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Hundreds Evacated After Potentially Explosive Military Ordnance Found In Solvang

Wed, April 16, 2014

Hundreds of homes, and businesses were evacuated in Solvang Wednesday night after what’s described as potentially explosive military ordnance was found in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance was discovered on the 1600 block of Copenhangen Drive at about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, and the Vandenberg Air Force Base Explosive Read the Rest…


Four Arrested, Three Still Sought In Ventura County Gang Sweep

Wed, April 16, 2014

Four people were arrested, and three more are still being sought as the result of a gang sweep in Ventura County spearheaded by the Oxnard Police Department. Oxnard Police, Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, the FBI, and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office investigators simultaneously served gang released search warrants in Oxnard, El Rio and Camarillo early this Read the Rest…


Two Burned In Attack At Homeless Encampment In Ventura

Wed, April 16, 2014

Police are looking for a man who burned a homeless couple in an attack on their Ventura encampment. Ventura Police say the victims were in a tent on the 200 block of East Thompson Boulevard at around 8:30 this morning, when a man tossed some hot coals on the tent. The coals burned through the Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Health Official Promoted To Chief Deputy Director

Wed, April 16, 2014

A longtime Ventura County health official has been promoted to one of the top spots in the county’s Health Care Agency. Melanie Roy has been appointed as the agency’s Chief Deputy Director.  Roy started as a psychiatric social worker for the county in 1996, and worked her way up the ranks to Director of Behavioral Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed School District In Ventura County Decides To Repair Safety Issues At Elementary School, Rather Than Close It

Wed, April 16, 2014

Hundreds of people were on hand last night as a Ventura County school district decided to make major repairs to a historic elementary school campus, rather than closing it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Simi Valley Elementary


San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury Calling For Expansion Of Overcrowded Crime Lab

Wed, April 16, 2014

A new San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury report says the county Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab needs to be expanded. The six page report says the lab is housed in a facility which is cramped, and overcrowded, and that the space needs to be enlarged or moved to a new location. The Grand Jury says Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara County Drops Proposed Pharmaceutical Disposal Program

Wed, April 16, 2014

A state senator from Santa Barbara County dropped plans to try to create the nation’s first statewide drug take-back program. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says she couldn’t get the support to pass the legislation this year. Jackson’s proposal called for setting up safe permanent drop off locations at places like drug Read the Rest…


Central Coast City To End Practice Of Invocations At City Council Meetings As A Result Of Lawsuit

Wed, April 16, 2014

A Central Coast city which was sued over prayers at the start of its meetings has decided to end the practice of having an invocation. The Pismo Beach City Council took the action in the wake of a lawsuit involving a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as well as a member of a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Planning Higher Water Rates To Help Decrease Consumption In Face Of Drought

Wed, April 16, 2014

One South Coast community is looking at increasing water rates as one of the steps to help reduce the city’s water use in the face of the drought. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Drought Restrictions


Body Of Man Found In Tent On Central Coast Beach May Have Been There 4-5 Weeks Before Being Discovered

Wed, April 16, 2014

The body of a man found in a tent on a Central Coast beach may have been there four to five weeks before anyone discovered it. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Pico Creek area, outside of San Simeon, on March 3rd.  The body of a man now identified as Brian Read the Rest…


Rare Lizards Only Found In Channel Islands Removed From Endangered Species List

Wed, April 16, 2014

Some tiny lizards only found on three islands off the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County coastlines have battled their way back from near extinction. The Island Night Lizard was removed from the federal endangered species list this month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Island Night Lizard


Two Hurt When Horse Drawn Carriage Overturns On Central Coast

Tue, April 15, 2014

Two people were injured when a horse drawn carriage overturned on the Central Coast. It happened just before 2 p.m., on a ranch near Zaca Station Road in the Santa Ynez valley. The CHP says for some unknown reason, the horses became scared, and bolted, and the driver couldn’t control them. The carriage overturned, throwing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Hires New Community Services Director

Tue, April 15, 2014

A South Coast city has hired a new Community Development Director. Santa Barbara chose George Buell for the post, He has been the City of Oceanside’s Development Services Director since 2008. Before that, Buell was City Planner for the City of San Clemente. As Community Development Director for Santa Barbara, he’ll oversee the city’s planning, Read the Rest…


Proposal To Require Local Hiring Of Construction Workers For New Santa Barbara County Jail Project An Issue

Tue, April 15, 2014

As plans for a long sought new jail complex to relieve jail overcrowding in Santa Barbara County move forward, a controversy is developing over whether provisions should be added requiring contractors to use local workers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Jail Construction


Former Aide To Santa Barbara Congresswoman Enters Guilty Pleas To Charges From DUI Death Of Woman

Tue, April 15, 2014

A former aide to a Santa Barbara congresswoman has entered guilty pleas to charges stemming from the DUI hit and run death of a woman. Raymond Morua reached a plea deal with prosecutors over the death of Mallory Dies.  The 27 year old woman was hit, and fatally injured as she was walking across a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Airport Closed To Airplane Traffic Due To Runway Project

Tue, April 15, 2014

A South Coast airport is much quieter than usual this week. Camarillo Airport is closed to airplane traffic, so its main runway can be resurfaced, and runway lights upgraded. Planes are being diverted to Oxnard Airport. It’s expected the project will be done by the end of the work week, and the runway will reopen Read the Rest…


Only One Spot Open Extended Hours On South Coast For People Mailing Tax Returns

Tue, April 15, 2014

The heat is on if you’re trying to get you taxes done in time to mail the forms at a post office. The days of post offices staying open late on Tax Day on the South Coast are over, with local branches operating normal hours. In Santa Barbara County, there is one contract post office Read the Rest…


South Coast Park Scene Of Stabbing

Tue, April 15, 2014

A 21 year old man is in critical, but stable condition at a hospital after being stabbed in a South Coast park. It happened just after 1 p.m. yesterday, in Oxnard’s Beck Park.  Police say the man had been involved with an argument with another person in the park when it turned violent. Detectives are Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast Men Arrested For Seafood Thefts At Santa Barbara Harbor

Tue, April 15, 2014

Authorities say there’s been something very fishy happening at a local harbor, something which landed two fishermen in jail. State Fish and Wildlife officials had been receiving reports of rock crabs, and other species being stolen from commercial fishermen, and fish markets at Santa Barbara Harbor. Officers conducted a two month long investigation, and say Read the Rest…


Drought Affecting Food Banks Efforts To Help Those In Need

Tue, April 15, 2014

The drought is affecting us in a number of ways, including an increasing impact on the state’s agricultural industry. People with some of the region’s food banks say that in turn is starting to affect their ability to feed the hungry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stories:  Drought Read the Rest…


School District In Ventura County Set To Look At Fate Of Closed School

Tue, April 15, 2014

A Ventura County school district facing major financial problems is set to look at whether it should spend millions on a major renovation of a currently closed elementary school campus. The Simi Valley School board is set tonight to look at the future of Simi Elementary School. The district’s oldest school was unexpectedly closed earlier Read the Rest…


San Luis Obispo County Health Department Rejects Report From Think Tank Questioning Nuclear Power Plant Safety

Mon, April 14, 2014

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department issued a report disputing findings of a study which claims the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant is causing serious health problems for some nearby residents. A non-profit Santa Barbara think tank called the World Business Academy commissioned a study which contends there’s a higher incidence of childhood leukemia, Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed Santa Barbara County Looking At Costs Of Running New Jail Under Construction

Mon, April 14, 2014

Santa Barbara County is finally addressing its decades old jail overcrowding issue with construction of a North County Jail, but how to staff it is another problem. State grants are paying for 90% of the $90 million dollar plus project, but the financially squeezed county has been struggling with how to pay for what was Read the Rest…


Unique New European Style Market With Multiple Specialty Vendors Opens In Santa Barbara

Mon, April 14, 2014

A new market which features more than a dozen specialty vendors, and a European style flair has opened in Santa Barbara.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Marketplace


Gas, Oil Pipelines On, And Near School Campus On South Coast Prompt Effort To Move School

Mon, April 14, 2014

A small school district on the South Coast wants to build a new school, after officials realized there are four operating gas, and oil pipelines running through, or next to its existing campus. Gas company officials say the lines are tested regularly, and are safe, but some school officials and community residents are concerned that Read the Rest…


Massive Fire Guts Office Complex In Oxnard

Mon, April 14, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which tore through a medical office building in Oxnard. The fire was discovered just before 11 a.m., at a two story office complex near the intersection of West Gonzales Road, and Lantana Street.  It took more than two hours to control the inferno. More Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Fired After Incident In Jail Now Facing Federal Indictment

Sat, April 12, 2014

Two former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies who were fired after an incident at the county’s jail have now been indicted by a federal grand jury. Christopher Johnson was indicted for deprivation of rights under the color of law, obstruction of justice, and aiding and abetting.  Robert Kirsch is accused of deprivation of rights under Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Swept Out To Sea During Baptism Ceremony On Central Coast Recovered

Sat, April 12, 2014

The body of a man who was swept out to sea during a baptism ceremony on the Central Coast has been recovered. A hiker spotted the body of Benito Flores Friday in a tidal pool about two miles from Guadalupe Beach, where he disappeared March 30th. The 46 year old Santa Maria man was one Read the Rest…


More Than 120 Students At Central Coast High School May Need To Be Tested For Tuberculosis

Fri, April 11, 2014

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say more than 120 students at a Central Coast high school may need to be tested for tuberculosis, after a student was diagnosed with an active case of the disease earlier this month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story we’ve been telling you about for the Read the Rest…


UCSB Gets $5 Million Dollar EPA Grant To Study Impacts Of Chemicals On Environment

Fri, April 11, 2014

A federal agency is awarding UC Santa Barbara nearly $5 million dollars for research to better understand the impacts of chemicals throughout their life cycle on the environment. UCSB is going to use the Environmental Protection Agency Funding to develop an online tool to evaluate the life cycle impacts of chemical, and materials. EPA officials Read the Rest…


Two Students From Ventura County On Board Bus Hit Head-On, Killing 10; Bus Owned By Central Coast Company

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two students from South Coast high schools were among those on board the bus involved in a head on crash in Northern California which left 10 people dead. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Students On Bus


Two High School Students From Ventura County On Board Bus Involved In Fatal Crash in Northern California

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two students from South Coast high schools were among those on board a bus involved in a head on crash in Northern California which left 10 people dead. The Oxnard Union High School District says one student from Oxnard High School, and one student from Camarillo High School were on the trip from Southern California Read the Rest…


Fire Causes Big Scare At South Coast Condominium Complex

Fri, April 11, 2014

An early morning fire caused a big scare at a condominium complex on the South Coast. A fire apparently started in a dumpster on the 100 block of Bryn Mawr Street in Ventura just before four this morning. Ventura firefighters arrived to find the dumpster, a surrounding structure, and laundry room on fire. They quickly Read the Rest…


Husband, Wife Get Long Prison Sentences For Long Running Check Fraud Scheme In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Fri, April 11, 2014

A couple will be spending a long time behind bars for operating a long running identity theft, and check fraud conspiracy scheme in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Gio and Dre Tavanlar of Woodland Hills were each sentenced to nine years in the Ventura County jail, after entering guilty pleas to multiple felony counts. Prosecutors Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Jail Guards No Longer With County After Incident At Jail

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are no longer working for the county, in the wake of an investigation of an incident at the County Jail. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  Santa Barbara County Jail Incident


Central Coast Bus Company Owner, Operator Of Tour Bus Involved In Deadly Northern California Crash

Fri, April 11, 2014

The tour bus involved in the deadly Northern California crash which has left 10 people dead, including five high school students was owned, and operated by a Central Coast company. San Luis Obispo based Silverado Stages confirmed that it was one of its buses which had been charted by Humboldt State to bring prospective students Read the Rest…


Man Called Contract Killer Suspect In Unsolved Three Decade Old Santa Barbara County Murder

Fri, April 11, 2014

A man has confessed to being a contract killer who may have killed more than 30 people over three decades, including someone in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the latest on a story which is continuing to unfold in Central California, where the man is behind bars. Click to listen to/download story:  Contract Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set For Controversy Over Railroad Track Fences In Ventura

Thu, April 10, 2014

Railroad officials and some upset Ventura residents are meeting tonight, to talk about some controversial fencing along railroad right of way. Union Pacific put up some eight feet high fences in the Seaward Avenue area, to try to keep people off its tracks. But, city officials and residents say the railroad didn’t go through the Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Attempted Flash Mob Burglary Of Upscale Ventura County Store

Thu, April 10, 2014

Six Bay Area women were arrested, after law enforcement officers say they tried a flash mob style burglary of an upscale women’s clothing store in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say that just after 3:30 yesterday, a group of six to eight women walked into the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets.  Read the Rest…


New Community Walks On South Coast Give People The Chance To “Walk With A Doc,” And Get Medical Tips

Thu, April 10, 2014

Regularly going for a walk is a good idea as part of a strategy for staying healthy. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that starting tonight, and every Thursday night you’re invited to take part in a free weekly walk with medical professionals in Santa Barbara Click on link to listen to/download story:  Walk With A Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In Sacramento For 2006 Murder In Ventura County

Thu, April 10, 2014

Police say they’ve solved the eight year old murder of a Ventura County man who was shot, and killed as he was pursuing some vandals who had damaged some of his family’s vehicles. Oscar Gonzales was shot to death on May 2nd, 2006 as he pursued the vandals near the intersection of San Benito Street, Read the Rest…


New Effort Planned To Find President For Moorpark College

Thu, April 10, 2014

A search for a new community college president on the South Coast is going back to square one. Moorpark College has been looking for a president for the last year, and narrowed the field to four finalists. But, after in person, public interviews with the finalists last month, the Ventura County Community College District’s search Read the Rest…


Second Arrest Made In Connection With Death Of Ventura County Woman

Thu, April 10, 2014

A second arrest has been made for a shooting which left a Ventura County woman dead. Norma Elizalde died March 29th when she was shot by a stray bullet outside of her Santa Paula home. Police say some gang members had been arguing in a car when a shot was fired. Investigators arrested Mark Martinez Read the Rest…


Woman Who Was Shot By Husband, Then Lost Her Father In Murder Talks During National Crime Victims Rights Week Event In Ventura

Thu, April 10, 2014

They were crime victims, police, prosecutors and even judges marching around the Ventura Government Center. More than 300 people marched in Ventura yesterday to show their support for crime victims, as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week. An event is also being held in Santa Barbara as well on Friday as part of local Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement

Thu, April 10, 2014

A Central Coast police chief has announced his retirement, after three decades in law enforcement. Lompoc Police Chief Larry Ralston says he will step down at the end of June, after seven years as the city’s top law enforcement officer. His career started in los Angeles County in 1983, but he spent nearly two decades Read the Rest…


Goleta’s City Manager Leaving For Post In San Diego County

Thu, April 10, 2014

A longtime local government leader in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is leaving the region, for a post in San Diego County. Goleta City Manager Dan Singer was chosen from a field of more than 60 candidates to become Poway’s new City Manager. Singer has been Goleta’s City Manager since 2005, and before that served Read the Rest…


Oxnard Picks New City Manager

Wed, April 9, 2014

After more than two years in limbo, the City of Oxnard finally has a new City Manager. The Oxnard City Council picked Modesto’s current city manager for the post. It’s expected Greg Nyhoff will start with the city in early June. He’s been a city manager for nearly two decades, and is so popular in Read the Rest…


No One Hurt In Hazmat Incident At South Coast YMCA

Wed, April 9, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what led to a hazardous material incident which may have occurred intentionally. People arriving at the YMCA complex on the 3100 block of Village of the Park Drive in Camarillo around seven this morning noticed a strong chemical smell. They notified YMCA officials, who found that a 55 Read the Rest…


High School Student In Santa Barbara County Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

Wed, April 9, 2014

A Central Coast high school student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Public Health officials are scrambling to deal with the situation, to try to keep the illness from spreading. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County TB


No Problems Reported As Cruise Ship With Handful Of Ill Passengers Visits Santa Barbara

Wed, April 9, 2014

Thousands of cruise ship passenger visited Santa Barbara today, after health officials decided that a norovirus outbreak on the ship had been contained, and didn’t pose a risk to the community. The Crown Princess arrived in Santa Barbara around 7 a.m. for a day long visit.  There are more than 3100 passengers on board. Santa Read the Rest…


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