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New Program Offered By Some South Coast Fire Department Giving On The Spot Aid To Disaster Victims

Fri, November 7, 2014

Some South Coast firefighters called to the scene of a fire are now going to be doing more than putting out the blaze. Firefighters with two fire departments in the region are part of a new program which is offering on the spot emergency aid to some disaster victims. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congressional Remains Unsettled; Democratic Incumbent Shows Slight Bump In Numbers Over Republican Challenger

Thu, November 6, 2014

Efforts to count more than 50,000 vote by mail, and provisional ballots in Ventura County from Tuesday’s election continued today, an effort which is especially critical in one unsettled local congressional race. After all 533 precincts ballots were counted Tuesday, less than a half percent separated 26th District Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village, and Read the Rest…


The Calendar May Say November, But Brush Fire Danger On South Coast Remains High

Thu, November 6, 2014

It was just a week ago we had rain in the forecast, but a return to hot, dry weather has again opened the door to brush fire danger. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to some South Coast fire chiefs about the situation. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Brush Fire Danger


Man Convicted Of Hate Crime For Cross Burning On Central Coast Gets Reduced Sentence

Thu, November 6, 2014

A man sent to prison after a cross was burned outside the home of an African American family on the Central Coast is getting a reduced sentenced, after an appeals court ruled that some of the charges he was facing were redundant. Jeremiah Hernandez of San Simeon was convicted of charges ranging from arson, to Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Gets Purple Heart Trail Signs In Ventura County Today

Thu, November 6, 2014

Just in time for Veterans Day, commuters on the South Coast are going to see reminders of some of the sacrifices made by those who served our country in uniform. Legislation sponsored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and passed by the State Legislature designated a segment of Highway 101 in Ventura Read the Rest…


Angel Investor Applies Heavenly Touch To UC Santa Barbara

Thu, November 6, 2014

An angel investor who’s backed a number of technology projects in Santa Barbara County is now putting some of his money behind UC Santa Barbara. Christian Felipe has made a million dollar endowment to UCSB’s Technology Management Program.  The money will be used to support a new Master’s degree in Technology Management.  It’s a nine Read the Rest…


Ventura County United Way Picks New Executive Director

Thu, November 6, 2014

One of Ventura County’s leading non-profit groups is getting a new Executive Director. Eric Harrison will take over as head of the United Way of Ventura County December 1st. Harrison has been serving as head of Gay and Lesbian Housing in Hollywood, which is the nation’s first LGBT affordable senior housing project. During his career, Read the Rest…


Emmy Award Winning Television Show Producer In Santa Barbara Now Has New Novel

Thu, November 6, 2014

An Emmy award winning television writer, and producer from Santa Barbara worked on more than a half dozen of television’s biggest kids shows, like “Rugrats,” and “Ren And Stimpy.” Michael Kriegman was also the creator of a pioneering sitcom aimed at teens. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the writer, whose latest project is a new Read the Rest…


Body Of Movie Executive Last Seen In Ventura County Two Years Ago Found

Thu, November 6, 2014

The remains of a movie executive who was last seen alive in Ventura County in 2012 have been positively identified, but there’s no word on the cause of death. Some hikers found the body of Gavin Smith October 26th in the desert outside of Palmdale.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office this week positively confirmed Read the Rest…


Hospice Organization On South Coast Getting New Executive Director

Wed, November 5, 2014

An organization on the South Coast which offers free help to people facing life threatening illnesses, and their their families is getting a new Executive Director. David Selberg will take over the helm of Hospice of Santa Barbara next January.  Selberg was chosen after a nationwide search, but he’s no stranger to Santa Barbara’s non-profit Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Arson Fire

Wed, November 5, 2014

A man has been arrested for what police are saying was an arson attack at a Ventura home. Robert Ryan Alamillo of Fillmore was arrested by Ventura Police following a six month long investigation. Investigators say on May 6th, the 21 year old man started a fire on the 7800 block of Costa Mesa Street Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Potential High On South Coast

Wed, November 5, 2014

It’s been less than a week since we had rain on the South Coast, but higher than average temperatures, and gusty winds have created potentially dangerous brush fire conditions. A Red Flag warning for high fire danger is in effect for coastal, and inland valleys in Ventura County, as well as for the San Fernando Read the Rest…


Man Sought For Equine Related Thefts in Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

A man is being sought by authorities in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties for some very unusual equine related burglaries. The man wasn’t stealing horses.  He’s been targeting horse saddles, which might not sound like a big deal at first.  But, the several custom, high end saddles taken from at least four locations have a Read the Rest…


Central Coast Voters Approve Bonds For Education Projects

Wed, November 5, 2014

Some Central Coast voters approved a $275 million dollar bond measure to improve community college facilities. Measure L calls for upgrading infrastructure in the San Luis Obispo County Community College District. It needed the support of the district’s voters in San Luis Obispo County, and also in a part of Monterey County which is also Read the Rest…


Schools Superintendent In Ventura County Announces Retirement, But Will Join Faculty At Local University

Wed, November 5, 2014

A longtime schools superintendent in Ventura County has announced her retirement, but she won’t stop working in education. Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga will leave her post next summer, but then join the faculty at California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Education.  Arriaga will celebrate her 40th year with the school district Read the Rest…


Congressional Race Still Up In The Air In Ventura County; More Than 50,000 Votes Still Have To Be Counted

Wed, November 5, 2014

The November 4th election is now history, but it could be several days still before we know the final results in one South Coast race. The 26th District Congressional race in Ventura County is still too close to call.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  26th Congressional District Read the Rest…


Sales Tax Proposals Approved By San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach Voters

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters said yes to some sales tax proposals on the Central Coast, to raise money for things like public safety. Voters in San Luis Obispo approved an extension of a sales tax which was set to expire. The half cent tax raised about five million dollars annually for the city. Voters agreed to extend the Read the Rest…


Jacqui Irwin Apparent Winner in 44th District State Assembly Race; Das Williams Easily Wins Re-Election In 37th District

Wed, November 5, 2014

It turned into a tight race, but it appears a Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman has defeated a Conejo Valley pastor to win Ventura County’s 44th District State Assembly seat. Democrat Jacqui Irwin had 51% of the vote to Republican Rob McCoy’s 49%. Another Assembly race in our region wasn’t quite as close. 37th District Assemblyman Read the Rest…


One Congressional Race Too Tight To Call, Two Other Settled; Wrapup Of November 4th Election Results

Wed, November 5, 2014

One congressional race is still too close to call, and two others are settled.  And, two controversial measures in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have gone down to defeat. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a wrapup of major local races, and issues on the November 4th ballot. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Election 2014 Read the Rest…


School Bond Measure In Santa Ynez Valley Fails

Wed, November 5, 2014

A majority of voters in the Santa Ynez Valley favored a $12 million dollar school bond measure, but it wasn’t enough for it to pass.  Measure Y, in the College School District, needed a 55% yes vote to pass, but only received a 50.3% .  It’s the second time a bond measure of this type Read the Rest…


Voters In Central Coast City Approve Trio Of Tax Measures To Try To Avoid Municipal Bankruptcy

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters in one Central Coast City heard the pleas of leaders for financial help. Guadalupe officials had said that if a trio of tax measures failed at the ballot box, the city might have to file for bankruptcy. Voters overwhelming approved measures V, W, and X.  The measures include increasing the city’s utility tax for Read the Rest…


Julia Brownley Has Less Than Half Percent Lead Over Jeff Gorell In 26th District Congressional Race

Wed, November 5, 2014

Some political analysts predicted the 26th District Congressional race in Ventura County would be tight, and they were right. With all 533 precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley has a thin 50.2% lead over Republican challenger Jeff Gorell, who has 49.8% of the vote.  Less than 600 votes separate the two candidates, with absentee and Read the Rest…


Challenger Defeats Incumbent In SLO County Fourth District Supervisorial Seat

Wed, November 5, 2014

There’s going to be a change on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Businesswoman Lynn Compton defeated appointed incumbent Caren Ray for the Fourth District Supervisorial seat.  Compton received 53% of the vote to Ray’s 46%.  The Fourth District includes parts of southern San Luis Obispo County, including Nipomo, Arroyo Grande and Oceano.


Voters Reject Controversial Proposal To Change Business License Tax Structure In City of Port Hueneme

Wed, November 5, 2014

Voters in the City of Port Hueneme have rejected a controversial proposal to change the city’s business license tax structure, a move intended to generate more revenue for the city. Measure M called for reducing business license taxes for small businesses, and adding, or increasing them for larger businesses.  The Port of Hueneme opposed the Read the Rest…


Mixed Election Results For Education Bond Measures In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

It was a mixed election day for education bond measures in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. Perhaps the highest profile effort, a major bond measure to help the Santa Barbara Community College District failed.  Measure S, a proposal to upgrade the college district’s infrastructure needed a 55% yes vote to pass, but ended up with Read the Rest…


Lois Capps Wins Ninth Term As Congresswoman For Tri-Counties

Wed, November 5, 2014

Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara has won her ninth term representing the Tri-Counties. Capps defeated Republican challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24th District Congressional seat by a 52% to 48% margin.  The district includes all of San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County.


Voters Reject Santa Barbara County’s Measure P, Proposal To Ban Fracking

Tue, November 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County voters rejected a proposal to ban so-called high intensity oil, and gas drilling operations like fracking, acid well stimulation, and cyclic steam injection. Measure P failed by a 61% to 39% margin, trailing throughout the whole evening as election returns were counted.  The proposal drew strong support from the environmental community, and Read the Rest…


Voters Deciding A Number Of Races, Issues On Central Coast

Tue, November 4, 2014

It is of course Election Day on the Central Coast, and voters are deciding a number of races, and issues. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps is facing Republican challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24th District seat, which includes all of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. In Santa Barbara County, voters will decide the fate Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Fills Two Key Posts

Tue, November 4, 2014

A Central Coast city has appointed two new key department heads this week, filling the vacancies by turning to people already on its staff. The City of Santa Maria has selected Shad Springer as its new Director of Utilities, and Steve Kahn as the city’s new Director of Public Works/City Engineer. Springer has been Santa Read the Rest…


Thousands Gather In Conejo Valley To Pay Tribute To Fallen Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy

Tue, November 4, 2014

Thousands of people gathered in the Conejo Valley this afternoon, to say goodbye to a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who was struck, and killed by a hit and run driver. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Westlake Village. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Deputy Memorial


Oxnard Man Could Face Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For Murdering Friend

Tue, November 4, 2014

A Ventura County man could face life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting to death a friend. A Ventura County Superior Court jury found Maximo Tamayo-Flores guilty of first degree murder of the shooting death of Ramon Quintero in October of 2009. Prosecutors say Tamayo-Flores shot to death the 66 year old Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community To Lose Water Supply For 24 Hour Period This Weekend

Tue, November 4, 2014

A Ventura County community is going to lose its water supply for a 24 hour period this weekend, so a key pipeline can be inspected. The Calleguas Municipal Water District is shutting down its pipeline to Lake Sherwood Saturday night to Sunday night.  The planned closure will allow the inspection of a pipeline which goes Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival Renews Contract Of Artistic Director For Seven More Years

Tue, November 4, 2014

A man who’s been helping to make amazing music in Ventura County happen for the last decade is going to do it for at least another seven years. The Ojai Music Festival announced that it renewed the contract of Artistic Director Thomas Morris through July of 2021. That will mark the Music Festival’s 75th anniversary. Read the Rest…


Expert On Primates To Speak In Ventura County About Global Chimpanzee Crisis

Tue, November 4, 2014

A Ventura County doctor is doing more than helping people. Dr. Nancy Merrick is also a nationally noted expert on chimpanzees, and is trying to call attention to the crisis they’re facing globally. One numbering in the millions a century ago, some experts say there may be only about 150,000 of them now left in Read the Rest…


Congressional, State Assembly Races, Measure P Top Hot Santa Barbara, Ventura County Election Races, Issues

Tue, November 4, 2014

Three congressional races, some state assembly seats, and a ballot measure which seeks to limit high intensity oil and gas extraction techniques top the hot races, and issues being decided at Ventura, and Santa Barbara County ballot boxes today. One of the hottest local congressional races is in Ventura County’s 26th District, where Democratic incumbent Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Fatally Injured By Passenger Train In Ventura County Identified

Mon, November 3, 2014

A woman who was struck, and fatally injured by a passenger train in Ventura County while trying to free a bag stuck on some train tracks is now being identified. Sherri Young died Friday night after she was hit by a northbound Amtrak train. Ventura police say the 52 year old homeless woman was crossing Read the Rest…


Partial Closure Of Major Ventura County Freeway Interchange Overnight

Mon, November 3, 2014

A major freeway interchange in Ventura County is going to have some overnight closures this week, starting tonight. The southbound Highway 23-northbound 101 connector in Thousand Oaks closed at 7 tonight, and be shut down until 6 a.m. tomorrow for work on the approach to the interchange. Then, tomorrow night the southbound Highway 23-southbound 101 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Changing Dangerous Dog Ordinance

Mon, November 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County may change a controversial ordinance dealing with how potentially dangerous dogs are handled. The current ordinance mandates that a dog deemed dangerous be euthanized.  However, proposed revisions to the ordinance would give a hearing officer more flexibility if there is the potential for the dog to be handled, and kept in a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Could Spend Rest of His Life Behind Bars For Massage Parlor Killing, Robberies

Mon, November 3, 2014

A Ventura County man may spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole after being convicted of first degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and more charges for the robberies of two Oxnard massage parlors. A Ventura County Superior Court jury convicted Jose Guzman Ochoa of  a dozen counts connected to Read the Rest…


629,000 People Registered To Vote In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties In November 4th Election

Mon, November 3, 2014

It’s election eve on the South Coast, and with the campaigning almost over, it’s time for voters to make their decisions. In Ventura County, 433,000 people are registered to participate in the November 4th election. The total includes 170,000 Democrats, 148,000 Republicans, and 115,000 registered to other parties, as independents, or who declined to state. Read the Rest…


346,000 People Registered to Vote In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo County In November 4th Election

Mon, November 3, 2014

It’s election eve on the Central Coast, and with the campaigning almost over, it’s time for voters to make their decisions. There are 196,000 registered voters in Santa Barbara County. There are 80,000 registered Democrats, 58,000 registered Republicans, and some 58,000 people who are with other parties, independents, or declined to state. In San Luis Read the Rest…


Central Coast University Gets $20 Million Dollar Gift, Largest In Its History

Mon, November 3, 2014

A Central Coast university is celebrating what’s being called the biggest gift in its history. Former Apple Chief Financial officer Peter Oppenheimer, and his wife, Mary Beth have donated $20 million dollars to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Oppenheimers are Cal Poly graduates, and Peter is currently on the Cal Poly Foundation board. The Read the Rest…


Concerns About Ebola Prompt Santa Barbara County To Establish Phone Hotline

Mon, November 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County has set up a hotline to answer the public’s questions about ebola. County officials say while the chances of the disease surfacing locally are remote, they want to have a resource available for people concerned about it.  The hotline is (805) 681-4373.  You can also find it on our website, kclu.org.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Part Of Team Which Just Set World Parachuting Record From More Than 136,000 Feet

Mon, November 3, 2014

A Santa Barbara man who has dozens of world ballooning records has a new honor to celebrate, as a key part of a team which just set a world parachuting record. Julian Nott prepared the special balloon used to take the parachutist up more than 25 miles above the earth’s surface, successfully getting him into Read the Rest…


New York Philharmonic To Expand Relationship With Montecito’s Music Academy Of The West

Mon, November 3, 2014

America’s oldest orchestra is expanding its relationship Santa Barbara County based music academy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the New York Philharmonic is stepping up a program with Montecito’s Music Academy of the West to offer mentorship to the next generation of classical musicians. Click on link to listen to/download story:  New York Philharmonic


Dog Which Disappeared During Mudslide In Ventura County Neighborhood Found Safe

Mon, November 3, 2014

A dog which disappeared during a mudslide which forced the evacuation of 11 homes in Ventura County Friday night has been found safe. The mudslide hit the 6400 block of Sam Como Drive, in Camarillo Springs  at around  11:30 p.m.  The mud flowed through Henry and Min Needham’s home, and he had to be rescued Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed While Trying To Free Bag Stuck On Railroad Tracks In Ventura County

Mon, November 3, 2014

A woman was stuck, and killed by a passenger train  in Ventura County when a bag she was carrying across some railroad tracks became stuck, and she stopped to try to free it. The accident happened just after 9 p.m. Friday, near the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue in Ventura.  Police say the 52 year Read the Rest…


Central Coast Get First Significant Fall Rainfall

Sun, November 2, 2014

The Central Coast got on the rainfall scoreboard with last weekend’s storm. Rainfall amounts in the region ranged from around an inch, to a little over an inch and a half. The Five Cities area had 1.6 inches of rain, Nipomo 1.5 inches, Santa Maria 1.4 inches, and the Santa Ynez Valley just under an Read the Rest…


Halloween Weekend Quietest In Years In Isla Vista

Sun, November 2, 2014

Law enforcement officials say Isla Vista had the quietest Halloween weekend in years, with the annual unsponsored large scale street parties failing to materialize this year. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is reporting preliminary numbers show there were less than 40 jail bookings, and 40 citations.  That’s compared to some 200 jail bookings, and Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County DA Tom Sneddon Dies

Sun, November 2, 2014

The man who guided the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for more than two decades, and became internationally known for prosecuting Michael Jackson on child molestation charges has died. Tom Sneddon passed away Saturday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, where he had been battling cancer. Sneddon joined the DA’s office in 1969.  He Read the Rest…


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