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2-1-1 Social Services Hotline Officially Relaunched In Santa Barbara County

Fri, July 31, 2015

Santa Barbara County today officially relaunched its 2-1-1 social services telephone service. 2-1-1 is the number people can call to get information to fund help with issues like health care, senior services, and child care. The Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County has taken over management of the service. The 211 service was relaunched Read the Rest…


Record Year For South Coast Port

Thu, July 30, 2015

The South Coast’s only deep water port is reporting the best year for cargo shipments in its nearly eight decade long history. The Port of Hueneme handled 1.5 million metric tons of cargo during its just ended fiscal year. That’s a nearly 10% increase from the port’s former record two years ago. Automobile imports account Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Sexual Assault At Ventura County Shopping Center

Fri, July 31, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say he knocked down, and sexually assaulted a woman at a Conejo Valley shopping center. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the 25 year old victim was walking thorough the Janss Market Place in Thousand Oaks at around two a.m.Wednesday when she was assaulted. The woman Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Refuses To Weigh In On Ventura County Water Battle

Fri, July 31, 2015

Efforts to take over a corporate owned water system on the South Coast received a major boost this week, when the State Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit over efforts to block the takeover effort. A group of Ojai residents has been battling to have a government agency take over the Golden State Water Read the Rest…


South Coast Fire Department Hopes It Has Answer To Controversy Over Location Of New Fire Station

Fri, July 31, 2015

A South Coast fire department hopes it’s come up with an answer ot an ongoing controversy over where it should build a new fire station. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Montecito Fire Station Dispute


Ventura County Airport Celebrating 85th Birthday This Weekend

Fri, July 31, 2015

A South Coast airport is celebrating a big birthday this weekend, with a party. Santa Paula Airport is going to turn 85 in August. On Sunday, the airport will celebrate with a vintage airplane and car show, live entertainment, and food booths. The airport has its own historical museum, which will be open to the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Latest City To Take On Vacation Rental Controversy

Fri, July 31, 2015

The issue of using homes as short term vacation rentals has become a hot one on the South Coast. The City of Santa Barbara is the latest community to take on the controversy.  The City Council has announced plans for a public meeting to look at the subject, with plans in the works to step Read the Rest…


U.S. Senate Passes Proposed Rental Car Law Proposed In Wake Of Death Of Ventura County Sisters

Thu, July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation named in honor of two Ventura County women killed in a traffic accident, which tries to improve rental car safety. Senate Bill 1173 would require rental car companies to fix vehicles with pending recall notices before they can rent them to customers. The legislation is named after Raechel and Read the Rest…


Mysterious Oil Sheen Off Santa Barbara County Now MIA

Thu, July 30, 2015

A mysterious oil sheen which appeared off the coast of Santa Barbara County now appears to have disappeared. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on lik to listen to/download story:  Oil Sheen Update


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Loan Fraud Related Charges

Thu, July 30, 2015

A Ventura County man is expected to receive a 16 month state prison sentence after entering guilty pleas to some felony loan fraud related charges. Ventura County prosecutors say Michael McDevitt of Oxnard operated a home loan modification company called Scovis Law Group in Thousand Oaks.  They say SLG illegally collected up front fees for Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Says Mysterious, Three Mile Long Oil Sheen Off Santa Barbara Coastline Should Dissipate Naturally

Thu, July 30, 2015

A three mile long oil sheen off the Santa Barbara County coastline yesterday triggered concerns about the possibility of another major spill, in the wake of the May 16th accident at Refugio State Beach. The Coast Guard says this morning while the cause of the sheen is still unclear, they believe it is already dissipating Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Crime Wave In Santa Barbara County

Wed, July 29, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested for what authorities are calling a one man crime wave in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say William Carroll of Santa Paula had someone drop him off in Goleta July 6th. They say during a six hour period in the middle of the night, he Read the Rest…


Three Mile Long Oil Sheen Appears Off Santa Barbara County Coastline; Beaches Remain Open

Wed, July 29, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard officials, and local authorities are investigating a three mile long oil sheen which was discovered off the Santa Barbara County coastline Wednesday morning. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Goleta Beach. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Oil Sheen


Longtime Santa Barbara County Community Leader, Rancher Dies

Wed, July 29, 2015

A well known Central Coast rancher, and one time Santa Barbara County supervisor has died. Willy Chamberlin was a fixture in the Santa Ynez Valley. He was a strong advocate for the agricultural industry. In 1992, he ran for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors against incumbent Bill Wallace.  The initial results showed Chamberlin Read the Rest…


South Coast City Using Technology To Help Making Finding Parking Easier

Wed, July 29, 2015

Finding a parking spot can sometimes be frustrating in some Central and South Coast communities, especially during the summer when tourism is high. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one local city is using technology to make finding a spot easier. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Parking Link To Santa Barbara Parking Information: Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Launches Project To Try To Assess Health Needs, Goals For County

Wed, July 29, 2015

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have launched a massive new project to assess the health, and health needs of the county’s 440,000 plus residents. A key element of the effort is a survey they hope residents will take to help give health officials an accurate picture of the situation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Ventura County First in State To Be Accredited For Quality Of Medical Care

Wed, July 29, 2015

Ventura County Public Health has become the first health agency in the state to received national accreditation for the quality of its services. The Public Health Accreditation Board certified the County Public Healthcare Agency after stringent tests. Southern California and state health officials recognized the county’s efforts in a ceremony at yesterday’s Ventura County Board Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Two Ventura Shootings

Tue, July 28, 2015

An arrest has been made for a shooting spree which left a nine year old girl and a man wounded in Ventura. Ventura Police say they arrested Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore for attempted murder, and street terrorism. On June 23rd, a nine year old girl suffered a minor leg wound when she was hit by Read the Rest…


Water Releases Planned From Lake Cachuma To Recharge Downstream Groundwater Basins

Tue, July 28, 2015

Some water releases are being planned from Lake Cachuma to recharge downstream groundwater basins. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is going to release about 300 acre feet of water a day from Bradbury Dam into the Santa Ynez River.  The releases are being made at the request of the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Deal With Nursing Crisis Which Shut Down Some Operating Rooms

Tue, July 28, 2015

Ventura County is going to make some raises available to try to stop an exodus of nurses which left the Ventura County Medical Center so short staffed it had to cancel some surgeries. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Moves To Deal With Hursing Crisis


Nine Arrested During Probation Sweep In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, July 28, 2015

Nine people were arrested during a probation sweep in eastern Ventura County. Simi Valley Police, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Ventura County probation officers teamed up for the weekend effort.  Officers say they targeted repeat offenders with a history of involvement in serious crimes.  Two teams of officers went to 16 locations in the eastern Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Planning Crackdown on Illegal Food Vendors During Old Spanish Days Celebration

Tue, July 28, 2015

A South Coast city is gearing up for the region’s largest community celebration, and is putting out word that it will crack down on illegal food vendors. Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days takes place from August 5th through 9th. Santa Barbara police say with an increasing number of illegal food vendors setting up shop around Read the Rest…


Oil Company Seeks Emergency Permit To Clear Oil From Pipelines Using Tanker Trucks

Tue, July 28, 2015

An oil company is seeking an emergency permit to move some oil by tanker truck on the South Coast, so it can clear its pipelines for inspection. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Venoco Permit Application


Ventura County Group Managing Special Olympics World Games Equestrian Events

Tue, July 28, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games are now in full swing in Southern California. A Ventura County based non-profit is playing a key role in one of the events.  It’s managing the entire equestrian competition for the Games. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Burbank. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Special Olympics Equestrian Read the Rest…


Woman Sentenced To Four Years Behind Bars For Fatal DUI Crash In Ventura County

Tue, July 28, 2015

A woman has been sentenced to four years behind bars after entering a guilty plea to a charge she struck and killed a man in Ventura County while driving under the influence. Sara Roche was driving on Seaward Avenue in July of 2014 when she lost control of the car at high speed, and crashed.  Read the Rest…


South Coast Transit System Makes Route Changes To Try To Improve Service

Mon, July 27, 2015

A South Coast transit system has made a number of changes starting this week to try to improve service. The Gold Coast Transit District has added one route and modified more than a half dozen others. The new addition is Route 22, which provides an express service between East Ventura to Oxnard, with stops at Read the Rest…


With Weeks Left In Water Season, Ventura And Santa Barbara County Totals Well Below Normal

Mon, July 27, 2015

Despite some rare July rainfall, many Central and South Coasts are on track to end up with water years at only around half of their annual average. The water year runs from September 1st to August 31st. In Ventura County, Ventura is at 55% of normal, Oxnard 64%, Thousand Oaks 57%, and Santa Paula 55%. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Firefighter, Brother Accused Of Insurance Fraud

Mon, July 27, 2015

A Central Coast firefighter and his brother are facing felony insurance fraud charges after investigators say they conspired to submit a false claim over an accident. State Department of Insurance officials say Neal Moriarty was driving on Highway 101 when he hit a deer. They say he was uninjured, but his car was seriously damaged. Read the Rest…


Effort Underway In Santa Barbara County To Rename Post Office After Fallen Navy SEAL

Mon, July 27, 2015

A bill has been introduced in Congress to rename a South Coast post office after a Navy SEAL who died in action in Afghanistan. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fallen SEAL


Santa Barbara County Set To Renew Oil Spill, Drought Emergency Declarations

Mon, July 27, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are holding a special meeting Tuesday to keep local emergency declarations active for a pair of disasters. The board is re-ratifying the county’s state of emergency for the Refugio State Beach oil spill, and for the drought. The designations are important for the county because it keep the door open for Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Homeless Veterans Get Help At Weekend Long Event On South Coast

Mon, July 27, 2015

Hundreds of veterans, many of them homeless, got some special help on the South Coast over the weekend. The 23rd annual Ventura County Stand Down provided everything from a hot meal and new clothes to social services for veterans in need. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the three day long event, and has Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Deputies Say He Was Burglarizing Vehicles At Beach

Mon, July 27, 2015

A Ventura County man recently paroled following a burglary conviction is back behind bars, after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies say he was breaking into vehicle parked at some local beaches. Deputies were called to the Leo Carrillo State Beach area just after 4 p.m. Saturday by reports of a man trying to break into Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Arrive In Ventura County For Training Camp This Week

Sun, July 26, 2015

While Los Angeles continues to wait and see if it will get its own pro football team again, Ventura County is going to have one for the next month. The Dallas Cowboys are set to arrive in Pt. Mugu on Tuesday for their summer training camp in Oxnard. The tentative schedule calls 20 practices to Read the Rest…


South Coast Animal Shelter Holding Weekend “Adopt-A-Thon” To Try To Ease Overcrowding

Fri, July 24, 2015

One of the South Coast’s largest animal shelters remains way over capacity, with more than 500 dogs, cats, and other animals. On Sunday, Ventura County Animal Services is going to have a five hour “Adopt-A-Thon” at its Camarillo shelter to try to find homes for as many of the animals as possible. It will feature Read the Rest…


Coping With Disasters Focus Of Weekend Community Meeting In Ventura County

Fri, July 24, 2015

How to cope with the next big disaster is the focus of a community meeting in Ventura County this weekend. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is holding a town hall meeting in Camarillo tomorrow as it works to develop its new hazard mitigation plan. The plan provides a template on how to Read the Rest…


Fifth Arrest Announced In Connection With 2014 Santa Barbara County Murder

Fri, July 24, 2015

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the August, 2014 murder of a man in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they arrested Bryan Rios in connection with the shooting death of Javier Limon. The 21 year old victim’s body was found in an agricultural field near Guadalupe Dunes, outside Read the Rest…


New Elevator Allows People Using Wheechairs, Walker To Reach Top Of Historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse Clock Tower

Fri, July 24, 2015

A project which will allow people who use wheelchairs or walkers to enjoy the view from the top of a historic South Coast building is now completed. People will now be able to use a pair of elevators to get to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s Clock Tower. Up until now, you could take an Read the Rest…


Woman Recovering From Incident With Sea Lion, Or Seal Off South Coast

Fri, July 24, 2015

A woman is recovering from a bite she received from a sea lion, or seal off the Santa Barbara County coastline. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Woman Bitten In Ocean


Hundreds Of Special Olympics Athletes Hosted By Central, South Coast Communities

Fri, July 24, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games officially opens in Southern California this weekend, with some 7,000 athletes taking part. For the past few days, hundreds of team members from dozens of nations have been staying on the Central and South Coasts as the guests of 10 local communities. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Westlake Read the Rest…


Cal Poly, City of San Luis Obispo Taking Steps To Crack Down On Unruly Student Parties

Fri, July 24, 2015

In the wake of some major incidents related to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students in the last year, the university and the City of San Luis have worked out a deal which will allow campus police to enforce city laws off campus. Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong, and San Luis Mayor Jan Howell Marx Read the Rest…


Details Released On Fatal Paraglider Accident On Central Coast

Thu, July 23, 2015

Some details have just been released on a paragliding accident on the Central Coast which left a man dead. Warren Brockett was fatally injured when he crashed in a field in Cayucos last Friday. Witnesses say the 55 year old San Luis Obispo man was flying when he had some type of problem, and crash Read the Rest…


State Court Upholds Santa Barbara County Prosecutors Efforts To Charge Rapper They Say Threatened Rape Victims With Song

Thu, July 23, 2015

A state appeal court cleared the way for Santa Barbara County prosecutors to reinstate charges against a rapper they say used his music to threaten two young women who were sexually assaulted by his friend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the legal debate centered over whether the song was an expression of free speech, or an Read the Rest…


Man, Two Dogs Rescued After Being Stuck On Face Of Santa Barbara Cliff

Thu, July 23, 2015

A man who tried to rescue his dog from a Santa Barbara County cliff had to be rescued himself. The man was walking two dogs in the Douglas Family Preserve area at around 9 a.m. Thursday when one of the dogs ran partway down the steep slope, and became stranded. The man, and the second Read the Rest…


Post Office In Ventura County To Be Named After Longtime Postmaster

Thu, July 23, 2015

The memory of a man who served as a postmaster in a Ventura County community for decades is being honored with the naming of a post office after him. Neil Havens was Simi Valley’s longtime postmaster. He served three decades before retiring in 1988.  Havens died in 2004. Now retired Republican Congressman Buck McKeon of Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Train In Santa Barbara County Now Being Identified

Thu, July 23, 2015

A man struck, and killed by a passenger train in Santa Barbara County is now being identified. Police say Thomas Grimm of Santa Barbara was walking next to the train tracks near the Santa Barbara Zoo Monday night when he was hit. The 59 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Amtrak Read the Rest…


Girls Softball Coach On Central Coast Accused Of Molestation

Thu, July 23, 2015

A girls softball coach on the Central Coast has been arrested on child molestation charges. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say an 18 year old girl game to them this week and said she had been abused by the same man for the last six years. They say after an investigation, they arrested Robert Read the Rest…


Three Ventura County Men Arrested For Series Of Santa Barbara County Vehicle Burglaries

Thu, July 23, 2015

Three Ventura County men were arrested after a string of vehicle burglaries targeting hikers in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports an alert eyewitness led to the arrest of the trio. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Vehicle Burglaries


Summer Meals Program Feeding More Than 12,000 Hungry Kids In Santa Barbara County Daily

Thu, July 23, 2015

It seems almost unthinkable in a region with so much wealth like the Central and South Coast that people, especially kids, are going hungry. But, it’s a daily problem for tens of thousands of people. In Santa Barbara County, a coalition of groups is running a summer program which feeds more than 12,000 kids daily. Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed on Highway 101 On Central Coast Finally Identified

Thu, July 23, 2015

A man who was struck and killed on Highway 101 on the Central Coast more than a month ago is finally being identified. The CHP says had a hard time contacting Ricardo Cruz’s family, because he was a Mexican citizen. The 31 year old man was struck, and killed June 13th on Highway 101 in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For 2008 Slaying

Wed, July 22, 2015

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for robbing, and shooting to death a car dealer in front of the victim’s ten year old son. Miguel Pena was convicted of first degree murder with special circumstances for the December, 2008 slaying of Uriel Bucio. The 32 Read the Rest…


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