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Plane Makes Wheels Up Landing In San Luis Obsipo; Two On Board Unhurt

Wed, July 16, 2014

It’s business as usual at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport right now, but it was anything but that this morning. A twin engine plane landing at the airport just after 10 a.m. ended up on its belly. The two people on board the plane were uninjured. The accident blocked the airport’s main runway for Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Railroad Battling Eviction Back In Business, At Least Temporarily

Wed, July 16, 2014

A historic railroad which offers nostalgic rides on vintage trains is back in business, at least temporarily, after a judge put a stay on her earlier eviction order. The Ventura County Transportation Commission moved to evict the Fillmore & Western Railroad from a county owned rail line, after they couldn’t reach a new contract agreement. Read the Rest…


Public Service Announcement For Water Conservation On Central Coast Starring Lady Gaga Released

Wed, July 16, 2014

Pop star Lady Gaga is going ga-ga for water conservation, in a just released public service announcement shot on the Central Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Lady Gaga


Eight New Arrests Made In Connection With April Riot In Isla Vista, Bringing Total To 25

Wed, July 16, 2014

Eight people have been arrested in the wake of an investigation into last April’s riot in Isla Vista, a disturbance which left dozens injured. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Riot Update


Mid-State Fair Opens 12 Day Run Today On Central Coast

Wed, July 16, 2014

The California Mid-State Fair opened its 12 day run in Paso Robles today. The Zac Brown Band is the headliner for the first night of the fair. The Mid-State Fair is known for attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment. Its lineup this year includes Kid Rock, Demi Lovato, The Steve Miller Band, Journey, Read the Rest…


South Coast City Going To Crack Down On Water Thieves

Wed, July 16, 2014

Law enforcement, and public works officials in one South Coast community are now on the lookout for water thieves. Santa Barbara has had its three driest years on record, and the Santa Barbara City Council recently revised its municipal code to better describe what constitutes the theft of water. Santa Barbara Police say they will Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Acting Auditor-Controller Now Officially Has The Job

Wed, July 16, 2014

A man who’s been serving as Ventura County’s acting Auditor-Controller since April of 2013, and was just elected to the post in June, now officially has the job. Ventura County Supervisors voted to appoint Jeffery Burgh to the post. He wasn’t officially supposed to take over the post until January 5th, but supervisors decided it Read the Rest…


New Affordable Housing Complex Opens In Ventura County; Helps Provide Homes For Families Displaced By Redevelopment

Wed, July 16, 2014

A brand new affordable housing project in Ventura County is almost complete, and will be home for hundreds of people. The Oxnard complex will provide apartments for some of the people being displaced by a major new development being built next to the 101 Freeway, as well as for some low income families. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Warning Issued By Central Coast City

Tue, July 15, 2014

A Central Coast city has issued a mountain lion warning, after two sightings were reported in a neighborhood. The Morro Bay Police Department issued the alert after the reports on the 2300 block of Nutmeg Avenue were confirmed. It’s a rural part of the city, with hills near some homes. Officials are recommending that children, Read the Rest…


Drone Expert Speaking In Santa Barbara Says U.S. Needs To Develop, Set More Transparent Policies

Tue, July 15, 2014

An analyst with a non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. who spoke in Santa Barbara today says the U.S. needs to set some policies on the politically charged issue of the use of drones. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Drone Policy


Santa Barbara County Fair Attendance Up Nearly 4%

Tue, July 15, 2014

It’s now just a memory, but it was a good year for the Santa Barbara County Fair, with attendance up close to 4% from 2013. More than 140,000 people attended the five day long fair, which ran from last Wednesday through Sunday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. But, it’s still less than the all time Read the Rest…


South Coast City Adds System To Help Those With Hearing Issues Participate In City Council Meetings

Tue, July 15, 2014

A South Coast city is making it easier for people with hearing problems to participate in City Council meetings, and other events in the council chambers. The City of Goleta has installed what’s known as the Hearing Loop system in its city council chambers. It’s sort of like a wireless Bluetooth system. People with T-coil Read the Rest…


Mosquito Collection Device Causes Bomb Scare In Ventura

Tue, July 15, 2014

It looked like a potentially dangerous device in downtown Ventura, with a gassy cloud coming from it After police, firefighters, the bomb squad, and the FBI were called to the scene, it was determined it was a deadly device…for mosquitoes. The device was first discovered on the 1400 block of Poli Street at around 5:15 Read the Rest…


Hearing On Proposed New State Fracking Regulations Set For Today In Santa Barbara County

Tue, July 15, 2014

The State will hold a public hearing in Santa Barbara County today on proposed new regulations to monitor, and regulate fracking, and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques. The hearing will gather public comments developed on guidelines developed as the result of the passage of SB 4 last year. The legislation authored by Democratic Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Wins Million Dollar Jackpot At Santa Barbara County Casino

Tue, July 15, 2014

A Ventura County man may suddenly find he has a lot of new best friends. Jess Castillo won one of the largest slot machine jackpots in the history of the Chumash Casino, with a payout of just over a million dollars. The 72 year old Ventura man bet the maximum three credits on a $5 Read the Rest…


Federal Goverment Awards More Than $8 Million To Help Homeless, Low Income Families In Tri-Counties

Tue, July 15, 2014

The federal government has awarded more than $8 million dollars in grants to help homeless, and low income individuals, and families in the Tri-Counties. The funding is through three programs, which include Community Development Block Grants, the HOME program, and Emergency Solutions Grants.  The money will help efforts to develop affordable housing, plus support and Read the Rest…


Former City Of Ventura Employee Accused Of Stealing Money From Adult Center

Tue, July 15, 2014

A former City of Ventura employee has been charged with stealing money from a senior center. Prosecutors say Kathryn Marie Torres took more than$60,000 from the Ventura Avenue Adult Center.  The 33 year old Santa Clarita woman was responsible for rental revenue from the building, as well as for donations by seniors to the Senior Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Hiking Expert Talks About New Series Of Trail Guidebooks

Tue, July 15, 2014

Many of us hike for fun.  But, a Santa Barbara County man has done it for a living for decades. John McKinney is known as “The Trailmaster,” a hiking expert, and author of numerous articles, and more than two dozen books on hiking. KCLU’S Lance Orozco caught up with “The Trailmaster” for a hike in Read the Rest…


Abandoned Panga Boat Found Circling Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, July 14, 2014

Federal Homeland Security investigators are looking into the mysterious discovery of one of the kinds of boats commonly used for smuggling found abandoned, and going in circles off the Santa Barbara County coastline. A fisherman spotted the circling, 35 foot long panga boat in the ocean about three miles off the coast of Gaviota yesterday Read the Rest…


Cause Of Crash Which Killed One, Injured Two On Central Coast Still Under Investigation

Mon, July 14, 2014

Authorities have released the name of a man killed in a Central Coast traffic accident which left two others seriously injured. A car headed southbound on Highway 1 near Vandenberg Air Force Base  yesterday afternoon drifted off the highway near Santa Lucia Canyon Road , and plunged over an embankment.  The driver, and one passenger Read the Rest…


Monsoonal Moisture Brings Chance Of Showers, Thunderstorms To Central Coast

Mon, July 14, 2014

It’s unusual to have the term “a chance of showers” in the forecast for July, but a surge of subtropical moisture is bringing us some scattered sprinkles, and even some isolated thunderstorms in the mountains. We could see some heavy rainfall at times in the mountains, with the potential for flash flooding. But, for most Read the Rest…


Details Released About Two Stabbings In Santa Barbara; Police Say They Are Gang Related

Mon, July 14, 2014

Police today just released the details of a pair of gang related stabbings in Santa Barbara, which may, or may not be related to each other. The stabbings occurred last Thursday night.  Just before 11 p.m., a 31 year old man walked into Cottage Hospital with multiple stab wounds.  Then, about an hour later, police Read the Rest…


Ventura County Gets Major Grant To Fight Pulmonary Disease

Mon, July 14, 2014

Ventura County received a major federal grant to help people facing pulmonary disease. The Ventura County Health Care Agency is getting $4.1 million dollars from the Centers for Medicare, and Medicaid Services, to start a new pulmonary disease program. The program will try to stabilize the condition of COPD patients, to reduce emergency room visits, Read the Rest…


Thunderstorms Possible For South Coast Mountains; Muggy Conditions The Story For Most Coastal, Inland Areas

Mon, July 14, 2014

You don’t normally hear the term “a chance of showers” in the forecast for July, but a surge of subtropical moisture is bringing us some scattered sprinkles, and even some isolated thunderstorms in the mountains. We could see some heavy rainfall at times in the mountains, with the potential for flash flooding. But, for most Read the Rest…


Siren Test Set For Oil Facility In Goleta

Mon, July 14, 2014

There’s going to be a very noisy test of an emergency warning system in Santa Barbara County this week. On Wednesday morning, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will test the early warning siren at the Venoco Ellwood Onshore facility, in Goleta. The annual test will Read the Rest…


101 Pavement Repair Work Means Ramp, Lane Closures On Central Coast This Week

Mon, July 14, 2014

A project to repair pavement on a section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast is continuing this week. Work on the 101 from Santa Maria Way, to the Santa Maria River bridges is continuing during the overnight hours. There will be intermittent lane, and ramp closures from 8 p.m., to 6 a.m. for work. Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Women Start Clothing Accessories Business Which Helps Fund Thai Orphanage

Mon, July 14, 2014

Two longtime Ventura County friends mixed their dream of working together, and love of travel to create an international clothing accessories company. But, it’s more than just a business, because it provides jobs for some single parent women in Thailand, and helps funds an orphanage. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Search Fails To Find Man Presumed Drowned In Lake Cachuma

Sun, July 13, 2014

A 22 year old man is missing, and presumed drowned after an accident at Lake Cacuma. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say three men were out on a boat Friday night when it apparently had engine trouble. A lake visitor saw a man in the boat waving for help, and two men in the Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Orders Fence Limiting Access To Central Coast Hiking Trail Removed

Fri, July 11, 2014

The State Coastal Commission today ordered the owners of a chunk of coastal land on the Central Coast to take down fencing that’s blocked public access to a popular trail. Meeting in Ventura, commissioners called the fencing on the Avila Beach property at Pirate’s Cove a flagrant violation of the law. The owners say they Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Workers Compensation Fraud

Fri, July 11, 2014

A Central Coast man who claimed he couldn’t work, or walk without assistance because of a work related injury is facing jail time after Santa Barbara County prosecutors say it was proven he was actually okay. Javier Carranza of Lompoc entered guilty pleas to two counts of workers compensation fraud. Officials became suspicious after the Read the Rest…


Missing Dirt Bike Rider Found Safe After Accident In Remote Area Of San Luis Obispo County

Fri, July 11, 2014

A missing dirt bike rider on the Central Coast has been found, but has quite a story to tell after being thrown off his bike, and hiking five miles with an injured clavicle. Rodney Hill was riding his motorcycle yesterday morning near Pozo, a small community east of San Luis Obispo.  After he failed to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moves Into High Gear

Fri, July 11, 2014

With the weekend at hand, the Santa Barbara County Fair is moving to high gear, with the largest crowds of its five day run expected. The classic rock band “Kansas” will be the entertainment headliner tonight on the fair’s main stage, with an 8 p.m. show. Tomorrow, vehicles will smash into each other as a Read the Rest…


Court Orders Ventura Church To Suspend Homeless Program

Fri, July 11, 2014

A federal court ordered a Ventura church to suspend its controversial program to help the homeless, after the city denied a permit for the operation to continue. A Los Angeles District Court judge denied a request by Harbor Community Church to continue its homeless outreach efforts, known as “Operation Embrace.” The program became a heated Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Legislation To Allow More Precise Groundwater Monitoring By Ventura County Water Agency

Fri, July 11, 2014

The governor has signed into law legislation which will allow a Ventura County water agency to better assess groundwater usage. Senate Bill 988 was introduced by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, and allows the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency to inspect groundwater extraction facilities within its boundaries with the owner’s permission. Currently, the Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Flashing Employees At Ventura County Outlet Center

Fri, July 11, 2014

A serial flasher has struck at a Ventura County outlet mall this week, in the third reported incident by the same suspect in the last year at the center. The indecent exposure incidents happened in dressing rooms at stores in the Camarillo Premium Outlets. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the man would take some clothing Read the Rest…


Fall Off Cliff Listed As Likely Cause Of Death Of UCSB Student

Fri, July 11, 2014

The official cause of death is listed as undetermined, but a Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office report indicates investigators believe a UC Santa Barbara student found dead on an Isla Vista beach accidentally fell over a cliff. The body of Sierra Markee-Winkler was discovered May 4th. An autopsy indicates the 20 year old woman had Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Allows Rock Revetments To Remain In Port Hueneme, To Help Stem Erosion Crisis

Fri, July 11, 2014

The State Coastal Commission has approved a plan to add insurance to efforts to control coastal erosion problems at a Ventura County Beach. The commission will allow what were originally supposed to be temporary rock revetments in Port Hueneme to remain in place permanently, and to add to them on as needed basis. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Stabbed In Ventura County Now Being Identified

Fri, July 11, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a Ventura County man found with fatal stab wounds in his apartment this week. Police called to an apartment complex on the 150 block of Scott Street in Port Hueneme Tuesday morning found Emeterio Gonzlaes with serious stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Approves Changes Which May Finally Clear Way For Development Of Chunk Of Ventura Land

Thu, July 10, 2014

The State Coastal Commission has given the go ahead for the City of Ventura to convert a chunk of land long designated for visitor related uses like hotels, to residential use. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the property’s isolated location made it impractical for coastal related projects, so it’s remained vacant for decades. Click on link Read the Rest…


Man Arrested By Santa Barbara Police After they Say He Allowed Infant Son To Suck On Marijuana Pipe

Thu, July 10, 2014

A Central California man arrested in Santa Barbara on drug charges is in additional trouble, after police say they found cell phone video of him allowing his nine month old boy to suck on a used marijuana water pipe. Officers responding to a disturbance call on West Pedregosa Street Tuesday night say Travaris Amps of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Accused Of Sexually Explicit Online Conversation With Ventura County Teen

Thu, July 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested, after Oxnard Police say he was taking part in sexually explicit conversations with a teenage girl via Facebook. Detectives say they first learned of conversations involving Patrick Brian Kennedy of Goleta, and the 14 year old Oxnard girl in May. They conducted a two month long investigation Read the Rest…


Country Music Star Wynonna Entertainment Headliner At Second Day Of Santa Barbara County Fair

Thu, July 10, 2014

From country music to an old fashioned destruction derby, a county fair on the Central Coast has moved into high gear. Country music star Wynonna is headlining the second day of entertainment at the Santa Barbara County Fair, which is underway in Santa Maria.  She’s scheduled to perform on the fair’s main stage at 8 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Celebrating Centennial Today

Thu, July 10, 2014

Today marks a huge anniversary for a South Coast community. It’s the City of Fillmore’s 100th birthday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the city is celebrating tonight. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fillmore Centennial


Pro Basketball Superstar Kobe Bryant In Santa Barbara County For Basketball Camp

Thu, July 10, 2014

The media was out in force as basketball superstar Kobe Bryant brought his basketball camp to UC Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Kobe Basketball Camp


Free Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Program In Santa Barbara County Expanding To Ventura, San Luis Obispo Counties

Thu, July 10, 2014

A program that’s been providing free energy assessments for homes in Santa Barbara County, and help in improving energy efficiency is doing so well it’s expanding to Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties. emPOWER has provided information to thousands of homeowners, and helped with hundreds of energy conservation projects. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Co-Authors Legislation To Ban Chemical Used In Some Food Packaging

Thu, July 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara based congresswoman has co-authored legislation intended to ban the use of a plastics, and food packaging material which some research has linked to major health problems like cancer. HR 5033 calls for the removal of a chemical known as BPA from plastics, and resins.  BPA is used in a number of commonly Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Held For Arcadia Firefighter Who Died During Ventura County Camping Trip

Wed, July 9, 2014

A memorial service was held today for an Arcadia firefighter who died during a back country camping trip in Ventura County. Hundreds of family members, friends, and public safety workers from throughout the state gathered for the service held for Mike Herdman at Arcadia High School. Herdman disappeared June 13th, on a camping trip in Read the Rest…


No One Injured As Plane Landing Gear Collapses At Central Coast Airport

Wed, July 9, 2014

There were a few scary moments at a Central Coast airport this afternoon, but in the end no one was injured. The landing gear collapsed on a single engine plane just after 3 p.m. at Santa Ynez Airport.  Santa Barbara County firefighters were called to the scene, but no injuries were reported. It’s unclear as Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death Of Woman In Ventura County Still Unsolved

Wed, July 9, 2014

There’s still no conclusion as to the cause of the mysterious death of an elderly woman in Ventura County. Police were called to the 1700 Block of Fitzgerald Road in Simi Valley Monday afternoon by a report a woman had died. Detectives were called in because of what police called a cluttered environment which they Read the Rest…


Ventura County DA’s Office Rules Fatal Shooting Of Bystander By Police In Gun Battle Tragic, But Not Criminal Act

Wed, July 9, 2014

A new Ventura County District Attorney’s Office report says the 2012 fatal shooting of a bystander during a shootout with armed gunman in Oxnard was tragic, but accidental, and didn’t constitute a criminal act by police. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the report. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Limon Shooting Report


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