Police Officers, Prisoner Injured When Allegedly DUI Driver Hits Patrol Car

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two Oxnard Police officers, and a prisoner they were transporting are recovering from injuries they suffered when a patrol car was hit by a pickup truck whose driver was then arrested on a DUI charge. The officers were stopped at the intersection of Rose, and Mountain View Avenues in Oxnard just after seven last night Read the Rest…


Cuesta Fire Now 85% Contained; Acreage Burned Downgraded From 3500 To 2500 Acres

Tue, August 25, 2015

Firefighters closing in on full containment of a brush fire which has been burning for more than a week on the Central Coast now say it’s more than a thousand acres less than once thought. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the Cuesta Fire, which has been burning since August 16th in San Luis Read the Rest…


Police Make Arrest In 2013 Ventura County Murder

Tue, August 25, 2015

Detectives say they’ve solved a more than two year old murder in Ventura County with the arrest of a man in Northern California. Pedro Gaspar was fatally stabbed in March of 2013, on the 600 block of West Hueneme Road in Oxnard.  Investigators identified Jose Carlos Flores as a suspect in the killing of the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Latest Jurisdiction To Approve Single Use Plastic Bag Ban In Stores

Tue, August 25, 2015

Santa Barbara County is the latest jurisdiction to move ahead with a ban on single use plastic bags at grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Plastic Bag Ban


South Coast Port Gets Federal Grant For Infrastructure Improvements

Tue, August 25, 2015

The South Coast’s only deep water port is getting a $1.4 million dollar federal grant to improve its wharf, and berth infrastructure. The Port of Hueneme is getting the funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The money will help with efforts to modernize the port, which handles more than eight billion Read the Rest…


California Energy Commission To Tour Site Of Controversial Power Plant Proposed For Oxnard, Hold Informational Hearing

Tue, August 25, 2015

Members of the California Energy Commission are set to visit Ventura County this week for a tour and informational meeting on a controversial proposal to build a new power plant in Oxnard. NRG wants to build, and operate a new 262-megawatt natural gas-fired power generation facility, the Puente Power Project, on the site of its Read the Rest…


Popular South Coast Beach Reopens After Mysterious Oil Pollution On Sand, In Ocean Dissipates

Tue, August 25, 2015

A popular South Coast beach which was closed for three days by oil on the sand, and in the water is now once again open, even though the source of the problem is still a mystery. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reopened Summerland Beach yesterday afternoon, after it was closed for the weekend. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway After People Report Becoming Ill From Food At Simi Valley Restaurant

Tue, August 25, 2015

Ventura County Environmental Health and Public Health officials are looking at a fast food restaurant after a number of people reported becoming ill after getting food from the location. Officials say the problem apparently occurred at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in the Simi Valley Town Center. They received a number of complaints from people Read the Rest…


California Assembly Passes Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara Giving Property Owners Protection From Drones

Mon, August 24, 2015

Legislation by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to provide some privacy from drones has been passed by the California Assembly, and is now in the hands of the State Senate. SB 142 would prevent drones use on private property without the owner’s permission.  It would create what amounts to a “no fly” zone Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara Teens Facing Felony Charges After Friend Serious Burned, But Charges Could Be Dropped If They Meet Terms Of Deal

Mon, August 24, 2015

Two Santa Barbara County teens facing felony charges stemming from an incident in which their friend was seriously burned could see the charges dropped, under terms of a unique pre-plea agreement. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Burn Incident Settlement


Arrest Made In Fatal Hit And Run Of Pedestrian In Ventura County; DUI Suspected

Mon, August 24, 2015

Authorities have released the name of a man arrested for what they say was a fatal DUI hit and run collision in Ventura County involving a pedestrian. A man was struck and killed just before eight Sunday night at the intersection of East Ponderosa Road, and Mobile Drive in Camarillo. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say Read the Rest…


Air National Guard Planes Based In Ventura County Help With State Firefighting Efforts

Mon, August 24, 2015

Two Air National Guard air tankers based in Ventura County were deployed over the weekend to help in the fight against some of the state’s wildfires. The C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing helped fight what’s known as the Rough Fire, a 50,000 acre brush fire burning in the Sierra National Forest outside Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reopens Popular Beach Closed By Oil Contamination Last Week

Mon, August 24, 2015

A Santa Barbara County beach closed to the public last week because of oil on the beach, and in the water has reopened. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Summerland. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Summerland Beach


3500 Acre Brush Fire On Central Coast Now 80% Contained

Mon, August 24, 2015

Firefighters on the Central Coast continued to move towards total containment of a brushfire which has raged out of control for more than a week. The Cuesta Fire is now 80% contained, with efforts continuing on reaching 100% by mid-week. The amount of acreage burned by the blaze in San Luis Obispo County has held Read the Rest…


Serial Auto Burglarly Suspect In Santa Barbara County Uses Dead Brother’s Identity

Mon, August 24, 2015

There’s a new twist in the arrest of a Ventura County man for a string of Santa Barbara County vehicle burglaries. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives now say the man took on his dead brother’s identity to try to avoid an arrest warrant in his name. Timothy Rodriguez was arrested early Sunday morning in Montecito, Read the Rest…


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