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Incumbent’s Lead In Still Unsettled Congressional Race In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Continues To Grow

Wed, November 12, 2014

An incumbent’s lead in a still unsettled congressional race in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties is growing, as counting of vote by mail, and provisional ballots continues. With more than 157,000 votes counted in the 26th District Congressional race, Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley now has a 2300 vote lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell. The Read the Rest…


Some Police Departments In Region Looking For New Officers

Wed, November 12, 2014

Retirements, and officers leaving to take jobs with other agencies are prompting some local police department to start recruting, to fill vacancies. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Police Officer Shortages


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Helping To Restore Sight To Hundreds Of Thousands Around World

Wed, November 12, 2014

A unique non-profit agency based in Santa Barbara County has been sending medical teams around the world for decades, and is credited with helping some 400,000 people improve, or even regain their lost sight. Surgical Eye Expeditions International is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on linki to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Gets Unusual Looking New Resident

Tue, November 11, 2014

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s newest resident is perhaps one of the most unusual looking babies at the zoo. Zoo officials say a male anteater pup was born at the zoo last Thursday.  The pup is being reared in a holding area at the zoo, but is expected to go on public display around the end Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Pursuit On Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County

Tue, November 11, 2014

Two people are behind bars in Santa Barbara County following a wild chase involving an SUV. The CHP says a man, and woman drivingan SUV stolen from a Salinas auto dealership were spotted on Highway 101 in northern Santa Barbara County. It led to a chase with speeds topping 100 miles an hour. Safety concerns Read the Rest…


Veterans Day Remembered on South Coast

Tue, November 11, 2014

From flyovers by vintage planes, to marches, and speeches, those who served in uniform were remembered during Veterans Day events on the South Coast. From Santa Barbara to Simi Valley, a number of ceremonies took place in our region today. Oxnard, Moorpark, Port Hueneme, and Simi Valley were among the local communities hosting commemorative events.


Two Sought After Pursuit In Ventura County

Tue, November 11, 2014

Two people are being sought in Ventura County after a dangerous car chase early this morning. Oxnard police pulled over an SUV for a traffic violation just after 2 a.m. near Laurel, and C Streets.  A passenger jumped out of the SUV, and ran away, while the driver sped away from the scene.  The officer Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighter Injured Battling Blaze

Tue, November 11, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which gutted a garage, damaged a home, and sent a Ventura firefighter to the hospital with burns. The fire was discovered just before 8 last night, on the 100 block of Warner Street in Ventura.  More than two dozen firefighters from the Ventura City, Read the Rest…


New Program Run By Non-Profit In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Helps Unemployed Veterans Get Jobs

Tue, November 11, 2014

It’s Veterans Day, the day when we take time to honor those who served our country in uniform. A program in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties is helping some of the veterans in our region who’ve hit tough times.  The project is less than a year old, but it’s already helped place more than 100 Read the Rest…


South Coast City Planning Crackdown On Lawbreaking Bicyclists

Mon, November 10, 2014

Some South Coast police say for the next few days, they’re going to be crack down on two wheeled lawbreakers. Santa Barbara Police say the city has one of the highest number of vehicle-bicycle collisions of cities for its size in the state. So, for the next two days police will be looking for issues Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara Ready To Implement Second Phase Of Plastic Bag Ban

Mon, November 10, 2014

Recycling efforts are going to step up a notch in Santa Barbara this week, when the second phase of a plastic bag ban ordinance take effect. In May, the ordinance required stores which are more than 10,000 square feet to ban plastic bags, and offer paper bags for ten cents each, or allow shoppers to Read the Rest…


Pair Of Earthquakes Rattle Some Of The Channel Islands

Mon, November 10, 2014

A pair of earthquakes rattled parts of the Channel Islands early this morning. A magnitude 3.4 quake struck at 12:40 a.m., followed by a 4.1 at 12:42 a.m.  They were both centered about 12 miles southwest of San Clemente Islands.  There were no reports of damage, or injuries.


Adult Education Program On South Coast Celebrating First Anniversary As Self-Sufficent Program

Mon, November 10, 2014

An adult education program on the South Coast which served thousands of people annually became another casualty of the state funding crisis. But, college officials, students, and teachers rallied, and came up with a creative approach to keeping the program running by making it self sufficient. The Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Professor Honored With Physics Award

Mon, November 10, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara professor has received one of the highest awards in physics. The American Physical Society has awarded UCSB Physics professor Matthew Fisher its 2015 Oliver Buckley Prize for his pioneering work on quantum particles. The more than six decade old award is one of the most prestigious in physics.  Fischer shares the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gets Major Grant To Try To Reduce Traffic Deaths, Injuries

Mon, November 10, 2014

A Ventura County community has received more than $300,000 to try to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The City of Oxnard got a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a number of safety efforts.  The activities include education, DUI checkpoints, distracted driving enforcement, and stakeout operations focused on repeat offenders.


State Senate Committee Holds Hearing In Santa Barbara County On How Government Should Be Dealing With Impacts Of Climate Change

Fri, November 7, 2014

Preparing California for the impacts of climate change was the focus of a State Senate hearing in Santa Barbara this afternoon: Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara chaired the hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee of Emergency Management. It looked at how climate change is adding to issues like brush fires, and how Read the Rest…


Latest Numbers Show Julia Brownley With Eight Tenths Of A Percent Lead Over Jeff Gorell In Ventura County Congressional Race

Fri, November 7, 2014

A tight congressional race in Ventura County apparently won’t be settled anytime soon. More than 40,000 vote by mail, and provisional ballots still need to be counted in the county, and those ballots will decide who will represent the 26th Congressional District for the next two years. Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley has had a slight Read the Rest…


New Study Shows Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Provides $1.4 Billion Dollar Economic Boost To Region

Fri, November 7, 2014

A new study commissioned by a Central Coast university shows that the campus contributes $1.4 billion to the local economy. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo officials say one of the university’s biggest impacts in San Luis Obispo, and northern Santa Barbara Counties is its $254 million dollar annual faculty, and staff payroll. Students spend close Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Suspicious Death On Central Coast Tied To Drug Use

Fri, November 7, 2014

The just released results of an autopsy on a Central Coast man show illegal drugs were the key factor in the death. San Luis Obispo Police were called to a mobile home park on the 3800 block of South Higuera Street July 25th by reports that a resident hadn’t been seen for a few days, Read the Rest…


Vandals Go On Crime Wave In South Coast Community, Damaging 16 Vehicles

Fri, November 7, 2014

Ventura Police have issue an alert, asking for the public’s help in identifying vandals who damaged at least 16 vehicles. Someone slashed the tires overnight on vehicles parked in the areas of Poli Street, and Ferro Drive. In most of the cases, the vandals slashed all four tires on each vehicle. Police are asking people Read the Rest…


Owner Of Construction Company In Santa Barbara County Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison, Ordered To Pay $2.1 Million In Restitution

Fri, November 7, 2014

The owner of a Santa Barbara county construction company has been sentenced to nine years in prison, after being convicted of grand theft, in which prosecutors say he stole more than $1.2 million dollars from some local banks. David James Lack owned Lack Construction.  Prosecutors say in 2007, he received $1.2 million dollars in loans Read the Rest…


Work Continuing On Major Flood Control Project In Santa Barbara

Fri, November 7, 2014

Work is continuing on a major project intended to help ease potential flooding problems in Santa Barbara, as well as enhaning a creek bed. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Flood Control Project


New Program Offered By Some South Coast Fire Department Giving On The Spot Aid To Disaster Victims

Fri, November 7, 2014

Some South Coast firefighters called to the scene of a fire are now going to be doing more than putting out the blaze. Firefighters with two fire departments in the region are part of a new program which is offering on the spot emergency aid to some disaster victims. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congressional Remains Unsettled; Democratic Incumbent Shows Slight Bump In Numbers Over Republican Challenger

Thu, November 6, 2014

Efforts to count more than 50,000 vote by mail, and provisional ballots in Ventura County from Tuesday’s election continued today, an effort which is especially critical in one unsettled local congressional race. After all 533 precincts ballots were counted Tuesday, less than a half percent separated 26th District Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, and Read the Rest…


The Calendar May Say November, But Brush Fire Danger On South Coast Remains High

Thu, November 6, 2014

It was just a week ago we had rain in the forecast, but a return to hot, dry weather has again opened the door to brush fire danger. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to some South Coast fire chiefs about the situation. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Brush Fire Danger


Man Convicted Of Hate Crime For Cross Burning On Central Coast Gets Reduced Sentence

Thu, November 6, 2014

A man sent to prison after a cross was burned outside the home of an African American family on the Central Coast is getting a reduced sentenced, after an appeals court ruled that some of the charges he was facing were redundant. Jeremiah Hernandez of San Simeon was convicted of charges ranging from arson, to Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Gets Purple Heart Trail Signs In Ventura County Today

Thu, November 6, 2014

Just in time for Veterans Day, commuters on the South Coast are going to see reminders of some of the sacrifices made by those who served our country in uniform. Legislation sponsored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and passed by the State Legislature designated a segment of Highway 101 in Ventura Read the Rest…


Angel Investor Applies Heavenly Touch To UC Santa Barbara

Thu, November 6, 2014

An angel investor who’s backed a number of technology projects in Santa Barbara County is now putting some of his money behind UC Santa Barbara. Christian Felipe has made a million dollar endowment to UCSB’s Technology Management Program.  The money will be used to support a new Master’s degree in Technology Management.  It’s a nine Read the Rest…


Ventura County United Way Picks New Executive Director

Thu, November 6, 2014

One of Ventura County’s leading non-profit groups is getting a new Executive Director. Eric Harrison will take over as head of the United Way of Ventura County December 1st. Harrison has been serving as head of Gay and Lesbian Housing in Hollywood, which is the nation’s first LGBT affordable senior housing project. During his career, Read the Rest…


Emmy Award Winning Television Show Producer In Santa Barbara Now Has New Novel

Thu, November 6, 2014

An Emmy award winning television writer, and producer from Santa Barbara worked on more than a half dozen of television’s biggest kids shows, like “Rugrats,” and “Ren And Stimpy.” Michael Kriegman was also the creator of a pioneering sitcom aimed at teens. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the writer, whose latest project is a new Read the Rest…


Body Of Movie Executive Last Seen In Ventura County Two Years Ago Found

Thu, November 6, 2014

The remains of a movie executive who was last seen alive in Ventura County in 2012 have been positively identified, but there’s no word on the cause of death. Some hikers found the body of Gavin Smith October 26th in the desert outside of Palmdale.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office this week positively confirmed Read the Rest…


Hospice Organization On South Coast Getting New Executive Director

Wed, November 5, 2014

An organization on the South Coast which offers free help to people facing life threatening illnesses, and their their families is getting a new Executive Director. David Selberg will take over the helm of Hospice of Santa Barbara next January.  Selberg was chosen after a nationwide search, but he’s no stranger to Santa Barbara’s non-profit Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Arson Fire

Wed, November 5, 2014

A man has been arrested for what police are saying was an arson attack at a Ventura home. Robert Ryan Alamillo of Fillmore was arrested by Ventura Police following a six month long investigation. Investigators say on May 6th, the 21 year old man started a fire on the 7800 block of Costa Mesa Street Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Potential High On South Coast

Wed, November 5, 2014

It’s been less than a week since we had rain on the South Coast, but higher than average temperatures, and gusty winds have created potentially dangerous brush fire conditions. A Red Flag warning for high fire danger is in effect for coastal, and inland valleys in Ventura County, as well as for the San Fernando Read the Rest…


Man Sought For Equine Related Thefts in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

A man is being sought by authorities in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties for some very unusual equine related burglaries. The man wasn’t stealing horses.  He’s been targeting horse saddles, which might not sound like a big deal at first.  But, the several custom, high end saddles taken from at least four locations have a Read the Rest…


Central Coast Voters Approve Bonds For Education Projects

Wed, November 5, 2014

Some Central Coast voters approved a $275 million dollar bond measure to improve community college facilities. Measure L calls for upgrading infrastructure in the San Luis Obispo County Community College District. It needed the support of the district’s voters in San Luis Obispo County, and also in a part of Monterey County which is also Read the Rest…


Schools Superintendent In Ventura County Announces Retirement, But Will Join Faculty At Local University

Wed, November 5, 2014

A longtime schools superintendent in Ventura County has announced her retirement, but she won’t stop working in education. Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga will leave her post next summer, but then join the faculty at California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Education.  Arriaga will celebrate her 40th year with the school district Read the Rest…


Congressional Race Still Up In The Air In Ventura County; More Than 50,000 Votes Still Have To Be Counted

Wed, November 5, 2014

The November 4th election is now history, but it could be several days still before we know the final results in one South Coast race. The 26th District Congressional race in Ventura County is still too close to call.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  26th Congressional District Read the Rest…


Sales Tax Proposals Approved By San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach Voters

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters said yes to some sales tax proposals on the Central Coast, to raise money for things like public safety. Voters in San Luis Obispo approved an extension of a sales tax which was set to expire. The half cent tax raised about five million dollars annually for the city. Voters agreed to extend the Read the Rest…


Jacqui Irwin Apparent Winner in 44th District State Assembly Race; Das Williams Easily Wins Re-Election In 37th District

Wed, November 5, 2014

It turned into a tight race, but it appears a Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman has defeated a Conejo Valley pastor to win Ventura County’s 44th District State Assembly seat. Democrat Jacqui Irwin had 51% of the vote to Republican Rob McCoy’s 49%. Another Assembly race in our region wasn’t quite as close. 37th District Assemblyman Read the Rest…


One Congressional Race Too Tight To Call, Two Other Settled; Wrapup Of November 4th Election Results

Wed, November 5, 2014

One congressional race is still too close to call, and two others are settled.  And, two controversial measures in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have gone down to defeat. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a wrapup of major local races, and issues on the November 4th ballot. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Election 2014 Read the Rest…


School Bond Measure In Santa Ynez Valley Fails

Wed, November 5, 2014

A majority of voters in the Santa Ynez Valley favored a $12 million dollar school bond measure, but it wasn’t enough for it to pass.  Measure Y, in the College School District, needed a 55% yes vote to pass, but only received a 50.3% .  It’s the second time a bond measure of this type Read the Rest…


Voters In Central Coast City Approve Trio Of Tax Measures To Try To Avoid Municipal Bankruptcy

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters in one Central Coast City heard the pleas of leaders for financial help. Guadalupe officials had said that if a trio of tax measures failed at the ballot box, the city might have to file for bankruptcy. Voters overwhelming approved measures V, W, and X.  The measures include increasing the city’s utility tax for Read the Rest…


Julia Brownley Has Less Than Half Percent Lead Over Jeff Gorell In 26th District Congressional Race

Wed, November 5, 2014

Some political analysts predicted the 26th District Congressional race in Ventura County would be tight, and they were right. With all 533 precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley has a thin 50.2% lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell, who has 49.8% of the vote.  Less than 600 votes separate the two candidates, with absentee and Read the Rest…


Challenger Defeats Incumbent In SLO County Fourth District Supervisorial Seat

Wed, November 5, 2014

There’s going to be a change on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Businesswoman Lynn Compton defeated appointed incumbent Caren Ray for the Fourth District Supervisorial seat.  Compton received 53% of the vote to Ray’s 46%.  The Fourth District includes parts of southern San Luis Obispo County, including Nipomo, Arroyo Grande and Oceano.


Voters Reject Controversial Proposal To Change Business License Tax Structure In City of Port Hueneme

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters in the City of Port Hueneme have rejected a controversial proposal to change the city’s business license tax structure, a move intended to generate more revenue for the city. Measure M called for reducing business license taxes for small businesses, and adding, or increasing them for larger businesses.  The Port of Hueneme opposed the Read the Rest…


Mixed Election Results For Education Bond Measures In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

It was a mixed election day for education bond measures in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Perhaps the highest profile effort, a major bond measure to help the Santa Barbara Community College District failed.  Measure S, a proposal to upgrade the college district’s infrastructure needed a 55% yes vote to pass, but ended up with Read the Rest…


Lois Capps Wins Ninth Term As Congresswoman For Tri-Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara has won her ninth term representing the Tri-Counties. Capps defeated Republican challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24th District Congressional seat by a 52% to 48% margin.  The district includes all of San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County.


Voters Reject Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, Proposal To Ban Fracking

Tue, November 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County voters rejected a proposal to ban so-called high intensity oil, and gas drilling operations like fracking, acid well stimulation, and cyclic steam injection. Measure P failed by a 61% to 39% margin, trailing throughout the whole evening as election returns were counted.  The proposal drew strong support from the environmental community, and Read the Rest…


Voters Deciding A Number Of Races, Issues On Central Coast

Tue, November 4, 2014

It is of course Election Day on the Central Coast, and voters are deciding a number of races, and issues. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps is facing Republican challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24th District seat, which includes all of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. In Santa Barbara County, voters will decide the fate Read the Rest…


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