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Unemployment Drops Dramatically In Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, March 20, 2015

Unemployment has taken a sharp drop on the Central and South Coasts, according to the latest jobless figures. Ventura County dipped from a 6.4% unemployment rate in January, to 5.8% in February. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties also posted dramatic drops. In Santa Barbara County, the month to month rate went from 6.5% Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested On New Child Pornography Charge In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A convicted sex offender in Ventura County has been arrested on a new child pornography charge. Oxnard Police, working with the Southern California High Tech Task Force say they arrested David Smith of Port Hueneme following a three month long investigation.  Detectives say the 30 year old man was arrested for the possession, and distribution Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Life In Prison, Without Possibility Of Parole For Murder 35 Years Ago In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

An Alabama man will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for a 1980 rape, and murder of a teenage girl in Ventura County. Thomas Young was sentenced today for the brutal assault and slaying of Stacy Knappenberger at the family’s Oxnard apartment. The crime went unsolved for decades. Read the Rest…


Detectives Say They Arrested Ventura Man For Dealing Heroin While Pushing Three Month Old Son In Stroller

Fri, March 20, 2015

A Ventura man is facing multiple charges after detectives say the caught him in the act of dealing heroin while pushing his three month old in a stroller. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceuticals Crime Unit received information that Gabriel Flores was dealing heroin, in some cases within 50 feet of Ventura’s De Anza Middle School.  Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed On Old PCH In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A man was struck, and killed by a pickup truck while walking on a section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, and authorities are trying to figure out why he was on the roadway. The man was on a section of the Old Pacific Coast Highway at Hobson Beach at around 8 last Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of 2011 Slaying In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

A Ventura County man has been found guilty of first degree murder for a 2011 killing in Camarillo. Rogelio Reyes was convicted of shooting to death George Huizar of Oxnard. Prosecutors say the killing was part of a robbery. Reyes faces a 50 years to life sentence when he returns to court next month. It Read the Rest…


World Famous Choreographer With Roots In Santa Barbara To Receive Local Honors Today

Fri, March 20, 2015

He’s considered to be one of the world’s leading choreographers, and his dance company performs regularly around the world. But, most people don’t know that Alonzo King’s dance roots are in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to King, who is one of five Santa Barbara High School graduates receiving lifetime achievement honors today. Click Read the Rest…


Three Arrested In Connection With Potentially Dangerous Drug Lab In Ventura County

Fri, March 20, 2015

Three people have been arrested in connection with what investigators call a dangerous drug making operation in eastern Ventura County. Detectives with the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit say they learned that someone was selling concentrated cannabis from a Newbury Park neighborhood. They got a search warrant for a home on the 700 block Read the Rest…


Preliminary Report On Metrolink Crash In Ventura County Says Truck Which Caused Collision Was Stuck On Tracks

Thu, March 19, 2015

A preliminary federal report on last month’s Metrolink commuter train crash in Ventura County which left one person dead, and 27 injured answers one of the key questions about the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board found that a truck accidentally driven onto the tracks at the intersection of Rose Avenue, and Fifth Street early Read the Rest…


Documentary About Israel’s First Ragtag Air Force To Kick Off Ventura County Jewish Film Festival

Thu, March 19, 2015

Films from around the world will be features at the 12th annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival, which opens this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the filmmakers who will be on hand for the screening of his documentary about part of Israel’s fight for independence. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Man Convicted Of 1988 Murder In Santa Barbara Gets 20 Year Sentence

Thu, March 19, 2015

A man convicted of a 1988 murder in Santa Barbara has received a 20 year prison sentence in Mexico. In September of 1988, Pedro Alonzo Bravo shot to death Bernardo Santos Sierra outside of Bravo’s home, on the 1300 block of Punta Gorda Street in Santa Barbara. Bravo then fled to Mexico.  Santa Barbara Police, Read the Rest…


Police Response To Possible Drug Overdose In Ventura County Leaves Two Officers Injured

Thu, March 19, 2015

Two Oxnard Police officers are recovering from minor injuries after they responded to a possible drug overdose, and were attacked by the man they had intended to help. Police received a 911 call around 9 last night about a family member overdosing on an unknown drug.  Officers say after arriving at a home on the Read the Rest…


Long Talked About Plans For Commuter Rail Service On South Coast Get Boost

Thu, March 19, 2015

Some long talked about plans to offer commuter rail service between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties may be a step closer to reality. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download stoy:  Commuter Rail Proposal


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Looks At Elections Process; Gives High Marks Overall

Thu, March 19, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report which looked at last November’s election says the process went well overall, but is suggesting changes to deal with some minor issues. The report says the Elections Division should end the practice of sometimes placing multiple precincts in the same building.  The Grand Jury says it can be Read the Rest…


Ventura County Neighborhood Wins Battle With County Over Height Of Clinic

Thu, March 19, 2015

A Ventura neighborhood upset with the height of a medical clinic has won a long legal battle with Ventura County over the building. A lower court had ruled that a new Ventura County Medical Center building was built without going through the proper public noticing, or environmental review process. The State Supreme Court refused to Read the Rest…


Unique Zoo In Ventura County Opening Doors To Public For Weekend Events

Thu, March 19, 2015

Ventura County is home to a little known zoo which has a one of a kind college training program. America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College mixes academic work and hands on training, with animals ranging from exotic birds to lions. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the facility is opening its doors to the public for a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Dies Following Apparent Suicide Attempt

Thu, March 19, 2015

A Santa Barbara County died three days after apparently trying to kill himself in a Ventura County Jail facility. Deputies making regular cell checks on March 12th say they found Hans Goodlein hanging in his cell at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility.  Jail medical personnel, and paramedics started CPR, and were able to get a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Opening Temporary Satellite Property Tax Office In Conejo Valley

Wed, March 18, 2015

Paying property tax may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it will at least become a bit more convenient for people trying to do it person in parts of Ventura County. The Ventura County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is opening a new, temporary satellite office in eastern Ventura County. It will be open Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, March 18, 2015

A man shot to death on the Central Coast earlier this month is now being identified. Alejandro Diaz Alvarez was fatally wounded in the parking lot of a Santa Maria apartment complex early Monday morning. Monday night, Santa Maria Police arrested Wilfredo Rodriguez Chicas for the killing of the 39 year old man. Detectives aren’t Read the Rest…


Become A KCLU Member, Or Renew, And Get Our Hi-Tech KCLU Water Bottle

Wed, March 18, 2015

We want to say “thank you” with this fun and practical 24-ounce KCLU water bottle! It features an autoseal lid and has a built-in compartment for keys, an ID and more when you’re on the go.  Proudly show your support for KCLU by asking for this bottle when you make your credit card pledge of Read the Rest…


KCLU Sustaining Members Now Get Sporty New Tumbler

Wed, March 18, 2015

Become a KCLU Sustaining Member (our auto renewal program) and receive this hip acrylic tumbler! We will mail you a simple form and when you return it, we’ll send you this special thank you gift.  You’ll be the cool kid on the block as you sport your KCLU Sustaining Member tumbler.


School Board Rejects Effort To Force High School Newspaper In Ventgura County To Run Response To Article On Teen Sex

Wed, March 18, 2015

A Ventura County school board narrowly rejected a call to try to force a high school newspaper to publish a commentary by a parent in response to a controversial story about teenage sex. The front page story by the Newbury Park High School newspaper, the Panther Prowler, upset some parents who felt it was inappropriate. Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested Following New Incident, Chase In Ventura County

Wed, March 18, 2015

A registered sex offender is facing new charges after police say he exposed himself to some preschool children in Simi Valley, and then led responding officers on a chase. It started at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, when someone called police reporting a flasher on the 2700 block of Avenida Simi.  The witness was able to Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After More Than 10 Hour Long Standoff In Ventura

Wed, March 18, 2015

A man was arrested on a domestic abuse charge following a more than ten hour long standoff at a Ventura home. Ventura Police were called just after 2:30 p.m. yesterday over reports of a fight between a man, and his estranged wife at a home on 10400 block of Darling Road.  Officers learned that the Read the Rest…


Man Called Dangerous Sexual Predator Arrested On Central Coast

Wed, March 18, 2015

Authorities say a manhunt for a convicted sexual offender on the Central Coast who cut off his GPS tracking device is over, after he was arrested. San Luis Obispo Police say they received word from state parole agents early yesterday morning that Avril King had removed his ankle bracelet.  The discarded device was found in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Accused Of Making False 911 Calls Which Led To SWAT Team Deployments

Wed, March 18, 2015

A teenager is in big trouble after Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say he was responsible for making three false emergency incidents in which “SWAT” teams were deployed. Investigators say the 13 year old Camarillo boy used the internet to try to hide his identity while making calls about phony emergencies in Camarillo, Ocean City, New Read the Rest…


New Study Shows Freeways Impacting Genetic Diversity Of Bobcats In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Wed, March 18, 2015

Some Southern California freeways are having an unexpected impact on parts of the region’s wildlife. A just release study shows that the 101, and the 405 Freeways are acting as barriers to bobcats, creating genetic differences between populations of the cats on different sides of the freeways. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Sentenced For Killing In Park

Tue, March 17, 2015

A Ventura County woman received a 40 years, to life sentence for fatally shooting another woman to death during a fight in a Santa Paula park. Yajayra Dominguez was convicted of second degree murder in the September, 2013 slaying of Ashley Calanche in Mill Park. Prosecutors say that Dominguez thought that the victim had threatened Read the Rest…


Police Say Student Found With Handgun On South Coast High School Campus

Tue, March 17, 2015

There was a scare at a South Coast high school, with police saying a teenage boy had a loaded gun on campus. Police say that Ventura High School officials received word this morning that a student may have brought a gun to the campus.  They notified the department’s school resource officers, who investigated the claim, Read the Rest…


Company Which Owns Three Major South Coast Malls Rejects Takeover Offer

Tue, March 17, 2015

Two giant shopping mall owners are involved in an ownership fight which could affect some of the places you shop on the South Coast. The Macerich Company has rejected an unsolicited $14.4 billion dollar takeover offer from rival Simon Property Group Incorporated. Macerich owns La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara, the Pacific View Mall in Read the Rest…


Def Leppard Joins Lineup For Mid-State Fair

Tue, March 17, 2015

A rock band which has sold 100 million records during a more than 35 year long career is the latest addition to the lineup for the Mid-State Fair Def Leppard will perform July 27th at the Paso Robles Event Center. The British band was huge in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, but sold out arenas Read the Rest…


Proposal To Create New Marine Sanctuary Off Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo County Coastlines Rejected by Federal Agency

Tue, March 17, 2015

A proposal to create a new marine sanctuary off the Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County coastlines has been rejected by a key federal agency. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tuned down the plan to create the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. It would have extended from the Gaviota area, to Cambria, and Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With Central Coast Murder

Tue, March 17, 2015

There’s been an arrest in connection with a murder on the Central Coast. Santa Maria Police say they arrested Wilfredo Chicas for yesterday morning’s shooting death of a man in an apartment complex on the 900 block of West Morrison Street. The name of the victim still hasn’t been released. Detectives aren’t talking about possible Read the Rest…


New Campaign Seeks To Make Santa Barbara Top Tourism Location For Diabetics

Tue, March 17, 2015

Santa Barbara is trying a unique new marketing campaign which has nothing to do with its scenic vistas, beaches, or wineries. A campaign is kicking off to try to make the city the most diabetic-friendly place in the world to visit. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the William Sansum Diabetes Center is teaming up with local Read the Rest…


Two Sentenced For Fatal Beating Of Homeless Man In Goleta

Mon, March 16, 2015

It was a shocking case in which a homeless man was beaten so badly in a vacant lot next to a Goleta shopping center that he ended up on life support, and died a month later. Now, two of the three men who pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges for the 2013 death of Richard Read the Rest…


Pop Star Meghan Trainor Latest Addition To Mid-State Fair Lineup

Mon, March 16, 2015

One of 2014’s hottest pop music performers is coming to the Central Coast, as the latest addition to the lineup for the Mid-State Fair. Meghan Trainor is going to perform at the 2015 Fair. Her song “All About That Base” spent eight weeks as the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Trainor will Read the Rest…


Three Rescued From Riptide Off Of Ventura County Coastline

Mon, March 16, 2015

It was a terrifying afternoon at a Ventura County beach, as two people were caught in a strong rip current, and then a would be rescuer was also caught up by the ocean, and turned into a third victim. A man, and a child got caught in the rip current off of Ventura’s Marina Park Read the Rest…


Amtrak Train, Vehicle Collide In Moorpark; No One Hurt

Mon, March 16, 2015

Ventura County has had its third collision between a train, and a vehicle in less than a month. An Amtrak train hit a vehicle on the train tracks in the Moorpark area today, but no one was hurt. It happened at around 10:30 this morning, near Los Angeles Avenue, and Grimes Canyon Road. It’s unclear Read the Rest…


South Coast Tourist Trolley Service Could Be Expanded

Mon, March 16, 2015

A free trolley system on the South Coast which serves a number of areas of interest to tourists, and local residents could soon be expanded. Downtown Ventura Partners, which is the business association for the city’s downtown area, has been running a free shuttle since 2013. It takes people throughout Downtown Ventura to areas like Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death On Central Coast

Mon, March 16, 2015

Detectives in Santa Maria are trying to unravel what led to an early morning shooting today which left a man dead. It happened just before 5 a.m., near an apartment complex on the900 block of West Morrison Street. Santa Maria Police were called to the scene by a report of gunshots, and the body of Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Fatal Fall Off Central Coast Cliff Identified

Mon, March 16, 2015

We now know the name of a young man who died after falling off a cliff on the Central Coast. Jose Rodriguez Gallardo was fatally injured in the Avila Beach accident. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Pirates Cove area Friday afternoon by reports a man was walking near the edge Read the Rest…


Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai To Speak In Santa Barbara

Mon, March 16, 2015

A Nobel Laureate who’s become an internationally known symbol for the rights of children to have an education is going to speak in Santa Barbara. Malala Yousafzai was 15 years old when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for defying their edict that girls in Pakistan shouldn’t be going to school. She Read the Rest…


Major Freeway Interchange On Central Coast To Be Closed For Roadwork

Mon, March 16, 2015

A major freeway interchange on the Central Coast is going to be closed overnight for a major overhaul. A crew is going to realign traffic, move k-rails, and restripe the Highway 101 on and offramps at Los Osos Valley Road.  The closure will be in effect from 9 tonight, until 6 tomorrow morning.


Central Coast Beaches Closed By Shark Scare

Mon, March 16, 2015

Some popular Central Coast beaches remain closed this morning in the wake of a shark sighting. Vandenberg Air Force base closed its beaches after a shark was spotted just before 6 p.m. Friday.  The beaches are currently set to remain closed until tomorrow morning. There have been two fatal shark attacks on the base’s beaches Read the Rest…


Woman Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Mon, March 16, 2015

A woman is dead, after two vehicles headed the same direction on an Oxnard street sideswiped each other, causing one of them to crash. A car, and an SUV were both headed southbound on Ventura Avenue near Doris Avenue around 10:30 Saturday night, when for some reason they hit each other. The SUV veered off Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Rescued After Becoming Lost, Stuck In Ravine During Hike

Mon, March 16, 2015

A man is recovering from a scare in Ventura County, when he became lost on a hike, and had to call for help when he became trapped in a ravine. The Oxnard man was hiking near the 3400 block of Foothill Drive yesterday just before noon when he became disoriented. He called 911, but because Read the Rest…


Engineer From Central Coast Playing Key Role In Space Mission To Asteroid Belt Between Mars And Jupiter

Mon, March 16, 2015

An engineer who got his college education on the Central Coast is one of the command team members for a spacecraft which is giving us an unprecedented look at the asteroid belt between Mars, and Jupiter. The unmanned “Dawn” spacecraft is at now at one of the key points in its now seven year long Read the Rest…


Man Gets 38 Years To Life Sentence For Human Trafficking Case In Santa Barbara County

Fri, March 13, 2015

A man has been sentenced to 38 years, to life in prison after being convicted of more than 70 counts in what’s being called Santa Barbara County first human trafficking trial. Prosecutors say Brannon Pitcher was involved in a human trafficking in Florida when text messages intercepted by the FBI led to discovery of another Read the Rest…


Man Dead After Fall Off Cliff On Central Coast

Fri, March 13, 2015

A young man is dead, after he apparently fell off a cliff in the Avila Beach area. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Pirates Cove area just after 2 p.m. by reports a man was walking near the edge of a cliff, and then fell.  A swimmer was able to pull Read the Rest…


Cal Poly To Bring In Outside Investigators To Look At Wild Party Which Led To Building’s Collapse, And Injuries

Fri, March 13, 2015

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is bringing in independent investigators as it tries to determine exactly what led to a wild party in which so many people climbed onto the roof of a garage that it collapsed. The accident last weekend in San Luis Obispo left more than a half dozen people hurt. Police had Read the Rest…


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