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Pianist From Ventura County Receive National Recognized Grant To Pursue His Music

Thu, April 9, 2015

A pianist originally from Ventura County has received a major grant to pursue his music. Sean Chen is getting a $100,000 award from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Chen grew up in Oak Park. He studied at the Yale School of Music, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Online Business Education Company Sold For $1.5 Billion Dollars

Thu, April 9, 2015

A company which connects business professionals has agreed to pay $1.5 billion dollars for a Santa Barbara County based online business education firm. LinkedIn Corporation says it will pay 52% cash, and 48% stock for Carpinteria based Lynda.com. The two decade old local company provides content which allows people to improve their careers. Lynda.com provides Read the Rest…


Ventura County Office Building Evacuated After Potentially Explosive Gas Buildup

Thu, April 9, 2015

There were some scary moments at a South Coast office building, when problems with a battery backup system for the building caused a potentially explosive buildup of gas. Ventura firefighters were called the 1300 block of Eastman Avenue by reports of the smell of gas around 7:30 yesterday morning. The building was evacuated. The firefighters Read the Rest…


Scenic Piece Of Land On South Coast Once Slated For Development Could Be Preserved

Thu, April 9, 2015

Some scenic undeveloped land on the South Coast once slated for luxury homes is now getting a shot at being preserved forever. There’s a deal in place for a non-profit agency to buy the chunk of property from developers if the community can help raise the final $2.7 million dollars of the $4 million dollar Read the Rest…


President Obama Releases Statement On Word Santa Barbara Congresswoman Lois Capps Will Retire

Wed, April 8, 2015

President Obama released a statement on the announcement that Lois Capps is retiring from Congress. He saluted her for her 17 years of work on issues like the environment, health care, and education. The President noted that Capps has consistently been voted as “the nicest member of Congress,” and says her experience, optimism, and tenacity Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Health Officials Name Medical Practice At Heart of Possible Bloodbourne Virus Exposure

Wed, April 8, 2015

Santa Barbara County public health officials released new details on the investigation of a medical practice in which patients may have been accidentally exposed to blood bourne viruses, like HIV and hepatitis. County Health officials say the issue occurred at the office of Dr. Allen Thomashefsky, a well known Santa Barbara physician. An investigation stemmed Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Found Dead In Cell

Wed, April 8, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a Santa Barbara County jail inmate who was found dead in his cell. Deputies making their routine rounds at around 9:30 this morning noticed the 59 year old man was unresponsive, and not breathing.  The deputies, and jail medical staff immediately started CPR, and paramedics were called, but the man Read the Rest…


KCLU Presents NPR’s Ask Me Another with Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner

Wed, April 8, 2015

KCLU Presents NPR’s Ask Me Another with Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner – Live at the Lobero Theatre on May 2 Join us for a night of music, comedy and trivia with host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton. Tickets on sale now at lobero.com and amatickets.org. KCLU is bringing Ask Me Another, NPR’s Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Pushes For New Protection For People Using Family Leave Program

Wed, April 8, 2015

Legislation intended to add protection for users of California’s paid family leave program has been introduced by a state senator from Santa Barbara. Under SB 406, if you work for a company with five or more employees, you would have new legal protection if you take time off to care for a parent, spouse, domestic Read the Rest…


Car Chase Ends With Traffic Accident, Two Arrests In Ventura County

Wed, April 8, 2015

What started as an effort to stop a speeding car in Ventura County ended after a chase, a crash, and two arrests. An Oxnard Police officer tried to stop a car for speeding in the downtown Oxnard area around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.   The driver refused to stop, starting a short chase which ended when the Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast Congresswoman Announces Retirement Plans

Wed, April 8, 2015

A Congresswoman who’s represented parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties since the late 1990′s has announced plans to step down after her current term. Lois Capps says she will not seek re-election in 2016.  The 77 year old Democrat has become well known for her strong environmentalism, fighting new oil drilling Read the Rest…


Financial Litaracy For College Students, Graduates Focus Of Wednesday Night Workshop In Ventura County

Wed, April 8, 2015

Too many college graduates are finding themselves with a degree in their hand, and a mountain of debt they have trouble managing. A free forum tonight is trying to help students deal with their finances, and to manage education related debt. The Student Financial Literacy Workshop is from 6-7 Wednesday night at Cal State Channel Read the Rest…


Hundreds Told To Get Blood Tests After Possible Contamination At Doctor’s Office In Santa Barbara County

Wed, April 8, 2015

Hundreds of people in Santa Barbara County are getting stunning news this week…that they should go get tested for Hepatitis, or HIV, because of their potential exposure to the diseases through their visits to a doctor’s office. More than 300 people are receiving letters this week telling them to go get checked. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Health Officials Tell Hundreds Of Patients With Local Medical Practice To Get Tested For Exposure To Blood Borne Diseases

Tue, April 7, 2015

Santa Barbara County Health officials say the discovery of some questionable practices in the handling of blood in a local doctor’s medical practice has prompted them to send out letters to hundreds of patients, telling them to get tested for potential exposure to blood borne diseases. County Health Officer Dr. Charity Dean says they started Read the Rest…


Five Of Six Men Convicted In Abduction, Torture, Murder Of Man On Central Coast Over Drug Debt

Tue, April 7, 2015

Five of the six men accused in the kidnapping, torture, and murder of a Central Coast man over a drug debt have been convicted of first degree murder. The verdicts in the four month long trial of the men in connection with the killing of Anthony Iberra came down this afternoon in Santa Maria. The Read the Rest…


Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Central Coast Residents For Drug Trafficking

Tue, April 7, 2015

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Central Coast residents, claiming they were involved in running a major drug trafficking operation. Officers from ten agencies, including the FBI, the CHP, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 12 people in a pre-dawn operation today, with a 13th still being sought.  FBI agents say a Read the Rest…


Coast Guard To Temporarily Base Southern California Air Operations In Ventura County

Tue, April 7, 2015

The Coast Guard is going to have a much faster airborne response time for emergencies off the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines because of a temporary shift in its base of operations. The Coast Guard’s Southern California operations have been based at Los Angeles International Airport since the 1960’s. But, the agency is going Read the Rest…


Sociologist To Talk About What The Things We Own Tell Researchers About Who We Are

Tue, April 7, 2015

Some sociologists say the things we own, and what are homes are like help explain who were are, and more importantly, how we interact with others people. One of the leading researchers in this field is going to speak in Ventura County this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Foundation Which Has Awarded More Than 36,000 Scholarships Getting New President/CEO

Tue, April 7, 2015

A Santa Barbara County based foundation which has awarded more than 36,000 scholarships during its half century plus history is getting a new President, and CEO. Candace Winkler will take over as head of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara in July. Winkler is currently the head of the Alaska Community Foundation, an Anchorage based Read the Rest…


Business Incubator On Central Coast To Nearly Triple In Size

Tue, April 7, 2015

A university based business incubator based on the Central Coast is going to nearly triple the size of its space. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has leased 15,000 square feet of space in downtown San Luis Obispo, on the 800 block of Higuera Street. The space will be used to increase the size of what’s Read the Rest…


Work Underway On Long Proposed New Apartment Complex On South Coast

Tue, April 7, 2015

It once generated controversy about its size, and potentially traffic impacts. Now, work is officially underway on a major new housing development on the South Coast. The Ventura City Council narrowly approved the project in 2012. The 154 unit Island View Apartment complex is being built near the intersection of 8th Street, and Alameda Avenue Read the Rest…


Two Social Advocacy Groups On South Coast Announce Major Leadership Changes

Mon, April 6, 2015

There are some major changes in the leadership of two social advocacy groups on the South Coast. Marcos Vargas has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Fund For Santa Barbara. Vargas is founder, and the current Executive Director of Central Coast Alliance United For A Sustainable Economy, better known as CAUSE. CAUSE Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Commends Oxnard Water Recycling, But Says County Needs Unified Water Management Effort

Mon, April 6, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report looking at an ambitious water recycling project for the county’s largest city says a regional water management plan should be developed. The report commends Oxnard on an ambitious water recycling project which is allowing the reuse of processed wastewater for things like agriculture, industry, and parks. It says Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Identity Theft Operation Which Police Say Stretched From Ventura County To Denver

Mon, April 6, 2015

Two men are behind bars after Simi Valley Police detectives say they’ve broken up an identity theft operation which stretched from Ventura County to Denver, Colorado. In January, police say they arrested Artur Bitaryan on an identity theft charge at a Simi Valley restaurant.  As detectives investigated further, they say they found the 27 year Read the Rest…


Rain In Forecast For Region Tomorrow

Mon, April 6, 2015

We haven’t been able to say it often enough this year, but there’s rain in the forecast. A low pressure system, and a related cold front could bring rain to the region tomorrow. National Weather Service forecasters say the Central Coast could get from a half inch, to inch of rain potentially starting early tomorrow Read the Rest…


Community College In Ventura County Makes National Top-10 List

Mon, April 6, 2015

A financial website has ranked a community college in Ventura County as one of the top ten in the nation. SmartAsset.com puts Moorpark College fourth on its top ten list. It notes that the college has some of the lowest costs in the state, and that its graduates go on to make more than 40% Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Want More Information On Potential Pesticide Use Issues

Mon, April 6, 2015

Ventura County is looking at steps to beef up public notification of any instances where the use of pesticides might exceed state safety standards. Last month, County Supervisors learned that air quality standards for use of a pesticide near an Oxnard High School were exceeded in 2011, 2012, and 2013, but local officials didn’t know Read the Rest…


Work Set To Begin On Highway 101 Paving Project On Central Coast

Mon, April 6, 2015

Work is scheduled to begin this week on a project to repave a section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast. The work will include resurfacing both sides of the highway from Avila Road, to San Luis Bay Drive.  The project in San Luis Obispo County is set to take place overnights beginning this Wednesday Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Hit And Run Crash, Car Chase

Mon, April 6, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges following a wild chase which hit 60 miles an hour in the streets of Ventura. Ventura police say it started just after 8 p.m. Saturday, when an officer on patrol on the 8000 block of Solano Street heard the sounds of a traffic accident.  The officer found Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Begins Budget Workshop Process This Week

Mon, April 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County is holding its first in a series of workshops this week on developing a new county budget for the upcoming fiscal year. County officials say the overall financial outlook is improving, with a projected 4.9% increase in discretionary revenue for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Some budget cuts will be proposed in some Read the Rest…


No Major Spring Break Party Issues In Isla Vista; Still, More Than 100 Arrested

Sun, April 5, 2015

More than 100 people were arrested, and 140 cited in Isla Vista, but no major incidents were reported from the unsanctioned, unsponsored spring break parties which occurred in the community over the weekend. In the wake of a riot which injured scores last year, law enforcement agencies had a beefed up presence, and UCSB took Read the Rest…


Man Convicted In Fatal Van Crash On Central Coast Which Fatally Injured Passenger

Sun, April 5, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man could face six behind bars after being convicted of two DUI related charges for a Santa Ynez Valley crash which fatally injured a woman. Benjamin Bettencourt was convicted for a 2012 collision in which the van he was driving on Highway 246 between Solvang, and Buellton careened off the road, Read the Rest…


Two Children Struck By Car In Ventura County

Fri, April 3, 2015

Two children are recovering from injuries they suffered when they were hit by a car in Ventura County. The accident happened on the 400 block of East Elm Street in Oxnard at around 11 this morning. Oxnard Police say a two year old, and nine year old child entered the street in front of an Read the Rest…


Former High School Teacher, Coach On Central Coast Sentenced To Year Behind Bars For Sexual Activity With Student

Fri, April 3, 2015

A former high school teacher on the Central Coast has been sentenced to one year in jail, and will have to register as a sexual offender for life after being involved with a teenage student. Brian Thomas Hook was a teacher, and the girls varsity basketball coast at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Charter School’s Future Up In Air

Fri, April 3, 2015

A charter school on the Central Coast’s future is up in the air, after its efforts to find a host school district have stalled. Olive Grove Charter School has been based in the Santa Ynez Valley, with has satellite operations in four locations, including Lompoc, Santa Maria and Morro Bay. But, the Los Olivos School Read the Rest…


Grand Jury Says Santa Barbara County Health Department Prepared To Deal With Ebola

Fri, April 3, 2015

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the county’s Health Department has done a good job of preparing to deal with the possible local appearance of Ebola. The Grand Jury was on hand for a drill last summer, and observed how the county health department and local medical providers worked together to deal Read the Rest…


Three Sought Following Home Invasion Burglary In Ventura County; Two Elderly Residents Injured

Fri, April 3, 2015

Three young men are being sought following a home invasion burglary in Ventura County which left two elderly residents injured. It happened at about 10:30 Tuesday morning, on the 1000 Block of Modesto Avenue in Camarillo.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say two young men, possibly teenagers, forced their way into the house and violently confronted Read the Rest…


South Coast City Looks At Merging Two Departments To Save More Than $200,000 Annually

Fri, April 3, 2015

A South Coast city is hoping to save more than $200,000 annually by merging two of its departments. The City of Camarillo is looking at combining its Human Resources and General Services Departments into what would be called the Administrative Services Department. City officials say with some vacancies in the city’s Human Resources Division, this Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set For Planned New Housing Development On South Coast

Fri, April 3, 2015

A community meeting is set for this weekend to update people on plans for a long delayed new housing development in Ventura County. Orange County based developer SunCal is planning a nearly 300 home project northeast of the intersection of Harbor and Fifth Street in Oxnard, across from Mandalay State Beach. There have been proposals Read the Rest…


17 Arrested In Southern Santa Barbara County In Parole, Probation Sweep

Fri, April 3, 2015

Seventeen people were arrested on the South Coast during an operation to check up on parolees, and people on probation. A compliance response team made up of law enforcement officers from a half dozen law enforcement agencies searched more than 50 locations in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, and surrounding unincorporated areas yesterday.  Local law Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Clothing Maker Launches National Campaign To Repair Clothing To Try To Get People To Be More Environmentally Friendly

Fri, April 3, 2015

A South Coast based clothing company is trying to get people to be more environmentally friendly by keeping what we wear longer. The local company is sponsoring a national caravan kicking off this week which will go to more than a dozen cities, and fix people’s clothes for free. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Read the Rest…


Battle Between Mall Owners Which Includes South Coast Properties Appears To Be Over

Fri, April 3, 2015

A takeover attempt is apparently over between two major shopping center companies which have major holdings in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The Simon Property Group made two unsolicited bids during the last month for the Macerich Company, both of which were ultimately rejected. Simon owns the Camarillo Premium Outlets, while Macerich owns The Oaks Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Sexual Relationship With Teenage Girl He Met Online

Thu, April 2, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges after detectives say he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl he met online. Oxnard Police say they arrested George Burditt following a month long investigation. Investigators say the 63 year old man was sexually involved with a 17 year old girl he met online.  They Read the Rest…


Central Coast Motorcyclist Dies As A Result Of Injuries From March Crash

Thu, April 2, 2015

A Central Coast motorcyclist has died from injuries he suffered in a March traffic accident. The CHP says Hayden Farley was eastbound on Ocean Avenue, in the Lompoc area when he tried to pass a car, and hit an oncoming vehicle.  The 34 year Lompoc old man was thrown from his motorcycle.  The critically injured Read the Rest…


Autopsy Pending On Body Found In Ventura County; No Foul Play Suspected

Thu, April 2, 2015

An autopsy is pending on the body of a man found in the unincorporated area of Ventura County, outside of Ventura. The body was found just after 5 p.m. yesterday off of Victoria Avenue, near Olivas Park Drive.  The body was under a bridge in the area. Authorities say the body is believed to be Read the Rest…


Professional Theater Company’s Program Brings Shakespeare To Life In Ventura County Schools

Thu, April 2, 2015

Thousands of elementary school students on the South Coast are getting a taste of Shakespeare this spring, with a professional theater company taking a specially tailored series of workshops into classrooms. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Shakespeare In Schools


Santa Barbara County Closing Isla Vista Beaches This Weekend To Try To Prevent Giant Unsactioned, Unsponsored Beach Parties

Wed, April 1, 2015

Santa Barbara County today announced it will once again temporarily close Isla Vista’s beaches in an effort to prevent unsponsored, unsanctioned spring break beach parties. Several years ago, students used social media to spread word of giant beach parties, which overwhelmed law enforcement and sanitation resources, and led to dozens of mostly alcohol related arrests. Read the Rest…


Crackdown Announced On People Illegally Entering Condor Sanctuary In Ventura County

Wed, April 1, 2015

Concern about human impacts on endangered California condors is prompting a crackdown on people illegally entering areas of a condor sanctuary in Ventura County. Los Padres National Forest officials say they will crack down on people improperly entering the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.  Visitors are allowed to pass through the 53,000 acre sanctuary on roads to Read the Rest…


Campaign To Help Homeless Gathers Hundreds Of Sleeping Bags In Ventura County

Wed, April 1, 2015

A campaign to help the homeless in Ventura County has collected more than 330 sleeping bags. Mustang Marketing spearheaded the campaign, which gathered surplus bags, and money to buy new bags from community residents. A local dry cleaners, Noah’s Cleaners, cleaned all of the recycled bags. They were then taken to Lutheran Social Services Community Read the Rest…


Theme Park Agrees To Deal With Polluted Stormwater Flowing Into River In Los Angeles, Ventura Counties

Wed, April 1, 2015

Some environmental groups won a fight over getting a theme park to clean up pollution flowing into a Ventura County river. The coalition of groups battled Six Flags Magic Mountain to try to stem contaminated storm runoff from the park ending up in the Santa Clara River. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


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