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Ventura County Firefighters Control Mulch Fire In Moorpark; Red Flag Warning Still In Place

Mon, November 17, 2014

Ventura County firefighters found themselves dealing with a stinky mess early this morning. A mulch fire broke out on the 11000 block of Broadway Road in Moorpark just after 3 a.m. The fire was in a nearly half acre mulch pile. The firefighters were able to control the blaze in less than an hour. There’s Read the Rest…


Santa Maria Fairpark Pressed Into Service As Court Facility In Murder Case

Mon, November 17, 2014

Some 700 people have orders to show up for jury selection day for a major trial on the Central Coast. Six people are set to go on trial for the 2013 torture, and murder of Anthony Iberra, in what prosecutors say was a gang related killing. The jury pool is so large, the Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Secretary Of Defense, Vice Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staffs Talk National Defense At Forum In Ventura County

Mon, November 17, 2014

From key members of Congress, to the Secretary of Defense, some of the key players in the America’s defense policy were in Ventura County over the weekend. Hundreds of people were on hand for the Reagan National Defense Forum, a day long event which brought government, and military leaders together to talk about defense related Read the Rest…


Library Allowing People To Pay Off Fines With Canned Food Donations

Mon, November 17, 2014

A library in Ventura County is allowing its customers to pay off their fines with canned food donations, to help feed the hungry. Starting November 29th, and running through December 5th, people with overdue Thousand Oaks Library materials will be able to get a dollar off of each fine for each can of food donated.  Read the Rest…


Ventura County College Says It Will Take Battle Over Supplying Contraceptives To The U.S. Supreme Court

Mon, November 17, 2014

Officials with a private Catholic college in Ventura County say they will appeal the latest federal court ruling requiring them to supply contraceptives to employees to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas Aquinas College learned last week that the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied its challenge to a federal Health Read the Rest…


Music, Legacy Of French Composer Pierre Boulez To Be Highlighted At 69th Annual Ojai Music Festival

Mon, November 17, 2014

A tribute to French composer Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday is going to be one of the main themes of the 69th annual Ojai Music Festival. The five day long festival next June is being called a celebration of 20th, and 21st century composers, with a focus on Boulez. There will be a half Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Boaters In Trouble Off Of Ventura County Coastline

Mon, November 17, 2014

Two people were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter after their boat overturned off the Ventura County coastline. It happened at around 7 a.m. yesterday, near Port Hueneme.  The Coast Guard received a call of boaters in trouble, and dispatched a helicopter from Long Beach.  The helicopter crew spotted a partially submerged boat, and pulled Read the Rest…


Oxnard Murder Victim Now Being Identified

Fri, November 14, 2014

Police are now identifying a man who was murdered in an Oxnard park. Oxnard Police say Labh Nigah was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown number of people in Sierra Linda park yesterday. Detectives say they don’t know what the motive was for the murder of the 55 year old Oxnard man. Investigators spent the day Read the Rest…


High Surf Advisory For Central Coast

Fri, November 14, 2014

A high surf advisory is in effect at this hour on the Central Coast. West to northwest facing beaches in northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County are seeing the largest waves. Surf in the 9 to 11 foot range is being reported, with local sets to 13 feet. The National Weather Service Read the Rest…


Challenger Concedes Defeat In Tight Ventura County Congressional Race

Fri, November 14, 2014

The challenger in a tight Ventura County congressional race conceded defeat today, ten days after election day.  In a statement released this afternoon, Republican candidate Jeff Gorell says with the latest count of vote by mail, and absentee ballots showing him trailing Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley by more than 3,000 votes, it’s time for him Read the Rest…


Propane Tank Explosion Rocks Santa Barbara’s Eastside

Fri, November 14, 2014

A propane tank explosion in a camper on the South Coast didn’t injure any people, but left a dog with some minor burns. Santa Barbara firefighters say it happened just after 9 this morning on the city’s Eastside, near the intersection of Quarantina and Gutierrez Streets. A man was driving the camper when the explosion Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Attack On Female Store Clerk On Central Coast Later Re-Arrested On Different Charges

Fri, November 14, 2014

A man arrested for a brutal, and what police say was an unprovoked store clerk on the Central Coast is now facing additional charges, following a second arrest. Investigators say Justin Pard entered a footwear store on the 800 block of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo just after 10 a.m. yesterday.  Detectives say Read the Rest…


Who’s Who Of National Defense Officials Converging On Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, November 14, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Senator John McCain and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates are among the speakers set to appear at a forum on national defense in Ventura County this weekend. A day long series of panels are set for the National Defense Forum, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley tomorrow.  Read the Rest…


South Coast Congresswoman Trying To Keep Airborne Firefighting Teams Under State, As Opposed To Federal Control

Fri, November 14, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman is involved in an effort to keep the federal government from taking over management of some airborne firefighting teams which are now under state control. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the proposal calls for shifting the use of the Air National Guard cargo planes to the Department of Read the Rest…


Six Foot Tall Baby Born In Santa Barbara; Hint: It Was Born At The Zoo

Fri, November 14, 2014

Imagine a six foot tall baby. That describes the newest resident of the Santa Barbara Zoo.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on the link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Zoo Baby Giraffe


UC Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan Gets Final Approval

Fri, November 14, 2014

A plan intended to serve as a blueprint for planning, and development for UC Santa Barbara through the year 2025 has received final approval. The State Coastal Commission signed off on the UCSB Long Range Development Plan, which had already been approved by the UC Board of Regents, Santa Barbara County Supervisors, and the Goleta Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast Report For Ventura County Predicts Slow, But Continued Recovery From Recession

Fri, November 14, 2014

A new economic forecast being released today predicts Ventura County is going to continue its slow, but consistent recovery from the recession. But, the report also indicates it will be years still before the county’s employment situation has fully recovered. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more details on the report. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Investigating Murder Near Elementary School

Fri, November 14, 2014

Few details are being released about the stabbing death of a man near an Oxnard elementary school. The body of the 55 year old Oxnard man was found just before 9 a.m. yesterday in Sierra Linda Park, near Sierra Linda Elementary School. The man was declared dead at the scene.  The elementary school was placed Read the Rest…


Fallen Firefighters In Ventura County To Be Honored

Thu, November 13, 2014

Ventura County firefighters who died in the line of service will be honored this weekend. The 42 firefighters will be saluted in a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters of Ventura County Memorial, at the Ventura County Government Center. The memorial was built by the county’s fire chiefs, firefighters unions, and the eight departments which serve Read the Rest…


Statewide Insurance Fraud Sweep Results In Seven Cases Filed In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, November 13, 2014

A statewide insurance fraud sweep has resulted in more than 160 cases being filed, with seven in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The State Insurance Commissioner’s Office worked with local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the cases, with 60 felony counts filed so far.  Investigators say most of the cases involved uninsured, or underinsured Read the Rest…


Statewide Insurance Fraud Sweep Results In More Than 160 Cases Filed, With Four On Central Coast

Thu, November 13, 2014

A statewide insurance fraud sweep has resulted in more than 160 cases being filed, with four on the Central Coast. The State Insurance Commissioner’s Office worked with local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the cases, with 60 felony counts filed so far.  Investigators say most of the cases involved uninsured, or underinsured drivers who Read the Rest…


New Cal Poly Master Plan Focus Of Community Workshop This Weekend

Thu, November 13, 2014

What will the Central Coast’s largest university look like in 20 years? That’s the focus of a workshop this weekend on a new master plan in development for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The plan is intended to serve as a guide for campus construction during the next two decades. The workshop is a chance Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Gets New 911 Dispatch Facility, After Old One Declared Unsafe

Thu, November 13, 2014

A South Coast city has moved its 911 police dispatch center, because of concern its longtime home  might not withstand a major earthquake. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara 911 Dispatch Center


Water Conservation Program Offers Some Ventura County Homeowners, Businesses Money To Remove Turf

Thu, November 13, 2014

The drought has had a number of impacts on the South Coast, ranging from higher water prices to water use restrictions. A district which is the wholesale water supplier to water systems serving hundreds of thousands of people in the region is offering a unique incentive to save. You can get paid to dig up Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To 70 Years To Life In Prison For Molesting Girlfirend’s Daughter

Wed, November 12, 2014

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 70 years to life in prison for molesting his pregnant girlfriend’s daughter. Prosecutors say Francisco Romero Hernandez of Oxnard sexually assaulted the eight year old girl, and the threatened to hurt her, her mother, and the unborn child if she told anyone. The victim didn’t say anything Read the Rest…


Incumbent Congresswoman In Close Race In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Declares Victory

Wed, November 12, 2014

Following the latest update of vote counting from a tight congressional race in a district covering parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, incumbent Julia Brownley has declared victory. With more than 157,000 votes counted in the 26th District Congressional race, the Democratic incumbent has a 2300 vote lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell. The Read the Rest…


Central Coast Gang Member Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For Kidnapping, Torture

Wed, November 12, 2014

A Central Coast gang member will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping, and torture of a man over a drug debt. Raymond Daniel Macias was sentenced today for the January, 2013 attack in Lompoc.  Prosecutors say the victim were lured to a home where he Read the Rest…


Film Festival Honoring Films Shot In Conejo Valley Set For This Weekend

Wed, November 12, 2014

The Conejo Valley is the little known backdrop from some of Hollwood’s biggest hits over the decades. This weekend, the Third Annual “Made In Conejo” Film Festival will honor that heritage. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stories:  Made In Conejo


Incumbent’s Lead In Still Unsettled Congressional Race In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Continues To Grow

Wed, November 12, 2014

An incumbent’s lead in a still unsettled congressional race in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties is growing, as counting of vote by mail, and provisional ballots continues. With more than 157,000 votes counted in the 26th District Congressional race, Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley now has a 2300 vote lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell. The Read the Rest…


Some Police Departments In Region Looking For New Officers

Wed, November 12, 2014

Retirements, and officers leaving to take jobs with other agencies are prompting some local police department to start recruting, to fill vacancies. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Police Officer Shortages


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Helping To Restore Sight To Hundreds Of Thousands Around World

Wed, November 12, 2014

A unique non-profit agency based in Santa Barbara County has been sending medical teams around the world for decades, and is credited with helping some 400,000 people improve, or even regain their lost sight. Surgical Eye Expeditions International is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on linki to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Gets Unusual Looking New Resident

Tue, November 11, 2014

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s newest resident is perhaps one of the most unusual looking babies at the zoo. Zoo officials say a male anteater pup was born at the zoo last Thursday.  The pup is being reared in a holding area at the zoo, but is expected to go on public display around the end Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Pursuit On Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County

Tue, November 11, 2014

Two people are behind bars in Santa Barbara County following a wild chase involving an SUV. The CHP says a man, and woman drivingan SUV stolen from a Salinas auto dealership were spotted on Highway 101 in northern Santa Barbara County. It led to a chase with speeds topping 100 miles an hour. Safety concerns Read the Rest…


Veterans Day Remembered on South Coast

Tue, November 11, 2014

From flyovers by vintage planes, to marches, and speeches, those who served in uniform were remembered during Veterans Day events on the South Coast. From Santa Barbara to Simi Valley, a number of ceremonies took place in our region today. Oxnard, Moorpark, Port Hueneme, and Simi Valley were among the local communities hosting commemorative events.


Two Sought After Pursuit In Ventura County

Tue, November 11, 2014

Two people are being sought in Ventura County after a dangerous car chase early this morning. Oxnard police pulled over an SUV for a traffic violation just after 2 a.m. near Laurel, and C Streets.  A passenger jumped out of the SUV, and ran away, while the driver sped away from the scene.  The officer Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighter Injured Battling Blaze

Tue, November 11, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which gutted a garage, damaged a home, and sent a Ventura firefighter to the hospital with burns. The fire was discovered just before 8 last night, on the 100 block of Warner Street in Ventura.  More than two dozen firefighters from the Ventura City, Read the Rest…


New Program Run By Non-Profit In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Helps Unemployed Veterans Get Jobs

Tue, November 11, 2014

It’s Veterans Day, the day when we take time to honor those who served our country in uniform. A program in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties is helping some of the veterans in our region who’ve hit tough times.  The project is less than a year old, but it’s already helped place more than 100 Read the Rest…


South Coast City Planning Crackdown On Lawbreaking Bicyclists

Mon, November 10, 2014

Some South Coast police say for the next few days, they’re going to be crack down on two wheeled lawbreakers. Santa Barbara Police say the city has one of the highest number of vehicle-bicycle collisions of cities for its size in the state. So, for the next two days police will be looking for issues Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Ready To Implement Second Phase Of Plastic Bag Ban

Mon, November 10, 2014

Recycling efforts are going to step up a notch in Santa Barbara this week, when the second phase of a plastic bag ban ordinance take effect. In May, the ordinance required stores which are more than 10,000 square feet to ban plastic bags, and offer paper bags for ten cents each, or allow shoppers to Read the Rest…


Pair Of Earthquakes Rattle Some Of The Channel Islands

Mon, November 10, 2014

A pair of earthquakes rattled parts of the Channel Islands early this morning. A magnitude 3.4 quake struck at 12:40 a.m., followed by a 4.1 at 12:42 a.m.  They were both centered about 12 miles southwest of San Clemente Islands.  There were no reports of damage, or injuries.


Adult Education Program On South Coast Celebrating First Anniversary As Self-Sufficent Program

Mon, November 10, 2014

An adult education program on the South Coast which served thousands of people annually became another casualty of the state funding crisis. But, college officials, students, and teachers rallied, and came up with a creative approach to keeping the program running by making it self sufficient. The Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Professor Honored With Physics Award

Mon, November 10, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara professor has received one of the highest awards in physics. The American Physical Society has awarded UCSB Physics professor Matthew Fisher its 2015 Oliver Buckley Prize for his pioneering work on quantum particles. The more than six decade old award is one of the most prestigious in physics.  Fischer shares the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gets Major Grant To Try To Reduce Traffic Deaths, Injuries

Mon, November 10, 2014

A Ventura County community has received more than $300,000 to try to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The City of Oxnard got a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a number of safety efforts.  The activities include education, DUI checkpoints, distracted driving enforcement, and stakeout operations focused on repeat offenders.


State Senate Committee Holds Hearing In Santa Barbara County On How Government Should Be Dealing With Impacts Of Climate Change

Fri, November 7, 2014

Preparing California for the impacts of climate change was the focus of a State Senate hearing in Santa Barbara this afternoon: Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara chaired the hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee of Emergency Management. It looked at how climate change is adding to issues like brush fires, and how Read the Rest…


Latest Numbers Show Julia Brownley With Eight Tenths Of A Percent Lead Over Jeff Gorell In Ventura County Congressional Race

Fri, November 7, 2014

A tight congressional race in Ventura County apparently won’t be settled anytime soon. More than 40,000 vote by mail, and provisional ballots still need to be counted in the county, and those ballots will decide who will represent the 26th Congressional District for the next two years. Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley has had a slight Read the Rest…


New Study Shows Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Provides $1.4 Billion Dollar Economic Boost To Region

Fri, November 7, 2014

A new study commissioned by a Central Coast university shows that the campus contributes $1.4 billion to the local economy. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo officials say one of the university’s biggest impacts in San Luis Obispo, and northern Santa Barbara Counties is its $254 million dollar annual faculty, and staff payroll. Students spend close Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Suspicious Death On Central Coast Tied To Drug Use

Fri, November 7, 2014

The just released results of an autopsy on a Central Coast man show illegal drugs were the key factor in the death. San Luis Obispo Police were called to a mobile home park on the 3800 block of South Higuera Street July 25th by reports that a resident hadn’t been seen for a few days, Read the Rest…


Vandals Go On Crime Wave In South Coast Community, Damaging 16 Vehicles

Fri, November 7, 2014

Ventura Police have issue an alert, asking for the public’s help in identifying vandals who damaged at least 16 vehicles. Someone slashed the tires overnight on vehicles parked in the areas of Poli Street, and Ferro Drive. In most of the cases, the vandals slashed all four tires on each vehicle. Police are asking people Read the Rest…


Owner Of Construction Company In Santa Barbara County Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison, Ordered To Pay $2.1 Million In Restitution

Fri, November 7, 2014

The owner of a Santa Barbara county construction company has been sentenced to nine years in prison, after being convicted of grand theft, in which prosecutors say he stole more than $1.2 million dollars from some local banks. David James Lack owned Lack Construction.  Prosecutors say in 2007, he received $1.2 million dollars in loans Read the Rest…


Work Continuing On Major Flood Control Project In Santa Barbara

Fri, November 7, 2014

Work is continuing on a major project intended to help ease potential flooding problems in Santa Barbara, as well as enhaning a creek bed. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Flood Control Project


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