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Man Sentenced To 16 Years In State Prison For Repeatedly Molesting Young Girl In Santa Barbara County

Thu, January 14, 2016

A 27 year old man has been sentenced to 16 years on state prison for repeatedly molesting a young girl in Santa Barbara County. Juan Carlos Medina entered a no contest plea to five felony child molestation charges. Prosecutors say Medina is receiving the maximum sentence allowable for the incidents involving a ten year old Read the Rest…


Problems Raise Project Costs For South Coast Desalination Plant Project

Thu, January 14, 2016

Some unexpected problems are raising the projected price tag on a South Coast desalination project. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Desalination Plant Costs


South Coast University Professor Part Of Team Creating New Smithsonian Exhibition On Latino Baseball History

Thu, January 14, 2016

A South Coast university professor has been asked to help create a national exhibition for the Smithsonian Institution. It’s a project which will look at the history of Latinos in baseball. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Camarillo. Click on linkt to listen to/download story:  Smithsonian Latino Baseball Exhibition


Ventura County Detectives Say Woman Went To More Than 70 Doctors To Get Prescriptions For Pain Killers

Wed, January 13, 2016

A woman was arrested after Ventura County investigators say she had gone to more than 70 doctors in the last few months to get prescriptions for pain pills. An Oxnard pharmacist checked a prescription drug database, and rejected one of her prescriptions after discovering she had recently visited dozens of doctors, and received thousands of Read the Rest…


Oil Company Seeks New Emergency Permit To Ship Oil By Tanker Truck In Santa Barbara County

Wed, January 13, 2016

An oil company is once again seeking an emergency permit to use tanker trucks to remove crude oil stranded in Santa Barbara County by last year’s rupture and shutdown of a key oil pipeline. ExxonMobil is seeking permission to remove 425,000 barrels of oil from its facilities in Las Flores Canyon.  The permit request calls Read the Rest…


State Senator From Santa Barbara Introduces Proposed New Drone Use Restrictions

Wed, January 13, 2016

A state senator from Santa Barbara has once again introduced legislation intended to protect individuals from intrusion by drones. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored SB 868, which would limit drone use in the airspace above private property without permission. It would also restrict drone use over state parks, state wildlife refuges, Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Breakup Of Methamphetamine Operation On Central Coast

Wed, January 13, 2016

A long investigation has led to the arrest of four people on the Central Coast in connection with what detectives say was a methamphetamine sales ring. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s say following a surveillance operation in Lompoc, they arrested two men and two women on a series of drug related charges. More than four pounds Read the Rest…


Two Dead Following Double Shooting On Central Coast

Wed, January 13, 2016

Two men are dead following a double shooting on the Central Coast. It happened at about 6:30 last night, on West main Street and South Oakley Avenue in Santa Maria. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another died later at a hospital. Their names haven’t been released. No arrests have been made, Read the Rest…


Life Saving Heart Procedure Now Being Performed On South Coast

Wed, January 13, 2016

It’s a diagnosis which sometimes amounted to a death sentence. Standard treatment for a failing aortic valve often means open heart surgery.  But, for many older people, the operation isn’t an option, because they might not survive the procedure. A new non-surgical approach to replacing the valves is giving many high risk patients a new Read the Rest…


CHP Drops Controversial Plans For New Hedquarters Complex In Goleta

Tue, January 12, 2016

The CHP says it’s dropping controversial efforts to build a new South Coast office. The law enforcement agency has been pursuing plans to build a new complex on the 7700 block of Hollister Avenue in Goleta.  But, some neighbors objected, citing concerns like additional traffic, noise, and other potential conflicts with the area. The CHP Read the Rest…


National Weather Service Confirms Tornado Struck In Ventura County Last Week

Tue, January 12, 2016

Last week’s storms brought rain, snow, and even hail to parts of the South Coast, but now there’s official word there was also a tornado. The National Weather Service says a post-event investigation has determined a tornado with winds in the 65-85 mile an hour range hit the outside of Fillmore last Wednesday. It happened Read the Rest…


Caltrans Stepping Up Efforts To Deal With Mud, Debris Along Section Of Highway 101 In Ventura County Hit By Brush Fire

Tue, January 12, 2016

Caltrans officials say they are taking advantage of the break between storms to clear mud, and debris along Highway 101 west of Ventura, in the Solimar brush fire burn area. Caltrans crews have been clearing drains, culverts, and debris basins in the area from West Main Street to Dulah Road. They’ve also been working to Read the Rest…


South Coast University Receives Record Number Of Applications

Tue, January 12, 2016

A South Coast university has received a record number of applications for admission in 2016, coming close to the 100,000 mark. UC Santa Barbara says it has 94,000 undergraduate applications in hand, including 77,000 from potential first year students, and nearly 17,000 from students seeking to transfer to UCSB. The total is up more than Read the Rest…


National Cable Network To Highlight Literary, Historical Roots Of South Coast Community

Tue, January 12, 2016

A South Coast community is going to have its history and literary life highlighted by a national cable network. Crews from C-SPAN are in Santa Barbara this week, shooting stories for airing as part of what’s called the C-SPAN Cities Tour. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Arrested For Fatal Hit And Run Collision

Tue, January 12, 2016

A Ventura County woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run collision. Oxnard Police say they arrested Annette Maria Garcia Aragon yesterday afternoon for the January 6th crash in Oxnard. Angelina Marie Lees was hit at the intersection of Wooley Road, and Richmond Avenue.  The 37 year old Oxnard woman was Read the Rest…


Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Ventura County Highway

Mon, January 11, 2016

A light plane made an emergency landing on a Ventura County highway. It happened just after 4:30 this afternoon, on Highway 23 near Tierra Rejada, in the Moorpark area. No one was injured. The plane has been pushed off the highway into the center divider. There’s no word on why the plane was forced to Read the Rest…


Concern Mounts For Missing Ventura County Woman

Mon, January 11, 2016

Concern continues to mount for a Ventura County woman who’s now been missing for close to a week. Dona Perry was last seen January 5th at her home in the Santa Rosa Valley.  Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the 68 year old woman had recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition.  She cancelled some Read the Rest…


Rainfall Leads To Easing Of Fire Restrictions On Los Padres National Forest

Mon, January 11, 2016

Recent rainfall has reduced the fire danger on the Los Padres National Forest, and prompted an easing of fire restrictions. Campfires, and charcoal barbeques can now be used in all areas of the national forest, but permits are required outside of designated campfire areas.  There are also rules regarding how campfires occur outside of designated Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Considering Pay Hike For CEO

Mon, January 11, 2016

Santa Barbara County’s top non-elected official could be getting a raise this week. Santa Barbara County Supervisors will consider giving County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato a 3.25% raise. She was hired in 2013 at a lower rate than her predecessor, with the understanding that she would be eligible for performance based increases. The county’s once Read the Rest…


No Word Yet On Cause Of Death Of Ventura County Civic Leader

Mon, January 11, 2016

An autopsy has been completed, but final results are still pending on the cause of death of a well known community leader in Ventura County. Fillmore Assistant City Manager and Fire Chief Rigo Landeros died last Thursday night. The news left the community stunned. The 51 year old Fillmore native was involved in many aspects Read the Rest…


Popular Children’s Museum In Ventura County Closes

Mon, January 11, 2016

A Ventura County museum that has been a staple in the community for nearly three decades has shut its doors. But as KCLU’s Debra Greene reports, it may not be closing for good. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oxnard Museum Closes


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Say They’ve Found New Approach To Learning More About Distant Stars

Mon, January 11, 2016

A team of researchers, including some from UC Santa Barbara, have made a key finding which they say may help us learn a lot more about distant stars. Their just published study shows that previously undetected magnetic fields in many stars could tell us more about them. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a member of Read the Rest…


Three Die In Separate Train Collisions On Central, South Coasts Over Weekend

Mon, January 11, 2016

It was a deadly weekend for people on train tracks in our region over the weekend, with three separate incidents leaving three people dead on the Central and South Coasts. On Friday afternoon, a southbound passenger train hit a man standing on the tracks near Lookout Point in Summerland.  The train blew its whistle, and Read the Rest…


Foot Chase By Police Briefly Closes Section Of Highway 101 In Ventura County

Fri, January 8, 2016

An effort to clear a homeless camp in Ventura County led to a foot chase which briefly closed part of Highway 101. Ventura Police were trying to clear a camp on the 2500 block of Vista Del Mar Drive at around 2:30 p.m. yesterday, when they say Lindsay Fleischer and Christopher Cruz fled on foot. Read the Rest…


Identity Theft Case In Ventura County Leads To Breakup Of What Police Call Major Fraud Ring

Fri, January 8, 2016

An identity theft case in Ventura County has led to what police now are calling a major identity theft operation. The case started last April, when a Simi Valley resident reported having their personal information stolen, and used to open several fraudulent credit accounts.  Information developed over a several month long period led Simi Valley Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Stunned Over Death Of Fire Chief/Assistant City Manager

Fri, January 8, 2016

A Ventura County community is in shock, after word that a longtime community leader has unexpectedly died. Rigo Landeros was both Fire Chief, and Assistant City Manager for the City of Fillmore.  Landeros has been the city’s Fire Chief since 2009. He’s also served as the city’s Public Works Director, and at one point was Read the Rest…


Reagan Foundation Announces Plans To Award $50,000 In Scholarships To Graduating Ventura County High School Seniors

Fri, January 8, 2016

A local foundation is going to award $50,000 dollars in scholarships to Ventura County high school students who have shown outstanding leadership and character during their time in school. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is taking applications through February 19th for the scholarships.  Semifinalists and their families will be invited to a dinner at the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Teen Added To National Database Of Missing People

Fri, January 8, 2016

A Santa Barbara County teenager who’s disappeared nearly two weeks ago is one of the latest additions to a national database of missing people. Ivan Nunez was last seen December 26th at a birthday party at his Santa Maria home.  Police say there’s no evidence of foul play.  The teen has black hair, and brown Read the Rest…


Historic Santa Barbara County Building On Market For $11.5 Million Dollars

Fri, January 8, 2016

One of Santa Barbara County’s most historic addresses is up for sale, with an $11.5 million dollar price tag. An investor who owns Santa Barbara’s Granada Tower building is putting the building’s commercial space on the market.  The deal includes 17,000 square feet of space, including ground floor retail areas, and the top three stories Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Wine Part Of Golden Globes This Weekend

Fri, January 8, 2016

The movie awards season kicks off with the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills this weekend, and Santa Barbara County is trying to help get attendees in the mood with some of the county’s wine. The tourism group “Visit Santa Barbara” commissioned a special wine called “Red Carpet Red” which was included at a preshow event Read the Rest…


Break In Series Of Storms Giving Crews Chance To Clear Debris; High Surf Causes Other Issues in Region

Fri, January 8, 2016

After days of rain on the Central and South Coasts, we are finally getting a break in the action today. Even as the rainfall tapered off yesterday, the storm contributed to huge surf along the coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports crews are busy trying to clear storm drains, and debris basins to get ready for Read the Rest…


Woman Seriously Injured In Ventura County House Fire

Fri, January 8, 2016

A woman was seriously burned in a house fire in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County firefighters were called to the 10000 block of Santa Rosa Road, in the Santa Rosa Valley at around three yesterday afternoon by reports of a possible explosion, and fire.  It started in what firefighters say was the garage of a Read the Rest…


Father Of UCSB Student Killed In Isla Vista Rampage Joins LA City Attorney In Calling Attention To New Gun Safety Law

Thu, January 7, 2016

A Ventura County man who lost his daughter in the May, 2014 Isla Vista rampage which left six college students dead, and 14 injured joined LA’s City Attorney in calling attention to a new gun safety law. Bob Weiss joined LA City Attorney Mike Feuer in a news conference today focusing attention on what’s called Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Attack On Planned Parenthood Clinic In Ventura County Wasn’t Politically Motivated

Thu, January 7, 2016

Prosecutors have shed some light on what they believe led to an arson attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that investigators believe the incident wasn’t politically motivated, but was focused on someone who worked at the facility. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Planned Parenthood Attack


Top South Coast City Official Announces Retirement Plans

Thu, January 7, 2016

A top city official on the South Coast has announced he’s planning to retire after nearly four decades in public service. Camarillo City Manager Bruce Feng is planning to step down in April.  Feng has been Camarillo’s City Manager for more than five years, and served as the community’s Assistant City Manager for five years Read the Rest…


Driver Still At Large After Fatal Hit And Run Crash On South Coast

Thu, January 7, 2016

Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle responsible for a fatal hit and run collision on the South Coast. A woman was struck at the intersection of Wooley Road, and Richmond Avenue in Oxnard at around 5:30 last night. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her name hasn’t been released yet. Read the Rest…


Central Coast College Professor Gets Federal Grant To Try To Improve Desalination Technology

Thu, January 7, 2016

A Central Coast college professor has received a major federal grant to try to advance ways of turning salt water into drinking water. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo chemistry professor Shanju Zhang is getting $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to try to develop more energy efficient desalination techniques. One of the drawbacks of current Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Connection With Bank Robberies On Central, South Coasts

Thu, January 7, 2016

A Kern County man has been arrested in connection with a pair of bank robberies on the Central and South Coasts. San Luis Obispo Police detectives say a tip helped lead them to Johnie Dean Arnold of Bakersfield. Investigators say when Arnold was arrested at his home, they found evidence linking him to Tuesday’s robbery Read the Rest…


Central, South Coasts Sail Through Latest Storm With Minimal Problems

Thu, January 7, 2016

The latest El Nino fueled storm created road and street flooding, a flurry of traffic accidents, and continuing concerns about the potential for mudslides in brushfire burn areas on the Central and South Coasts. KCLU’s Lance Orozco spent the day yesterday at one of the areas highest on the list of potential problem spots, the Read the Rest…


Rainfall Totals From Half Inch, To More Than Four Inches On Central, South Coasts Since Sunday

Wed, January 6, 2016

We could continue to see scattered showers on the Central and South Coasts during the morning hours. Rainfall totals for the region since last Sunday cover a huge range. Ventura County has some of the most impressive numbers, with 4.3” inches at Lake Casitas, 2.9” in Ventura, and 2.7” in Fillmore. In Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Federal Investigation Apparently Underway Into Illness Outbreak At Ventura County Restaurant

Wed, January 6, 2016

It was the first in a series of outbreaks of illness linked to a national restaurant chain, and it happened in Ventura County. Now, Chipolte Mexican Grill reports that it’s been served with a federal grand jury subpoena in connection with a criminal investigation linked to last summer norovirus outbreak linked to the company’s Simi Read the Rest…


Bulk Of Latest Storm Moves Through Central, South Coasts

Wed, January 6, 2016

The latest in a series of El Nino fueled storms has caused new street flooding, contributed to a number of traffic accidents, and has raised rainfall totals to more than four inches since Sunday in parts of the region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the latest from one of the brush fire burn areas where potential Read the Rest…


Bus Service Disrupted In Central Coast Community By Threat

Wed, January 6, 2016

Busses are running normally again in a Central Coast community after service was disrupted this morning by what appeared to be a threat by a man of bombs on some of the vehicle. San Luis Obispo Police say a man got on a bus near city hall around 8:30 this morning.  Investigators say he told Read the Rest…


Roof Cut Off Stranded Sports Car To Rescue Two People Trapped In Ventura

Wed, January 6, 2016

Firefighters had to cut the roof off the top of a sports car which stalled in deep water in Ventura to rescue the two people inside. The car stalled at the intersection of Main Street, and Mills Road in Ventura at around 10:30 this morning.  The electric windows didn’t work, and so firefighters cut the Read the Rest…


2015 Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Now Being Called Arson

Wed, January 6, 2016

Investigators say a brush fire which caused a big scare in the foothills near Montecito last year was the result of an arsonist. The October 29th, 2015 Gibraltar Fire burned in the rugged hills near Gibraltar Road, and Camino Cielo. Firefighters used helicopters and air tankers to stop the spread of the 21 acre blaze, Read the Rest…


Mud Flows Into Camarillo Springs Neighborhood, But Is Channeled Away From Homes

Wed, January 6, 2016

Heavy rainfall sent a wall of mud into a Ventura County neighborhood which was heavily damaged by storms in 2014, but the latest flow was channeled away from homes. The river of mud hit at around 11:15, flowing over a water culvert near San Como Lane, and San Como Drive.  The flow surrounded a home Read the Rest…


Storm Three For Week Arrives On Central, South Coasts; Voluntary Evacuations Again In Place For Camarillo Springs

Wed, January 6, 2016

Another El Nino fueled storm is hitting the Central and South Coasts today. The latest storm could potentially bring rainfall totals higher than yesterday’s for the Central Coast and South Coasts. A voluntary evacuation order has once again been issued for hundreds of homes in the Camarillo Springs area.  That’s the area which was hard Read the Rest…


Storm Impacts Highway 101, Creates Concern In South Coast Burn Areas

Wed, January 6, 2016

Another El Nino fueled storm is hitting the Central and South Coasts today. The latest storm could potentially bring rainfall totals higher than yesterday’s for the Central Coast and South Coasts. A voluntary evacuation order has once again been issued for hundreds of homes in the Camarillo Springs area.  That’s the area which was hard Read the Rest…


Next Up: Another Storm For Central And South Coasts Wednesday

Wed, January 6, 2016

Another El Nino fueled storm is hitting the Central and South Coasts today. The latest storm is expected to mean higher rainfall totals than yesterday’s for the Central Coast, while the South Coast will be in the same range or slightly lower. This storm won’t move through the region as quickly as yesterday’s, and could Read the Rest…


More Than Two Inches Of Rain Recorded In South Coast Mountains

Tue, January 5, 2016

The first major El Nino fueled storm of the year of the year arrived with a big splash today.  It caused some street flooding, disrupted traffic on a section of Highway 101, and dropped more than two and a half inches of rain on some South Coast mountains. In Camarillo Springs, more than 270 homes Read the Rest…


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