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Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Say They Solve Mystery of Missing Lawn Ornaments

Wed, September 24, 2014

If you live in Ventura County, you can sleep a little easier tonight, knowing that the pink flamingo, or gnome which decorates your front lawn will be safe. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they’ve solved a rash of lawn ornament thefts. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Lawn Ornament Mystery Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Burglary At Central Coast Community Center

Wed, September 24, 2014

Police say they caught a man in the act of burglarizing a community center on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo Police say they responded to a burglar alarm at the Elks Lodge on the 200 block of Elks Lane just after four this morning.  Officers saw a flashlight inside the building, and arrested Trevor Read the Rest…


Man Called Serial Child Molester Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Wed, September 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a man who was a serial child molester, responsible for crimes stretching over decades. In July, investigators received information prompting them to look at the actions of Joseph Michael Hyde of Santa Barbara.  They say they linked him to five child molestation victims in Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Wanted Man Leads Ventura Police On Foot Chase, Leading To School Lockdown

Wed, September 24, 2014

A man wanted on multiple warrants led police on a foot chase in Ventura this morning, which led to the lockdown of an elementary school. Police received word at around 9 a.m. that a wanted man had been seen on the 700 block of Arbor Street. As officers tried to contact the man, he fled Read the Rest…


City of Santa Barbara To Refurbish, Reopen Desalination Plant

Wed, September 24, 2014

The City of Santa Barbara is moving ahead with plans to update, and reopen its mothballed desalination plant. The plant was built as a result of drought concerns in the early 1990’s, but never was put into regular operation, with rainfall replenishing the city’s other water sources. Parts of the system were sold a few Read the Rest…


Off Duty LAPD Officer Kills Himself Following Domestic Disturbance In Conejo Valley

Wed, September 24, 2014

An off duty City of Los Angeles police officer has been identified as the man who killed himself following a standoff in the Conejo Valley. The standoff began about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, when Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 3100 block of Apache Boulevard in Thousand Oaks by reports of a domestic disturbance. Read the Rest…


Effort Underway To Expand Children’s Library On South Coast

Wed, September 24, 2014

An effort is underway to expand a popular children’s library on the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Children’s Library


Ventura County Rejects Permit For Controversial Special Events Venue To Continue Operating

Wed, September 24, 2014

It’s an issue which has torn a rural Ventura County community. People have been divided over whether an outdoor events venue which hosts celebrations like weddings should be allowed to remain open, with noise being the main concern. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County Supervisors settled the issue last night. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Thieves Targeting Lawn Ornaments In Ventura County

Wed, September 24, 2014

If you live in Ventura County, you better keep an eye on your front lawn. Someone is stealing lawn decorations from homes in Ventura County.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Lawn Ornament Thefts


Controversial Outdoor Event Venue In Ventura County Will Have To Permanently Close

Tue, September 23, 2014

An outdoor event facility in a rural area of  Ventura County which had some neighbors upset primarily over noise is going to have to permanently close at the end of the year. Ventura County Supervisors tonight voted to deny a new conditional use permit for the venue known as Tropical Paradise, in the Santa Rosa Read the Rest…


Chumash Tribe Announces Major Steps In Expansion Plans For Its Casino Resort In The Santa Ynez Valley

Tue, September 23, 2014

The Chumash tribe says it’s taken a key step to move ahead with plans for a controversial expansion of its casino resort in the Santa Ynez Valley. The tribe says it’s approved the final environmental evaluation for its hotel, and casino expansion, and hired a contractor. Tutor Perini Building Corporation, and Delawie and Summit Project Read the Rest…


School Resource Officer Arrests Armed Teen In Ventura County

Tue, September 23, 2014

A school resources officer in Ventura County was confronted by two teenagers, including one armed with brass knuckles which had an eight inch knife attached. It happened at around 2 p.m. yesterday, in a shopping center near Royal Avenue, and Thompson Lane in Simi Valley.  The officer noticed the teens loitering in the center, and Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Man Arrested For Sexually Assaulting 11 Year Old Girl in Oxnard Linked To Similar Crimes

Tue, September 23, 2014

Detectives say a man accused of breaking into an Oxnard home, and sexually assaulting an 11 year old girl has been linked to two similar incidents in the city. Luis Contreas was arrested shortly after the attack on the 11 year old girl September 2nd. Investigators say they’ve now tied the 18 year old Oxnard Read the Rest…


Man Leads Officers On Two High Speed Car Chases In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, September 23, 2014

An effort to catch a man police say used a bad check to buy a vehicle turned into two high speed chases which spanned more than 40 miles in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. It started around 11:30 last night, when Ventura Police were called to the 800 block of Olympia Avenue by a report Read the Rest…


Gang Tees Off On Man In Ventura County With Golf Club

Tue, September 23, 2014

A Ventura County man is recovering from a terrifying experience, after a gang attacked him with a golf club. It happened at around 9 last night, near the intersection of Erringer Road, and Heywood Street in Simi Valley.  The man told police he was attacked by five gang members with a golf club.  He suffered Read the Rest…


Missile Successfully Launched From Central Coast

Tue, September 23, 2014

Maybe you saw it this morning. An unarmed ICBM missile was successfully test launched from Santa Barbara County. The Minuteman III missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force base at 7:45 a.m., enroute to a test range to the South Pacific. It was the first Minuteman launch of the year from the base.  It’s part Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking Past Current Drought For Long Term Water Security Plans

Tue, September 23, 2014

Santa Barbara County is looking past the current drought to try to develop long term plans for water security. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports that the county is going to hold two public meetings to get suggestions on possible long term solutions. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Water Security


Neuroscientist Speaking In Santa Barbara Talks About Often Unrealized Brain Potential

Tue, September 23, 2014

Some leading neuroscientists say many of us have the wrong idea about how our brains work, thinking once we reach a certain point in life, our capacity has plateaued. An international recognized expert on the subject spoke in Santa Barbara yesterday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the researcher who’s considered to be a pioneer in Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Convicted In Retrial Of Kidnapping, Extorting Man

Tue, September 23, 2014

A Central Coast gang member could spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole has been convicted of kidnapping, and extorting a man in a retrial. Raymond Daniel Macias was involved in a January, 2013 in which members of the notorious Suerno gang lured a man to a Lompoc garage.  Read the Rest…


New Home Energy Efficiency Program In Ventura County Focus Of Free Dinner, Seminar In Oxnard

Tue, September 23, 2014

A successful Santa Barbara County program which helps homeowners make their house more energy efficient is gearing up its new efforts to help Ventura County residents. emPower Ventura County is holding free dinner, and seminar event in Oxnard tonight. The session will look at examples of projects like fixing, or replacing old furnaces, and insulation, Read the Rest…


Late Actor, Longtime Ventura County Resident Larry Hagman Honored By His Hometown In Texas

Mon, September 22, 2014

A late actor who lived in Ventura County for decades, and was best known as the infamous character J.R. Ewing in the television series “Dallas” has been honored by his hometown in Texas. Larry Hagman was celebrated by his hometown of Weatherford, Texas.  A statue of him was unveiled yesterday, on what would have been Read the Rest…


Missile Test Launch Could Create Big Show Overnight On Central Coast

Mon, September 22, 2014

The Air Force is planning to test launch an unarmed ballistic missile from the Central Coast, which could be visible throughout the region if the weather conditions are right. The launch window for the Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is from 3:45 to 9:45 tomorrow morning.  The missiles are usually flown to Read the Rest…


Small Brush Fire Briefly Impacts Traffic On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, September 22, 2014

A small brush fire which started in a homeless camp briefly impacted vehicle traffic on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County, and shut down the region’s main rail line. The fire happened at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon, in the Ventura river bottom area next to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Ventura firefighters say that while the Read the Rest…


Tense Moments On Board Airliner Headed To Central Coast

Mon, September 22, 2014

There were some scary moments for people on board an airliner headed to the Central Coast, when people started smelling smoke. It happened at around 5 last night, on a United Express plane headed from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. The plane’s pilot suspected the smell might be coming from some lighting units in Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Sting Operation In Ventura County Targeting Underage Alcohol Sales

Mon, September 22, 2014

Four people were arrested in a weekend sting operation in Ventura County targeting adults buying alcohol for minors. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department used underage decoys to ask adults to buy alcohol for them at stores in the Thousand Oaks area. More than fifty people said no to the decoys, but three men, and one Read the Rest…


Fight Over Outdoor Wedding Venue To Be Heard By Ventura County Supervisors Tuesday

Mon, September 22, 2014

The controversy over an outdoor wedding venue in a rural Ventura County community could be decided by County Supervisors tomorrow. In June, the Ventura County Planning Commission declined renewal of the conditional use permit for the facility, called Tropical Paradise, in the Santa Rosa Valley. Some nearby residents have complained about noise, and compatibility issues.  Read the Rest…


Legislation Co-Authored By State Senator From Conejo Valley To Reduce Pollution From Trucks And Busses Signed By Governor

Mon, September 22, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator in the Conejo Valley intended to help reduce air pollution from big trucks, and buses. SB 1204  expands a California Air Resources Board program which provides financial incentives for freight haulers, and bus operators to use vehicles which burn cleaner fuel.  Medium and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Couple Home After Being Caught In Mexico By Hurricane

Mon, September 22, 2014

A Santa Barbara couple is back at home after making it through an ordeal in Mexico, where they were trapped by a hurricane. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hurricane Ordeal


Proposed Cougar Crossing In Conejo Valley Picking Up Support

Mon, September 22, 2014

Wildlife and roads aren’t a good mix. It’s a growing concern in the Conejo Valley, where a rare mountain lion was struck, and killed while trying to cross a freeway. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a unique proposal to deal with the problem by building a cougar crossing across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills is Read the Rest…


New Presiding, Assistant Presiding Judges Named For Ventura County Superior Court System

Mon, September 22, 2014

A  Ventura County Superior Court judge for nearly two decades has been elected as the county court system’s Presiding Judge for the next two years. Judge Donald Colman will serve as the Presiding Judge beginning January 1st, for a two year term.  Coleman has been a Superior Court judge for 18 years, and before that Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill By State Senator From Conejo Valley To Help Combat Drug Overdoses

Mon, September 22, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from the Conejo Valley which would equip first responders with a potentially life saving antidote for drug overdoses. SB 1438 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would provide first responders with Naloxone, which can counter the impacts of some prescription drugs, Read the Rest…


Huge Shipment Of Medical Supplies To Fight Ebola From Santa Barbara County Relief Group Arrives In West Africa

Sun, September 21, 2014

A chartered jumbo jet filled with 100 tons of medical supplies to help with Ebola relief has arrived in West Africa, thanks to a Santa Barbara County based relief group. Direct Relief International put together what is the largest single shipment of supplies from the U.S. to the Ebola zone since the outbreak started. The Read the Rest…


Lemons Star Of The Show At South Coast Festival This Weekend

Fri, September 19, 2014

They may taste tart, but a festival focusing on one kind of fruit on the South Coast this weekend is expected to bring sweet smiles to thousands of people. The 23rd annual Goleta Lemon Festival is tomorrow, and Sunday in Girsh Park. It features traditional events, and activities like carnival rides, entertainment, and lots of Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Fri, September 19, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a pedestrian killed in a traffic accident in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say Tony Renteria was hit just after 7 a.m. yesterday, as he was trying to cross Wooley Road at Novato Drive.  An eastbound vehicle hit the 79 year old Oxnard man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police Read the Rest…


Two Prison Guards Arrested In Connection With Death Of Central Coast Man

Fri, September 19, 2014

There are some major new developments in the investigation of the death of a man during a fight on the Central Coast. Authorities had originally said they weren’t looking for suspects in the September 7th death of Alvaro Jaramillo Medrano during a disturbance outside of a San Miguel bar. Following a continued investigation, San Luis Read the Rest…


Campaign Kicks Off To Raise Support, Funding For Mountain Lion Crossing On 101 Freeway In Conejo Valley

Fri, September 19, 2014

Hundreds of people were on hand today for the kickoff of a campaign to create a crossing for mountain lions, and other wildlife to safely cross the 101 Freeway to reach open space areas in the Conejo Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Agoura Hills. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cougar Read the Rest…


Unemployment Down In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, September 19, 2014

New figures show a drop in unemployment in Ventra, and Santa Barbara Counties. Ventura County’s jobless rate dropped from 7% in July, to 6.8% in August. Unemployment went from 6% in July, to 5.6% in August in Santa Barbara County. Statewide, the unemployment rate remained flat for the third straight month, at 7.4%


World Famous Quartet To Kick Off Ventura Music Festival Season

Fri, September 19, 2014

A South Coast music festival has announced a world renowned German quartet will kick off its 21st season. The Ventura Music Festival will present the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin October 16th, at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center. The quartet is comprised of some of the leading performers with the Berlin Philharmonic.


Jobless Rate Drops On Central Coast

Fri, September 19, 2014

There’s some good news about the unemployment situation on the Central Coast. The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the jobless rate for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Unemployment went from 6% in July, to 5.6% in August in Santa Barbara County. In San Luis Obispo County, the number of people out Read the Rest…


Proposal To Renew Contract For Red Light Camera System In Ventura Hits Stop Sign

Fri, September 19, 2014

A proposal for the City of Ventura to extend its contract with a red light camera provider, and potentially expand the number of monitor lights has hit a stop sign. The Ventura City Council this week rejected a proposed three year contract renewal with Redflex Camera Systems.  The system was operating in the red for Read the Rest…


South Coast College Says It’s First In Region To Use New Protective Head Gear For Athletes

Fri, September 19, 2014

A South Coast College says it’s the first in the region to begin using new protective gear for athletes. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBCC Protective Gear


Governor Signs Legislation By State Senator From Conejo Valley Intended To Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

Fri, September 19, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from the Conejo Valley which is intended to provide new job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. SB 577 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills creates a pilot program for community based vocational development services. The effort will be spearheaded by Read the Rest…


Potential Dangerous Virus Affecting Kids Surfaces In Ventura County

Fri, September 19, 2014

The State Department of Public Health says the first four cases of an unusual respiratory virus which targets children have been detected in the state, including one case in Ventura County. The rhinovirus/enterovirus can cause breathing problems, as well as other issues like fever, runny nose, coughing, and body aches.  It often looks like a Read the Rest…


79 Year Old Man Struck, Killed By Pedestrian In Ventura County

Fri, September 19, 2014

A 79 year old pedestrian is dead following a traffic accident in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say the man was hit just after 7 a.m. yesterday, as he was trying to cross Wooley Road at Novato Drive.  An eastbound vehicle hit the Oxnard man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  His name hasn’t been Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored By Ventura County Assemblyman Intended To Keep Film, TV Production from Leaving State

Fri, September 19, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill co-authored by a Ventura County state assemblyman which would offer more tax credits to filmmakers, to try to keep production from leaving the state. AB 1939 by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo calls for reestablishing a tax credit for film, and TV production through 2020.    Gorell Read the Rest…


Authorities Warn Of Fraud Scheme In Region Involving Phony IRS Calls

Fri, September 19, 2014

Authorities in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties say some of the region’s residents have been targeted by a phone scam by people claiming to be from the IRS. Callers claim to be from the federal agency, and tell people they are behind in taxes and could face jail, in an effort to get the victims Read the Rest…


UC System To Add Victim Advocates For Sexual Assault Victims

Thu, September 18, 2014

A U.S. Senator is praising a decision by the head of the University of California system to have an independent, on campus advocate on every UC campus, including UC Santa Barbara, for sexual assault survivors. UC President Janet Napolitano said the system will voluntarily implement the provisions of the proposed federal Survivor Outreach and Support Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Bill By State Senator From Santa Barbara Intended To Reduce Childhood Obesity

Thu, September 18, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help reduce childhood obesity. SB 949 by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara establishes the California Distinguished After School Health Program.  It would establish standards for physical activity, limits for computer and television screen time, and the Read the Rest…


New Hotel Approved On South Coast

Wed, September 17, 2014

A major new hotel on the South Coast has received final approval, despite some controversy. The Goleta City Council last night okayed plans for a 118 room Marriott Residence Inn hotel on the 6300 block of Hollister Avenue, near Santa Barbara Airport. Some members of the Chumash tribe were concerned the project would disturb an Read the Rest…


Deal To Preserve Scenic Central Coast Ranchland Closes

Wed, September 17, 2014

A Central Coast land conservancy has officially closed escrow on hundreds of acres of ranchland in the hills above Pismo Beach, permanently preserving it from development. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County spearheaded the campaign to buy the 900 acres of land now known as the Pismo Preserve.  The conservancy raised more than Read the Rest…


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