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New $12 Million Dollar Fire Station On South Coast To Offically Open Today

Thu, August 27, 2015

A brand new, $12 million dollar fire station will open on the South Coast today. The City of Oxnard’s Fire Station 8 is on the 3000 block of South Rose Avenue.  It’s a major expansion for the Oxnard Fire Department, with 21 new firefighters hired to staff it. It has a ladder truck, a fire Read the Rest…


Webcams In Ventura, Monterey Counties Giving Researchers, Public View Of Rare California Condor Nests

Wed, August 26, 2015

Through the magic of the internet, you can now get a closeup look at efforts to help the endangered California Condor. A coalition of groups working to save the birds has installed two webcams at nests in Ventura, and Monterey counties. In the 1980’s, there were less than two dozen of the birds left in Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast Girls Who Disappeared During Custody Dispute Found Safe And Sound

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two Central Coast children who disappeared six months ago during a custody dispute have been found, and are safe and sound. Four year old Cassidy Gibbs, and six year old Gabriella Gibbs of Orcutt were last seen in Santa Maria February 26th following a child custody hearing. Their whereabouts were unknown until August 18th, when Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Try To Start Negotiations With Chumash Tribe Over Land Controversy

Wed, August 26, 2015

Santa Barbara County officials have decided they will try to open the door to negotiations with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, after the county, and some residents have clashed for years with the tribe over its property growth plans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that because the tribe has sovereign status, it can develop Read the Rest…


Some City Of Oxnard Unions Upset With City’s Spending Cuts Holding Community Meeting

Wed, August 26, 2015

Some unions upset with millions in spending cuts made by the City of Oxnard are holding a community meeting tonight. Billed as a look at Oxnard’s solvency, the police and fire unions, as well as the Mid-Managers Association are sponsoring the forum at Oxnard’s Performing Arts Center. The unions contend that concerns about the city’s Read the Rest…


Anti Alcohol, Drug Abuse Program Returning To Southern Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 26, 2015

A program intended to discourage kids from trying, or using alcohol and drugs is returning to Southern Santa Barbara County for the first time in more than a decade. The D.A.R.E. program has been offered in the northern part of the county by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, but was cut more than ten Read the Rest…


U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Lois Capps Tour Refugio State Beach Oil Spill Site

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two congressional members toured the site of the Refugio State Beach oil spill, and got an update on May oil pipline break, and cleanup efforts from first responders. KCLU’s John Palminteri was on hand, and has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Boxer, Capps Refugio Tour


Santa Barbara, Ventura County Legislators Hold Hearing To Update Progress In Fracking Monitoring, Regulation

Wed, August 26, 2015

Some South Coast legislators spearheaded a hearing in Sacramento looking at progress in improved monitoring, and regulating of the  controversial oil and gas removal process known as fracking. Researchers involved in a groundbreaking study of the issue say they were hampered by a lack of key information. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Two Oxnard Police Officers, Prisoner Injured When Allegedly DUI Driver Hits Patrol Car

Wed, August 26, 2015

Two Oxnard Police officers, and a prisoner they were transporting are recovering from injuries they suffered when a patrol car was hit by a pickup truck whose driver was then arrested on a DUI charge. The officers were stopped at the intersection of Rose, and Mountain View Avenues in Oxnard just after seven last night Read the Rest…


Cuesta Fire Now 85% Contained; Acreage Burned Downgraded From 3500 To 2500 Acres

Tue, August 25, 2015

Firefighters closing in on full containment of a brush fire which has been burning for more than a week on the Central Coast now say it’s more than a thousand acres less than once thought. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the Cuesta Fire, which has been burning since August 16th in San Luis Read the Rest…


Police Make Arrest In 2013 Ventura County Murder

Tue, August 25, 2015

Detectives say they’ve solved a more than two year old murder in Ventura County with the arrest of a man in Northern California. Pedro Gaspar was fatally stabbed in March of 2013, on the 600 block of West Hueneme Road in Oxnard.  Investigators identified Jose Carlos Flores as a suspect in the killing of the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Latest Jurisdiction To Approve Single Use Plastic Bag Ban In Stores

Tue, August 25, 2015

Santa Barbara County is the latest jurisdiction to move ahead with a ban on single use plastic bags at grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Plastic Bag Ban


South Coast Port Gets Federal Grant For Infrastructure Improvements

Tue, August 25, 2015

The South Coast’s only deep water port is getting a $1.4 million dollar federal grant to improve its wharf, and berth infrastructure. The Port of Hueneme is getting the funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The money will help with efforts to modernize the port, which handles more than eight billion Read the Rest…


California Energy Commission To Tour Site Of Controversial Power Plant Proposed For Oxnard, Hold Informational Hearing

Tue, August 25, 2015

Members of the California Energy Commission are set to visit Ventura County this week for a tour and informational meeting on a controversial proposal to build a new power plant in Oxnard. NRG wants to build, and operate a new 262-megawatt natural gas-fired power generation facility, the Puente Power Project, on the site of its Read the Rest…


Popular South Coast Beach Reopens After Mysterious Oil Pollution On Sand, In Ocean Dissipates

Tue, August 25, 2015

A popular South Coast beach which was closed for three days by oil on the sand, and in the water is now once again open, even though the source of the problem is still a mystery. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reopened Summerland Beach yesterday afternoon, after it was closed for the weekend. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway After People Report Becoming Ill From Food At Simi Valley Restaurant

Tue, August 25, 2015

Ventura County Environmental Health and Public Health officials are looking at a fast food restaurant after a number of people reported becoming ill after getting food from the location. Officials say the problem apparently occurred at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in the Simi Valley Town Center. They received a number of complaints from people Read the Rest…


California Assembly Passes Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara Giving Property Owners Protection From Drones

Mon, August 24, 2015

Legislation by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to provide some privacy from drones has been passed by the California Assembly, and is now in the hands of the State Senate. SB 142 would prevent drones use on private property without the owner’s permission.  It would create what amounts to a “no fly” zone Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara Teens Facing Felony Charges After Friend Serious Burned, But Charges Could Be Dropped If They Meet Terms Of Deal

Mon, August 24, 2015

Two Santa Barbara County teens facing felony charges stemming from an incident in which their friend was seriously burned could see the charges dropped, under terms of a unique pre-plea agreement. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Burn Incident Settlement


Arrest Made In Fatal Hit And Run Of Pedestrian In Ventura County; DUI Suspected

Mon, August 24, 2015

Authorities have released the name of a man arrested for what they say was a fatal DUI hit and run collision in Ventura County involving a pedestrian. A man was struck and killed just before eight Sunday night at the intersection of East Ponderosa Road, and Mobile Drive in Camarillo. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say Read the Rest…


Air National Guard Planes Based In Ventura County Help With State Firefighting Efforts

Mon, August 24, 2015

Two Air National Guard air tankers based in Ventura County were deployed over the weekend to help in the fight against some of the state’s wildfires. The C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 146th Airlift Wing helped fight what’s known as the Rough Fire, a 50,000 acre brush fire burning in the Sierra National Forest outside Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reopens Popular Beach Closed By Oil Contamination Last Week

Mon, August 24, 2015

A Santa Barbara County beach closed to the public last week because of oil on the beach, and in the water has reopened. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Summerland. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Summerland Beach


3500 Acre Brush Fire On Central Coast Now 80% Contained

Mon, August 24, 2015

Firefighters on the Central Coast continued to move towards total containment of a brushfire which has raged out of control for more than a week. The Cuesta Fire is now 80% contained, with efforts continuing on reaching 100% by mid-week. The amount of acreage burned by the blaze in San Luis Obispo County has held Read the Rest…


Serial Auto Burglarly Suspect In Santa Barbara County Uses Dead Brother’s Identity

Mon, August 24, 2015

There’s a new twist in the arrest of a Ventura County man for a string of Santa Barbara County vehicle burglaries. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives now say the man took on his dead brother’s identity to try to avoid an arrest warrant in his name. Timothy Rodriguez was arrested early Sunday morning in Montecito, Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Two Men In Connection With Fire On South Coast

Mon, August 24, 2015

Authorities are looking for two men seen fleeing the scene of a small brush fire which threatened a home in Ventura County. The fire was discovered at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon in a barranca near Ventura Avenue, and Dakota Drive in Ventura.  Firefighters arriving at the scene found the blaze threatening a home, but were Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested Following String Of Auto Burglaries In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 24, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges following a string of nearly a dozen vehicle break-ins in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Olive Mill Road in Montecito around 6 a.m. yesterday, by reports of a man breaking into a car. Witnesses reported seeing the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Officials Expected To Reevaluate Summerland Beach Closure Due To Oil

Mon, August 24, 2015

Santa Barbara County health officials are expected to reevaluate today whether a popular county beach hit by oil pollution should remain closed. A strong oily smell, plus the discovery of some oil on, and near Summerland Beach led to its closure last Friday.  The source of the oil is unclear. County officials say they don’t Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In February Fatal Shooting In Ventura County

Sun, August 23, 2015

Detectives have made an arrest in a double shooting in Ventura County last February which left one man dead, and a second seriously injured. One February 17th, Joshua Van was fatally wounded, and a second man was seriously injured in a shooting on the 1400 block of Piedmont Street in Oxnard. Investigators identified Alejandro Morales Read the Rest…


Cuesta Brush Fire Now 75% Contained

Sun, August 23, 2015

Firefighters now have 75% containment of a brush fire which has burned some 3500 acres of land on the Central Coast. The Cuesta Fire has now been burning for more than a week in San Luis Obispo County. The fire started August 16th on the Cuesta Grade.  At one point, it threatened hundreds of structures Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Trapped Under Overturned Jet Ski Rescued By Sheriff’s Deputy

Sun, August 23, 2015

A Central Coast woman is recovering from an ordeal she suffered when she was trapped under an overturned jet ski on a San Luis Obispo County lake. Three people were on the watercraft Saturday afternoon when it overturned near the dam on Lake Lopez.  Two of the people were able to get free, and wave Read the Rest…


Summerland Beach Remains Closed Due to Oil On Beach And Ocean

Sat, August 22, 2015

A Santa Barbara County beach remains closed indefinitely because of oil on the beach, and in the ocean offshore. The problem is at Summerland Beach, which is below the Lookout Point area of Summerland. The cause of the oil is unclear, but county officials don’t think it’s related to May’s major spill caused by an Read the Rest…


Cuesta Fire In San Luis Obispo County Now 55% Contained

Sat, August 22, 2015

Firefighters now have 55% containment of San Luis Obispo County’s Cuesta fire. The blaze has burned 3500 hundred acres of lands northeast of San Luis Obispo, but hasn’t expanded substantially in the last few days. More than 1800 firefighters are now battling the blaze, which they are hoping to have fully contained by mid-week.  At Read the Rest…


KCLU Revises Program Schedule

Fri, August 21, 2015

With 50 foreign news bureaus and 250 staff correspondents, the British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s largest combined TV, radio and online news organization. KCLU is proud to bring South and Central Coast listeners the BBC’s unrivaled news reporting every night of the week. Listener feedback has also prompted some changes in our weekend lineup. Read the Rest…


Popular South Coast Beach Gets New Restrooms

Fri, August 21, 2015

A popular South Coast beach has some new restrooms. The new facilities at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, near Santa Barbara officially opened this morning.  The $625,000 facility includes low water use facilities, LED lighting, drought resistant landscaping, and a foot rinse for beach users. There’s also a new access road to the facilities, which Read the Rest…


Classes Resume On Central Coast College Campus After Bomb Scare

Fri, August 21, 2015

More than a half dozen building on a Central Coast college campus were evacuated today, when two suspicious boxes were spotted on campus. Someone noticed the cardboard boxes near the Bradley Road entrance to Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria at around 10 a.m. Nearby buildings were evacuated. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Read the Rest…


Oil On Beach, In Water Off Of Santa Barbara County Community Of Summerland; Source Unclear

Fri, August 21, 2015

Santa Barbara County officials have closed a local beach indefinitely, after issuing  a warning about what’s being called a significant amount of oil both on, and offshore of the beach in Summerland. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say the oil was first reported today at Summerland Beach, which is below the Lookout Point area. Read the Rest…


Cuesta Fire Now 35% Contained; More Firefighters Arive To Help Fight Central Coast Blaze

Fri, August 21, 2015

There’s good news in the fight against a brush fire which has been burning for six days now on the Central Coast. The Cuesta Fire is now 35% contained, and firefighters say they still appear to be on track for full containment by the middle of next week. The blaze has burned 3500 acres of Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up Slightly From Month to Month On Central And South Coasts, But Still Well Below 2014 Numbers

Fri, August 21, 2015

The latest unemployment numbers for the Central and South Coasts show a slight uptick from June to July, but still remain well below last year’s numbers. Ventura County went from a 5.3% jobless rate in June, to 5.9% in July. By comparison, Ventura County had a 7% unemployment rate in July 05 2014. Santa Barbara’s Read the Rest…


Two Seriously Injured When Car Tumbles Off Hill, Into Backyard Of Ventura County Home

Fri, August 21, 2015

Two people are recovering from serious injuries after the car they were in veered off a Ventura County street, and tumbled down a hill into the backyard of a home. Residents of the 100 block of Via Baja in Ventura heard a loud noise just after 8:30 last night, and discovered an overturned car in Read the Rest…


Ventura County University’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Earns First Accreditation

Fri, August 21, 2015

A doctoral program in clinical psychology at Ventura County based California Lutheran University has received its first accreditation from the American Psychological Association. CLU launched the program in 2010 at its Oxnard campus. The accreditation covers a seven year period, and means that CLU’s program meets national standards in the field.  The first wave of Read the Rest…


Legendary Stunt Helicopter Pilot From Ventura County to Perform Locally For Final Time

Fri, August 21, 2015

Helicopters aren’t supposed to be able to do loops, or backflips, or rolls. But, an amazing Ventura County stunt pilot who’s done helicopter aerobatics all over the world will be doing those maneuvers and more this weekend as part of a Camarillo airshow. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Chuck Aaron. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Say They Make Breakthrough In Treatment Of Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Fri, August 21, 2015

We’ve heard about the growing concern in the medical community about disease resistant antibiotics. A new study involving UC Santa Barbara researchers shows the answer in those cases might not be prescribing a stronger dosage, but switching the treatment. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stories:  Antibiotic Research


Police Say Robber Makes Mistake Of Targeting Ventura County Gas Station Where He’s A Regular Customer

Thu, August 20, 2015

Police say a robber made the mistake of targeting a Ventura County gas station where he was a regular customer. Simi Valley Police say Arin Real was a frequent customer at a gas station on the 700 block of Los Angeles Avenue. Detectives say at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Real showed up at the station wearing Read the Rest…


Sports Equipment Maker Announces Plans To Move National Headquarters To Ventura County

Thu, August 20, 2015

One of the nation’s leading baseball and softball equipment makers has announced it’s going to move its national headquarters to Ventura County. Easton Baseball/Softball will open a 90,000 square foot facility in Thousand Oaks. It will move from its current facility in Van Nuys. The facility will have room for more than 100 employees. Plans Read the Rest…


Military, Stunt, Experimental Aircraft Headed To Ventura County For Big Weekend Airshow

Thu, August 20, 2015

The skies above Ventura County are going to be buzzing with stunt and military aircraft this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the more than three decade old “Wings Over Camarillo” airshow will take place Saturday and Sunday. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Wings Over Camarillo Airshow


Firefighters Now Predicting Containment Of 3500 Acre Brushfire On Central Coast For Middle Of Next Week

Thu, August 20, 2015

Firefighters are now saying they expect to have full containment of the Cuesta fire by around the middle of next week. The 3500 acre fire northeast of San Luis Obispo is now 20% contained. The fire at one point threatened Santa Margarita, but firefighters successfully blocked the movement of the fire towards the community. All Read the Rest…


Drinking Water From Ventura County Taking On Different Appearance, But Still Safe For Use

Thu, August 20, 2015

The drought is having a number of impacts on us, and one of the latest is affecting the color of drinking water which comes from a Ventura County lake. Officials with the Casitas Municipal Water District say the lowest lake levels in a half century due to the drought have led to the release of Read the Rest…


Founding President Of Cal State Channel Islands President To Retire

Thu, August 20, 2015

The founding President of Cal State Channel Islands has announced he is going to retire. Dr. Richard Rush will step down at the end of the upcoming academic year. Rush came to CSUCI before the campus opened in Camarillo, and hired the administrative team, and faculty which opened the facility for the very first time Read the Rest…


Containment Up To 20% On Cuesta Fire; Evacuation Orders Lifted

Thu, August 20, 2015

There’s major progress in efforts to control a big brushfire on the Central Coast. The Cuesta Fire northeast of San Luis Obispo is now 20% contained, up from 10% yesterday.  Evacuation orders have been lifted for Santa Margarita, and the Miller Flats areas. The amount of acreage burned has continued to grow, with the figure Read the Rest…


Affordable Housing Complex On South Coast To Get $18 Million Dollar Renovation, Expansion

Thu, August 20, 2015

An affordable housing complex on the South Coast that helped thousands of families over the decades is getting some help itself. The apartments are getting an $18 million dollar makeover. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Goleta. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Affordable Housing Complex


Newspaper Ranks Ventura County Tops in Nation For Scenery And Climate

Thu, August 20, 2015

A Washington Post blog says that Ventura County is the top place in the nation to live as far as scenery and climate are concerned. The blog cites a “natural amenities index” developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the rankings. The index combines six measures of climate, topography and water area. Ventura County Read the Rest…


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