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“Farmworkers Bill Of Rights” Proposed For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, January 28, 2016

While there have been many improvements in working conditions, some farmworkers on the Central and South Coasts say they are still facing basic problems like being short changed on pay, and work breaks. Now, there’s a push to create what’s being called a “Farmworkers Bill Of Rights” in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


APTRA Awards Entry: Solimar Brush Fire Composite

Wed, January 27, 2016

A brush fire which started late on the evening of Christmas night (December 25th) in some mountains between Ventura and Santa Barbara threatened dozens of homes, and shut down Highway 101, the only coastal route between Southern, and Northern California.  KCLU provided extensive live coverage on December 26th, with fire updates multiple times an hour Read the Rest…


APTRA Awards Entry: Best Radio Live Coverage

Wed, January 27, 2016

A brush fire which started late on the evening of Christmas night (December 25th) in some mountains between Ventura and Santa Barbara threatened dozens of homes, and shut down Highway 101, the only coastal route between Southern, and Northern California.  KCLU provided extensive live coverage on December 26th, with fire updates multiple times an hour Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Connection With String Of Home Burglaries In Eastern Vantura County

Wed, January 27, 2016

Four people are behind bars, after Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say an observant homeowner resident spotted them preparing to burglarize a home. Investigators say on Saturday morning, someone spotted two people hiding in bushes on the 13000 block of Orions Flight Way in the Santa Rosa Valley, and called 911. Officers arriving on the scene Read the Rest…


Vote By Mail Election Results Leaning Towards Creation Of New Community Center On South Coast

Wed, January 27, 2016

Plans for a new community center on the South Coast appear to be headed for approval based on preliminary results in a vote-by-mail election. Ventura County agreed to cover three quarters of the cost of buying, and renovating a building for a community center in Nyland Acres, if residents approved a parcel tax to run, Read the Rest…


Two South Coast Water Districts Reach Settlement In Dispute Over Handling Of Recycled Water

Wed, January 27, 2016

A tussle over recycled water involving two South Coast water district has been settled. The United Water Conservation District and the Pleasant Valley Water District say they’ve reached an agreement over how recycled water should be stored. The United District was being asked to keep the water in its facilities, but United officials were about Read the Rest…


Concern Growing In California Over Unusual Mosquito-borne Virus

Wed, January 27, 2016

Concern continues to mount in California about Zika virus, a mosquito spread disease which can cause brain damage to unborn babies. Santa Barbara County health officials say so far there have been no reported cases of Zika virus transmission in the state. However, the types of non-native mosquitos capable of transmitted Zika have been found Read the Rest…


Man Stopped By Other Motorists In What Deputies Say Was Carjacking On Central Coast

Wed, January 27, 2016

It was a wild confrontation on the Central Coast. A man armed with a wrench jumped on a car, smashed its windshield, and then carjacked it, but other motorists then intervened to help catch the attacker. The confrontation happened just after 2 p.m. yesterday, near the intersection of West Teft Street, and North Thompson Avenue Read the Rest…


Police Arrest Two After Explosives Found In Parked Vehicle In Ventura

Wed, January 27, 2016

Police are trying to figure out why two people had an explosive device in a parked car in Ventura. Patrol officers noticed two people sleeping in a vehicle parked on the 300 block of Paseo De Playa just after 1 a.m. yesterday. As officers questioned the two people, they noticed what appeared to be an Read the Rest…


Ventura County Researcher Says Study Answers Question As To Why Whales Breach

Wed, January 27, 2016

It’s a spectacular sight…a whale breaching off our coastline. But, what’s behind the activity? A South Coast university researcher thinks we may have an answer, and that it may be much more practical than whales just having a little fun. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Whale Breaching Read the Rest…


Charity Donates iPads To Program For Pediatric Patients In Ventura County

Tue, January 26, 2016

A Ventura County based non-profit is trying to make hospital stays for seriously ill children a little bit easier. Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity is donating more than 40 iPads to Ventura County’s Public Health/California Children’s Services Medical Therapy program. The donation of more than $20,000 dollars worth of the gear this week by the charity Read the Rest…


Man Who Died In Fiery Ventura County Car Crash Which Left Three Others Hurt Now Being Identifed

Tue, January 26, 2016

A Ventura County man killed in a fiery weekend car crash which left three others seriously injured is now being identified. Christopher Pinger of Santa Paula died in the early Saturday morning crash on Highway 33 northwest of Ojai. CHP investigators say David Andrade Ruiz was driving north on Highway 33 when he apparently lost Read the Rest…


Caltrans Look At Possible Safety Improvements For Section Of Ventura County Highway

Tue, January 26, 2016

The state is looking at ideas to try to improve safety on a Ventura County highway that’s been the scene of a number of serious traffic accidents. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Highway 126 Improvements Proposal


Three Dead Following Two Separate Violent Incidents In Central Coast City

Tue, January 26, 2016

It was a difficult day at a Central Coast high school campus following word of the murder of a student. The Pioneer Valley High School Student was fatally stabbed after school yesterday, on the 1600 block of Donovan Road in Santa Maria. Two people were arrested in connection with the stabbing. Counseling services were offered Read the Rest…


Tom Ashbrook And KCLU Listeners Photos Here!

Tue, January 26, 2016

TOM ASHBROOK AND KCLU LISTENER PHOTOS HERE! If you attended the Tom Ashbrook event at CLU on Sat., Jan. 23rd and had your photo taken with Tom, click on the headline for the link to download your photo. Link to Tom Ashbrook Photos Thanks for your support!


Sand Buildup, Waves, Strong Currents Combining To Close Ventura Harbor

Tue, January 26, 2016

A normally busy South Coast harbor is virtually closed to traffic, and you can blame El Nino. A combination of an underwater sandbar, waves, and strong currents are making the harbor’s entrance dangerous for boaters. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura Harbor. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Harbor Closure


Ventura County Jail Inmate Dies; Foul Play Not Suspected

Mon, January 25, 2016

An autopsy is pending on a Ventura County jail inmate who suffered an undisclosed medical emergency, and died a short time later at a hospital. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say Jose Bautista had some type of a medical problem around 11:30 Sunday morning at the county’s Todd Road jail facility. Staff members tried to Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Introduces Bill To Try To Deal With Leaky Abandoned Offshore Oil Wells

Mon, January 25, 2016

A state senator from Santa Barbara has introduced a new bill intended to map, and cap old abandoned oil wells along the state’s coastline. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill would require the State Lands Commission to identify, monitor, and cap the old wells. It also calls for the removal of abandoned oil well infrastructure like Read the Rest…


Man Critically Injured In Accident Involving Train On South Coast

Mon, January 25, 2016

A man has been critically injured after an accident involving a freight train on the South Coast. It happened just after 8 this morning near Channel Drive and Butterfly Lane in Montecito. A man was walking on the tracks when a southbound train approached.  The train’s crew sounded their horn and hit the emergency brakes, Read the Rest…


Missile Interceptor Test Launch Planned For Central Coast This Week

Mon, January 25, 2016

There could be an interesting sight in the sky above the Central Coast this week. The Air Force has announced plans to test a ground based missile interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday. The program has been controversial, because of a mixed track record of the new system successful intercepting targets launched in the Read the Rest…


Central Coast University Gets $1.2 Million Dollar Gift For Wine/Viticulture Center

Mon, January 25, 2016

Plans to develop a center for wine, and viticulture at a Central Coast university got a big boost this week. Troy and Basia Gillespie have made a $1.2 million dollar pledge for the new center being developed by Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The Gillespies are Cal Poly graduates who are Read the Rest…


Ventura County Developing Disaster Preparedness Efforts For Spanish Speakers

Mon, January 25, 2016

A group of South Coast residents will officially become the first Spanish-speaking disaster preparedness trainers in Ventura County tonight when they graduate.  KCLU’s Debra Greene has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Disaster Training


What’s Up With El Nino? Leading Oceanographer Says We Could See Big Impacts During Next Two Months

Mon, January 25, 2016

After a string of significant storms earlier this month, there have only been a few minor ones in recent weeks in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. So, what’s happening with El Nino?  Researchers say it could show up in a big way in the next few weeks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with an oceanographer who’s Read the Rest…


Opening Arguments Expected To Take Place This Week In Ventura County Trial Over Fatal Shooting Of Former Olympian

Sun, January 24, 2016

Opening arguments are expected to take place this week in the trial of a Ventura County woman accused of shooting to death her husband, a shot putter who won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Jane Laut is charged with the August, 2009 killing of Dave Laut at the couple’s Oxnard home.  Her Read the Rest…


One Dead, Three Hurt In Fiery Car Crash In Ventura County

Sun, January 24, 2016

CHP investigators say a DUI driver is responsible for a  fiery car crash in Ventura County which left one person dead, and three seriously injured. A car being driven northbound on Highway 33 near northwest of Ojai, near North Fork Springs Road crashed about one a.m. Saturday.  The vehicle veered off the highway and hit Read the Rest…


KCLU Honored With Six Golden Mikes For News Excellence By RTNA

Sat, January 23, 2016

KCLU won more “Golden Mikes” for news excellence than any other radio station in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties for the 15th year in a row. KCLU News Director Lance Orozco won six of the awards in the 66th annual awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City Saturday night (1/23), in a Read the Rest…


Spike Reported In Central Coast Auto Burglaries

Fri, January 22, 2016

There’s been a spike in auto burglaries in two Central Coast communities. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say since December, there have been 44 thefts in the Orcutt area, and seven in Los Alamos. Deputies arrested two men in Santa Maria they say may be responsible for some of the burglaries.  Ray Dulany and Jessie Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives Say They’ve Arrested Serial Car Burglar

Fri, January 22, 2016

Detectives say they’ve arrested a serial car burglar who’s been stealing items in Ventura County for the last year and a half. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigations say they received information which led them to Alexx Chandler of Oxnard. After getting a search warrant, they went to his home on the 2800 block of Cortez Street Read the Rest…


State Funds Two Overpasses On South Coast As Part Of 101 Expansion Project

Fri, January 22, 2016

Efforts to widen one of the most congested sections of Highway 101 on the South Coast got a big boost this week. The State Transportation Commission is going to fund two critical freeway interchange projects in the Carpinteria area. The $60 million dollars in funding will allow work to start this summer on reconstructing the Read the Rest…


One Man Dead Following Shooting In Ventura County

Fri, January 22, 2016

One person is dead following a shooting in Ventura County. It happened just after 7 last night, on the 800 block of Jane Drive in Port Hueneme.  Police called to the scene by a report of gunshots found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up On Central Coast

Fri, January 22, 2016

New statistics released today show a spike in unemployment on the Central Coast Santa Barbara County unemployment is up, moving from 5.1% in November to 5.4% in December. In San Luis Obispo County, the jobless rate went from 4.4% in November, to 4.5% in December. Statewide, the percentage of people out of work inched up Read the Rest…


Unemployment Picture Mixed In Latest Numbers Released For South Coast

Fri, January 22, 2016

The latest statistics show a mixed picture when it comes to unemployment on the South Coast. Just released numbers show the jobless rate remained steady at 5.4% in Ventura County from November to December. However, in Santa Barbara County unemployment was up, moving from 5.1% in November to 5.4% in December. Statewide, the percentage of Read the Rest…


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author To Speak On South Coast About New Book On Salem Witch Trials

Fri, January 22, 2016

It was a difficult time in parts of America, when neighbors testified against neighbors, and even family members testified each other. The year was 1692, and courts not only took charges of witchcraft seriously, 20 people were convicted and executed. A Pulitzer Prize winning historian who’s written a new book about the often misunderstood part Read the Rest…


Central Coast University Looking At 400 Plus Unit Development To Help Ease Housing Crunch

Thu, January 21, 2016

A Central Coast university is looking at the possibility of developing a housing complex for faculty, staff, and members of the community near its campus. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is considering a project on a ten acre plus chunk of land near its Grand Avenue entrance. University officials met with San Luis Obispo city Read the Rest…


Financial Officer In Struggling South Coast City Unexpectedly Announces Resignation

Thu, January 21, 2016

One of the top financial officials in a South Coast community facing major budget challenges is stepping down just months after taking the job. The City of Oxnard’s Chief Financial Officer, Joseph Lillio says in a letter to the city manager that he’s leaving as of the end of next month, to try to find Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Violating Probation Arrested After Santa Barbara County Detectives Use His Social Media To Find Him

Thu, January 21, 2016

Detectives say a man who failed to show up for probation officers in Santa Barbara County made a huge mistake, by posting information on social media about his whereabouts. Steven Kunes was convicted of fraud for posing as a television producer in Santa Barbara County for a project which didn’t exist. He was convicted, and Read the Rest…


Two Related Water Line Breaks Flood Section Of Highway 101 On South Coast

Thu, January 21, 2016

Details have been released about some water line breaks which flooded a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast, causing some traffic problems. City of Santa Barbara public works officials say early Thursday morning, a water line on the 1200 block of Castillo Street ruptured.  They say it caused a pressure surge in a Read the Rest…


“American Pie” Singer/Songwriter Don McLean, Ute Lemper To Headline 22nd Annual Ventura Music Festival

Thu, January 21, 2016

A South Coast music festival has announced a star-studded lineup for its 2016 season, including the singer-songwriter behind the classic hit “American Pie.” Don McLean is one of the headliners for the 22nd annual Ventura Music Festival. The festival will also feature singer Ute Lemper, the piano duo of Anderson & Roe, the Festival Brass Read the Rest…


Health Agencies In Ventura, Santa Barbara County Say Need For Ebola Screenings Easing

Thu, January 21, 2016

With the World Health Organization last month declaring an end of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Ventura and Santa Barbara County health officials have dropped recommendations for screenings for people who recently visited those countries. The State Department of Public Health still has a screening recommendation in place, but it’s expected that will also Read the Rest…


South Coast Museum Celebrating 100th Birthday

Thu, January 21, 2016

One of the oldest museums on the South Coast is celebrating a huge anniversary this year. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is turning 100, and celebrating with everything from a big renovation project to special exhibitions. The party officially kicks off on Sunday, with a free museum day. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Connection With Theft Of Computers From Ventura County High School Campus

Wed, January 20, 2016

Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of tens of thousands of dollars of high end computers from a Ventura County high school campus. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say evidence found at the scene of the November burglary at Oak Park High School led them to Steve Rabb of Victorville.  They arrested Read the Rest…


South Coast City Moves Ahead With Controversial Utilities Rate Hikes

Wed, January 20, 2016

Residents of a South Coast city will apparently be facing major utility hikes. Hundreds of people were on hand as the Oxnard City Council gave preliminary approval to a series of increases for water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services. Oxnard officials say the approximately 60% increase over the next four years is necessary to Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Conjunction With Counterfeiting Operation On Central, South Coasts

Wed, January 20, 2016

Look carefully if someone tries to buy something from you with a $100 bill. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested four Ventura County residents they say were making, and passing counterfeit bills in our region. Ampay Somchith and Sabrina Dodson were arrested Monday at the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley after Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Drops Plans For New Secondary Jail Facility

Wed, January 20, 2016

Santa Barbara County is definitely dropping out of efforts to build a secondary new jail facility on the Central Coast. The County is currently building a new 370 plus bed jail in Santa Maria, with 90% of the project funded by a state grant. It also received a second, $39 million dollar grant to build Read the Rest…


Coastal Restoration Projects In Wake Of Refugio Oil Spill Focus Of Wednesday Night Forum In Santa Barbara

Wed, January 20, 2016

Last year’s oil pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara County led to a cleanup effort which lasted for months, and cost more than $100 million dollars. Now, work is underway on assessment of the environmental damage to come up with potential restoration projects. Tonight, researchers involved in the effort will hold a forum in Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Emergency Repair Work Could Back Up Traffic On Highway 101 On South Coast

Wed, January 20, 2016

There could be a traffic backup on a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast today because of some emergency guardrail repairs. Caltrans is closing the northbound fast lane of the 101 from San Ysidro Road, to Cabrillo Boulevard from 9 a.m. to noon today. Delays of up to 20 minutes are possible.


Actress Ann-Margret To Be Honored At Central Coast Film Festival

Tue, January 19, 2016

Actress Ann-Margret is going to be honored at a film festival on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will present its King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking to the five time Golden Globe winner.   She’s been in more than 50 films. Her longtime friend, actor Alan Arkin, will present her Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Freight Train On South Coast Now Being Identified

Tue, January 19, 2016

A man struck and killed by a freight train on the South Coast is now being identified. Lisandro Licea was walking on the train trestle over the Santa Clara River between Oxnard and Ventura early Monday morning when he was hit. The train’s crew saw the 18 year old, blew the train’s horn, and tried Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Approve Plan To Increase Funding For Emergency Homeless Shelters

Tue, January 19, 2016

Santa Barbara County is expanding efforts to provide shelter for the homeless during the El Nino fueled storm season. County Supervisors today authorized spending up to $128,000 to expand nighttime shelter availability, and to create a daytime shelter program. The additional funding is important because the shelters had already used more than half of the Read the Rest…


Five Arrested Following Car Chase On South Coast

Tue, January 19, 2016

Five people are facing a variety of charges from auto theft, to evading an officer following an early morning car chase on the South Coast. It started just after 2 this morning. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy noticed three people behaving suspiciously as they left a motel room on the 5500 block of Carpinteria Read the Rest…


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