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Authorities Investigating Death Of Jogger In Ventura County

Sun, April 6, 2014

The CHP says a jogger was killed early this morning in Ventura, after being hit by a vehicle. It happened just before 7 a.m., near Victoria Avenue and Olivas Park Drive.  Details of exactly what happened haven’t been released yet, including the identity of the victim.


Six Law Enforcement Officers Injured, 18 People Arrested During Riot In Isla Vista

Sun, April 6, 2014

A spring break party turned into a riot in Isla Vista Saturday night, with six law enforcement officers injured, and 18 people arrested. The disturbance stared at around 9:30 last night on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive, when someone threw a backpack filled with alcohol at a UCSB Police officer, leaving the officer Read the Rest…


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Sat, April 5, 2014

KCLU is excited to offer the new NPR “Tocky” Alarm Clock/MP3 player as a premium during our 2014 Spring Membership Drive.  “Tocky” will guarantee that you get up, because it will jump off your night stand when it goes off, and roll around the floor until you find, an silence it. “Tocky” can be yours Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Oxnard

Sat, April 5, 2014

Oxnard Police on foot patrol heard a volley of gunshots early this morning, and found a man who had been fatally wounded. It happened just before two this morning, on the 1000 block of West Gonzales Road.  The officers went to the area where they heard the shots, and found a man lying on the Read the Rest…


Authorities Say They Arrest Two Men In Murder For Hire Scheme Involving Son Of Ventura County Supervisor

Fri, April 4, 2014

Two men have been arrested in what authorities are calling a murder for hire scheme targeting witnesses who helped convict the son of a Ventura County Supervisor on drug charges. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the investigation started in early March, when authorities monitored a jail phone call between Peter Foy II, and Brandon Adams, Read the Rest…


Some Normally Busy South Coast Beaches Being Closed To Public This Weekend To Try To Prevent Massive Unsanctioned Party

Fri, April 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County is closing what would normally be some very busy beaches this weekend, to try to prevent a massive unsanctioned, unsponsored party. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports past editions of what’s been dubbed “Floatopia” off of Isla Vista have cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime for public safety workers, and Read the Rest…


Tri-Counties Most Prestigious Business Conference Wraps Up In Santa Barbara County

Fri, April 4, 2014

It was a who’s who of America’s business leaders in Santa Barbara County this week, from the chairman of Wal-Mart, to the CEO of Toyota North America. Leaders of a number of major companies wrapped up a three day conference at Goleta’s Bacara Resort which looked at the intersection of business, and the environment. The Read the Rest…


Central Coast Minister, Civic Leader Dies

Fri, April 4, 2014

A longtime minister, and civic leader on the Central Coast has died. Reverend Robert Banker served as pastor at the Open Door Church in Oceano for more than 50 years. Banker served as chaplain at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, and for the Arroyo Grande Police Department. He died after a long fight with leukemia. Banker Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For 2012 Murder On Central Coast Extradited From Mexico To U.S.

Fri, April 4, 2014

A man wanted for the 2012 murder of his girlfriend on the Central Coast is back in the U.S. from Mexico to stand trial, after a nearly year long extradition process. Selina Bustos was stabbed to death in June of 2012 in a home on the 1000 block of North 6th Street, in Lompoc.  Lompoc Read the Rest…


Actor Jeff Bridges Among Headliners For Santa Barbara Councert To Benefit Local Teen Who Needs Heart Transplant

Fri, April 4, 2014

Actor Jeff Bridges, his band, the Abiders, and the popular rock band “Dishwalla” are the headliners for a special concert in Santa Barbara this weekend for a local teen who came down with a rare virus, and needs a heart transplant. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Beneft Read the Rest…


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Fri, April 4, 2014

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New Ventura County Grand Jury Report Examines Ventura Water Rates; Says Water System Needs To Better Educate Consumers On Structure

Fri, April 4, 2014

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report backs the City of Ventura’s water rate structure as well researched, and justified, but says the water system could do a better job of explaining the basis for the charges. The Grand Jury examined the rate structure have receiving a citizens complaint. The water system increased rates 8.6% Read the Rest…


Tobacco, Drug Use Among Teens Focus Of Statewide Conference In Ventura County; Father Tells Story Of Tragedy At Cal Poly SLO

Fri, April 4, 2014

Tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse pose serious addiction problems, especially among younger adults. Representatives from all 23 Cal State university campuses are holding a statewide conference in Ventura County today, as they look at ways to try to tackle this destructive, and sometimes tragic issue in the college community. KCLU’S Lance Orozco says one of Read the Rest…


Teens Arrested For Rash Of Auto Burglaries On Central Coast

Fri, April 4, 2014

Two San Luis Obispo County teens have some serious explaining to do, after Sheriff’s department officials say they linked the 14, and 16 year old boys to a string of vehicle burglaries in the Los Osos area. The crimes occurred during the last few days of March. Detectives say they recovered dozens of stolen items Read the Rest…


Ventura County Store Owner Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Food Stamp Trafficking

Thu, April 3, 2014

A Ventura County store owner received a four year state prison sentence, after entering guilty pleas to food stamp trafficking, and other related charges. Ventura County prosecutors say during a more than two year long period, Eric Gabriel Suarez improperly received more than $878,000 in food stamp benefits for cash.  In addition to his prison Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Arrested For Gas Station Robbery After SWAT Team Standoff

Thu, April 3, 2014

An effort to catch a gas station robbery suspect turned into a SWAT team incident, and standoff in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they used DNA evidence to link Travis Rosenblatt to a February, 2013 gas station robbery in Santa Barbara. Investigators say they realized he was living at a home Read the Rest…


Chumash Tribe Announces Major Expansion Plans At Santa Ynez Valley Resort

Thu, April 3, 2014

The Chumash tribe says it’s planning a major expansion at its casino, and resort in the Santa Ynez Valley. In a letter to Santa Barbara County Supervisors, the tribe says when it built the Chumash Casino Resort a decade ago, it dramatically downsized its plans at the time to address community concerns. Tribal Chairman Vincent Read the Rest…


Magnitude 3.1 Quake Rocks Parts Of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Thu, April 3, 2014

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake rocked parts of western Ventura, and Los Angeles counties this morning. The 10:08 a.m. quake was centered off the Ventura County coastline, about nine miles northwest of Malibu. People reported feeling the quake in parts of Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Calabasas. No damage was reported.


Santa Barbara County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation to Address Gaps In Maternity Care

Thu, April 3, 2014

A congresswoman from Santa Barbara County is co-authoring bipartisan legislation intended to improve access to maternity care. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara, and Republican Congressman Michael Burgess of Lewisville, Texas introduced the Improving Access To Maternity Act. The legislation would provide an incentive for medical professionals to provide maternity related services in areas Read the Rest…


Military Weather Satellite Successfully Launched Into Space From Santa Barbara County

Thu, April 3, 2014

A military weather satellite was successful launched from Santa Barbara County this morning, with the liftoff visible in many parts of the region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  VAFB Launch


$15 Million Dollar Makeover Of Once Congested 101 Freeway Interchange On South Coast Completed

Thu, April 3, 2014

One of the region’s busiest freeway interchanges is now fully reopened, after a $15 million dollar makeover to improve traffic flow, and make bike travel safer. City of Thousand Oaks, and Caltrans officials were on hand this afternoon to celebrate the completion of the Wendy Drive-101 Freeway interchange in Newbury Park. The work included adding Read the Rest…


Big Turnout For Meeting to Introduce Finalists To Head Ventura County’s Largest City

Thu, April 3, 2014

There was an overflow crowd on hand last night as the Oxnard City Council introduced its two finalists for the City Manager’s post. Former Santa Barbara County CEO Chandra Wallar, and current Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff were selected by the City Council as the two finalists for the post. The City hired a consultant Read the Rest…


Potentially Destructive Insect Which Can Carry Bacteria Deadly To Citrus Trees Found On Central Coast

Thu, April 3, 2014

An insect which can potentially carry bacteria which can decimate citrus crops has been found for the first time on the Central Coast. An adult Asian Citrus Psyllid has been caught in a trap in the yard of an Arroyo Grande home. An infestation of the insects carrying the bacteria decimated Florida’s citrus industry, destroying Read the Rest…


New History Of Baseball Exhibition In Ventura County Features Items from Babe Ruth’s Bat, To Record Setting Joe DiMaggio Ball

Thu, April 3, 2014

This week marks the start of major league baseball season. It’s being celebrated in an unprecedented way in Ventura County. Tomorrow, a 12,000 square foot exhibition will open featuring some iconic pieces from America’s pastime, like the baseball Pete Rose hit to break Ty Cobb’s all-time hitting record, one of Babe Ruth’s bats, and jerseys Read the Rest…


New Graduate School Of Psychology In Ventura County Gets First Dean

Thu, April 3, 2014

A new graduate school of psychology in Ventura County has its very first dean. Rick Holigrocki is joining California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks as the new graduate school’s dean. Holigrocki is currently the dean of the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. He’s a licensed clinical psychologist who is an expert Read the Rest…


South Coast University Gets Good Grades In Accreditation Process

Wed, April 2, 2014

A South Coast university is getting some outstanding grades, as it was just re-accredited for ten years. UC Santa Barbara officials say they received the highest review possible by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, resulting in a ten year academic accreditation for UCSB.  The certification is critical for colleges and universities so students Read the Rest…


Sailboat Washes Up On Ventura County Beach, Prompting Search And Rescue Effort

Wed, April 2, 2014

A sailboat washed up on a Ventura County beach today, triggering a big search and rescue effort, but it later turned out that the boat had simply broken away from its mooring in Santa Barbara, and drifted south. The boat was first spotted on Solimar Beach at around 10 a.m. Ventura County authorities received conflicting Read the Rest…


Special Oxnard City Council Meeting To Help Pick New City Manager Underway

Wed, April 2, 2014

A special Oxnard City Council meeting is underway at this hour to introduce two finalists for the City Manager’s post to the public. Former Santa Barbara County CEO Chandra Wallar, and current Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff have been picked as the two finalists by the city council. More than 50 people applied for the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reaches Out Of Court Settlement With Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Over Sexual Harassment Claim

Wed, April 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County reached an out of court settlement with a volunteer with the county’s Search and Rescue team who claimed she had been sexually harassed. County Supervisors voted unanimously to pay $30,000 to settle the claim filed by Valerie Walston. She claimed she was receiving inappropriate messages from Undersheriff Jim Peterson, and that she Read the Rest…


New Report Shows 2013 Was Strong Year For Agricultural Industry In San Luis Obispo County, With 11% Increase in Crop Totals

Wed, April 2, 2014

San Luis Obispo County’s agricultural industry had a banner year in 2013, according to the county’s just released crop report. The San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures says that the total value of crops in the county in 2013 was $960 million dollars, up a whopping 11% from 2012. Wine grapes remain Read the Rest…


Rainfall Amounts From Latest Storm On South Coast Light

Wed, April 2, 2014

The storm which moved through the South Coast overnight has created some windy conditions, but didn’t leave us with a lot of rain. Rainfall amounts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties ranged from about .50” in some mountain areas, to less than a .10” in some coastal communities. In Santa Barbara County, there was about Read the Rest…


Storm Causes Damage To Military Base on Central Coast

Wed, April 2, 2014

A storm passing through the Central Coast last night caused damage on a military base. The wind flipped a metal cargo container, ripped out and destroyed a 30 foot long section of metal bleachers, damaged a cell tower, and caused other destruction at Camp San Luis.  A number of trees were also damaged.  No one Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Authorities Gearing Up To Deal With Unsanctioned Beach Party In Isla Vista This Weekend

Wed, April 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County authorities are gearing up to deal with an unsanctioned beach party which make take place in Isla Vista this weekend. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports there are reports via social media that students are planning a huge street party. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Isla Vista Deltopia


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Decide To Keep Struggling 211 Social Services Hotline

Wed, April 2, 2014

There’s a simple number you can call to find anything from local help for substance abuse, to where the closest food pantry is for those in need. That number is 211. Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have had 211 social services referral hotlines for close to a decade. But, KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports an ongoing Read the Rest…


Music Academy Of The West, New York Philharmonic Enter Into New Partnership

Wed, April 2, 2014

One of the world’s most famous symphony orchestras, and Montecito’s Music Academy of the West have announced a new partnership. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s a deal which will bring the New York Philharmonic to Santa Barbara for two performances. Click on llink to listen to/download story:  Music Academy-NY Philharmonic Deal


Head Of Security At Thousand Oaks Senior Housing Complex Accused Of Burglarizing Some Homes In The Community

Wed, April 2, 2014

The security director of a Conejo Valley senior living complex is accused of robbing several homes in the community. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say they arrested Michael Glen South of Thousand Oaks. Investigators say after receiving information that the 57 year old man might be in possession of some items taken during burglaries, they Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Designated As “StormReady” and “TsunamiReady” By National Weather Service

Wed, April 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County’s emergency preparedness efforts for some natural disasters received some new affirmation. The National Weather Service recognized the county as meeting the criteria for two levels of emergency preparedness, StormReady and TsunamiReady. The designations mean that the county, and its Office of Emergency Management meet stringent criteria for areas like internal and external Read the Rest…


Events Set In Ventura County For World Autism Awareness Day

Wed, April 2, 2014

A college library in Ventura County is going to be lit up with blue lights tonight, for World Autism Awareness Day. Cal State Channel Islands is holding an event which begins at 6 p.m. at the John Spoor Broome Library. There will be a free concert, and a resource fair. Then, on Sunday, the Autism Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Ventura County Woman

Wed, April 2, 2014

One man has been arrested, and more are still being sought in connection with a weekend shooting in Ventura County which left an innocent bystander dead. Santa Paula Police say they arrested Mark Martinez for Saturday’s fatal shooting of Norma Elizalde.  Detectives seized a car they believe was involved in the shooting. Investigators think four Read the Rest…


Man Armed With Replica of Pistol Arrested On Ventura County High School Campus

Tue, April 1, 2014

A former student at an Oxnard high school has been arrested, after he attempted to enter the campus with a replica firearm. Oxnard Police say that David Hernandez tried to enter Pacifica High School at around 12:30 this afternoon, when he was stopped by a campus security officer. Officers determined that Hernandez had no legitimate Read the Rest…


State, Federal Wildlife Officials Relocate Rare Tule Elk To Central Coast To Help Species

Tue, April 1, 2014

Wildlife officials have relocated some rare tule elk from Northern California to San Luis Obispo County as part of efforts to insure the once nearly extinct species continues to thrive. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used helicopters, and net guns to catch, and move 36 of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Being Asked To Do More To Help With Serious Mental Health Issues

Tue, April 1, 2014

Santa Barbara County is being asked to do more to provide mental health services. Dozens of people spoke about the issue at today’s County Board of Supervisors meeting, presenting a petition with hundreds of signatures calling for county action. A lack of inpatient facilities in the county means some of those who are seriously mentally Read the Rest…


State Assembly Committee To Hold Hearing In Santa Barbara On Offshore Fracking

Tue, April 1, 2014

Santa Barbara will be the site of a State Assembly committee hearing on one aspect of the controversial oil and gas industry process of fracking. The Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection will hold an April 11th hearing in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors chambers, to look at offshore fracking, and current oversight, Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Student Identified As Victim Of Ventura County Traffic Accident

Tue, April 1, 2014

A college student from the Central Coast has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident in Ventura County. Kenneth Romine died early Sunday morning, when his car crashed into a tree in Westlake Village. Ventura County Sheriff’s department officials say the 20 year old Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student died at Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Adds Surveillance Cameras To Try To Reduce Crime

Tue, April 1, 2014

A South Coast community has fired up some new surveillance cameras to try to keep an eye on crime. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports Isla Vista now has some video cameras in place which are being monitored by law enforcement agencies. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Cameras


Man Who Died In Ventura County Apartment Fire Identified

Tue, April 1, 2014

A man who died in a weekend fire in a Ventura County apartment complex has been identified. Donald Norton was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night blaze on the 100 block of West Collins Street, in El Rio.  An autopsy showed that the 57 year old man suffered burns, and from smoke Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Sends Close To 60,000 Solar Lamps To People Without Electricity Around The World

Tue, April 1, 2014

A Santa Barbara County based non-profit group is literally helping to light up the lives of people around the world. It’s a story KCLU first told you about three years ago.  Some engineers, and community members teamed up to design, and ship solar lamps to students struggling to study in homes without electricity. KCLU’S Lance Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Issues Statement About False Earthquake Warning

Mon, March 31, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says there’s a hoax e-mail circulating about a supposed large earthquake imminent in Southern California. The e-mail appears to be on U.S. Geological Survey letterhead..  The USGS says they do not predict earthquakes, and that the e-mail is a hoax.  The USGS quickly issued statements disavowing the letter, and used Read the Rest…


Woman Found Dead In Oxnard Alley Identified; Cause Of Death Still Question Mark

Mon, March 31, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a woman whose body was found in an Oxnard alley, but the cause of death remains a mystery. The body of Cynthia Ledesma was found around 11:30 Saturday morning on the 4900 block of South C Street. Police, and paramedics responding to reports of a woman not breathing tried to revive Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Launches Visioning Effort For Next 50 Years

Mon, March 31, 2014

What will the Conejo Valley be like in 50 years? What should it be like? Those are among the questions the City of Thousand Oaks is asking residents about, as it launches a major visioning effort. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Visioning


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