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Stand Down Event To Help Veterans On The Central Coast Set For This Weekend

Fri, October 17, 2014

An army of volunteers is gearing up for an event this weekend on the Central Coast to help veterans. The third annual Santa Barbara County Stand Down, at the Santa Maria Fairpark, will have free meals, clothing, personal items, and a variety of social service assistance for veterans. The event organized by Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Review Underway For Endangered Species Of Toad Found Along Coastline

Fri, October 17, 2014

Could a rare type of toad found in coastal creeks along the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County coastlines be ready to come off the endangered species list? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking at reclassifying the arroyo toad from endangered, to threatened. The small, dark spotted toads have disappeared from Read the Rest…


Prosecutions Say Man Posing As Immigration Lawyer In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Facing 24 Felony Counts

Thu, October 16, 2014

A man prosecutors say was passing himself off as an immigration lawyer in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, but instead did nothing to help his victims is facing 14 felony charges. Ventura and Santa Barbara Police detectives, and Ventura County District Attorney’s office investigators say Jorge Moreno made false promises to his victims about helping Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Grand Theft, Money Laundering

Thu, October 16, 2014

A former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being convicted of 17 felony counts including grand theft, and money laundering in connection with some real estate dealings. Ventura County prosecutors say Laura Leesha Means became a real estate agent after retiring from the sheriff’s department. They say the Read the Rest…


Kern County Man Gets Three Year Plus Jail Sentence In Ventura County Investment Fraud Case

Thu, October 16, 2014

A Kern County man has received a three year plus jail sentence after pleading guilty to a half dozen charges in a Ventura County real estate fraud case. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Fraud Unit say that Jesus Garcilazo managed an Oxnard-based company called U & J Investments, which lured Read the Rest…


Hit Play Filled With Music, Comedy Kicks Off Season For South Coast Theater Company

Thu, October 16, 2014

It’s a play with filled with music, but it isn’t a musical. “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is a comedy which has been delighting North American audiences for close to two decades, and is now coming to the South Coast. Filled with music from Beethoven, to Elton John,  it’s kicking off the new season for Ventura’s Read the Rest…


Work Underway On New Children’s Museum On South Coast

Thu, October 16, 2014

Work is now officially underway on a new children’s museum on the South Coast. A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation in Santa Barbara yesterday. The 25,000 square foot complex is planned for the 100 block of State Street, between Stearns Wharf and the 101 Freeway.  $15 million dollars Read the Rest…


Campaign For National Disaster Search Dog Training Facility In Ventura County Closing In On $20 Million Dollar Goal

Thu, October 16, 2014

A fundraising campaign to build a national center for search dog training in Ventura County is coming close to its $20 million dollar goal, thanks to some new commitments. The S.D. Bechtel Junior Foundation has given the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation $500,000 for its training facility under construction in the mountains near Santa Paula. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Library System Gets Grant To Try To Improve Family Literacy

Thu, October 16, 2014

Santa Barbara’s library system has received a quarter of a million dollar grant to try to improve family literacy. The federal grant will target families with low literacy levels, by promoting reading groups.  This is an expansion of a pilot program which included after school, and summer reading programs.  The effort will include collaborations with Read the Rest…


KCLU’s Anniversary with the Capitol Steps!

Wed, October 15, 2014

Help KCLU celebrate its 20th Anniversary with The Capitol Steps! Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  Tickets at the box office or Ticketmaster. Special thanks to Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura for helping to sponsor the show.


Car Crashes Into Conejo Valley Bank

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Ventura County bank which didn’t have a drive thru window got one at least temporarily today, when a car crashed through a window. It happened just ater 11 a.m., on the 1500 block of North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. A car pulling into a parking place simply didn’t stop, and went over the Read the Rest…


Murder Victim On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Central Coast woman who was fatally wounded in Lompoc this week is now being identified. Rebecca Yap was shot Monday night, at a home in Lompoc. Lompoc Police say she died a short time later, but not before identifying the homeowner, Clay Murray, as the man who shot her. Detectives still aren’t saying what Read the Rest…


Dangerous Canine Virus Surfaces In Santa Barbara County

Wed, October 15, 2014

A virus which can make dogs serious ill, or even kill them has surfaced in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Animal Services says it’s confirmed five cases of parvovirus in the northern part of the county in the last two weeks. The virus attacks the lining of a dog’s digestive system, and blocks it Read the Rest…


First Woman Appointed To U.S. Supreme Court To Speak In Ventura County

Wed, October 15, 2014

A retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice who was the first woman appointed to the nation’s high court is going to speak in Ventura County next week. Sandra Day O’Connor will speak about justice in the digital age in an event at Cal State Channel Islands.  O’Connor served as an associate justice on the nation’s high Read the Rest…


Identity Of Woman Struck, Killed By Train In Santa Barbara County Accident Released

Wed, October 15, 2014

A woman who was struck, and killed when a train plowed into a group of people taking pictures from a train trestle in Santa Barbara County is now being identified. Mingyue Yuan died in the Saturday night accident, which happened on the rail line between Gaviota State Park, and Refugio State Beach. Four people were Read the Rest…


Dredging Finally Underway In Ventura County To Clear Harbors, Restore Beaches

Wed, October 15, 2014

When you think of a beach, you probably think of sand. But, in Ventura County, sand has been at the center of an ongoing crisis, with too much sand in some areas, and not enough in others. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that after a nearly two year long struggle, federal funding has allowed the hiring Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Pleas In Animal Neglect Case

Wed, October 15, 2014

A Ventura County man has entered guilty pleas to five charges stemming from an animal neglect case, after police called to his home found dogs covered in blood because they had been fighting with each other. Santa Paula Police were called to Silvano Duran’s home in March by a report of dogs fighting.  Officers say Read the Rest…


City Of Camarillo Celebrating 50th Birthday This Weekend

Wed, October 15, 2014

One Ventura County may run out of birthday candles this weekend. Camarillo is preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday. On Friday night, community leaders and resident will gather for a public dinner dance at the Serra Center. And on Saturday, more than a half dozen musical groups, ranging from high school marching bands to an Read the Rest…


Criminal Grand Jury Indicts Santa Barbara County Man On Charges He Murdered His Children, Parents

Tue, October 14, 2014

A criminal grand jury has indicted a Santa Barbara County man for the murders of his two children, his parents, and a family dog. Nicholas Holtzer is accused of stabbing to death his 10 year old son Vincent, 13 year old son Sebastian, his mother Sheila, and his father William at the family’s Goleta home. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Dies From Gunshot Wound; Man Arrested

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Central Coast man is in custody, after a woman was fatally wounded in his home. Lompoc Police were called to the 300 block of North Daisy Street just before 9 last night, by a report of shots being fired. They found a wounded woman there, who died later at a hospital. Police aren’t talking Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Expected To Go To Jail After Admitting He Sold Phony Insurance Coverage In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Ventura County man is expected to go to jail after admitting he was collecting insurance premiums for phony coverage in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Dean Joseph Basler pretended like he was an agent, and sold numerous dummy policies, even preparing fake insurance certificates.  The 58 year old Ventura man’s scheme Read the Rest…


Unique Pilot Program Brings Nurses, Doctors To Homes Of Seniors In Santa Barbara County For Medical Care

Tue, October 14, 2014

The idea that a doctor might make a house call might seem like a page out of a history book. But, a pilot program on the South Coast that’s being called the only one its type in the nation is bringing urgent care style services by nurses, and doctors to the homes of some local Read the Rest…


Visiting Scholars Victims Of Weekend Train Accident In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

UC Santa Barbara officials have confirmed three people hit by a train on the Gaviota coastline over the weekend were visiting scholars. Four people were on a train trestle Saturday night taking pictures when an Amtrak passenger train approached.  They tried to run to safety, but only one of them made it. One person was Read the Rest…


Sixth Man Arrested In Connection With 2009 Murder In Ventura County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A sixth man has just been arrested in connection with a 2009 murder in Ventura County. On January 17th, 2009 two men were stabbed in an Oxnard neighborhood.  Alfredo Vargas died at a hospital a few hours after the attack. Oxnard Police detectives worked on the case for years, and in June of 2013 arrested Read the Rest…


Part Of Highway 23-Highway 101 Interchange In Ventura County To Be Closed Overnights For Work This Week

Tue, October 14, 2014

Travelers using some of Ventura County’s busiest freeways could encounter some delays during the overnight hours this week, because of work on a freeway interchange rebuilding project. Caltrans will close the connector between southbound Highway 23, to northbound Highway 101 from 7 p.m. tonight, to 6 a.m. tomorrow. The same closure will be in effect Read the Rest…


Nine Arrested Following Drug Sweep Linked To Stolen Presciption Pad From Ventura Doctor’s Office

Mon, October 13, 2014

An alert pharmacist in Ventura County who realized that he might be getting prescriptions from a stolen prescription pad alerted authorities, which led to the arrest of nine people. Investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit first learned about the possible fraud in June. Detectives say they found evidence leading them to Ryan Read the Rest…


Team Of Central Coast Architectual Students Gets National Recognition For Work At South African Orphanage

Mon, October 13, 2014

Some architectural students on the Central Coast are receiving national recognition for a playground they designed, and built at a South African orphanage. The American Society of  Landscape Architects saluted the team of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student architects for their work at the Ratang Bana orphanage. The students turned a 5,000 square foot Read the Rest…


Health Care Agency Administering Medi-Cal In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties Reports More Than 34,000 New Members This Year

Mon, October 13, 2014

The health care organization which manages Medi-Cal services for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County residents says its enrollment numbers have gone through the roof thanks to the Affordable Care Act. CenCal Health is reporting a more than 25% increase in clients since January of this year. CenCal has added 34,000 members since the Read the Rest…


Groups Which Focus On Dealing With Domestic Abuse Get Grants In Ventura County

Mon, October 13, 2014

Six groups which deal with domestic abuse issues in Ventura County are going to share $100,000 in grant funding. The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund focuses on efforts to help girls, and women.  The funding will go to groups like Interface Children & Family Services, and One Step a la Vez.


Goleta To Hold Meeting For Residents To Talk About Dealing With Isla Vista Halloween Party Crowds

Mon, October 13, 2014

Planning has been under for months by public safety agencies on how to deal with large crowds expected for unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween parties in Isla Vista. What’s known as Isla Vista Halloween has become a traditional for college students, but a major headache for law enforcement, firefighters, and area residents. On Thursday night, the City Read the Rest…


Death, And What May Come After Death Focus Of Event On South Coast This Week

Mon, October 13, 2014

Is there something more for us after we die? Many people fear death, and wonder whether there is something beyond it. The question is the focus of a documentary which will be shown this week in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the filmmaker, who will be on hand for the screening, and a Read the Rest…


Preparations Underway For Landing Of Unmanned Orbital Spacecraft On Central Coast

Mon, October 13, 2014

A reusable unmanned space shuttle could soon be landing on the Central Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has some of the details on what we know about the Air Force project, which is shrouded in secrecy. Click on link to listen to/download story:  X37-B


First Full Time Head Of Pacific Coast Stock Exchange Dies In Santa Barbara

Mon, October 13, 2014

An attorney who was the first full time chairman of the Pacific Stock Exchange in has died in Santa Barbara. Charles Rickershauser, Junior passed away from natural causes. He had been living in an assisted living facilities as a result of ongoing medical problems. Rickershauser was an attorney who became head of the exchange in Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested At Conejo Valley Area Restaurants, Bars For Serving Alcohol To Minors

Sun, October 12, 2014

A sting operation intended to crack down on restaurants, and bars selling alcohol to minors in the Conejo Valley has led to eight arrests. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control targeted 23 locations in the City of Thousand Oaks.  Servers at 15 of the locations passed with flying Read the Rest…


One Person Killed, Two Injured When Group Of People Hit On Train Trestle In Santa Barbara County

Sun, October 12, 2014

One person was killed, and two seriously injured when a train plowed into a group of people taking pictures from a train trestle in Santa Barbara County. It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday between Gaviota State Park, and Refugio State beach. Four people were on the trestle, taking pictures when a southbound passenger train approached Read the Rest…


Bike Trek By 200 Veterans Moves From Solvang, To Ventura Friday; Ends In Los Angeles Saturday

Fri, October 10, 2014

A seven day, 465 mile fundraising trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles by some 200 injured military veterans passed through the Santa Barbara area today, and the riders are now in Ventura, where they will spend the night. The UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery California Challenge helps support physical, and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration Sets 2015 Theme

Fri, October 10, 2014

Summer is in the history books for 2014, but some local artists are already looking ahead to next summer, and the South Coast’s largest annual celebration of the season. Organizers of Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration announced this week that “Sci-Fi” will be the theme of the 2015 parade. The more than three decade old Read the Rest…


Center Coast City Gets Grant To Improve Water Quality Of Wastewater, Storm Runoff

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Central Coast city is getting a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve groundwater quality. Santa Maria is one of four cities across the county getting funding under the federal Clean Water Act for Municipal wastewater, and storm water management.  The city is getting $67,000 to try to come up with a Read the Rest…


Environmental Defense Center Sues Federal Agency Over Steelhead Trout Deaths On Central Coast

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara based environmental group has filed suit against a federal agency over what it says are failed efforts to protect some endangered fish in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Environmental Defense Center took the action on behalf of the fish advocacy group California Trout, alleging that the Federal Bureau of Reclamation failed to Read the Rest…


Young Man Seriously Injured After Falling Off Isla Vista Cliff

Fri, October 10, 2014

It’s happened again. There’s been another fall from the balcony of an apartment on a cliff in Isla Vista. A young man fell around 9:30 last night, tumbling an estimated 30 to 40 feet to the beach. The young man was seriously injured. Over the decades, more than 20 people, mostly college students have fallen Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Renovation Project At Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Fri, October 10, 2014

Plans have been announced for a major renovation project at the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the project is intended to improve accessibility for a popular part of the complex. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Courthouse Project


Small Brush Fire In Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County Contained

Fri, October 10, 2014

U.S. Forest Service firefighters are mopping up a small brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Ojai. The blaze broke out on the 20000 block of Maricopa Highway just after 4 p.m. yesterday. Firefighters used air tankers, and helicopters to stop the spread of the fire, which was on the side of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Stealing Identities Of Mortgage Brokers

Fri, October 10, 2014

Ventura County prosecutors say a Conejo Valley man is facing charges ranging from forgery, to money laundering after using the identity of two licensed mortgage brokers without their permission. Investigators with the DA’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say William Kenneth O’Daniel used the two brokers information to process a number of loans. They say the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gardener Who Never Had Opportunity To Finish High School Finds Calling In Poetry

Fri, October 10, 2014

He’s a writer, and poet who’s been in demand to speak at some South Coast schools. But, the most inspirational part of his story may not be his writing, but the fact he’s a gardener, who never went to college, and in fact never graduated from high school. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Read the Rest…


Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan Visits Ventura County For Book Signing Event

Fri, October 10, 2014

The man who led America’s second largest city through the wake of the Los Angeles riots, and the trauma of the Northridge earthquake appeared in Ventura County to sign copies of new best-seller about his time in office. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with Richard Riordan during an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets Extended Jail Time For Investment Fraud Scheme

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man who’s already in federal prison for investment fraud is getting another 10 years tacked onto his sentence, after entering guilty pleas to seven additional charges. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say David Prenatt operated David Prenatt Financial, a business in which he promised investors big returns on their large unsecured personal Read the Rest…


101 On Central Coast Back To Normal Now After Major Accident Created Major Tieups

Thu, October 9, 2014

A section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast was a mess for about 12 hours, but traffic is now once again moving normally on it. A northbound big rig hit a guard rail near Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo around 11:30 last night. The driver apparently lost control, and hit the center median, Read the Rest…


Free Home Fire Alarm Project Set For Some Oxnard Neighborhoods This Weekend

Thu, October 9, 2014

The Red Cross, and a fire department in one Ventura County community are teaming up to try to improve home fire safety. The non-profit group is working with the Oxnard Fire Department to install home fire alarms in more than a half dozen Oxnard neighborhoods this weekend. The Red Cross will be installing the alarms Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Releases Preliminary Results of Survey On Campus Inclusiveness

Thu, October 9, 2014

A new survey says most Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students, faculty, and staff members feel comfortable on campus, but more than 20 percent of those who participated say they’ve experienced some type of exclusionary treatment. The Cal Poly Climate Survey was conducted in the winter of 2013, with more than 6,000 participants.  The full Read the Rest…


Connector Between Two Freeways On South Coast To Be Closed Overnight Due To Interchange Reconstruction Project

Thu, October 9, 2014

A major connector between two South Coast freeways is going to be closed overnight, as part of a major interchange reconstruction project. Caltrans says the link between westbound Highway 23, to northbound Highway 101 will be closed beginning at 7 tonight, and remain closed until 6 tomorrow morning. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure Read the Rest…


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