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Teen Missing On Central Coast

Tue, February 3, 2015

Authorities are looking for a missing teen on the Central Coast. Joel Escobar-Valdez was last seen at around 6 a.m. Monday, when he got into a black car. The 17 year old Santa Maria boy failed to return home last night, and hasn’t been seen since. It’s unclear as to what he was wearing at Read the Rest…


Part Of PCH In Ventura County Closed By Mudslides Reopens, But Work Continues On Other Sections

Tue, February 3, 2015

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County closed since mid-December due to storm damage has reopened, but you still can’t use it to travel to Los Angeles County. Caltrans officials say repairs have been completed on six miles of the nine mile stretch of the PCH shut down due to multiple mud Read the Rest…


Off Duty Naval Officer Jumps Into River In Ventura County To Catch Suspected Car Thief

Tue, February 3, 2015

An off duty Navy lieutenant went above and beyond the call of duty in Ventura County, when he caught a suspected car thief who tried to escape from police by jumping into a river. An Oxnard police officer on patrol saw a vehicle matching the description of a stolen car on the 5800 block of Read the Rest…


Major Controlled Burn Planned For South Coast

Tue, February 3, 2015

You could see a huge plume of smoke on the South Coast tomorrow, but it’s nothing to be worried about because it’s a controlled burn. The 130 acre fire is planned for the Barlow Canyon area, which is northeast of Ventura.  It’s part of a bigger project to burn more than 2100 acres of brush, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Rejects Claims Of Tennis Facility Mismanagement

Tue, February 3, 2015

A new grand jury report rejected allegations that the City of Santa Barbara made a sweetheart deal with a foundation to run some of its tennis facilities, and as a result public access was limited. The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury looked into charges that the city violated its charter in leasing the Las Positas Read the Rest…


Campaign Underway To Try To Save Historic Gas Station On South Coast

Tue, February 3, 2015

A campaign is underway to try to permanently preserve a more than eight decade old slice of history on the South Coast. A unique Spanish themed gas station is still standing in Goleta, even though it hasn’t been used to pump gas in more than a half century. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click Read the Rest…


Ventura County Animal Shelter Gets Grant To Upgrade Facility

Tue, February 3, 2015

A South Coast animal shelter has received a grant from a pet store chain’s foundation intended to make the shelter a little more comfortable for animals, as well as for those who work at the facility. Ventura County Animal Services is getting $50,000 from the Petco Foundation to build sound barriers at its Camarillo Animal Read the Rest…


House Fire Leaves One Injured, Three Homeless In Ventura

Tue, February 3, 2015

Investigators say some improperly discarded smoking materials caused a fire which gutted a Ventura home, and caused minor injuries to one of its residents. The fore was discovered just before 7 last night, in a home on the 100 block of El Medio Street.  Ventura firefighters received multiple calls of a house fire with people Read the Rest…


Man Who Gets Settlement In Excessive Use Of Force Case Against Santa Barbara Police Enters Guilty Plea In New Confrontation With Law Enforcement

Tue, February 3, 2015

A man who received a $120,000 settlement from the City of Santa Barbara over claims excessive force was used in a DUI arrest has now pled guilty to a charge from another confrontation with law enforcement officers. Tony Vincent Denunzio’s October, 2011 arrest made headlines because he and some witnesses say unnecessary force was used. Read the Rest…


Plans For New Miramar Resort In Santa Barbara County Facing New Appeals, Including One by Developer

Mon, February 2, 2015

There’s yet another twist in plans to build a new resort in Santa Barbara County on the site of a historic hotel closed more than a decade ago. The Montecito Planning Commission approved the latest version of the Miramar Hotel Project in Montecito last month, but now the developer and some neighbors are both appealing Read the Rest…


Efforts Continue To Find Missing Ventura County Man

Mon, February 2, 2015

Investigators are examining possible new clues in the disappearance of a Ventura County man last year. Augustine Macias was last seen on November 20th of last year, when he left his Simi Valley home for a walk. Over the weekend, nearly 50 people took part in a search along the Arroyo Simi wash, which is Read the Rest…


Plans For New Ice Skating Complex In Santa Barbara County Get Big Financial Boost

Mon, February 2, 2015

A project to build an $11 million dollar plus ice skating complex in Santa Barbara County has receive a major new contribution. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated $225,000 for the Ice in Paradise facility now under construction in Goleta. The 46,000 square foot complex near Girsh Park calls for two skating rinks, Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Looking At Ordinance To Limit Panhandling

Mon, February 2, 2015

A Central Coast city is set to take another look Monday night at how to deal with panhandlers. The Grover Beach City Council is looking at ways to combat aggressive soliciting for money. A proposed new ordinance would restrict the use of intimidation in asking for money, and ban panhandling near ATM’s, the entrances to Read the Rest…


Second Homeless Man Attacked In Ventura In Less Than A Month

Mon, February 2, 2015

A second homeless man has been attacked in Ventura in less than a month in what appears to be a random attack. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Homeless Beating


Visiting Wall Of Photos On South Coast Pays Tribute To California’s War Dead In Iraq, Afghanistan

Mon, February 2, 2015

More than 700 men and women from California have died in uniform in Iraq, and Afghanistan since 9/11, including more than a dozen from the Tri-Counties. This week, a wall remembers all of them with photos is on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Read the Rest…


Dog Rescued After Being Trapped Under Ventura Coastal Jetty

Mon, February 2, 2015

A dog is safe and sound this morning, but will probably think twice before trying to explore a cement jetty on a Ventura County beach. The dog was with its owners near the Marina Park North jetty just after noon yesterday when it climbed through some cracks underneath the massive concrete mound.  It then became Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Attack With Machete In Ventura County

Mon, February 2, 2015

A Ventura County man is behind bars after police say he attacked one person with a machete, and tried to attack others. Simi Valley Police were called to the 1400 block of Patricia Avenue around 2:30 yesterday morning, by reports a man armed with a large weapon was trying to break into a home.  Officers Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Charged With Making Homemade Explosive Devices

Sat, January 31, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested for making, and using homemade explosive devices. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of North La Luna Road, and Fairview Road in Ojai January 27th by reports of a series of explosions. Detectives say they identified Travis Ross as a suspect.  They say the 24 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Dentist Arrested On Arson Charges

Sat, January 31, 2015

A Ventura County dentist is facing arson charges, in what detectives say may have been a financially motivated series of attacks on some medical offices. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives, and County Fire Department arson investigators have been investigating a series of incidents they say date back to last June.  They say they involve some Read the Rest…


NASA Satellite Successfully Launched From Central Coast

Sat, January 31, 2015

It took three tries, but an unmanned environmental space lab was successfully launched from the Central Coast. A Delta II rocket lifted the satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:22 Saturday morning. On Thursday, high wind postponed a scheduled launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of a rocket carrying the cutting edge Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Assault on Jogger In Ventura County

Fri, January 30, 2015

A man has been arrested for the assault of a female jogger in a Ventura park. A woman running through Grant Park last Sunday afternoon was struck, and grabbed by a man before she was able to break away, and escape.  Based on the victim’s description, detectives say they identified a 20 year old Ventura Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Jewelry Store Store Target Of Daring Daylight Robbery; Thieves Smash Display Cases, Steal Items

Fri, January 30, 2015

Law enforcement officers on the South Coast are looking for at least three thieves who committed a daring daytime robbery at a high end jewelry store in Santa Barbara, using hammers to smash display cases and steal items. It happened at just after 10 this morning, at Churchill Jewelers, on the 1000 block of State Read the Rest…


Founder Of Tibetan Aid Group Among Keynote Speakers At Conference In Ventura County

Fri, January 30, 2015

Ventura County is going to be the scene of a conference this weekend with a lofty goal: Making the word a better place. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports one of the keynote speakers at a regional meeting of Rotary Clubs is a refugee from Tibet who created a foundation to help people in need in his Read the Rest…


Yet Another Delay For Rocket Launch From Central Coast; Now Set For Saturday Morning

Fri, January 30, 2015

NASA researchers, and a launch team are hoping the third time is the charm for a planned rocket launch from the Central Coast, with a payload of an unmanned environmental space lab. On Thursday, high wind postponed a scheduled launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base of a rocket carrying a cutting edge system for environmental Read the Rest…


Fatal Shooting By CHP In Ventura County Ruled Justified

Fri, January 30, 2015

An investigation by Ventura County prosecutors concludes that the fatal shooting of a man who led CHP officers on a chase, and then threated to kill them was justified. On January 5, 2013 Theodore Keiper sped by some officers on the Pacific Coast Highway between Ventura, and Carpinteria. Officers say he was doing more than Read the Rest…


New Push Involving Ventura County, Hospital ER’s Underway To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Fri, January 30, 2015

Cocaine and heroin are serious drug problems, but something that might be in your medicine cabinet right now is twice as deadly as those two drugs combined. Prescription pain killer abuse is the fastest growing type of drug abuse in America. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County, and its eight hospitals are joining forces in Read the Rest…


Channel Islands National Park Salutes Army Of Volunteers Who Help Visitors Experience Park

Fri, January 30, 2015

They do incredible work to help people learn about the islands off our coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the National Park Service is saluting Channel Islands National Park volunteers this week. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CHNP Volunteers


Ventura Residents Concerned About Homelessness, Economy, But Rank City As Great Place To Live

Thu, January 29, 2015

Residents of one South Coast city say they are generally happy with the way it’s being run, but are concerned about homelessness, the community’s economy, and the drought. The City of Ventura has just released the results of a survey it commissioned. Drug abuse, and pollution ranked as higher concerns among residents than gang activity. Read the Rest…


Trial Date Set In Lawsuit Against City Of Santa Barbara Over How City Council Members Are Elected

Thu, January 29, 2015

An April trial date has been sent in a lawsuit which is trying to force the City of Santa Barbara to move from at-large, to district elections for city council members. The suit filed by a Santa Barbara attorney on behalf of five defendants alleges the current system violates the state’s Voters Rights Act, and Read the Rest…


Tests For Possible First Measles Case In Santa Barbara County Turn Out Negative

Thu, January 29, 2015

Tests are now showing that what was thought to be the first case of measles in Santa Barbara County are negative. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials are saying that lab results for a possible case discovered in the county this week turned out negative for the disease. But, they caution that the virus may Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Say They Arrest Two Men Using Taxi To Make Drug Deal

Thu, January 29, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested two men who were using the “Uber” taxi service to drive them to a drug deal. Deputies pulled over a vehicle on Westland Boulevard, near Avenida De Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks just before noon yesterday for a traffic violation. The officers soon noticed that the two men Read the Rest…


Central Coast Satellite Launch Postponed Due To Weather Concerns Rescheduled To Friday Morning

Thu, January 29, 2015

High wind postponed this morning’s scheduled launch from the Central Coast of a rocket carrying a cutting edge satellite for environmental research, but conditions are looking good for liftoff tomorrow. The Delta Two rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive system was originally planned for 6:20 this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Strong upper Read the Rest…


Campaign Raises Nearly $15 Million Dollars To Renovate, Expand Botanic Garden On South Coast

Thu, January 29, 2015

A drive to renovate, and expand a botanic garden on the South Coast has topped its goal, raising nearly $15 million dollars. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s drive is funding the construction of  a new administration, research, and exhibition facility.  A $2.5 million dollar gift from Mrs. John Pritzlaff is helping to build the complex, Read the Rest…


Event In Ventura County Focusing Attention On Critical Work Of Caregivers

Thu, January 29, 2015

It can be a difficult, sometimes thankless job which can be thrust upon you with little or no warning. With America’s population aging, more and more people are suddenly finding themselves serving as caregivers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a non-profit Ventura County group which helps caregivers is planning to honor their hard work. Click on Read the Rest…


Woman Admits Using Unknowing Victim’s Oxnard Home As Bail Collateral In Criminal Case

Thu, January 29, 2015

Ventura County prosecutors say a woman pled guilty to charges stemming from a scheme in which she, and two accomplices used the Oxnard home of an unwitting victim as bail collateral in a criminal case. Prosecutors say Hayser Scarlett Lopez recruited two other Kern County residents to help with the plan.  They say one of Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Agrees To Severance Payment For Former City Manager

Wed, January 28, 2015

A Central Coast city has agreed to pay its former City Manager more than $70,000 in order to head off a potential legal battle. Steve Adams was City Manager for Arroyo Grande for 14 years. Last summer, he was involved in a controversy after he, and another city executive were found in City Hall late Read the Rest…


First Suspected Measles Case From Recent Outbreak Reported In Santa Barbara County

Wed, January 28, 2015

As a measles outbreak continues to grow in California, and the western U.S., Santa Barbara County is reporting its first suspected case. County health officials aren’t saying whether it occurred in the county on the Central, or South Coast, but do say it involves a child. There are eight confirmed cases in Ventura County. Many Read the Rest…


Foul Play Not Suspected in Death Of Man Found On Empty Lot In Ventura

Wed, January 28, 2015

The mystery continues over the death of a man whose body was found in a vacant lot in Ventura, but police are now saying there are no signs of foul play. A passerby spotted the body of a 45 year old Ventura man on the 4200 block of Transport Street Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy was Read the Rest…


Meningitis Case Reported at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Wed, January 28, 2015

A case of bacterial meningitis has been reported at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, involving a university employee. Cal Poly officials say the worker is being treated, and there are no signs of additional cases on campus. The university and San Luis Obispo County Public Health Services are working to identify people who might have Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County To Undergo Full Closure For Maintenance This Week

Wed, January 28, 2015

A heavily used section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is going to be closed during the overnight hours starting tomorrow for maintenance. Caltrans is going to shut down all of the freeway’s southbound lanes at Central Avenue, between Oxnard and Camarillo from 10 p.m. tomorrow, to 4 a.m. Friday.  The shutdown will allow Read the Rest…


“Citizen Kane” To Be Show At Hearst Castle For First Time Ever

Wed, January 28, 2015

A Central Coast film festival has announced plans to screen the once controversial film “Citizen Kane” at the castle built by the man who once banned any mention of it in his newspapers. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival will show the movie for the first time it’s ever been screened at Hearst Castle Read the Rest…


Boat Destroyed In Blaze At Santa Barbara Harbor

Wed, January 28, 2015

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire which destroyed a boat at Santa Barbara harbor. The blaze was discovered at around 9:30 last night, in a catamaran docked at Marina Two. Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers, and Santa Barbara City firefighters arrived to find huge flames rising from the unoccupied boat. Firefighters Read the Rest…


Cousteau Family Set To Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival Attenborough Award Wednesday Night

Wed, January 28, 2015

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is in its first full day today, with a major tribute set for tonight. The festival will present its Attenborough Award to the Cousteau family for  its dedication to making films about the mysteries of the ocean. Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son Fabien, and his daughter Celine are set to Read the Rest…


Caltrans Says Closure Of Section Of PCH In Ventura County Could Last Another Month

Wed, January 28, 2015

There’s more bad news for people who normally use the Pacific Coast Highway to travel between Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Officials say an already six week long closure due to storm damage could now last an additional month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  PCH Closure Extended


Former Conejo Valley Political Leader Dies

Wed, January 28, 2015

A longtime community leader on the South Coast has died. Eloise Zeanah served two terms on the Thousand Oaks City Council in the 1990’s, and was the city’s mayor. Zeanah was originally from Alabama. In the 1970’s, while her husband was in the military, she worked in Washington, D.C. for various federal agencies. When he Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Choose New City Administrator

Wed, January 28, 2015

A man who already had 17 years experience with a South Coast city is now its new top non-elected official. The Santa Barbara City Council appointed Paul Casey as City Administrator. Casey has serving as Acting City Administrator since the retirement of Jim Armstrong last September. Before that, he served as Assistant City Administrator for Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found In Empty Lot In Ventura

Wed, January 28, 2015

Ventura Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a vacant lot. A passerby discovered the body of the 45 year old man in a lot on the 4200 block of Transport Street around 3 p.m. yesterday.  Investigators say there was no obvious sign of death, or indications at Read the Rest…


Federal Plan Calls for Continuation Of New Offshore Oil, and Gas Lease Ban For Central, South Coasts

Tue, January 27, 2015

The Department of the Interior’s new draft five year plan for new oil, and gas leases is once again proposing to ban additional ones off the Central, and South Coasts. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oil And Gas Leases


New Oil Drilling Proposal On South Coast To Be Focus of In Depth Study

Tue, January 27, 2015

The latest proposal to drill new oil wells in a South Coast City is going to be the focus of an extensive environmental study. The Carpinteria City Council has decided it will spend close to a half million dollars to have environmental consultants do a study of Venoco’s proposal to drill 22 wells from a Read the Rest…


Burglar Targeting South Coast Laundromats

Tue, January 27, 2015

A man going to some self-serve laundromats on the South Coast isn’t going to clean his clothes.  He’s been cleaning out the money from washing machines, and dryers. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say security video has shown the same man striking twice at laundries in the Ojai Valley, and once in Camarillo during the last Read the Rest…


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