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Woman Arrested Following Car Chase, Foot Pursuit In Ventura County

Wed, June 17, 2015

A woman driving a stolen car led police on a wild chase in the Ventura area before she stopped, and was arrested following a foot chase. Ventura police say a car which had been reported stolen was spotted near Olive and Vince Streets just after seven this morning.  Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Calls For Improvements In County Hiring Process

Wed, June 17, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the county’s Human Resources Division does a good job of recruiting employees, but that sometime well qualified candidates get bypassed in the process. The Grand Jury was investigating a complaint about the process, which noted county departments doing the hiring don’t have the opportunity to review applications Read the Rest…


South Coast City Rejects Plan To Pursue Sales Tax Hike To Update Aging Infrastructure

Wed, June 17, 2015

Leaders of one South Coast community rejected a proposal to ask voters for a sales tax hike to help pay for updating the city’s aging infrastructure. The City of Santa Barbara was looking at a plan to add a half cent sales tax. The money would be used for projects like dealing with a backlog Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Approves Desalination Plant Plans

Wed, June 17, 2015

The City of Santa Barbara is moving ahead with plans to reactivate its two decade old desalination plant. KCLU’s John Palminteri says while city leaders like the idea, they didn’t rush into it because it’s an expensive plan. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Desalination Plant Plans


State Officials Say Pesticides Never Posed Risk To Ventura County High Schools; County Leaders Still Concerned

Wed, June 17, 2015

Officials with a state agency came to Ventura County to provide some first hand information on pesticide exposure at a local high school. They told Ventura County Supervisors while the concern is valid, the problem isn’t severe enough to cause a health threat. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the update on the ongoing issue. Click on Read the Rest…


Officials Say Ventura County Girl Who Died After Roller Coaster Ride Passed Away From Natural Causes

Wed, June 17, 2015

Authorities say a Ventura County girl who died following a ride on a roller coaster at a Southern California amusement park passed away from natural causes. Jasmine Martinez of Somis lost consciousness after riding a coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia last Friday.  The ten year old girl died at a Los Angeles Read the Rest…


Economic Forecast By CLU Team Predicts Slow Growth For State, Nation

Tue, June 16, 2015

After a year of growth for California which topped the national average in 2014, a new forecast by a team of Ventura County economists is reporting a slower 2015. The latest forecast by the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting says the state will have 1.2% growth this year, compared to 1.8% Read the Rest…


Planning Blueprint For Eastern Goleta Valley To Be Considered by Ventura County Planning Commission

Tue, June 16, 2015

A plan intended to serve as a blueprint for future growth on more than 35 square miles of land on the South Coast will be the focus of a Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearing tomorrow. After seven years of work, the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan goes before the panel tomorrow. It sets guidelines Read the Rest…


Fatal Blaze In Santa Barbara County Ruled Accidental

Tue, June 16, 2015

An investigation into a house fire which killed a Santa Barbara County woman concluded the blaze was an accident. Lorraine Mathilda Schmerzler died in the April 27th fire at her Loureyro Road home in Montecito. Investigators from the Montecito Fire Department and the Santa Barbara County Arson Task Force say a faulty lamp electrical cord Read the Rest…


Wild Car Chase Ends With Crash, Arrest In Montecito

Tue, June 16, 2015

What started as an effort to stop a speeding driver in Santa Barbara County ended with a chase, crash, and search in a nearby neighborhood. It started around 12 this morning in the Carpinteria area. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a car for speeding at Highway 101, and Casitas Pass Road.  As the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Two Billion Dollar County Budget

Tue, June 16, 2015

Ventura County has a new, two billion dollar plus budget which beefs up health care, and human services programs, and provides funding for some new fire stations. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Budget


Ventura County Grand Jury Says There’s Public Confusion About Legality Of Solicitors Outside Of Stores

Tue, June 16, 2015

You’ve encountered them while entering or leaving a store. Solicitors may be asking you to sign a petition, or to make a donation to a non-profit group. The Ventura County Grand Jury looked at the issue of solicitation, and panhandling.  It found that while law enforcement agencies have a clear picture of what’s legal, and Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis Researchers Looking At Drought Related Energy Consumption By Agriculture

Tue, June 16, 2015

The drought is having many impacts on the state, but one that hasn’t received as much attention is increased power use for agriculture. A UC Santa Barbara team is working with UC Davis researchers, and a startup tech company on a novel approach to gathering data which could potentially improve energy and water use efficiency. Read the Rest…


Football Exhibition Featuring More Than 600 Historic Items From Super Bowl Rings, To Player Jerseys In Ventura County

Tue, June 16, 2015

It’s a football fan’s fantasy, and it’s in our backyard. From Super Bowl rings, to jerseys worn by everyone from Peyton manning to Jim Kelly, more than 600 football artifacts are now on display in a new exhibition at a Ventura County museum. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Simi Valley. Click on link Read the Rest…


Seven Arrested In Ventura County For Violating License Suspensions

Tue, June 16, 2015

It’s a sting operation which has been done several times in Ventura County targeting drivers who’ve just had their licenses suspended.  But, as many times as it’s happened, and all the media attention it’s received, people keep breaking the law. Oxnard Police set up a stakeout outside of the Ventura County Courthouse in Ventura where Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found Off Of San Nicholas Island

Tue, June 16, 2015

The body of a man has been recovered from the ocean bottom off of one of the Channel Islands. A recreational diver discovered the body off of San Nicholas Island Sunday.  The diver reported it to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which started a search to recover the body. They couldn’t find it Sunday, Read the Rest…


Associated Press Says Engineering Expert Links Shutdown, Restart Of Pumps To Santa Barbara County Oil Pipeline Break

Mon, June 15, 2015

An engineering expert says photos obtained by the Associated Press provide key evidence on why an oil pipeline ruptured May 19th in Santa Barbara County, causing a massive oil spill at Refugio State Beach. Robert Bea told the AP that the photos show exterior corrosion, which he says combined with documented interior wear set the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Dies; No Foul Play Suspected

Mon, June 15, 2015

A Santa Barbara County jail inmate died after Sheriff’s Department officials say he apparently collapsed from some type of a medical emergency. Custody deputies responded to reports of a man down in the housing unit of the main jail just after 12:30 this morning. They found Ray John Herrera on the ground in the restroom Read the Rest…


Central Coast Television Station Vandalized; Police Call Former Employee Suspect

Mon, June 15, 2015

Police say a former employee of a Central Coast television station is suspected of vandalizing the station, including damaging computers, knocking out windows, and smashing one station vehicle into another. Santa Maria Police arriving at the studios of KPMR, the Univision station for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties around 3:30 a.m. say they Read the Rest…


Ventura County Girl Dies Following Ride On Roller Coaster At Southern California Theme Park

Mon, June 15, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a Ventura County girl who apparently lost consciousness on a roller coaster at a Southern California amusement park, and later died at a hospital. Jasmine Martinez of Somis was riding the Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Friday. The ten year old was flown to a Los Read the Rest…


Repair Work Will Close Some 101 Freeway Lanes On The South Coast

Mon, June 15, 2015

If you’re going to be doing some evening or overnight traveling on the South Coast this week, you may hit some unexpected traffic due to a freeway repair project. Caltrans is continuing work on a project to replace some damaged concrete slabs on the 101 Freeway in the Montecito area. One of the two lanes Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed On Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, June 15, 2015

A woman was struck and killed on a Ventura County highway early this morning. It happened at about 2:30 a.m., on eastbound 126 near Victoria Avenue, in Ventura. Ventura Police, and CHP officers were called to the area by reports a woman was walking in the traffic lanes.  As they were responding, they received a Read the Rest…


Progress Reported In Efforts To Help Save Rare Frog In Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Mon, June 15, 2015

Efforts to re-introduce some rare frogs to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area have made some major progress. Biologists say they’ve found a number of juvenile Red-Legged frogs in two remote stream areas.  Last year, about 1000 eggs were taken from a stream north of the 101 Freeway, in the Simi Hills area, to Read the Rest…


Reward Offered For Arrest, Conviction Of Person Behind Attack On Sea Lon In Ventura County

Mon, June 15, 2015

A reward is now being offered in the case of a sea lion which died after being harpooned last month in Ventura County. The NOAA Fisheries Office Of Law Enforcement is offering up to $2500 for information leading to the conviction of whoever was responsible for the attack on the 500 plus pound sea lion. Read the Rest…


Five Teens Who Fled From Detention Facility Back In Custody On Central Coast

Mon, June 15, 2015

Five teens are in back in custody after authorities say they walked away from a teen detention facility in Santa Barbara County. The teens left the Los Prietos Boys Camp, in the Santa Ynez Valley yesterday.  They were reported missing at about 3:45 p.m. One teen was found, and taken into custody about a half Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors To Hold Hearings On Proposed One Billion Dollar General Fund Budget

Mon, June 15, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors are holding special hearings today as they review, and possibly vote on a proposed one billion dollar general fund budget for the new fiscal year. The budget plan is balanced, with an anticipated billion dollars in general fund revenue.  County officials say the upturn in the economy is helping the county’s financial Read the Rest…


Ventura County Prosecutors Don’t Pursue Charges In Case Of Laser Pointed At Plane

Mon, June 15, 2015

Prosecutors say no charges are planning in connection with an incident in which a laser was pointed at an aircraft flying above Ventura County, because investigators determined that it involved a police officer who thought he was pinpointing a drone. It happened May 2nd, in Simi Valley.  A small plane being flown by a student Read the Rest…


Death Of Man On Highway 101 On Central Coast Under Investigation

Sun, June 14, 2015

Authorities on the Central Coast are investigating what’s believed to be a hit and run crash which left a man dead. CHP officers and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to southbound Highway 101 in the Nipomo area around 9:15 Saturday night by reports of a collision. The body of a man was Read the Rest…


Cleanup Continues From Santa Barbara County Oil Spill; Major Progress Reported With Contamined Soil Removal Near Pipe Rupture Site

Sun, June 14, 2015

It’s been nearly a month since the disastrous Santa Barbara County oil spill, but offshore and onshore cleanup efforts are continuing this morning. Offshore, no new oily water has been spotted since June 3rd.  Three cleanup boats, and more than 5,000 feet of boom are still deployed.  Onshore, more than 900 workers are still involved Read the Rest…


Gun Buyback Program Nets More Than 200 Guns On South Coast

Sun, June 14, 2015

An effort to get guns off the streets of the South Coast collected more than 200 weapons over the weekend. The Santa Barbara Police Department and the Coalition Against Gun Violence teamed up for a gun buyback program.  Those who gave up their working handguns, rifles, and shotguns received free $100 supermarket gift cards during Read the Rest…


Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Pearlman Returning To South Coast As Part Of Arts Series

Fri, June 12, 2015

Acclaimed musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman are among the featured performers in the new season for a South Coast arts and culture series. UC Santa Barbara’s Arts and Lectures announced a 2015-2016 lineup which includes more than 60 events.  It includes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. Because Read the Rest…


Meeting Set Which Could Help Determine Fate Of Financially Troubled South Coast Municipal Golf Course

Fri, June 12, 2015

One of the South Coast most popular municipal golf courses is in financial trouble, and its future will be the focus of a special meeting next week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course


New Details Released About Officer Involved Fatal Shooting On Central Coast

Fri, June 12, 2015

Authorities have released some new details about an officer involved shooting on the Central Coast which left a murder suspect dead. Santa Maria Police were called to a home on the 300 block of West Williams Street last Friday night by reports of a stabbing.  Officers say they were confronted by Jesus Quezada Gomez, who Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researcher Says There’s More Than Drought Behind Massive Number Of Tree Deaths In California

Fri, June 12, 2015

You’ve heard reports for the last few months that 12 million trees in California have died, with the drought to blame for it. But, scientists with a UC Santa Barbara based researcher center say it isn’t that simple, with other major factors like heat and insects involved. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the Read the Rest…


Multi-Millionaire Donates Historic Gas Station To City Of Goleta For Preservation

Thu, June 11, 2015

A historic South Coast gas station dating back to the 1920’s is going to be preserved, thanks to a local millionaire. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Historic Goleta Gas Station Preserved


The Beach Boys, Jay Leno Among Headliners For New Season At Ventura County Performing Arts Venue

Thu, June 11, 2015

A non-profit performing arts group which brings big name musicians, comedians, and other performers to Ventura County is announcing a new season which includes The Beach Boys, Chris Isaak, and Jay Leno. The Civic Arts Plaza Foundation has announced a nine event 2015-16 season at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. It’s a lineup which Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Leaders Say County’s Financial Outlook Improving; Adopt $965 Million Dollar Budget

Thu, June 11, 2015

Santa Barbara County has adopted a $965 million dollar budget, avoiding some of the painful cuts which occurred in past years. County Supervisors approved a spending plan which includes more funding for fire protection, and money for the county’s new jail complex being built in Santa Maria. Some departments saved money by leaving some vacant Read the Rest…


Discovery Of Man’s Body In Ventura County Under Investigation

Thu, June 11, 2015

Authorities are hoping an autopsy will help determine what happened to a man whose body was found in a river bottom in Ventura County. The body was discovered just after 8:30 last night, near the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive.  That’s an unincorporated area of the county just outside of Ventura. Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Calls For Steps To Improve Foster Care, Adoption System

Thu, June 11, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is calling for efforts to improve the foster care, and adoption system in the county. The report says that there is sometimes an inadequate amount of guidance, and information for foster parents who want to adopt the child in their care. The Grand Jury says this communication gap Read the Rest…


South Coast Port Looks At Latest In Technology To Enhance Security

Thu, June 11, 2015

It’s the South Coast’s biggest economic window to the world, with billions of dollars in goods from bananas to brand new BMW’s passing through it annually. That makes security a big concern at the Port of Hueneme, with issues ranging from serving as a portal for hidden, dangerous cargo to potential terrorism. Yesterday, more than Read the Rest…


Public Watchdog Group Questions Safety Of Some Used Vehicles Sold By National Chain At Ventura County Outlet

Thu, June 11, 2015

A public watchdog group which examined used cars for sale at two California dealerships, including one in Ventura County says a significant number of the vehicles had unfixed federal safety recall issues. CalPIRG examined records of vehicles for sale at CarMax locations in Oxnard and Sacramento during a two day period in May.  CarMax is Read the Rest…


Investigation Rejects Claims Some Oxnard Police Got Tattoos To Celebrate Involvement In Shootings

Wed, June 10, 2015

Oxnard Police say an independent investigation has found no evidence to support allegations that some officers had been getting tattoos to celebrate involvement in officer involved shootings. The reports surfaced last summer when a journalist claimed to have information that officers were getting specific tattoos on their shoulders after a shooting. Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Read the Rest…


Price Tag For Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Now Put At $69 Million; Growing By Three Million Dollars A Day

Wed, June 10, 2015

The price tag for cleaning up Santa Barbara County’s oil spill has now reached $69 million dollars, and is gowing by about $3 million dollars a day. That’s according to officials with Plains All American Pipeline, which owns the ruptured pipeline responsible for the May 19th spill near Refugio State Beach.  Plains says it will Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Members Of The Law Enforcement Community On Central, South Coasts Taking Part In Special Olympics Torch Run

Wed, June 10, 2015

Hundreds of members of the law enforcement community on the Central, and South Coasts are taking time out of their lives to support the Special Olympics. They are taking part in the “Flame of Hope” torch run to support the games. Runners ranging from CHP officers, to local police, and even prosecutors and probation officers Read the Rest…


New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Critical Of County’s Handling Of Information Technology Projects

Wed, June 10, 2015

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says that the county’s government is inconsistent in managing new information technology projects, citing as an example issues with a new medical health records system. The Grand Jury used the county’s implementation of conversion to an electronic health records system as a way of examining IT project management. Read the Rest…


Landmark South Coast Fountain Becoming Planter Due To Drought

Wed, June 10, 2015

A three decade old fountain which is an often photographed South Coast landmark is being converted into a planter, because of the drought. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Dolphin Fountain


Sexual Predators Attack Jogger On Central Coast

Wed, June 10, 2015

The search is on for a pair of sexual predators on the Central Coast. A woman who was jogging about 10 p.m. Monday night in Orcutt was sexually assaulted.. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say the woman had stopped to tie a shoe while she was on Orcutt Road, near Rice Ranch Road when two Read the Rest…


Storm Brings Half To Three Quarters Of An Inch Of Rain To Parts Of Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Wed, June 10, 2015

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bianca ended up bringing more rainfall than expected to parts of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, with a half to three quarters of an inch of rain in some locations. In Santa Barbara County, both Santa Barbara and Carpinteria had about  .70” of rain.  Gibraltar Dam had .94” of rainfall, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Dies In Santa Barbara County Traffic Accident

Wed, June 10, 2015

A traffic accident in Santa Barbara County left one Ventura County resident dead, and two others injured. The driver of a car headed westbound on Highway 154, on San Marcos Pass just after seven last night lost control of it while rounding a curve near Painted Cave Road. The vehicle went over an embankment, and Read the Rest…


Four Arrested For Serial Burglary Ring Stretching From Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties To Nevada

Wed, June 10, 2015

Four people are behind bars this morning, following the breakup of a burglary ring which may have struck more than two dozen times in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Detectives say the burglars would check up on their targets before going into action, to try to make sure no one was at home to interrupt Read the Rest…


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