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Longtime Santa Barbara Resident, Actor Who Played Iconic Godfather Movie Character Dies

Mon, July 20, 2015

He was best known in a casino owner in “The Godfather,” but played everything from tough guys, to a talent agent during his half century long career. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that actor, and longtime Santa Barbara resident Alex Rocco has died. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Alex Rocco Dies


Pipeline Breaks Cause Small Oil, Chemical Spill Near Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County Line

Mon, July 20, 2015

About five barrels of crude oil, and other liquids spilled when two small pipelines ruptured east of Santa Maria, near the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line. The spill was reported at around 7 Monday morning on the 8700 block of Highway 166, in the Cuyama area.  Dirt berms were built to keep the spill Read the Rest…


Rare July Storm Helps Bring Significant Rainfall To Parts Of Central, South Coasts

Mon, July 20, 2015

A rare July storm brought some significant rainfall totals to parts of the Central and South Coasts, although it was hit and miss for much of the region. Some local mountain areas had close to three inches of rain fueled by the remnants of a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean.  However, other areas had just Read the Rest…


South Coast University Gets Ten Year Reaccrediation

Mon, July 20, 2015

A Ventura County university received news that it’s been re-accredited. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges gave California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks the highest level of certification, for a ten year period. The organization’s commission says CLU’s graduation rate has grown substantially, and that it’s added a number of innovative programs. The report Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Experimenting With System To Turn Wastewater Into Drinking Water

Mon, July 20, 2015

The drought has hit the Central and South Coasts in many ways, and local communities are looking at everything from water use restrictions, to desalination plants to cope with it. One South Coast city is even experimenting with turning wastewater into drinking water. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Ventura County May Look At Issue Of Water Being Stolen From Fire Hydrants

Mon, July 20, 2015

Ventura County may now look at the issue of misuse of water from fire hydrants, a concern which made news when actor Tom Selleck was sued by a local water district over allegations he improperly took water. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Sheriff’s Deputies Say They Break Up Cockfighting Ring In Ventura County

Sun, July 19, 2015

Four men are facing animal cruelty charges after Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they broke up a cockfighting ring. Deputies were called to the 3000 block of East Telegraph Road in Fillmore around seven Saturday morning by reports of a possible cockflight. When officers reached the scene, several people fled from the area through thick Read the Rest…


Thunderstorms Brings Heavy Rainfall To Parts Of Central, South Coasts

Sun, July 19, 2015

Last weekend’s unexpected thunderstorms brought some badly needed rainfall to parts of the Central and South Coast. In Ventura County, Ventura had a quarter of an inch of rain, Oxnard around a half inch, and the Lockwood Valley area had almost 1.4” of rainfall. Santa Barbara County rainfall totals include .05” of an inch of Read the Rest…


Rip Currents, Large Waves Possible On Central And South Coasts From Remnants Of Hurricane Dolores

Fri, July 17, 2015

The remnants of Hurricane Dolores could create some dangerous rip currents, and high surf on the Central and South Coasts. Swells are increasing today, and will peak Sunday and Monday.  In addition to strong rip currents, there could be seven to eight foot waves primarily on south facing beaches. National Weather Service forecasters say if Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up Slightly On Central, South Coasts

Fri, July 17, 2015

The latest unemployment figures for the Central and South Coasts show a slight uptick in the jobless rate. In Ventura County, the number of people went from 5.2% in May, to 5.3% in June.  The numbers released by the State Employment Development Department today show a slight increase in Santa Barbara County, from 4.6%, to Read the Rest…


Man Charged With Posing As Doctor, Elder Abuse In Case Involving Ventura County Woman

Fri, July 17, 2015

An effort by an elderly Ventura County woman to find help in her battle against cancer led to the arrest of a Northern California man detectives say was posing as a doctor. Investigators with Ventura County’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Task Force say Vincent Gammill charged the desperate woman thousands of dollars for a consultation. They say Read the Rest…


Torch For Special Olympics World Games On South Coast

Fri, July 17, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games are set to open in Southern California next week, and many Central and South Coasts are already stepping up for their roles in the event. Today, the torch for the games is passing through a number of Ventura County cities en route to the July 25th opening ceremonies at the Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Recalls Role In Creating Disneyland As Iconic Park Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Fri, July 17, 2015

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the place known as “The Happiest Place On Earth,” the world’s most famous theme park, which has hosted an estimated 650 million visitors. It was July 17th, 1955, when Disneyland opened its gates to its very first time.  Among those on hand for the now historic day was a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 32 Year State Prison Sentence For Molestation At Day Care Center

Fri, July 17, 2015

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to more than three decades behind bars after he admitted repeatedly molesting a five year old girl at a day care center owned by his family. Cooper Lee Potter entered guilty pleas to four molestation counts. He was sentenced yesterday to 32 years in state prison. The 21 Read the Rest…


Identification Of Body Found In Remote Area Of Santa Barbara County Could Take Months

Fri, July 17, 2015

Authorities say they still don’t know much about a body discovered in a remote Santa Barbara County canyon last weekend, and that the person remains unidentified. The body was discovered by a cyclist last Sunday morning on a road off of Highway 166, northeast of Santa Maria. Because of extreme decomposition, a forensic pathologist was Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara May Sue Over Refugio Pipeline Break; Some Say Reputation As Tourist Destination Damaged

Thu, July 16, 2015

The City of Santa Barbara may file suit over the Refugio Oil Spill, with the city attorney saying the city that it may suffer serious financial impacts from incorrect news media coverage of the oil pipeline break. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara May Consider Lawsuit Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Universities Get Federal Grants To Help First Generation, Low Income, Disabled Students

Thu, July 16, 2015

Two Ventura County universities are getting federal grants to help improve the chances of graduation for first generation, disabled, and low income students. California Lutheran University is getting $248,000, and Cal State Channel Islands $220,000 for the upcoming school year through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program.  The money is intended to help pay Read the Rest…


Man Found Dead In Oxnard Park

Thu, July 16, 2015

Police say the body of a murder victim has been found in an Oxnard park. The body of a man possibly in his 20′s was discovered at around 6:30 a.m. in Lemonwood Park.  Paramedics sent to the park pronounced him dead at the scene. Detectives say the man appears to have died from a gunshot Read the Rest…


Iconic South Coast Fountain Photographed By Millions Of People Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Thu, July 16, 2015

A South Coast landmark that’s been photographed tens of millions of times, and has led to three replicas around the world is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain has not only become a symbol of the city, but of the region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the celebration, and talks to Read the Rest…


Shock At Santa Barbara County School Over Fatal Beating Of Former Student

Thu, July 16, 2015

There’s shock at a Santa Barbara County school over the death of a former student, who authorities say was apparently fatally beaten because he ate some birthday cake. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:    Boy Beaten


Actor Tom Selleck, Ventura County Water District Reach Settlement In Lawsuit Which Made National News

Thu, July 16, 2015

A settlement is now in place over a controversy involving a Ventura County water district, and actor Tom Selleck. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Selleck Settlement


Two Community Banks On South Coast Merging

Wed, July 15, 2015

Two community banks on the South Coast are merging. American Riviera Bank and The Bank of Santa Barbara are joining forces in thru an all stock transaction. The name of the new bank hasn’t been decided yet.  The two banks currently have a combined total of four branches, which will be reduced to three. They Read the Rest…


Hurricane Off Mexico Could Creat Rip Tides, Dangerous Surf Along Central And South Coasts

Wed, July 15, 2015

A hurricane currently off the coast of Mexico could impact the plans of beachgoers on the Central and South Coasts this coming weekend. National Weather Service Forecasters say as Hurricane Dolores moves west out to sea, it will create a large south swell which will impact the region’s beaches. From Friday through Sunday there could Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train In Santa Barbara County Identified

Wed, July 15, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a woman who was struck, and killed by a passenger train in Santa Barbara County. Maria Cruz died around six last night when she was hit by an Amtrak train in Old Town Goleta. The 21 year old woman was walking westbound along the railroad tracks. The westbound train approached from Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Expands County Health Officer Position, Makes Appointment To Post

Wed, July 15, 2015

Santa Barbara County has promoted a key health official who stepped up to deal with some local health problems. Dr. Charity Dean has been named Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.  She assumed the role on an acting basis in 2012, when Dr. Takashi Wada was asked to oversee the county’s troubled Alcohol, Drug, and Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Inspired By Simi Valley Police Officer Intended To Aid In Motorist Identification

Wed, July 15, 2015

The governor has signed into law a bill inspired by a Simi Valley police officer which is intended to help officers confirm a motorist’s identity. AB 346 requires a motorist who is lawfully stopped to present his or full face to a law enforcement officer so their identity can be confirmed with a driver’s license. Read the Rest…


Congressional Hearing Looking At Pipeline Safety In Wake Of Santa Barbara County Oil Blasts Federal Agency

Wed, July 15, 2015

A congressional hearing on oil, and gas pipeline safety in the wake of the big Santa Barbara County oil spill prompted heavy criticism of the agency which regulates the industry. While little new information about the spill was released, the committee focused on the agency’s track record. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Hires New Assistant City Administrator

Tue, July 14, 2015

A South Coast city is getting a new Assistant City Administrator. Pamela Antil will join the City of Santa Barbara next month. Antil has worked for a half dozen cities across the country during the last two decades. She was most recently Assistant City Manager for San Jose. Antil decided to leave in January during Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Spends More Than $150 Million Dollars To Buy Trio of Isla Vista Apartment Complexes

Tue, July 14, 2015

UC Santa Barbara has made a huge purchase to expand its housing portfolio for students. UCSB spent more than $150 million dollars to buy three large privately owned apartment complexes in Isla Vista. It bought the 279 bedroom Tropicana Gardens complex, and the 241 bedroom Tropicana del Norte, and Tropicana Villas apartments. The three buildings Read the Rest…


State Public Utilities Commission To Hold Hearing On Controversial Plans For New Power Plant In Oxnard

Tue, July 14, 2015

A controversial proposal to build a new power plant on the South Coast is the focus of a big public meeting tomorrow night. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oxnard Power Plant


128th Annual Santa Barbara County Fair Opens Wednesday

Tue, July 14, 2015

A more than century old tradition is set to continue this week on the Central Coast. The 128th annual Santa Barbara County Fair opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The headliner entertainment lineup includes rocker Eddy Money tomorrow night, country star Martina McBride Thursday night, and Grammy Award winning band Read the Rest…


Earthquake Swarm Contines In Ventura County; Total Number Of Temblors Around 200

Tue, July 14, 2015

KCLU News has been following it for the last few weeks.  A portion of Ventura County is being rocked by a string of earthquakes. Most are too small for people to feel, and none have caused damage or injuries.  Still, people are wondering what’s behind all the quakes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a Caltech Read the Rest…


High Speed Chase In Streets Of Ventura

Tue, July 14, 2015

A police officer trying to stop a vehicle for an expired registration soon found himself in a high speed chase through the streets of Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Chase


Ventura County Woman Enters Guilty Plea In Overdose Death Case

Tue, July 14, 2015

A Ventura County woman entered a guilty plea to a charge she supplied heroin to a man who died from an overdose. Michelle Filkins of Port Hueneme could face up to eight years in prison when she’s sentenced August 7th.  Prosecutors say she supplied heroin to Armando Patrick Serna on June 27th, at Silver Strand Read the Rest…


RV Hits School Bus, Police Car In Wild South Coast Chase

Mon, July 13, 2015

A domestic dispute call in Santa Barbara County this afternoon led to a wild chase involving an RV which hit 80 miles an hour at times, and included collisions with a school bus, and a police car. It started near Constance Avenue, and Anacapa Streets in Santa Barbara at around 2 p.m. Police say a Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Memorial Service For Well Known South Coast Actor, Director

Mon, July 13, 2015

A community memorial service will take place this weekend for a South Coast actor, and director whose career spanned more than a half century. Bill Keeler will be honored in the Sunday event in Ventura. Keeler received master’s degrees, and a doctorate from UC Santa Barbara, and was a leading scholar on Irish theater.  He’s Read the Rest…


New Supermarket Chain On Central, South Coast Reduces Staff In Face Of Tough Competition

Mon, July 13, 2015

A supermarket chain which has opened more than two dozen stores on the Central and South Coasts since spring has cut staff hours in the face of tough competition. Haggen bought, remodeled, and reopened a number of former Albertson’s and Vons supermarkets in the region. The company’s CEO released a statement saying that the move Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Taking Closer Look At Prescription Drug Abuse Issue

Mon, July 13, 2015

Prescription drug abuse increased 100% in Santa Barbara County since 2010. The county is holding a pair of public meetings this week to try to get ideas and suggestions on how to deal with the problem. The county currently has eight dropoff boxes for expired and unused prescription medicines from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, but Read the Rest…


Federal Report Released On Cause Of Barge Sinking Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, July 13, 2015

Federal investigators say we will never know the exact reason a 260 foot long barge sank off the Santa Barbara County coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Barge Investigation


Central Coast University Issues Recall For Chocolate Bars Under Its Label

Mon, July 13, 2015

A Central Coast university is conducting a voluntary recall for chocolate bars it makes under its own label. The recall includes six varieties of Cal Poly chocolate bars sold throughout the region. There’s nothing wrong with the bars, but their labels didn’t include milk in the list of ingredients, which would be a problem for Read the Rest…


Iconic Disney Artist Who Helped Create Movies, Theme Park Characters Dies In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 13, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man who helped make some of Disney’s most iconic animated movies, and sculpted some of the most famous characters you know from Disneyland attractions has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco says the Montecito man’s work included the most famous sculpture ever done of Walt Disney, which sits in the middle of Disneyland. Read the Rest…


Body Discovered In Remote Area Of Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 13, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a body discovered in a remote area of Santa Barbara County. A bicyclist discovered the remains early yesterday morning off of a mountain road northeast of Santa Maria.  The body was south of Highway 166 on a canyon road.  Detectives aren’t releasing specific details about the location because of their Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Trying To Stop Vandalism Of Truck Stabbed, Seriously Injured

Mon, July 13, 2015

A Ventura County man was stabbed multiple times, and seriously injured when he apparently tried to stop someone from vandalizing his pickup truck. Ventura Police say around 5:30 last night, the victim was in a liquor store on the 10200 block of Telephone Road when a man started to damage the vehicle.  As the victim Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Embattled Medical Examiner To Lose Job

Sun, July 12, 2015

Ventura County has notified its embattled Medical Examiner that he will lose his job as of August 31st. Jon Smith is the focus of two separate investigations, one by the District Attorney’s Office, and one by the County Health Care Agency.  The specifics of the investigations aren’t being released, but the DA’s office says it Read the Rest…


Commuter Bus Service Between Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley Expands To Saturdays

Sun, July 12, 2015

A commuter bus service connecting Southern and Central Santa Barbara Counties kicked off new regularly scheduled Saturday service over the weekend. The Clean Air Express is now offering two daily round trips on Saturdays between the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. The commuter busses include stops in Buellton and Solvang. In Santa Barbara, they Read the Rest…


Well Known University Pastor In Ventura County Dies

Fri, July 10, 2015

The first full time pastor at a South Coast university has died. Reverend Jerry Swanson joined California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks in 1969.  Swanson helped guide students through a difficult time in the nation’s history, with the Vietnam War underway.  He also helped numerous students find the path to become ministers. Swanson retired in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Contractor Gets Seven Year State Prison Sentence For Elder Theft

Fri, July 10, 2015

A Ventura County man has been ordered to spend seven years in state prison, after he pled guilty to multiple charges of defrauding an elderly resident of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a roof repair. Prosecutors say Mark Loren Adams of Ventura entered into a contract with the Ojai resident, and then convinced the Read the Rest…


Refugio State Beach Set To Reopen In Wake Of May 19th Oil Spill

Fri, July 10, 2015

The state beach which was ground zero for this spring’s big Santa Barbara County oil spill is almost ready to reopen to the public State Parks officials say they will reopen Refugio State Beach next Friday, July 17th, almost exactly two months after an oil pipeline ruptured near the park. Some 100,000 gallons of oil Read the Rest…


Ventura County Animal Shelters Swamped In Wake Of Fourth Of July

Fri, July 10, 2015

It’s been the busiest week ever for some South Coast animal shelters. Ventura County’s two facilities have been flooded with dogs and cats, some of which are runaways scared away from their homes by Fourth of July Fireworks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Camarillo, where animal control staff and volunteers are trying to Read the Rest…


Earthquakes Rock Central Ventura County; No Injuries Reported

Thu, July 9, 2015

A flurry of small earthquakes has rocked central Ventura County today. The quakes have been centered in the Fillmore, and Santa Paula areas. The largest temblor was a magnitude 2.8 quake, which hit at 6:33 this morning.  It was centered about three miles west of Fillmore. A magnitude 2.7 quake hit at 11:04 a.m., and Read the Rest…


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