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Well Known University Pastor In Ventura County Dies

Fri, July 10, 2015

The first full time pastor at a South Coast university has died. Reverend Jerry Swanson joined California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks in 1969.  Swanson helped guide students through a difficult time in the nation’s history, with the Vietnam War underway.  He also helped numerous students find the path to become ministers. Swanson retired in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Contractor Gets Seven Year State Prison Sentence For Elder Theft

Fri, July 10, 2015

A Ventura County man has been ordered to spend seven years in state prison, after he pled guilty to multiple charges of defrauding an elderly resident of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a roof repair. Prosecutors say Mark Loren Adams of Ventura entered into a contract with the Ojai resident, and then convinced the Read the Rest…


Refugio State Beach Set To Reopen In Wake Of May 19th Oil Spill

Fri, July 10, 2015

The state beach which was ground zero for this spring’s big Santa Barbara County oil spill is almost ready to reopen to the public State Parks officials say they will reopen Refugio State Beach next Friday, July 17th, almost exactly two months after an oil pipeline ruptured near the park. Some 100,000 gallons of oil Read the Rest…


Ventura County Animal Shelters Swamped In Wake Of Fourth Of July

Fri, July 10, 2015

It’s been the busiest week ever for some South Coast animal shelters. Ventura County’s two facilities have been flooded with dogs and cats, some of which are runaways scared away from their homes by Fourth of July Fireworks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Camarillo, where animal control staff and volunteers are trying to Read the Rest…


Earthquakes Rock Central Ventura County; No Injuries Reported

Thu, July 9, 2015

A flurry of small earthquakes has rocked central Ventura County today. The quakes have been centered in the Fillmore, and Santa Paula areas. The largest temblor was a magnitude 2.8 quake, which hit at 6:33 this morning.  It was centered about three miles west of Fillmore. A magnitude 2.7 quake hit at 11:04 a.m., and Read the Rest…


Search Dog Foundation Gets $2.5 Million Dollar Pledge Towards New Training Facility In Ventura County

Thu, July 9, 2015

A pet store chain’s foundation has pledged up to $2.5 million dollars towards completion of a national search dog training facility in Ventura County. The Petco Foundation’s challenge grant is intended to help raise the final dollars need to complete the $20 million dollar plus National Disaster Search Dog Training Center near Santa Paula. The Read the Rest…


DNA Evidence Leads To Arrest In 1997 Santa Barbara Murder

Thu, July 9, 2015

Detectives say DNA evidence has helped them close a nearly two decade old Santa Barbara murder case. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports there were some false calls, but investigators think they now have the killer of a homeless woman. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cold Case Arrest


Cybersecurity Focus Of State Assembly Hearing Chaired By Ventura County Legislator

Thu, July 9, 2015

Some unrelated computer glitches caused big disruptions for Wall Street, and for United Airlines yesterday. But, what if they hadn’t been glitches, and were actually cyber-terrorism? A state assemblywoman from Ventura County chaired a hearing yesterday with experts looking at the cybersecurity issue. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Injured Following Collision Between Two Trucks On Highway 126 In Ventura County

Wed, July 8, 2015

The CHP is trying to figure out why a truck driver veered off of Highway 126 in Ventura County, and slammed into a big rig parked on the shoulder. It left one man dead, and a second injured.  The crash happened just after 2 this afternoon on the eastbound 126 near Wells Road, in the Read the Rest…


Annual LGBTQ Community Festival In Santa Barbara Features New Interfaith Pride Celebration

Wed, July 8, 2015

The 2015 Pacific Pride Festival is underway in Santa Barbara, with a series of events and celebrations for the LGBTQ community. This year’s festival features a new event, an interfaith pride celebration sponsored by 19 religious groups. The support group Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People helped organize the event. The Interfaith Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Attacks On Central Coast Police Station, Bank

Wed, July 8, 2015

A man arrested following an attack on a Central Coast police station is also a suspect in the vandalism of a dozen businesses. Someone fired multiple ball bearings through the front doors, and windows of the Morro Bay Police Department Tuesday morning, and damaged a patrol unit parked behind the building.  No one was hurt. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Co-Author Of Bill To Update Federal Laws To Reflect Marriage Equality

Wed, July 8, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman is one of the co-sponsors of proposed new legislation which would replace gendered terms like “husband” and “wife” in federal codes with gender neutral terms. What’s called the “Amend The Code for Marriage Equality Act” is intended to reflect the equality of all marriages. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Water District In Ventura County Sues Actor Tom Selleck Over Water Shipments

Wed, July 8, 2015

A water district in Ventura County has filed suit against actor Tom Selleck, claiming that the actor has improperly been taking water from Thousand Oaks, and taking it by tanker truck to his property outside of the district. The Calleguas Municipal Water District says the tanker truck shipments took place over a more than year Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Reject Transfer Of Development Plans For Gaviota Coast Project

Wed, July 8, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have rejected an effort by developers to transfer control of a controversial housing development on the Gaviota coastline. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s the latest action in the long running battle over between developers, and environmentalists to build homes in the scenic undeveloped area. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Takes Controversial Step To Ban Skateboarding On Three Mountain Roads

Wed, July 8, 2015

It’s an exciting sport, in which skateboarders race down some scenic Santa Barbara County mountain roads, often topping 30 miles an hour. But, it’s also led to some serious collisions with vehicles. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors yesterday acted on the CHP’s controversial request to ban skateboards on three county roads. Click Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Police Say He Threatened Oxnard Employees

Wed, July 8, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing a charge of making a criminal threat, after police say he threatened City of Oxnard employees who were having some illegally parked vehicles towed. Oxnard Code Compliance Officers were conducting an operation on the 1100 block of Entrada Drive around 11 a.m. yesterday when the workers say Nigel Hawthorne-Samuels Read the Rest…


Longtime Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Television Anchor Debby Davision Dies

Wed, July 8, 2015

A familiar face to television viewers on the Central, and South Coasts has died. Debby Davison passed away last night in Santa Barbara, following a long battle with breast cancer. Davison first became known to television viewers in the region in the 1980’s, when she co-anchored the top rated KTLA Los Angeles “News At 10” Read the Rest…


Woman Killed In Central Coast Crash Which Left Four Injured Identified; Driver Facing Vehicular Manslaughter Charge

Wed, July 8, 2015

The CHP released the name of a woman who died in a Fourth of July weekend crash on the Central Coast which left four others injured. Jesenia Liborio died when a car crashed on Highway 1 south of Jalama Road, outside of Lompoc early Friday morning. The 22 year old woman was from Lompoc. Meanwhile, Read the Rest…


Plan To Expand Recycling And Extend Life Of Santa Barbara County Dump On Gaviota Coastline In Trouble

Tue, July 7, 2015

A cutting edge project intended to expand recycling, and extend the life of a dump in Santa Barbara County has run into trouble. Santa Barbara County Supervisors today received an update on a project intended use new technology to improve recycling at the Tajiguas Landfill and create biogas which can be converted to electricity. The Read the Rest…


New Undercover Survey Shows Tobacco Sales To Minors Remains Big Concern In Ventura County

Tue, July 7, 2015

A new survey by health and public safety agencies in Ventura County shows tobacco sales to minors remains an issue in the region. The Ventura County Public Health Department worked with law enforcement agencies to conduct an undercover study. 15 to 17 year old Explorer Scouts were asked to act as decoys, to buy tobacco Read the Rest…


Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Jolts Parts Of Central And South Coasts

Tue, July 7, 2015

Some people on the Central and South Coasts were jolted by an earthquake just before lunchtime today. The magnitude 3.6 quake occurred at 11:46 a.m., and was centered in the ocean about 13 miles northwest of San Miguel Island. The location was about 39 miles southwest of Lompoc. No one was hurt, and no damage Read the Rest…


Governor Overturns Parole Board’s Decision To Release Man Convicted Of Brutal Ventura County Murder

Tue, July 7, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown overturned a decision by a parole board to release a man responsible for a brutal murder four decades ago in Ventura County. Prosecutors say after setting up a false alibi, Larry Jay hid in the restroom of a Ventura bar before it closed.  They say after everyone but the bartender left, he Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Some Downtown Santa Barbara Businesses Vandalized

Tue, July 7, 2015

A man has been arrested after two downtown Santa Barbara businesses were vandalized in some violent attacks. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Vandalism


Ventura County Art Professor Talks About Evolution In Art In New Book

Tue, July 7, 2015

There are major changes underway in the fine art word, with much of its elitism disappearing. That’s according to a Ventura County university professor and artist who’s written a new book on the evolution he’s seeing in art. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with the author and educator in Thousand Oaks. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Show Business Icon Dies In Santa Barbara

Mon, July 6, 2015

A legendary producer who made hit movies with George Clooney, and Brad Pitt, and promoted Led Zeppelin, and Elvis Presley concerts has died in Santa Barbara. Jerry Weintraub was a flashy, popularly personality who was in the middle of show business dealmaking for more than half a century. After a successful career as a concert Read the Rest…


Employee Of School District in Ventura County Arrested On Embezzlement Charge

Mon, July 6, 2015

A longtime accountant with a South Coast school district has been arrested on an embezzlement charge. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Ojai Unified School District employees discovered last week that tens of thousands of dollars in district money was missing. The Superintendent notified the Ojai Police Department, leading to an investigation. Detectives say about $60,000 Read the Rest…


Natural Toxin Buildup In Ocean Prompts Warnings About Some Seafoods In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 6, 2015

A warning about the danger from a naturally occurring toxin in certain kinds of seafood now includes Santa Barbara County. The California Department of Public Health initially issued warnings last month for some kinds of seafood caught or harvested off of Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. Now, the warning has been extended to Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested For String Of Armed Robberes in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Mon, July 6, 2015

Two men are behind bars in Ventura, accused of a string of gas station and liquor store robberies in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say Lenny Vanhorenbeeck and Ernesto Magana of Thousand Oaks may be responsible for as many as seven armed robberies during the last two months.  Detectives working Read the Rest…


Work Underway On New General Plan For Ventura County

Mon, July 6, 2015

Work is underway on an ambitious effort in Ventura County to update its general plan, and the county is asking for the public’s ideas. The plan serves as the blueprint to guide growth, and development in unincorporated parts of the county.  It’s the first major overhaul of the guidelines in years. Ventura County Supervisors and Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Researchers Part Of Team Trying To Stop Illness Which Is Accidental Offshoot Of New Dam In Africa

Mon, July 6, 2015

A dam which created a critically important stable source of water for a region of Africa had an unexpected side effect. It provided a breeding ground for a devastating type of illness. But, a team of scientists including a UC Santa Barbara researcher thinks it’s come up with a novel solution. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives Say Barbershop Used For Drug Dealing

Mon, July 6, 2015

Two Ventura County man are facing conspiracy, and drug possession charges after detectives say a Camarillo barbershop was serving up much more than haircuts. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives learned heroin and marijuana were being sold through Gabe’s Boulevard Barbershop.  Working with Oxnard Police, their investigation led to two men. Detectives say arrested Ralph Reyes and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looks At Banning Skateboarding On Some County Roads

Mon, July 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County is going to look at banning skateboarding on some county roads in the wake of some serious accidents, including one in which a woman was critically injured after a head-on accident with a car. County Supervisors will look at a proposal tomorrow to ban skateboarding on San Marcos Road, Painted Cave Road, Read the Rest…


Firefighters Control Brush Fire In Ventura County

Mon, July 6, 2015

Ventura County firefighters this morning are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which put up a large cloud of smoke for hours in the central part of the county. The nearly three acre blaze started at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon near East Telegraph and Toland Roads outside of Santa Paula.  The fire Read the Rest…


Florida Rocket Explosion Leads To Delay In Planned Launch From Central Coast

Fri, July 3, 2015

The explosion of an unmanned rocket just after liftoff from Cape Canaveral last weekend is going to delay a launch planned from the Central Coast this summer. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the scheduled August 8th launch of a satellite from Vandenberg Air Force base is being bumped while investigators try to pinpoint Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed Ventura County School District Going To Sell, Or Lease Some Properties

Fri, July 3, 2015

A financially squeezed Ventura County school district is going to sell, or possibly lease some of its property. The Simi Valley School board is going to look at how it can cash in on its district headquarters site on East Cochran Street, as well as a vacant school.  The headquarters site is near some car Read the Rest…


Detectives Say They Use DNA Evidence To Solve Sexual Assault Case In Ventura County

Fri, July 3, 2015

Police say they used DNA evidence to find, and arrest a suspect in the April kidnapping, and rape of a woman in Ventura County. Oxnard Police say the 23 year old woman says she was walking on the 600 block of South Harbor Boulevard April 18th when she was approached by a man in the Read the Rest…


String Of Fatal Accidents Involving Trains On South Coast Prompts Rail Safety Event

Fri, July 3, 2015

More than a half dozen people have died this year after being hit by trains on the South Coast. Some local law enforcement agencies and the Union Pacific railroad teamed up yesterday to try to call attention to laws regarding rail safety. KCLU’s Lance Orozco rode along on a train in Ventura County which had  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara Team Up To Put 127 Years Of County History Online

Fri, July 3, 2015

The history of Santa Barbara County’s government is recorded in books. In fact, there are 215 of them, with more than 90,000 pages. But now, thanks to a new partnership between the county, and UC Santa Barbara, 127 years of historic papers are going to be digitized, and made accessible to the public via the Read the Rest…


Thursday Expected To Be Heaviest Travel Day Of Fourth Of July Weekend In California

Thu, July 2, 2015

The Fourth of July weekend has arrived, and nearly three million Southern Californians are expected to be on the road. If you’re stuck in traffic, you’re not alone.  This is expected to be the heaviest travel day of the holiday period. The good news for those traveling by car is that gasoline prices have dropped, Read the Rest…


College Graduate From Ventura County Receives Fulbright Award To Teach In Mongolia

Thu, July 2, 2015

A recent college graduate from Ventura County received a prestigious Fulbright award to teach in Mongolia. Daniel Chell received a Teaching Assistantship Grant. Chell graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand oaks in May. His award will allow him to spend ten months teaching English at a university in Mongolia. His senior project focused on Read the Rest…


Past “Citizen Of The Year” On Central Coast Gets 14 Year Prison Sentence For Stealing From Investors

Thu, July 2, 2015

He was once named “Citizen Of The Year” by a Central Coast community, but prosecutors say he stole as much as $20 million dollars from unsuspecting investors. Former San Luis Obispo County real estate developer Kelly Gearhart is heading to federal prison, after being sentenced to 14 years behind bars. Gearhart entered guilty pleas to Read the Rest…


Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Fishermen, Businesses Over Losses Due To Santa Barbara County Oil Spill

Thu, July 2, 2015

Some fishermen, and businesses are part of a new lawsuit filed over their losses due to the May 19th Refugio State Beach oil spill. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s the latest in a growing number of legal actions against the owner of the ruptured pipeline which caused the spill, Plains All-American Pipeline. Click on link Read the Rest…


Consumer Fireworks Big Fundraiser For Some-Local Non-Profits, But Huge Safety Concern For Firefighters

Thu, July 2, 2015

Fireworks are a big part of America’s Fourth of July tradition. But, the sale, and use of consumer fireworks is a controversial issue on the Central and South Coasts, pitting the fundraising efforts of non-profit groups against fire safety concerns. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Fillmore. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Missing Ventura County Woman Recovering After SUV Plunges Off Mountain Road, Trapping Her For Two Days

Thu, July 2, 2015

A missing Ventura County woman has quite a story to tell, after her SUV plunged off a mountain road near Malibu, and she was trapped inside for two days before being found and rescued. Jenifer Duron of Simi Valley disappeared on Monday, when she told family members she was driving to Malibu to go running. Read the Rest…


Car Crashes Into Ventura County Apartment Complex Pool; Driver Has To Be Rescued

Thu, July 2, 2015

A man nearly drowned after he apparently suffered a seizure while driving his car, and crashed into a pool at a Ventura County apartment complex. It happened just before eight last night, on the 800 block of 400 block of Paseo Camarillo, in the city of Camarillo. The car crashed through the apartment complex’s leasing Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Northeast Of Lompoc Now Fully Contained

Thu, July 2, 2015

Firefighters have full containment of a brush fire which prompted hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in northern Santa Barbara County earlier this week. The 320 acre Mesa fire northeast of Lompoc was fully contained last night. All evacuation orders have been lifted.  No homes were damaged.  One firefighter suffered minor leg injuries. The Read the Rest…


Family Of Oxnard Man Who Dies In Police Custody Wins $2.9 Million Dollars In Federal Court

Thu, July 2, 2015

A Los Angeles jury has awarded the family of an Oxnard man who died in police custody $2.9 million dollars in their wrongful death suit against the city, and seven police officers. Investigators say Robert Ramirez was high on methamphetamine when police were called to help restrain him in June of 2012.  An autopsy concluded Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo Among California Communities Exceeding, Or Meeting Water Use Reduction Goals

Wed, July 1, 2015

Many California communities, including some in our region have done their their best jobs yet of reducing water consumption. Just released figures by the State Water Resources Board show that the state as a whole reduced water consumption by 29% in May compared to May of 2013. Locally, the City of Santa Barbara reduced its Read the Rest…


Mesa Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now At 95% Containment

Wed, July 1, 2015

Firefighters expect to have full containment tonight of the brush fire which prompted hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in northern Santa Barbara County earlier this week. The 320 acre Mesa fire northeast of Lompoc is now 95% contained. All evacuation orders have been lifted.  No homes were damaged.  One firefighter suffered minor leg Read the Rest…


Missing Ventura County Woman Found In Wreckage Of SUV Near Malibu

Wed, July 1, 2015

A Ventura County woman who disappeared on Monday was found in the wreckage of her SUV in a canyon near Malibu this morning. Jenifer Duron of Simi Valley was last seen on Monday, when she told family members she was driving to Malibu to go running. Her SUV was spotted at around 9:30 a.m. today Read the Rest…


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