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Santa Barbara Based Environmental Group Files Lawsuit Over Fracking, Other Controversial Well Stimulation Techniques In Santa Barbara Channel

Wed, December 3, 2014

A Santa Barbara based environmental group is suing a federal agency, claiming that it’s failed to properly regulate offshore oil well fracking, and acid well stimulation projects in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Environmental Defense Center asserts the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement didn’t do proper environmental review of permit applications to conduct the Read the Rest…


Popular Central Coast Hiking Trail Closed By Landslide, But No One Hurt

Wed, December 3, 2014

A popular Central Coast hiking trail was hit by a landslide this morning, and while there were people in the area, no one was hurt. It happened just after 11 a.m. today, in Nojoqui Falls Park, in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Santa Barbara County firefighters were initially called to the scene by reports hikers may Read the Rest…


Section Of Pacific Coast Highway In Ventura County Closed By Mudslides Could Reopen Late Thursday

Wed, December 3, 2014

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway which has been closed by mudslides, and debris may reopen tomorrow. A nine mile stretch of the PCH from Las Posas Road, and Yerba Buena Road in Ventura County has been shut down since Sunday, when rain triggered three mudslides. No one was hurt, and the road itself Read the Rest…


South Coast Arts Groups Get More Than $150,000 In Federal Arts Grants

Wed, December 3, 2014

More than a half dozen arts, and education groups on the South Coast are getting some good news. They’ve received word they will get a part of the $29 million dollars in grants just announced by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Ojai Music Festival received one of the largest local grants, $30,000, to Read the Rest…


Wet Weather Prompting Expansion Of Temporary Warming Centers In Santa Barbara County

Wed, December 3, 2014

The wet weather hitting our region has prompted the expansion of warming centers for the homeless in Santa Barbara County. Four centers will be in operation tonight and tomorrow night in the county.  They include two locations in Santa Barbara, the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, and First Congregational Church.  In Carpinteria, the Veterans Memorial Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Moving To Literally Help Clean Up Homeless

Wed, December 3, 2014

One Santa Barbara community is going to offer a new service to help its homeless, in the form of showers. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the City of Goleta is going to offer portable showers to those without a roof over their heads. Clinck on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Showers


Evacuation Orders Over Flooding Concerns Lifted in Ventura County Community After Long, Tense Day For Homeowners

Wed, December 3, 2014

As the South Coast starts to dry out from yesterday’s storm, there’s relief in one community, where hundreds of residents had a long, scary day. More than 70 homes were evacuated in Camarillo Springs because of the threat of flooding, and mudslides. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after a sometimes tense day for crews trying to Read the Rest…


South Coast Gets One To Three Plus Inches Of Rain From Storm

Wed, December 3, 2014

The storm totals for yesterday’s storm weren’t as impressive as some had predicted for the South Coast, but the region still had some impressive numbers. The totals ranged from around an inch, to nearly three and a half inches of rain. In Ventura County, Camarillo and Ventura had just over 1.1” of rain. Ojai had Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Require County Health Care Workers To Get Flu Shots, Or Wear Masks

Wed, December 3, 2014

Ventura County Health Care workers who interact with patients will soon be required to get flu shots. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin is putting the requirement in place beginning January 1st.  Influenza affects 5 to15% of America’s population annually, and is responsible for about 36,000 deaths every year. Health care workers who Read the Rest…


Needed Rainfall Arrives On Central Coast, But Totals Lower Than Predicted

Wed, December 3, 2014

The Central Coast racked up some much needed rainfall yesterday, even though totals ended up being lower than originally predicted. The totals ranged from about three-quarters of an inch, to nearly an inch and a half. In Northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria had seven tenths of an inch of rain, Solvang had 1.2”, and Read the Rest…


Evacuation Order For More Than 70 Homes In Ventura County Due To Flooding, Mudslide Threat Lifted

Tue, December 2, 2014

Heavy rainfall prompted a day long evacuation of more than 70 homes in Ventura County, because of concern about the potential for flooding, and mudslides.  However, the evacuation order was lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Camarillo Springs. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Camarillo Springs


Four Transit System Employees In Ventura County Fired, Face Criminal Charges Over Fare Theft Allegations

Tue, December 2, 2014

Four employees of a South Coast Transit system have been fired, and are facing criminal charges that they stole money from bus fare boxes. The actions follow the discovery of some fare thefts from the Gold Coast Transit District. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says Antonio Maldonado Chavez of Ventura, and Jorge Alverado of Read the Rest…


Storm Drops More Than An Inch Of Rain On Parts Of Central Coast

Tue, December 2, 2014

What was billed as one of the strongest storms in nearly a year to hit the Central Coast made things soggy, but has been generally well behaved, and hasn’t created any major flooding problems. Rainfall in Northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County ranged from a half inch, to around an inch and Read the Rest…


New Mayor Takes Oath Of Office In Controversy Torn Central Coast City

Tue, December 2, 2014

A man who won the mayor’s post in an unusual write-in campaign in a Central Coast city has taken the oath of office. Jim Hill was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Arroyo Grande last night. He narrowly defeated incumbent Tony Ferrara in the November 4th election. Arroyo Grande has been torn by Read the Rest…


Parts Of South Coast Drenched, With One to Three Inches Of Rain

Tue, December 2, 2014

What’s been called one of the biggest storm systems in nearly a year to hit the South Coast has dropped between one, and three inches of rain in the region, and isn’t done yet. In Ventura County, Ventura and Oxnard have each recorded 1.2 inches of rain, while Ojai and 1.5 inches, and Thousand Oaks Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Making Sand Bags Available Because Of Storm

Tue, December 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County Fire department officials say because of the major storm which is hitting the region today, the county is making sand bags available to protect against potential flooding. They can be picked up at the county’s Fire Station #14, on Los Carneros Road in Goleta, Montecito Fire Station #1, on San Ysidro Road Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Fire At Isla Vista Theater

Tue, December 2, 2014

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire which damaged a Santa Barbara County theater. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports that arson is being considered a possibility. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Theater


Storm Could Dump Five Inches Of Rain On Parts Of South Coast

Tue, December 2, 2014

What’s being called potentially the biggest storm system to hit the South Coast in nearly a year could dump up to five inches of rain on the region. A low pressure system in the Pacific is sending subtropical moisture our way, with rain possible throughout the day in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.  National Weather Read the Rest…


Ventura County Artist’s Vision Of Utopia Includes More Than 1,000 Figurines

Tue, December 2, 2014

What would the world be like if you had the chance to create it? A Ventura County artist’s idea of  Utopia includes more than one thousand sculptures symbolizing different aspects of people helping people. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the artist about his installation, which opens to the public today. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


New 44th District State Assemblywoman In Ventura County Officially Takes Office

Tue, December 2, 2014

The South Coast’s newest member of the State Assembly is now officially in office. Jacqui Irwin was one of more than two dozen new Assembly members who took the oath of office in Sacramento yesterday.  Irwin is the new 44th District Assemblywoman, representing parts of central and eastern Ventura County. Irwin was a Thousand Oaks Read the Rest…


Small Earthquake Rocks Ventura, Los Angeles County Coastlines

Mon, December 1, 2014

A small earthquake rocked the Ventura, and los Angeles County coastlines tonight. The magnitude 2.7 quake hit at 8:05 p.m., and was centered in the ocean 12 miles southeast of Port Hueneme. No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.


Free Flu Shots Being Offered This Week On South Coast

Mon, December 1, 2014

Do you have your flu shot yet?  You can get one for free this week on the South Coast. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is teaming up with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps to provide free vaccinations in Goleta. A flu shot clinic will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Read the Rest…


Four Warming Centers To Provide Shelter In Santa Barbara County In Face Of Major Storm

Mon, December 1, 2014

With a major storm in the forecast, a number of warming centers will be open to house the homeless in Santa Barbara County. The locations include the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, and First Congregational Church, both in Santa Barbara. In Lompoc, Peace Lutheran Church will open its doors, and in Santa Maria, the Salvation Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Providing Free Flu Vaccinations

Mon, December 1, 2014

Do you have your flu shot yet? The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is teaming up with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps to provide free vaccinations on the Central Coast this weekend. A flu shot clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Lompoc Fire Station on Read the Rest…


Longtime Community Leader In Ventura County Dies

Mon, December 1, 2014

A longtime educator, and community leader who was one of Ventura County’s first elected Latino mayors has died. Salvatore Sanchez Junior of Oxnard has died, following a long illness.  Sanchez graduated from high school in Oxnard, served in the Navy, and then taught at high schools and colleges in Ventura County.  He became an Oxnard Read the Rest…


Storm Could Mean One To Four Inches Of Rain For Central, South Coasts

Mon, December 1, 2014

Sunday’s storm was just the appetizer for a much larger event which will be the main course, arriving tomorrow. National Weather Service forecasters say it’s a very unusual pattern, with low pressure off of Point Conception expected to mix with three separate fronts.  The net result is going to be heavy rainfall. We could see Read the Rest…


Major Storm Could Dump One To Four Inches Of Rain On Central Coast Tuesday

Mon, December 1, 2014

Sunday’s storm was just the appetizer for a much larger event which will be the main course, arriving tomorrow. National Weather Service forecasters say it’s a very unusual pattern, with low pressure off of Point Conception expected to mix with three separate fronts.  The net result is going to be heavy rainfall. We could see Read the Rest…


New Signs Of Progress With Long Planned New South Coast Resort

Mon, December 1, 2014

There are new signs work could be getting ready to roll on a long awaited new resort on the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Miramar Update


New Book By Local Author Looks At Hollywood’s Boozy History

Mon, December 1, 2014

An Emmy award winning screenwriter, and author has just completed a new book about Hollywood’s long history with alcohol. Mark Bailey says some of Hollywood’s classics got made despite the crazy booze filled antics of some of the major stars of the time. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the local author about the book. Click Read the Rest…


Project To Improve Safety On Section Of 101 Freeway On South Coast Could Mean Some Traffic Delays

Mon, December 1, 2014

Evening, and early morning travelers on a section of the 101 Freeway on the South Coast could hit some delays starting this week. A project to replace to overhead signs, improve lighting, and add other safety features for motorists  on the 101 from Santa Barbara, to Goleta means some lane, and ramp closures. The work Read the Rest…


Dealing With Crime Focus Of Community Meeting In South Coast Community

Mon, December 1, 2014

One South Coast community is inviting residents to come talk about efforts to fight crime. The Ventura Police Department is holding the first in a pair of community meetings Wednesday night on the subject. The 6:30 p.m. meeting at Ventura City Hall will look at the latest crime statistics for the city, as well as Read the Rest…


PCH Closed In Ventura County By Rock, Mudslides

Mon, December 1, 2014

Mud and rock slides triggered by yesterday’s storm have closed the Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu, and the Point Mugu area. A number of slides occurred between Yerba Buena Drive, to Las Posas Road.  The closure is in effect from about a mile and a half northwest of the Los Angeles/Ventura County Line to the Read the Rest…


Jobs In Santa Barbara County Focus Of Community Meeting

Mon, December 1, 2014

How to do a better job of finding work for those who need it, and helping employers find workers will be the focus of a public meeting in Santa Barbara County this week. The County, and the County’s Workforce Investment Board will hold an event in Santa Maria tomorrow to look at how changes in Read the Rest…


Seven Arrested, More Than 120 Bales Of Marijuana Seized On Central Coast

Fri, November 28, 2014

Seven people have been arrested, and as much as six thousand pounds of marijuana seized in what authorities are calling a major smuggling effort on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol noticed a suspicious van early Thursday morning in the San Simeon area.  After noticing a traffic violation, they stopped Read the Rest…


Small Explosion, Fire At Scene Of Big Blast In Ventura County Earlier This Month

Fri, November 28, 2014

A small explosion happened Friday morning at a waste water treatment facility in Ventura County which was the scene of a blast earlier this month which sent more than 50 people to the hospital. It happened at around 10 a.m. at the Santa Clara Waste Water Facility, near Santa Paula.  No one was hurt, and Read the Rest…


Tree Trimmer Hurt In Ventura County Accident Dies

Wed, November 26, 2014

A tree trimmer critically injured when he apparently came in contact with a power line in Ventura County has died. Ventura County firefighters were called to the 4100 block of Eileen Street in Simi Valley around noon yesterday, by reports of two men trapped in a tree. One man was uninjured, but the second was Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Stabbed To Death in Ventura County This Week

Wed, November 26, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a man who was stabbed to death in Ventura County earlier this week. Alberto Rosario was attacked just after 5 Monday night, on the 500 block of Cooper Road.  Oxnard Police received a 911 about a possible stabbing victim, and when they arrived, they found the Oxnard man with at least Read the Rest…


Central Coast High School District Announces Intervention Plan In Wake Of Campus Disturbance

Wed, November 26, 2014

A Central Coast high school district has announced establishment of what it’s calling an intervention plan in the wake of disturbances at a campus last week which led to two Sheriff’s deputies being attacked, and nine students being arrested. Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials say the problems at Righetti High School were Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In String Of Saddle Thefts In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, November 26, 2014

It doesn’t sound like a major criminal case at first. Someone has been stealing saddles from ranches in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. But, many of them were high end custom saddles, some worth tens of thousands of dollars. Now, Moorpark Police Department detectives say they’ve solved the case, with the arrest of a Malibu Read the Rest…


Ventura College Placed On Lockdown Following Armed Robbery On Campus

Wed, November 26, 2014

Ventura College was placed on lockdown for more than an hour, after it was the scene of an armed robbery. Ventura Police say a man with a handgun robbed someone at gunpoint in a parking lot on the northwest side of the campus just after 8 last night. The victim complied with the basked gunman’s Read the Rest…


Warning About Mail Theft Ring In Santa Barbara County

Wed, November 26, 2014

A warning has been issued about a mail theft ring which has been operating in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives investigating the theft of some flat screen TV’s, and other items from a Buellton hotel discovered a large bag of stolen mail in one of the hotel suites.  The mail was from Read the Rest…


Actor, Legendary Bodybuilder Holding Major Bodybuilding Event On South Coast

Wed, November 26, 2014

A South Coast theater known for symphony, and opera performances is hosting a much different event this holiday weekend, featuring some of the world’s most buffed up men, and women. Fitness guru, and actor Lou Ferrigno is staging a major new bodybuilding event at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Ferrigno. Click Read the Rest…


Hundreds March In Santa Barbara Over Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Wed, November 26, 2014

A crowd of about 500 people marched in downtown Santa Barbara Tuesday night, to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson in the Michael Brown death. The protesters marched around downtown Santa Barbara, creating a number of traffic tieups.  At one point, it was believed the march might be headed towards the 101 Freeway, in Read the Rest…


One Dead In Fiery Accident On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Wed, November 26, 2014

One person was killed, and the southbound 101 Freeway in Ventura was closed for hours by a fiery accident last night. A SUV headed southbound on the freeway around 6:45 last night veered off the roadway at the 101 East Main Street onramp.  The SUV plunged down a steep embankment, and smashed into a large Read the Rest…


Nine Arrested Or Cited In Connection With Santa Barbara Drug Operation

Wed, November 26, 2014

Nine people were arrested or cited, and a 15 year old girl who had been reported missing was found during a raid on a home Santa Barbara Police are calling a drug den. The Police Department’s narcotics unit had received a number of complaints over the last few months over what was believed to be Read the Rest…


Tree Trimmer Critically Injured In Accident In Ventura County

Wed, November 26, 2014

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to an accident which critically injured a tree trimmer in Ventura County, after he was apparently shocked by a power line. It happened around noon yesterday, on the 4100 block of Eileen Street in Simi Valley. Ventura County firefighters arrived to find two men stuck jn a Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Closes 101 Southbound In Ventura County

Tue, November 25, 2014

A traffic accident has closed part of a major South Coast freeway. The southbound 101 near Highway 126 in Ventura was completely shut down by a traffic accident just before 7 tonight.  The shutdown created a massive backup on the freeway. Traffic is now being routed onto Highway 126, and around the crash scene.


Concern Grows Over Missing Ventura County Man

Tue, November 25, 2014

Concern is continuing to grow over a missing Ventura County man who was last seen November 20th. Augustine Macias of Simi Valley disappeared last Thursday, when the 74 year old man went for his daily walk.  He was last seen walking westbound on Los Angeles Avenue, but because he’s an avid walker he may have Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Struggling With Location For New Water Treatment Plant

Tue, November 25, 2014

A Central Coast city is struggling to find a location for a new water treatment plant. Solvang needs to build a new facility to meet state water quality requirements, and the city’s preferred location was next to Alisal Commons Park. However, nearby homeowners showed up in force at last night’s Solvang City Council to protest Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Early Morning Car Chase In Ventura County

Tue, November 25, 2014

What started out as a routine traffic stop for a traffic violation turned into a wild chase early this morning in Ventura County. It started just after 2 a.m., near the intersection of Telegraph, and Wells Roads in Ventura.  A Ventura Police officer tried to halt a vehicle for a traffic violation, but it failed Read the Rest…


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