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Major Freeway Interchange On Central Coast To Be Closed For Roadwork

Mon, March 16, 2015

A major freeway interchange on the Central Coast is going to be closed overnight for a major overhaul. A crew is going to realign traffic, move k-rails, and restripe the Highway 101 on and offramps at Los Osos Valley Road.  The closure will be in effect from 9 tonight, until 6 tomorrow morning.


Central Coast Beaches Closed By Shark Scare

Mon, March 16, 2015

Some popular Central Coast beaches remain closed this morning in the wake of a shark sighting. Vandenberg Air Force base closed its beaches after a shark was spotted just before 6 p.m. Friday.  The beaches are currently set to remain closed until tomorrow morning. There have been two fatal shark attacks on the base’s beaches Read the Rest…


Woman Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Mon, March 16, 2015

A woman is dead, after two vehicles headed the same direction on an Oxnard street sideswiped each other, causing one of them to crash. A car, and an SUV were both headed southbound on Ventura Avenue near Doris Avenue around 10:30 Saturday night, when for some reason they hit each other. The SUV veered off Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Rescued After Becoming Lost, Stuck In Ravine During Hike

Mon, March 16, 2015

A man is recovering from a scare in Ventura County, when he became lost on a hike, and had to call for help when he became trapped in a ravine. The Oxnard man was hiking near the 3400 block of Foothill Drive yesterday just before noon when he became disoriented. He called 911, but because Read the Rest…


Engineer From Central Coast Playing Key Role In Space Mission To Asteroid Belt Between Mars And Jupiter

Mon, March 16, 2015

An engineer who got his college education on the Central Coast is one of the command team members for a spacecraft which is giving us an unprecedented look at the asteroid belt between Mars, and Jupiter. The unmanned “Dawn” spacecraft is at now at one of the key points in its now seven year long Read the Rest…


Man Gets 38 Years To Life Sentence For Human Trafficking Case In Santa Barbara County

Fri, March 13, 2015

A man has been sentenced to 38 years, to life in prison after being convicted of more than 70 counts in what’s being called Santa Barbara County first human trafficking trial. Prosecutors say Brannon Pitcher was involved in a human trafficking in Florida when text messages intercepted by the FBI led to discovery of another Read the Rest…


Man Dead After Fall Off Cliff On Central Coast

Fri, March 13, 2015

A young man is dead, after he apparently fell off a cliff in the Avila Beach area. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Pirates Cove area just after 2 p.m. by reports a man was walking near the edge of a cliff, and then fell.  A swimmer was able to pull Read the Rest…


Cal Poly To Bring In Outside Investigators To Look At Wild Party Which Led To Building’s Collapse, And Injuries

Fri, March 13, 2015

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is bringing in independent investigators as it tries to determine exactly what led to a wild party in which so many people climbed onto the roof of a garage that it collapsed. The accident last weekend in San Luis Obispo left more than a half dozen people hurt. Police had Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Held For Santa Barbara Firefighter Who Died Unexpectedly

Fri, March 13, 2015

It’s been a tough day for public safety workers on the South Coast, with hundreds attending a memorial for a Santa Barbara firefighter who died unexpectedly last week. The memorial event for Daniel Corrigan started during the lunch hour today in Ventura, with a caravan of fire trucks, and other vehicles driving to Santa Barbara. Read the Rest…


Heat Wave Expected to Bring Highs in Mid-80′s To Much Of Central Coast

Fri, March 13, 2015

It’s going to be a sizzling weekend on the Central Coast. A high pressure ridge affecting the West Coast means we could see record temperatures tomorrow and Sunday, even for coastal areas. Temperatures could be in the upper 80’s to low 90’s. Santa Ynez could reach 86 this weekend, Santa Maria 88, and San Luis Read the Rest…


Mopup Efforts Continue With Ventura County Brush Fire

Fri, March 13, 2015

Firefighters are continuing to mop up at the scene of a brush fire which burned more than 20 acres of brush between Ventura, and Ojai, and at one point forced a number of evacuations. The fire is off of the 5300 block of North Ventura Avenue, and it burned into the Ventura Riverbed area. Ventura Read the Rest…


Pacific Coast Highway Reopened Near Malibu After Brief Closure Due To Brushfire

Fri, March 13, 2015

The Pacific Coast Highway has reopened after a brief closure between Malibu, and Santa Monica today due to a brush fire. The blaze broke out in the Tuna Canyon area this morning. Los Angeles County firefighters had to deal with heat, rugged terrain, and thick brush, but have been able to keep the blaze to Read the Rest…


Costume Designer Who Was Six Time Oscar Nominee Dies In Ventura County

Fri, March 13, 2015

A Hollywood costume designer with six Oscar nominations to her credit has died at her Ventura County home. Patricia Norris received her most recent Academy Award nomination last year, for “12 Years A Slave.”  Past nominations included her work on “The Elephant Man” in 1980, and “Victor Victoria” in 1982. Norris had more than 100 Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Between Ventura And Oxnard Now 80% Contained; No Structures Damaged

Fri, March 13, 2015

Some firefighters were out all night trying to fully contain a brush fire between Ventura, and Ojai last night which initially forced the evacuation of about 250 people. The 22 acre fire was discovered at around 4 p.m. off of the 5300 block of North Ventura Avenue.  That’s just behind the Brooks Institute Ventura Campus, Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands Nursing Students Refurbish Old Travel Trailer To Start Community Clinic In Oxnard

Fri, March 13, 2015

They’re still students, but that isn’t stopping some nursing students from reaching out to help provide some basic medical care in a poor South Coast neighborhood. The Cal State Channel Islands students took a run down travel trailer and fixed it up, and opened it as a community clinic. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Read the Rest…


Fire Hits Central Coast Apartment Complex, Leaving Two Injured

Fri, March 13, 2015

Two people suffered minor injuries, and more than three dozen displaced by an apartment complex fire on the Central Coast. The fire was discovered just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday, in buildings near the intersection of Sonja Lane, and Depot Street in Santa Maria. The fire started in the attic of an upstairs unit, but the Read the Rest…


Firefighters Expected To Be On Scene Of Brush Fire In Ventura County Overnight

Thu, March 12, 2015

Firefighters say they expect to be on the scene of a brush fire all night that’s burned about 15 acres of land between between Ventura, and Ojai. It forced the evacuation of about 250 people right after it was discovered at around 4 p.m. off of the 5300 block of North Ventura Avenue. That’s just Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Thu, March 12, 2015

Police on the Central Coast say they’ve arrested a San Luis Obispo man who had numerous images, and videos of child pornography. An Arroyo Grande Police Department detective who’s part of a regional child pornography task force discovered a local link to some of the images, and notified San Luis Obispo Police. The department got Read the Rest…


Los Angeles Man Admits Molesting Ventura County Girls By Luring Them With Promises They Would Meet Pop Star

Thu, March 12, 2015

A Los Angeles man received an 18 years, to life state prison sentence after prosecutors say he repeatedly molested two Ventura County girls by luring them with the possibility they would meet pop star Justin Bieber. Jeremy Yeron was set to go on trial when he changed his plea from guilty, to not guilty. Prosecutors Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Up To 15 Acres; Some 250 People Evacuated

Thu, March 12, 2015

A brush fire between Ventura, and Ojai forced the evacuation of about 250 people this afternoon, and is still out of control. The now 15 acre fire was discovered just before 4 p.m. off of the 5300 block of North Ventura Avenue. It prompted the evacuation of the Brooks Institute Ventura Campus. More than 120 Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Prompts Evacuation Of 250 People In Ventura County

Thu, March 12, 2015

Some 250 people were evacuated as the result of a brush fire between Ventura, and Ojai. The fire was discovered just before 4 p.m. off of the 5300 block of North Ventura Avenue. It prompted the evacuation of the Brooks Institute Ventura Campus. More than 120 firefighters are fighting the fire, which is about two Read the Rest…


Military Drill Results In Some Central Coast Schools Being Placed On Lockdown

Thu, March 12, 2015

Two Central Coast schools were put on lockdown today after gunshots were reported in the area, but it turned out to be sounds from drill nearby. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the San Miguel area by the gunfire sounds just after noon today.  Lillian Larsen School, and Almond Acres Charter Academy Read the Rest…


South Coast University Taking Part in What’s Being Called Groundbreaking Study Of Sports Concussions

Thu, March 12, 2015

A South Coast university is now one of 21 nationwide taking part in what’s being called the most comprehensive studies ever of concussions. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Concussions Study


Nude Man Arrested After Police Say He Tried To Take Ventura Officer’s Gun

Thu, March 12, 2015

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he attacked his mother, ran nude into a Ventura neighborhood, and then tried to take a gun from one of the officers who tried to control him. It happened just before six this morning, on the 1200 block of Via Arroyo.  Police say a woman called Read the Rest…


Heat Wave In Forecast For South Coast; Expected To Peak Over Weekend

Thu, March 12, 2015

Get ready for a heat wave. Today was just a taste of what’s expected to come during the next few days, with record setting heat predicted for the weekend. An upper level high pressure system will mean that even coastal communities could reach the 90’s. Ventura, and Santa Barbara County public health officials are reminding Read the Rest…


South Coast Neighborhood Gets New Pocket Park

Thu, March 12, 2015

A crowded South Coast neighborhood now has its first park. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a small piece of land left over from a flood control project is now a mini-park. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Pocket Park


Central Coast Post Office Renamed After Corrections Officer Who Died In The Line Of Duty

Thu, March 12, 2015

A Central Coast post office has been dedicated to a corrections officer who died in the line of duty. The Lompoc Post Office today was renamed the Federal Correctional Officer Scott J. Williams Memorial Post Office.  Williams was a former Marine, and Gulf War veteran who was fatally stabbed by an inmate at the U.S. Read the Rest…


Island Fox Recovery From Near Extinction So Strong In Could be Removed From Endangered Species List

Thu, March 12, 2015

A tiny mammal only found off our coastline, in the Channel Islands, has made a remarkable comeback from near extinction. The recovery effort for the Island Fox is going so well, it could be removed from the endangered species list. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest developments in a story we’ve now been following for Read the Rest…


Magazine Scam Targeting Some Ventura County Residents

Thu, March 12, 2015

There’s a warning this morning about some phony solicitors going door to door in Ventura County, claiming to represent a real non-profit. People selling magazines have been going door to door in the Camarillo area, claiming to represent the Camarillo Boys And Girls Club. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say it’s a scam, and that the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Architect Receives National Recognition

Wed, March 11, 2015

An architect in Santa Barbara County who oversees landmarks like the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is getting national recognition. Robert Ooley is the first county architect in California to be named to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects.  He’s worked for the county since 1989, and became County Architect in 2002. Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death in South Coast Park Now Being Identified

Wed, March 11, 2015

A man shot to death in a South Coast park is now being identified. Port Hueneme Police say Armando Sanchez was shot to death as he was walking with another man in Port Hueneme’s Moranda Park Monday night. The 21 year old man died at the scene shortly after the shooting. Police are trying to Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Fraud, Forgery Scam Impacting Some Ventura, Santa Barbara County Residents

Wed, March 11, 2015

Two people have been arrested in connection with an identity theft, and fraud scam which potentially had more than 250 victims in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and three other California counties. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they arrested Rosel Magistrado and Jeffery Greenfield of Agoura Hills following a two month long investigation. Investigators say the duo Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Approves Major Changes in Finances For Municipal Golf Course

Wed, March 11, 2015

There’s a major shakeup in the works for a popular South Coast municipal golf course because of its financial problems. The Santa Barbara Golf Club has been self-sustaining, but the City of Santa Barbara owned golf course has eaten through much of its reserves during the last few years. Last night, the City Council approved Read the Rest…


Burglars Hitting Lockers At High End Health Clubs In Ventura County

Wed, March 11, 2015

A trio of men has something much more than fitness behind their visits to health clubs in the Conejo Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the three men have been burglarizing lockers at high end athletic clubs in the area. The string of burglaries started in January, and involves three middle-aged men, two of which Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Pushes For Reforms In California’s Oil, Gas Drilling Regulatory Agency

Wed, March 11, 2015

A Santa Barbara based state senator has introduced legislation to overhaul the agency which oversees oil and gas development, because she feels it isn’t doing enough to protect the public. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is introducing SB 545, which calls for major reforms for the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, commonly Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Working With Local Schoolchildren To Help Stock Children’s Library In Kenya

Wed, March 11, 2015

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit group is helping kids halfway around the world get educations. First, the non-profit helped open the first ever school in a small Kenyan community.  Now, it’s organized a campaign with schools in our area to raise money to stock a new library for the school. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Jobless Rate Up In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, March 11, 2015

The latest unemployment figures for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties show a spike in the jobless rate. In Ventura County, the number of people out of work went from 6.2% in December, to 6.4% in January. Santa Barbara County went from a 6% unemployment rate in December, to  6.5% in January. The picture was a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Working With Local Schoolchildren To Help Stock Children’s Library In Kenya

Wed, March 11, 2015

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit group is helping kids halfway around the world get educations. First, the non-profit helped open the first ever school in a small Kenyan community.  Now, it’s organized a campaign with schools in our area to raise money to stock a new library for the school. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up On Central Coast

Wed, March 11, 2015

The latest unemployment figures for the Central Coast show a rise in the jobless rate for the start of the New Year. Santa Barbara County went from a 6% unemployment rate in December, to  6.5% in January. In San Luis Obispo County, the numbers went from 5.1% in December, to 5.4% in January. The picture Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Creates Free Phone App To Try To Better Serve Residents

Tue, March 10, 2015

A Central Coast community is going high-tech in the way in communicates with residents. Pismo Beach has created a free app called “Pismo Pulse.” The idea is to give residents a way to get information on things like city council activity, and community events. They can also use the app to submit, view, and track Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Reject Giving Themselves Big Pay Hike, But Will Consider Cost of Living Increase

Tue, March 10, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors rejected recommendations from a citizens committee to give themselves substantial raises to bring salaries in line with other counties around the state, but will look at a smaller cost of living hike. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  Santa Barbara Couny Supervisors Salaries


Man Arrested After Bizarre Attack On Ventura Police Officer

Tue, March 10, 2015

A Ventura Police officer is recovering from minor injuries he suffered in a bizarre incident when a man grabbed him with a bear hug, and then used his forehead to smash the officer in the face. It started just before six last night, when the officer was helping to deal with a traffic accident on Read the Rest…


Fire Which Killed Woman On South Coast Now Being Called Accidental

Tue, March 10, 2015

Investigators now say that the cause of a fatal house fire in Ventura County was accidental. The Saturday night fire was on the 500 block of North Mill Street in Santa Paula. Firefighters arrived to find flames, and smoke shooting from the unit in a duplex. They controlled the blaze in about 15 minutes, but Read the Rest…


Man Arrested With Homemade Explosive Device On Ventura’s Beachfront Promenade

Tue, March 10, 2015

Police are trying to figure out why a man was walking along Ventura’s beachfront promenade with a homemade explosive device. Someone walking on the promenade bike path at around 7:30 last night called 911 after seeing a man with what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail. The witness told police the man said he was Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Head-On Crash On Central Coast

Tue, March 10, 2015

One person is dead, and a second seriously injured following a head-on traffic accident on the Central Coast. It happened just after 6 a.m. today, on Highway 1 southeast of Lompoc, near Jalama Road. A northbound pickup truck crossed the highway’s center line, and smashed head-on into a southbound pickup truck. The CHP says the Read the Rest…


Retirement Village, University In Ventura County Team Up To Share Brainpower For Classes

Tue, March 10, 2015

A South Coast university has teamed up with a retirement community to share some brainpower. Some retirees at University Village, in Thousand Oaks are teaching at California Lutheran University, which is just a five minute walk from their homes.  Now, the university is offering classes from environmental justice to history in the retirement community. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Man Being Called Hero For Rescuing Man From Burning Ventura County Condominium

Tue, March 10, 2015

A Ventura County man is being called a hero after helping to save a man from a burning three story condominium. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click link to listen to/download story:  Simi Valley Rescue


San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Kicks Off Six Day Run

Tue, March 10, 2015

This is a big week for film fans on the Central Coast, with the 21st annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival opening tonight. It kicks off this evening with the movie “The Road Within,” an adult oriented coming of age movie. Some of the cast’s stars, as well as the writer and director will Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested On “Revenge Porn” Charge

Tue, March 10, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested under a law making what’s known as “revenge porn” illegal. Ventra County Sheriff’s detectives say Andrew Jacob Parkin made a fake Craigslist ad online, and posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend from when she was 15 years old. The FBI helped in the investigation. The 23 year old Read the Rest…


Free Workshop Set In Ventura County For Parents Dealing With Children’s Behavioral Issues

Mon, March 9, 2015

Are you a parent, or grandparent facing behavioral issues with a child? A free workshop in Ventura County is going to provide tips on how to deal with misbehavior. The workshop is for all parents, but will be of special interest for parents of children on the autism spectrum. It will take place at 6:30 Tuesday Read the Rest…


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