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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


Effort By School Board Member In Ventura County To Recall Two Fellow Board Members Fails

Mon, March 31, 2014

An effort by a disgruntled school board member in Ventura County to recall two fellow members of the board has failed. Simi Valley School Board member Dan White had sought to oust Rob Collins, and Debbie Sandland, but the effort failed to gather the 11,000 signatures needed to put the recall on the ballot.  If Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Among Four Arrested In Connection With What Authorities Call Significant Drug Dealing Operation

Mon, March 31, 2014

A Ventura man is among four people who were arrested in connection with what authorities are calling a large scale methamphetamine dealing operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives say they had been receiving information for months about drug dealing out of a home in Ventura.  They set up a surveillance operation on the home, Read the Rest…


Work On Highway Roundabout On Central Coast Means Traffic Shift This Week

Mon, March 31, 2014

Work to build a roundabout at a major highway intersection on the Central Coast is going to mean some new traffic detours starting later this week. The roundabout is under construction at the intersection of Highways 154, and 246 in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Starting Thursday, motorists will detour through part of the partially completed Read the Rest…


One Killed, One Injured In Two Seperate Train Incidents In Santa Barbara County

Mon, March 31, 2014

One person is dead, and a second was hurt in two separate incidents involving trains in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Train Incidents


School Superintendents On South Coast Talk About Implementation Of Common Core State Standards

Mon, March 31, 2014

One of the biggest major changes in the educational process in California, and around the nation in decades is underway with the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Educators say it’s an effort to insure kids not only learn, but get the technological, and practical skills to use that knowledge. KCLU’s Lance Orozco sat down Read the Rest…


Car Crashes Into Packed Oxnard Restaurant

Mon, March 31, 2014

A party at an Oxnard restaurant had a true party crasher, when a sports car crashed into the building. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 300 block of South Oxnard Boulevard.  Police say a car which had stopped at a stoplight suddenly accelerated when the light changed, and swerved across the street, Read the Rest…


Baptism Ceremony Ends In Tragedy On Central Coast

Mon, March 31, 2014

A baptism ceremony on the Central Coast ended in tragedy, when a man who was a part of the event was apparently swept out to sea by a large wave. It happened at around 10 a.m. Sunday at Guadalupe Dunes Park.  A minister and two men were in the surf, as about a dozen relatives Read the Rest…


Police Looking For Suspects In Fatal Shooting In Ventura County

Mon, March 31, 2014

Authorities are looking for at least two people in connection with a  shooting which left an innocent woman sitting in front of her Ventura County home dead. Norma Elizalde was in front of her home on the 1200 block of High Street in Santa Paula around 1 p.m. Saturday, when a shot was fired in Read the Rest…


Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Indecent Exposure Incidents In Ventura County

Mon, March 31, 2014

A man authorities say is a registered sex offender has been arrested for a pair of indecent exposure incidents at some Ventura County shopping centers. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating two separate indecent exposure cases on March 6th, one at the Carmen Plaza in Camarillo, and the second at the Camarillo Premium Read the Rest…


Moderate Earthquake Felt In Ventura County

Fri, March 28, 2014

A shallow earthquake rocked Southern California at 9:09 pm Friday. The magnitude 5.1 quake was centered near La Habra. It was felt throughout the region, including many parts of Ventura County. There have been no reports of major damage or injuries. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a magnitude 3.6.


Traffic Accident In Santa Barbara County Leads To The Deaths Of Two Horses

Fri, March 28, 2014

A traffic accident in Santa Barbara County led to the deaths of two horses, when a trailer hauling them overturned. The accident happened just before 6 a.m. today, at the intersection of Highway 154 and San Marcos Pass Road, on San Marcos Pass. The CHP says the driver was trying to make a tight turn Read the Rest…


Trio Of Storm Systems Headed Towards Central Coast

Fri, March 28, 2014

Get your umbrella ready. A series of storm systems is headed towards the Central Coast over the next week. The first one is expected tomorrow, and could mean a quarter, to a half inch of rainfall tomorrow. The second, and what could be the strongest of the three systems is expected to arrive Monday afternoon, Read the Rest…


Police Say Santa Barbara Man Had $250,000 Worth Of Stolen Antiques, Collectables

Fri, March 28, 2014

A Santa Barbara man has been arrested after police say he was in possession of a quarter of a million dollars worth of antiques, and collectibles stolen from an elderly antique store owner. Santa Barbara Police detectives say that over the last three to four months, Pablo Sela received the items from an antique store Read the Rest…


Feature Film About Cesar Chavez To Get Special Screenings In Ventura County

Fri, March 28, 2014

A new feature film about the story of farm labor leader, and civil rights worker Cesar Chavez is getting some VIP screening in Ventura county, which was of course apart of the farm workers rights movement. There will be a march from the United Farm Workers offices in Oxnard tonight to the Plaza Cinemas, in Read the Rest…


Section Of Ventura County Highway Closed By Rock Slides Reopens

Fri, March 28, 2014

A section of a Ventura County highway which has been closed for the last few weeks by rock slides has reopened. Highway 33 was shut down north of Ojai, after a storm led to some slides which blocked parts of the highway in the Sespe Gorge area.  It was shut down March 1st.  Crews cleaned Read the Rest…


Grass Roots Recycling Program Takes Hold In South Coast Elementary Schools

Fri, March 28, 2014

What started as a project involving students to see how much, and what kinds of wastes were being created at some South Coast elementary schools has turned into a full fledged recycling program. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports the program is less than two years old, but is already diverting tons of waste from dumps, as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Find, Rescue Rock Climber Injured In Fall

Fri, March 28, 2014

Some alert Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies who noticed an unattended vehicle parked in a park at night started to search for the owner, and found he had been seriously injured from a fall while rock climbing. Bill Coleman told deputies he had gone for a nighttime rock climbing hike in Santa Susana Wednesday night.  The Read the Rest…


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