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Santa Barbara County Community Hit By Gun Violence Scene Of Rally Against Weapons

Mon, June 29, 2015

A Santa Barbara County community rocked by gun violence last year was the scene of a weekend rally to show support for the victims of this month’s rampage at a church in Charleston. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Isla Vista Rally


Five Hurt When Car Smashed Into Oxnard Home; Driver Arrested On DUI Charges

Mon, June 29, 2015

Five people were hurt when a car police say was driven by a DUI driver smashed into a Ventura County home. It happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday, at a home at the corner of Wooley Road and L Street in Oxnard. Police say Brian Sanchez lost control of his car, which smashed through the Read the Rest…


June 29th Marks 90th Anniversary Of Massive Earthquake Which Hit Santa Barbara, Killing 13 And Destroying Downtown Area

Mon, June 29, 2015

Today is the 90th anniversary of one of the largest natural disasters to ever hit Santa Barbara County. A massive earthquake centered off the coast of Santa Barbara rocked the region, causing more than a dozen deaths and destroying the heart of the city. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara, where a museum exhibition Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed While Trying To Cross Ventura County Street

Mon, June 29, 2015

Authorities haven’t released the identity yet of a man who was struck, and killed by a car while dashing across a Ventura County Street. The accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. yesterday on the 300 block of South Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard.  Witnesses told police that a man darted across the road to the center Read the Rest…


Car Slams Into Santa Barbara County Fire Engine

Mon, June 29, 2015

A car smashed into a Santa Barbara County fire engine over the weekend, but it’s an accident which may have actually saved the driver’s life. The crash happened just before 11 a.m. Monday.   A fire engine was stopped at the intersection of State Street, and Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara, when a car turning at Read the Rest…


Four Rescued After Being Caught In Rip Current Off Ventura County Coastline

Sun, June 28, 2015

Four people are recovering from a terrifying experience in the ocean off the Ventura County coastline. A woman and two children were in the ocean off of Pierpont Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Sunday when they were caught in a rip current. Some people onshore saw that the trio was in trouble, and called for Read the Rest…


Automatic Shutoff Systems For Oil Pipelines Hot Topic At State Assembly Hearing In Santa Barbara On Refugio Oil Spill

Fri, June 26, 2015

The issue of whether an automatic oil pipeline shutdown system is the best way to prevent spills was a big topic at a state assembly hearing in Santa Barbara looking at the May 19th Refugio State Beach oil spill. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Refugio Oil Hearing


Santa Barbara County Minister At Ground Zero Of Same Sex Marriage Fight Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Fri, June 26, 2015

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide is being applauded by a Santa Barbara County minister who was involved in a fight with his church over the issue which attracted international attention. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Ventura County Man Accused Of Multiple Cases of Child Molestation

Fri, June 26, 2015

A Ventura County man is accused of molesting three young girls. Steve Wayne Bower was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives after they say an investigation determined that he had molested a six, an eight, and a nine year old girl. Investigators say the molestation occurred at different times while the young girls were under Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court To Look At Controversy Over Electricity Surcharge In South Coast City

Fri, June 26, 2015

The State Supreme Court is going to decide a controversy over a franchise charge charged by a South Coast city to deliver electricity. The City of Santa Barbara charges Southern California Edison a 2% surcharge for use of its poles, and right of way to deliver power in the city. The company passes on part Read the Rest…


Leading Climatologist Says There Are Positive Signs An El Nino Will Bring Significant Rainfall To California

Fri, June 26, 2015

For the last few years, the weather pattern which can create significant rainfall for California, El Nino, has been El No-show. But, climatologists say they’re seeing the most promising developing El Nino pattern in years developing. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the nation’s leading climatologists about the prospects for an El Nino giving Read the Rest…


Congress, State Assembly Now Looking At Causes Of Oil Spill In Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 26, 2015

Political leaders aren’t waiting until a federal investigation into the Santa Barbara County oil spill is complete to demand answers on what led to the pipeline rupture which caused the 100,000 gallon spill. A congressional committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, opened a probe into the May 19th accident. The committee has asked for Read the Rest…


Man Police Say Was Caught On Tape Stealing Elderly Woman’s Wallet in Conejo Valley Linked To String Of Other Crimes

Thu, June 25, 2015

A man police say was caught on video stealing an elderly woman’s wallet at a gas station in the Conejo Valley has now been linked to a string of other crimes. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say after they released the video on Monday of the robbery, they received more than two dozen calls from other Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County Now Being Identified

Thu, June 25, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a Ventura County man who was shot to death following an argument. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Mark Perez was fatally wounded Tuesday night as he was standing outside of a home on the 400 block of Lemar Avenue, in El Rio. The 18 year old Oxnard man died after being Read the Rest…


Death Of Academy Award Winning Composer In Ventura County Plane Crash Confirmed By Dental Records

Thu, June 25, 2015

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office officially confirmed today confirmed what everyone has known for days. Academy Award winning movie composer James Horner was the victim of a plane crash on Monday in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County. Dental records were used to make the positive identification. Tributes to Honor have been coming Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Investigation Leads To “Significant” Drug Bust In Los Angeles

Thu, June 25, 2015

Simi Valley police aren’t releasing details, but say one of their investigations has led to what they call a “significant” drug bust. Detectives served a search warrant at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, where the seized 32 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, and more than $100,000 in cash.  There’s no word on Read the Rest…


Fire in Conejo Valley Leads To Discovery Of Drug Lab, Two Arrests

Thu, June 25, 2015

A fire in a commercial building in Ventura County led to the discovery of an illegal drug operation, and two arrests. Ventura County firefighters responding to a blaze on the 800 block of Mitchell Road Tuesday night discovered a marijuana growing operation, and a drug making lab. A sprinkler system helped firefighters quickly control the Read the Rest…


South Coast University Replaces 28,000 Square Feet of Turf With Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Thu, June 25, 2015

One South Coast university says it’s doing its bit for water conservation in the face of the drought. Cal State Channel Islands replaced 28,000 square feet of turf with drought tolerant landscaping. The move will cut the water bill for the 28,000 square foot area by nearly 90%. The university is also getting another bonus Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Posing As Immigration Lawyer Enters Guilty Pleas To 25 Felony Counts

Thu, June 25, 2015

A Ventura County man who posed as an immigration lawyer and made false promises to help people stay in the country legally entered guilty pleas to 25 felony charges ranging from grant theft, to identity theft. Ventura County prosecutors say Jorge Moreno preyed on people who were desperately seeking help, and didn’t speak English. The Read the Rest…


Documents Indicate Pipeline Company Couldn’t Reach Workers At Scene Of Refugio State Beach Rupture, Delaying Response Efforts

Thu, June 25, 2015

Some just released documents show there was a delay in federal officials being notified about the Refugio State Beach oil spill, because pipeline personnel couldn’t reach their workers on scene at the spill site. The Plains All American Pipeline rupture led to a 100,000 gallon oil spill, with an estimated 21,000 gallons ending up in Read the Rest…


Controversy Hits Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office; Two Suspended

Wed, June 24, 2015

Ventura County’s Medical Examiner’s Office has been hit by controversy. The Ventura County Health Care Agency placed County Medical Examiner Jon Smith, as well as a second unnamed staff member on paid administrative leave as a result of two investigations. While details of the focus of the investigations haven’t been released, they are focusing on Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Conejo Valley Provide New Incentive To Buy Low Emission, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Wed, June 24, 2015

Legislation by a State Senator from the Conejo Valley may give you a new incentive to get a low emission, plug-in hybred vehicle if you don’t already have one. AB 95 will expand the number of low polluting vehicles eligible to use carpool, or HOV lanes even if the driver is the only one inside.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Attorney Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Refugio Oil Spill

Wed, June 24, 2015

A Santa Barbara attorney has filed a class action lawsuit against the pipeline’s owner on behalf of more than 3,000 property owners from Point Conception, to the Mexican border. Barry Cappello’s suit claims the Plains All-American Pipeline should have been equipped with an automatic emergency shutoff system as sought by Santa Barbara County planners. Plains Read the Rest…


Officials Say Cleanup Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill More Than 90% Complete But Final Part Will Be Tough

Wed, June 24, 2015

Officials overseeing cleanup of the massive May 19th Santa Barbara County oil spill say there’s been major progress, with more than 90% of the work now complete. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update, from Goleta. Click on link to listen to/dowload story:  Refugio Update


Ventura Police Continue Investigation Of Shooting Which Left Nine Year Old Girl, 17 Year Old Boy Wounded

Wed, June 24, 2015

Police are looking for a gunman who fired a salvo of shots in a Ventura neighborhood, leaving two people including a young girl injured. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday on the 400 block of West Ramona Street. Detectives say a man got out of a car and fired shots which grazed a nine Read the Rest…


Three Day Old Brushfire In Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Wed, June 24, 2015

A brush fire which at one point threatened some homes in Ventura County is now fully contained. The 164 acre blaze started Monday afternoon, just east of Santa Paula. Firefighters aided by aircraft were able to stop the spread of the blaze in the Santa Clara riverbed area before it could reach homes. No structures Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Dealing With Small Blaze On Rincon

Wed, June 24, 2015

Ventura County firefighters are dealing with a small brush fire on the Rincon, near Faria Beach.  The approximately one acre blaze first start at around 1 p.m., between the Old Coast Highway, and southbound lanes of the 101.  The fire appeared to cut off by the freeway, but smoke poured across the traffic lanes. There’s Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Approves New $292 Million Dollar Budget

Wed, June 24, 2015

After more than a half dozen hearings, the City of Santa Barbara gave final approval to a $292 million dollar budget with very little fuss. It includes $124 million dollars in general fund spending. The budget tries to hold the line on spending, but does include three additional firefighter’s positions. As approved, the budget is Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Debating Future Of Century Old House In City Park

Wed, June 24, 2015

It’s one of the oldest houses on the South Coast, and is part of an iconic park. But, after falling into disrepair decades ago, proposals to renovate it are now in the millions of dollars. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after multiple efforts to put together a plan to save it, the lack of funding prompted Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Santa Paula 80% Contained; Second Blaze Near Moorpark Quickly Extinguished

Wed, June 24, 2015

Firefighters say a brush fire east of Santa Paula is now 80% contained this morning. The 164 acre blaze started Monday afternoon, and burned just over 160 acres of brush in the Santa Clara riverbed.  While some homes were initially threatened, none were damaged. Crews are hoping to finish mopup of the blaze today. Meanwhile, Read the Rest…


CHP Officer Injured In Facedown With Runaway Bull In Santa Barbara County

Wed, June 24, 2015

A CHP officer is recovering from injuries he suffered after being struck by a runaway bull in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to liste to/download story:  Runaway Bull


Two Wounded In Shooting In Ventura County

Tue, June 23, 2015

A nine year old girl was grazed by a bullet, and a man suffered a non-life threatening wound following a pair of shootings this afternoon in Ventura. The first shooting happened just before 4 p.m., on the 400 block of West Ramona Street.  That’s where the girl was grazed in the leg by a bullet. Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 80% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

Firefighters are continuing to work to fully contain a brush fire which threatened dozens of homes in Ventura County, and prompted some evacuations. The 164 acre blaze east of Santa Paula is now 80% contained.  Firefighters say there’s decreased wind today, which is helping their efforts to control the fire which is burning along the Read the Rest…


Burn Ban Issued For Ventura County

Tue, June 23, 2015

The increased fire activity in the region coupled with the extremely dry weather has prompted Ventura County to issue a burn ban. The Ventura County Fire Department and Cal Fire have implemented the suspension effective immediately. The only exception is agricultural burns in county controlled areas when they pose no threat to wildland areas, and Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Jail Inmate Accused Of False Claim Of Being Tased

Tue, June 23, 2015

A former Ventura County Jail inmate is facing new charges, after prosecutors say he falsely filed a claim against the county saying he had ben tased while in custody. Ryan West sought $900,000 in damages after saying he was unlawfully tased while behind bars in 2014. Detectives investigating the case say the alleged incident never Read the Rest…


1800 Acre Fire On Central Coast Now 90% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

An 1800 acre brush fire on the Central Coast which destroyed two homes, and four mobile homes is now 90% contained. The Park Hill Fire has been burning since Saturday afternoon in northern San Luis Obispo County, about 10 miles east of Santa Margarita. Firefighters are mopping up hot spots today, and that effort is Read the Rest…


CHP Says 15 Year Old Was Driving Car Which Crashed Into Big Rig In Ventura County, Killing Two

Tue, June 23, 2015

The CHP is now saying that the driver of a car which crashed into a parked big rig in Ventura County, killing him and a teenage girl, was only 15 years old. The car was headed northbound on Highway 101 just before 1:30 yesterday morning when it veered from the fast lane across the number Read the Rest…


Brushfire Chars More Than 160 Acres Of Land In Santa Paula Area; Now 50% Contained

Tue, June 23, 2015

Firefighters are hoping to fully contain a brush fire today which threatened dozens of homes in Ventura County, and prompted some evacuations. The 164 acre blaze is now 50% contained, and firefighters hope to continue to make progress towards full containment throughout the day today.  Homes are no longer threatened by the fire.  Exactly what Read the Rest…


Pipeline Rupture Causes Big Water Spill In Oxnard

Tue, June 23, 2015

Efforts to test a pipeline which ships water from a Santa Paula recycling facility to Oxnard’s wastewater plant ended with a huge water spill when the line leaked. An estimated 280,000 gallons of water spilled along Wooley Avenue yesterday. The spill was treated stormwater, so it was not believed to have posed any type of Read the Rest…


Stolen Taxi Taken For Wild Ride On South Coast

Tue, June 23, 2015

A stolen taxi was taken for a wild ride on the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Stolen Taxi


Work Underway to Add Passing Lanes To Section Of Busy Central Coast Highway

Tue, June 23, 2015

Work is underway to add some passing lanes to a busy Central Coast highway. Passing lanes are being added to a section of Highway 246 just outside of Lompoc. The nearly $15 million dollar project will add passing lanes in both directions of the highway from Cebada Canyon Road, to Hapgood Road East. Work is Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Gets New Deputy City Manager

Tue, June 23, 2015

A Central Coast city is getting a new Deputy City Manager. Jason Stillwell will be one of Santa Maria’s two Deputy City Managers, and will oversee administrative related activities. Stillwell is a familiar face to local government in the region.  He most recently worked for the City of San Luis Obispo, and has also served Read the Rest…


Plane Which Crashed in Ventura County, Killing Pilot Owned By Academy Award Winning Movie Composer

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane which crashed in Ventura County, killing its pilot, was owned by Academy Award winning composer James Horner. Horner’s representatives have confirmed the plane was his, but aren’t saying whether he was flying it at the time. The Ventura County coroner’s office hasn’t identified the body found in the plane’s wreckage yet. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire At 140 Acres, 20% Contained; No Homes Destroyed Or Damaged

Mon, June 22, 2015

A brushfire in Ventura County burned more than 140 acres of land, and threatened some homes. The fire is in the Santa Clara riverbed area, east of Santa Paula Airport.  Some voluntary evacuations were called for, and the American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Santa Paula Senior Center on West Main Street. Read the Rest…


Fast Moving Brushfire In Ventura County Grows To Nearly 100 Acres, Threatens Homes

Mon, June 22, 2015

A brushfire burning in Ventura County has been growing rapidly, and has been threatening some homes. The fire is burning in the Santa Clara riverbed area, just northeast of Santa Paula, and is now about 100 acres in size. Ventura County firefighters aided by aircraft are battling the blaze.  Smoke is visible throughout much of Read the Rest…


Tarball Found On Manhattan Beach Linked To Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Mon, June 22, 2015

A tarball found on a Los Angeles area beach has been linked to last month’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that a tarball recovered on Manhattan Beach May 27th matched the oil composition from the May 19th Refugio spill. A surge in tarballs was noted on Read the Rest…


One Confirmed Dead In Plane Crash In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

A plane has crashed in rural northeastern Ventura County, near the Santa Barbara-Ventura County line, killing one person. The plane went down off of Highway 33, near the tiny community of Ventucopa around 9:30 this morning. The crash triggered a one acre brush fire which was quickly controlled. The plane was destroyed on impact.  Officials Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County

Mon, June 22, 2015

Police are looking for a gunman responsible for a murder in Ventura County. A young man was found shot to death last night in Port Hueneme. Police were called to the 800 block of Myrna Drive at just before 9 last night, by reports of gunfire. They found a young man with multiple gunshot wounds.  Read the Rest…


Brush Fire On Central Coast Now 60% Contained; Firefighters Say They’ve Stopped Blaze’s Growth

Mon, June 22, 2015

An army of more than 700 firefighters is continuing to make progress in fighting an 1800 acre blaze on the Central Coast, with the fire now 60% contained. The blaze burning east of Santa Margarita has destroyed two homes and a half dozen outbuildings. The fire started Saturday afternoon, and prompted evacuation orders for about Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast High School Students Dead Following Crash On Highway 101 Near Ventura

Mon, June 22, 2015

Two Central Coast high school students are dead following a traffic accident on northbound Highway 101, just outside of Ventura. The CHP reports that a northbound vehicle slammed into a big rig which was parked on the shoulder at around 1:30 this morning. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were Read the Rest…


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